Reimagining volunteer engagement

In September 2019, Indwell had 160 active volunteers! Then, “COVID happened.”

During the March 2020 lockdown, all on-site volunteer activities were suspended to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. It wasn’t long before we began to feel the effects of lockdown and the void of skill, togetherness, and companionship from our dedicated volunteers. We began to reimagine what volunteering could look like during a pandemic.

Group from A Rocha helping tenants build an ecosystem at Hamilton’s Rudy Hulst Commons

Over the course of six months, 75 volunteers-nearly half of all volunteers-re-engaged or reconnected with tenants in some way! Volunteers creatively supported programs from a distance: tenant socials moved out- doors, individual support shifted to phone calls and letters, and messages of hope were delivered through videos. Board and committee meetings continued virtually and building maintenance volunteers adjusted to work safely – including preparing apartments (and a new building!) for new tenants.

We are grateful for the ongoing love and support shown by our volunteers. As we pursue our vision of Hope and Homes for All, we continue to reimagine volunteer engagement and develop strategies for recruitment and training. Thank you to all those who shared their time, gifts, and prayers with us this year!

Collective kitchen at Simcoe’s Hambleton Hall prior to lockdown
Volunteer helping get units ready for new tenants at Hamilton’s North End Landing

What you can do right now

During this crisis, Indwell is providing additional supports for tenants. We need your gifts now—even more than before—as we navigate through these challenges, and as we continue to provide communities of hope.

Now, more than ever, it is important that our tenants feel connected with others, even if they cannot be physically connected. Mail a card or note of encouragement to be shared with our tenants who may be feeling isolated at this time.

Indwell has established a special fund to address food security and increase wellness programs for tenants. It is important that they maintain their physical and mental health during this unsettling time of social distancing and self-isolation.

Pray

Please pray for Indwell’s tenants, especially those who struggle with isolation and loneliness during this time. Please remember our staff who provide direct support to our tenants.

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