The #YEGWindowArt map turns Edmontonian’s neighbourhoods and Instagram feeds into an art gallery.
As we spend more time inside, self-isolating and physical distancing to protect those around us, it’s more important than ever to be creative in how we connect to our communities.
Edmontonians have risen to the challenge of adapting to these challenging times. From volunteering to help their neighbours, to supporting local businesses and bringing colour and joy to their neighbourhoods.
For those that need a little help, or those that have more time on their hands to give back, here’s a list of resources and organizations that are bringing people together even though we’re physically apart.
Celebrate how you or someone you know is helping others through Cityzen Connect.
Walk through your neighbourhood’s homemade art gallery, or decorate your own window to participate in the #YEGWindowArtMap.
Support a local business by spinning Linda Hoang’s Spin the Wheel of Local - Support Edmonton’s Businesses Edition.
Lend a hand to those in need of a little extra support, or find others who are offering help through a Facebook group such as YEG Community Response to COVID19 group.
Support a local artist by watching a livestream concert. The CKUA live stream calendar lists the time and platform of virtual concerts and festivals.
Consider remote and virtual volunteering for organizations who need extra help right now. Tips and opportunities can be found on the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Volunteer Connector.
Need help and support during this time? Here is a list of nonprofits in Edmonton compiled by Councillor Andrew Knack that are offering services during COVID-19.
Support local businesses! Councillor Aaron Paquette compiled this list of where to buy local food during COVID-19.
Order food and have it delivered or pick up curbside. Many restaurants are doing their own delivery - so they keep the money and are also able to keep staff employed a bit more. Here's an AWESOME list put together by a community member and there’s also a Facebook group.
Things that are open in Edmonton is a website that shows what businesses and service providers are open.
Help out seniors by sharing this service called Bag-Half-Full YEG offered from medical students at the University of Alberta. This community initiative helps to bridge the gap of accessibility to groceries and household items for the elderly and immunocompromised populations within the Edmonton community.
Read how Edmontonians are responding to the crisis with creativity and imagination. City Share Canada is a crowdsourced, real-time, platform that houses resources, tools and stories on how city builders and residents are responding to COVID-19.
These are just a few of the ways Edmontonians are connecting with their community while following social distancing guidelines. If you have any suggestions for us to share, please send us a message on social media or send us an email!