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This page is in different sections, to help you find what you are looking for:

  • Support initiatives each with a different focus (Single contact point each)
  • Support initiatives for specific neighbourhoods (Single contact point each)
  • Facebook groups
    (*These are interactive: You find individuals who can help you, or who you can help)
  • Other online directories of ways to get help

Scroll down to browse through the sections…

Reminder: Also see other pages on this site (linked at top) for further resources.

Disclaimer: All of the links and contact information below, is “use at your own risk”.


Support initiatives, with different focuses:

Fill out a form to get support from the following initiatives,
and/or, they accept donations or volunteers to allow them to help more people:

  • Ottawa Food Bankwww.OttawaFoodBank.ca
    *  Get Food from local distribution point or delivery  *  Donate  *  Volunteer  * 
  • Operation Ramzieh
    Offers delivery of food packs for seniors and other vulnerable people:
    * To request a food pack, click ‘Register’ on the EventBrite page
    * Donate, and more info, at www.OperationRamzieh.org
  • United Muslim Organizations – Ottawa-Gatineau
    For isolated or vulnerable people of any faith. Offers help with: food supplies, medications/prescriptions, emotional support, counselling and more:
    * Click here for Request Form *
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund for Ottawa and Area Workers
    Accepts donations and offers financial assistance to hourly wage workers, self-employed people and small business owners currently without income because of Covid-19:
    * Donate here
    * Apply for assistance here
  • Feeding Our Frontline Workers COVID-19 (Ottawa)
    Give back to the hardworking teams at COVID-19 testing stations, ERs and ICUs throughout Ottawa. Help provide meals & uplift morale for our frontline medical staff:
    * Donate here
    * Media coverage: CTV Ottawa, March 27
  • Emergency Fund for Ottawa Independent Companions
    A fund that OIC members can apply to benefit from if they are experiencing financial hardship, because COVID-19 is hitting the sex industry hard:
    * Donate here
  • Free Hand Sanitizer
    Providing 50-80ml bottles of 70-80% ethanol hand sanitizer to high-need individuals in the Ottawa area. Organized by Jordan Harding.
    * Apply here
    * Help: Donate $$ or refillable bottles, or Volunteer to deliver www.handsan.ca
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies for Healthcare Providers 
    A group of medical students from University of Ottawa reaching out to the community, to businesses, vendors, and industry partners who may have PPE available to donate to our hospitals and front-line healthcare professionals.
    * Form to learn more and offer items for donation 


Community-based Organized Efforts


Facebook Groups

These groups allow people to ask for help and offer support, and people do the matching themselves. They also offer spaces for discussion and emotional support. Each group has its own particular approach.

* Reminder – It is helpful to be mindful of the possibility of fraud and scams on the internet *

City-wide groups:

By area / neighourhoods:


Directories compiled elsewhere

  • Guide to local food businesses
    *  Local grocers, restaurants, farms, and more * With delivery, curb-side pick-up, and take-out options * Compiled by Edible Ottawa *