May 20, 2020
Last year, the TCRA was a founding member of We Love Oakville, a grassroots organization composed of residents’ associations in Oakville who collaborated to stop the possible amalgamation of the four municipalities in Halton, including our town, into a single city. After wrapping up the STOP AMALGAMATION campaign and making a donation of $2,500 to the United Way, we have come together again to support our community during the COVID-19 emergency and beyond.
We all recognize that the COVID-19 public health emergency is also an economic crisis. Despite government support and other efforts being made, our local charities and community groups report staggering increases in requests for help. It is a crisis that will continue well beyond the lifting of the current emergency restrictions. This has become the reality that has touched so many of our neighbours including those who have lost their jobs or been laid off in hard hit economic sectors such as hospitality and travel; seniors living in isolation; families and individuals who now have to rely on food banks; students without summer jobs; and single parents, abused women and children, and others dependent upon social services that have had to close their doors.
After considering various ways in which We Love Oakville can contribute to our community (including supplying PPE to frontline workers), we are pleased to collaborate with the Oakville Community Foundation. The Foundation is a registered charity which was established 25 years ago to build community in our town by facilitating philanthropy from families, businesses, and residents.
To support our local community during this challenging time and beyond, the Foundation recently established the Oakville Resiliency Fund to provide grants to Oakville charities that are delivering frontline services. The Foundation is working closely with local governments and charities to identify the greatest needs.
If you are considering donating, we recommend the We Love Oakville Fund. All donations will be pooled with the Oakville Resiliency Fund. 100% of your gift will go to frontline charities, and charitable receipts will be issued for all donations of $20.00 and more.
Thank you for supporting our community during this time of need.
Peter De Rosa, President