As Ontario continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public, the primary focus remains on our most vulnerable population here in York Region. As we continue to be able to get more of our community vaccinated, the need for volunteer drivers also continues. We are also helping book appointments. PinkCars is now looking for volunteer translators to ease the process for our residents.
Pink Cars, in collaboration with Volunteer Markham, is pleased to launch an online portal for seniors who require transportation in order to get vaccinated. Pink Cars will arrange transportation by connecting the senior with a volunteer driver. The service will also help seniors schedule their vaccination appointment if necessary.
Those interested in volunteering can apply via the Pink Cars website (URL below). Volunteer Drivers will need to submit an application form and copies of the following documents:
- Driver’s license – with a minimum
of five years of driving experience
- Car insurance document
- Vulnerable Sector Check – please
contact Pink Cars prior to applying for this
Shanta Sunderland, Pink Cars Founder, stated her passion
is driven by “Working With the Community, For the Community”. Mirja Raita, Executive Director of Volunteer
Markham, couldn’t agree more that any barriers to receiving vaccinations should
be addressed immediately. Shanta has
been on the forefront of Covid-19 community response leading hundreds of
volunteers to support all residents.
Thank you for your consideration!
For over 40 years, Volunteer Markham (VM) has been assisting our community through volunteerism. The COVID pandemic has negatively impacted our funding while increasing the essential work we are doing to help our community deal with the crisis. VM recently held it’s first ever fundraising event, our online auction, from March 24 to 28. We are so excited to have built our family, gain new friends and supporters and surpassed our goal!
Individuals and businesses helped by providing goods, services or gift cards for our auction. The donations received speaks to the value and recognition of volunteers and encouraged others to consider giving and supporting. Cash donations were also made to our charity during this time.
VM is actively supporting the community during the COVID pandemic. We have partnered with the United Way and other GTA volunteer centres in a “COVID Recovery Initiative”, we launched new programs and services, created valuable resources and collaborated with grass roots groups. This includes sourcing volunteers to support essential services including:
- screened volunteer drivers to deliver essential services and transport vulnerable people
- helping address food insecurity through the Food Banks in York Region
- providing supports to seniors’ centres
- helping the health care sector
- helping seniors reach their vaccine appointments through the “PinkCars” initiative
Thank you for helping us to continue to provide this important support at such a critical time.
Reach out, stay connected, together we will recover!
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We understand that prejudice exists in Markham and in Canada. As an organization, Volunteer Markham focuses on inclusive action that will help educate and deepen awareness of unconscious bias, racism and discrimination of any kind.
At Volunteer Markham, we pledge to continue to listen, learn, and take action to promote equality and create a more inclusive future for all. Now is the time for change and action. Change does not come easily. However, together we can make a difference.
#Diversity #Respect #StopRacism