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This document is a living, working document of opportunities for Ontario medical students to become involved with community led response efforts to COVID-19. Please note that OMSA is not coordinating any of these opportunities, this is merely a compliled, curated database of existing efforts across Ontario. OMSA does not endorse volunteering in medical/clinical capacities until individual medical schools permit returning to clinical duties. See additional sheets for local initiatives. To add an initative, please fill out the form below. If there are additional questions, please contact representation@omsa.ca
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Volunteer Canada (*NEW)Opportunities from across CANADA
https://volunteer.ca/index.php?MenuItemID=420
Available for anyone!
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SPARK Ontario One Stop Shop for Volunteering Opportuntiies in Ontariohttps://www.sparkontario.ca/covid19Available for anyone!
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Chatting to Wellness (Senior Chat)Chat weekly with retirement residents to mitigate senior loneliness.
https://www.chattingtowellness.ca/phonechats
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ONTARIO: Ontario needs our helpOntario government is looking for innovative ideas, and proposals to help Ontarians.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus
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ONTARIO: Health Workforce Matching PortalThe Ontario government has launched a portal to match volunteers (medical students, foreign trained doctors, retired doctors) support efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://healthcloudtrialmaster-15a4d-17117fe91a8.force.com/matchingportal/s/
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ONTARIO: Canada Sews Volunteers are needed to sew cloth masks for our frontline care workershttps://www.canadasews.ca/volunteers
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Government of Canada: National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment CampaignFrom their website: The Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to respond to COVID-19. We are seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:
Case monitoring and contact tracing, Surveillance data collection and reporting, Health system surge capacity. We are building an inventory of volunteers from which provincial/territorial governments can draw as needed. Please visit our recruitment page to submit your name to join us in Canada’s response to COVID-19.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/national-covid-19-recruitment-campaign-we-need-you.html
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Kids Help Phone Kids Help Phone is looking for volunteers to fill the increased influx of calls over the past week. Training will be expedited. https://signup.crisistextlineca.org/?fbclid=IwAR25OzdHEJ-E8ApyC7-4syALv8mnhA1mNYpAsMaXhB3z17q9sS4oB1T_Rms
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Canadian Blood ServicesDonors are critically low and are desperately needed. If you meet the eligibility criteria to donate blood and it is safe for you to leave your home (no recent travel history, no COVID-19 symptoms), you are encouraged to donate.
https://blood.ca/en/covid19?fbclid=IwAR0UYdXmOgT4LqPubFLbVThl8A867tpOZ0ODbvqKRiCaIrIe_wju9Yd0Q8U#qas
Official page which outlines the policies in light of COVID-19 and the eligibility requirements: Blood.ca/en/covid19. You can also visit the CFMS blood donation site to book an appointment: https://cfms-blood.ca/
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Poetry Against COVID-19This site is for creative work (art and poetry) created during the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit and share in your communities! poetryagainstcovid19@gmail.comWebsite: https://www.poetryagainstcovid19.com/
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Medical Students Volunteering for PPE SourcingThere is an urgent need for PPE across the province for front-line healthcare workers (from hosptials to primary care clinics). Help identify unused PPE by contacting local businesses, organizations, clinics, and labs. Depending on the town, you may also assist in the pickup and delivery. We've compiled a list of province-wide efforts here:bit.ly/PPEontario
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Student-Senior Isolation Prevention PartnershipThe Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP) is an initiative in partnership with the Home-Based Care Program run by family physicians at Toronto Western Hospital. Our initiative partners medical students with elderly patients in the community to provide regular check-ins via phone for patient education on COVID-19 and social comfort. We are looking for medical students to help volunteer in calling their assigned group of elderly friends at least once weekly for an ~20 min check-in phone call, as well as respond to a volunteer coordinator to track their work and progress. We are currently looking to collaborate with other medical schools who want to start SSIPP, if interested please reach out the email listed. monisha.persaud@mail.utoronto.ca
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Parsec Youth NetVolunteer tutor to help kids grade 1-12. https://parsecyouthnet.weebly.com/ Virtual Opportunity
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MP-MD ApprenticeshipJoin the executive team organizing the apprenticeship of a medical student in each MP and MPP's office in Canada, working on a health-related cause and advocating for policy relating to COVID-19 efforts, medical personnel safety/working conditions, etc.https://forms.gle/YbZqufqVP1zMCrLu6Virtual Opportunity. Email: MPMDapprenticeship@gmail.com
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COVID-19 Education Initiative
COVID19 Education initiative seeks to combat misinformation regarding the pandemic through infographics. Twitter is included: https://twitter.com/hometalha.tahir@medportal.ca, malavan.ragulojan@medportal.ca, morgan.yuan@medportal.ca
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COVID-19 Connections InitiativeDue to the current pandemic and social distancing measures, residents of different long-term care homes, palliative care units and other healthcare institutions have had to restrict and/or halt their usual therapeutic recreation programming as well as restrict family and friend visits and group activities, leading to a large reduction in social interaction. With this imposed social isolation, patients are prone to experiencing feelings of loneliness. The purpose of the COVID-19 Connections Initiative is to combat this social isolation by connecting students with varying talents with these institutions to schedule virtual live performances on a 1-on-1 or small group basis. Ideas include playing live piano performances, hosting a virtual paint night, showing off your dog/cat, simply playing a virtual game of cards. These activities can be anywhere from 15min to several hours. We are currently working with multiple long-term care homes across Ontario and are always looking to spread this initiative to more. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out the Google Form to be matched with a long-term care home or other institution. https://forms.gle/nsamkX92ggMXJXncAVirtual Opportunity. Contact: dzheng33@uwo.ca
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Meals for Heroes OttawaAmidst the COVID-19 pandemic, eating healthy food remains an important part of maintaining our health. Dealing with this pandemic is especially hard on healthcare workers who are now working longer shifts and don’t have enough time to prepare nutritious meals. Meals for Heroes is an Ottawa-based, not-for-profit, initiative committed to supporting local frontline healthcare staff by providing them with free delicious and nutritious meals prepared by local caterers. By doing so, we aim to contribute our part in helping our healthcare Heroes maintain their physical and mental wellbeing, and support the local economy. Our mission is made possible by your generous donations. Your support is highly appreciated!mealsforheroesottawa@gmail.comhttps://www.mealsforheroesottawa.com/?fbclid=IwAR1rnLLpY7zm4v3kSxiZXkFSpNZ69BNU6XfTZ497YJbIIkXJr7Sw7e6UPIc
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