April 7th, 2020
Sustainability has always been at the forefront of our firm’s mission, but this does not just end at environmental sustainability.
In all we do, we remain relentlessly focused on the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental sustainability. We believe that each of these focuses needs to be satisfied for our work to be truly sustainable. During these times, we’re incredibly inspired as we see our community come together to support one another. We know that we will get through this challenge together and will come out stronger because of this.
We’ve put together a list of local and industry initiatives that have inspired us. We will continue to support our local community in every way that we can while we remain apart, together.
541 Eatery & Exchange:
Our neighbours, 541 Eatery & Exchange, are providing over 75 free brown-bagged lunches per day at their door for individuals in the community who have been cut off from their support system due to COVID-19. To support this initiative, you can donate at www.fivefortyone.ca/donate
Mystic Ramen has developed a campaign called We Feed the Need. This initiative is collecting donations to enable locally-owned restaurants in Hamilton to provide nourishing meals to Healthcare Professionals, First Responders, Essential Workers, and our most vulnerable populations.
Visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/feed-the-need-hamont to learn more.
Dillon’s Distillery has been able to distill, bottle and distribute 25,000 750ML bottles of hand sanitizer to first responders across Ontario, free of charge. They have recently begun distilling more of their grape and rye-based spirits, which would normally be turning into gin and whiskey, to make sanitizer available to the wider community. They are offering sanitizer for purchase through their online shop for contactless pickup or shipping. Read more: https://dillons.ca/sanitizer-update
Local furniture manufacturer, Hauser Stores, has been working hard to prototype new products to help support urgent care workers through this unprecedented time. The Waterloo-based company has retooled its factory to manufacture emergency triage beds and vinyl screens to aid social distancing measures.
Local artisan, Craftd Origins, has made thousands of bottles of hand soap, sanitizer, and moisturizer free for the Hamilton community. They have donated these bottles to local businesses to hand out with takeout and delivery orders.
Local suit manufacturer, Coppley has repurposed production to produce medical supplies, including masks and gowns to protect health-care workers against COVID-19.
New Vision United Church has moved all worship gatherings online until the end of April, pending further notice. During this period, they have offered 24 Main W to the City of Hamilton public health authorities as a centrally located public space in the fight against COVID-19.
Grace Anglican Church:
Grace Anglican Church‘s Food With Grace food bank remains open with precautionary restrictions, providing essential food support for those who need it most within the Waterdown area, every Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. Learn more about how and what you can donate here: http://www.graceanglicanwaterdown.org/food-with-grace
Bruce Power has provided 1.2 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to over 100 front-line organizations and Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care. The donation is the largest to date from the private sector in Canada in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to Bruce Power, and marks a doubling of its initial commitment of 600,000 pieces. The PPE includes surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, and face shields.