Ottawa Against Corona
Ottawa Against Corona is part of a growing global movement called #StudentsAgainstCorona that has now reached 25 cities, 14 countries, mobilized over 2300 volunteers, and has been featured in the BBC and the Oxford Mail.
In Ottawa, Global Shapers are leading the effort to support vulnerable members of the local community, including those in isolation, elderly and immuno-compromised people, and frontline health workers. Our youth-led initiative provides a centralized platform to match volunteers with organizations and individuals in need. This streamlines and complements existing ad-hoc volunteer initiatives and groups by identifying the biggest gaps to fill, while providing recommended hygiene guidelines to avoid spreading the virus. Depending on the needs of a specific community member, the role of the volunteers could include delivering food parcels, carrying out errands, or being available to chat to combat loneliness and social isolation. As a result of ongoing efforts to serve the local population, the Ottawa Hub was recently featured in national media.
Under Ottawa Against Corona, the Ottawa Hub has also launched Unsung Heroes of Ottawa: a storytelling initiative profiling the stories of those who are actively helping the local community. The Hub has hosted three Instagram livestream sessions and conducted four other interviews, including with the head of a women's shelter, humanitarian, doctor, and Consul General of Canada in Atlanta. Global Shapers from other Hubs around the world have tuned into livestream sessions and it is our hope to spread these weekly doses of positivity to even more Shapers.