Durham Children’s Aid Foundation provides support through the COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund. This fund supports over 400 children, youth and their families. Families struggle with anxiety, fear and stress due to limited financial support. Families are experiencing reduced food supplies, a need for toys, protective masks and clothing. During COVID-19 supporting children/youth is required as they are forced to spend additional time in vulnerable situations. Due to a lack of interesting activities, the potential for abuse increases. Accessible technology is required as children and youth strive to communicate with family members. Unfortunately family members often living in separated situations. It’s important for children to to communicate with their friends, parents and extended family. Front-line workers require access through reliable communication to support and encourage families. The use of technology is required for online learning. Youth preparing for post-secondary school require reliable access to technology (i.e., laptop, wifi).
Children and youth are not benefiting from after-school programs, camps and other community services. With distancing restrictions in place, the pressure is a major concern. Families are trying to deal with the negative impacts of the pandemic. Children and youth are experiencing the negative effects of social isolation and a lack of active opportunities. Children and youth need an opportunity to experience and enjoy various leisure activities. It is a relief that playgrounds are providing a place to play. With the daylight hours shortening and temperatures cooling, outdoor play is now becoming more limited.
Impact of Your Donation
DCAF requires your generous donations to provide essential front line assistance.
Your donation of $50 helps provide much needed food.
$75 – $100 assists with expenses to keep homes safe and comfortable during this time of uncertainty.
Donation of $250 helps support an active/virtual activity for a child or youth.
Show Your Support – TODAY!