Volunteers working 24 hours to help the homeless survive the heat

Toronto is facing a hot and humid summer thanks to the recent heat wave that forced Environment Canada to declare a warning. The daytime temperature is hovering around the lower to mid-30s while the humidex value has risen to the mid-40s. The night time is also no relief with temperatures soaring to 20 C. This comes at a time only when last month saw some torrential rains and storms.

It’s only going to get worse!

The oppressive heat has been harsh on the vulnerable populations and the homeless and refugees are feeling the brunt. The hot weather is going to last for some time as Environment Canada has said in its reports. Even people with health issues are finding the weather unbearable- experts warn there could be deaths from the extreme heat just like from extreme cold.

But the groups and volunteers working for the homeless people have put their efforts to make it a little better by offering summer survival kits including drinking water. Dehydration can also be a cause of death so the water is really something needful.

Some real stories

CBC News interviewed some of the homeless people and volunteers on the street handing out kits and drinking water. Omar Adan has been rendered homeless recently after he lost his job and is quite worried about the heat wave. He is not sure how he is going to handle the hot weather as the rooms in the homeless shelter get really hot during the day. He said that they have around eight people sleeping in the same room which makes matters worse. The influx of refugees has also added to the problem.

The founder of the charity organization Engage and Change, Jody Steinhauer, have been giving out blue backpacks to homeless people containing summer survival gears. She is also targeting the newly arrived refugees and helping them out with drinking water. She plans to hand out around 3,000 survival kits though they need more of them.

Steinhauer said the situation is really sad and this was the worst season she was experiencing. She has been volunteering to help the homeless people for 20 years and is concerned to find all the agencies full because of the refugee influx. Other volunteers have joined Steinhauer to deliver bottled water under the initiative Project Water. They want to hand out 300,000 bottles of water so that no one dies from dehydration during the summer.

The shelters have started to offer additional services in the wake of the heat wave. The hours of the shelters have been relaxed so that the homeless can stay indoors under shade during the day. Volunteers have also taken to the street and working 24 hours to help people in need. Cooling centers have also started operating in the municipal buildings around the country and offer water and juice.

Toronto’s weather, as is widely known, is unpredictable and we do hope that the heat spell doesn’t last long!

Volunteering Events in Canada

It is one of the most astonishing factors that the number of volunteers is increasing at a fast pace. About 50% of the total Canadian population is indulged in volunteer work which is simply superb. The work done by Canadians in terms of volunteering is equal to 1.1 million full-time jobs. People in Canadian society love helping each other and therefore there are ample volunteering opportunities. There are many volunteering related events which take place in Canada just to make sure that new opportunities arise. There are many conferences which are held every day just to make sure that this concept remains alive and kicking. Connection and keeping in contact with other peers are the main ideas related to volunteering events. Volunteer management is regarded as a complete subject in Canada. It has been taken to new heights with the help of volunteering events. These events also make sure that the best outcome is generated when it comes to volunteering work. Confidence within the society and making sure that everybody gets the help is related to these volunteering workshops. Some volunteering related events which are held in different parts of Canada are as follows. The list will also show that volunteering is spread in every part of Canada and the society highly regards it.

VECTor Conference

VECTor is a short form of Volunteering, Engaging, and Connecting Toronto. The conference is held every year to make sure that the best volunteer talent is brought forward. Volunteering has been made exciting and therefore all people come together to discuss the ideas. In this conference, it is also discussed that how volunteering work can be promoted in the society. Every volunteer in this workshop makes sure that training is also provided in a house if required. All organizations in need of promoting volunteer mechanism as a part of their corporate culture can attend this conference to get insight.

APCO conference and trade show

There are many benefits which are associated with APCO conference. The volunteers from all parts of Canada join and make sure that volunteer ideas are shared and explained. New forms of volunteering are also discussed to make sure that the scope of the subject is expanded. There are many key points which are related to this volunteering workshop. Some of these key points are as follows:

  • The attendance at all seminars of APCO becomes free. The days on which a volunteer has not attended the session is explained in form of keynotes.
  • Free meal service to all volunteers of APCO
  • The outreach and the networking increases which produces great opportunities.

Volunteer management, Professionals of Canada

It is the best volunteer learning event. In this event, the different terminologies which are related to volunteering are explained. It makes sure that the best outcome is generated for field work. There are many issues related to volunteering. All such issues are resolved with ease and therefore this event is highly recommended. There are many other events which are related to this conference. It is highly regarded by the volunteer community of Canada.