Community Resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 30, 2020
by Hilary Blackett, Manager – Quality and Programs
Wondering what resources are available in and around Centre Wellington to support you and the people you know during the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve rounded up a list of local supports that we hope will be helpful to our neighbors in need.
Food and supplies
Arthur Food Bank – Dedicated to easing hunger in this community by providing food and other resources in a compassionate and supportive environment. For more information please call 519-848-3272. Voicemails are returned daily.
Centre Wellington Food Bank – Provides regular and drop-in Food Bank visits, monthly Community Dinners and special programs/events to those in our community living with hunger. For more information visit https://cwfoodbank.org/.
CW Meals to Go – Provides hot, fresh weekday meals prepared and delivered daily out of certified kitchens and restaurants across Fergus. Lunches are available on Mondays-Thursdays and delivered from noon-1:00 p.m. Dinners are available on Fridays and delivered from 6:00-7:00 p.m. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number, and number of meals needed for each day or call Corey Parish at 519-803-0502.
Foodland Arthur grocery delivery – Free delivery to local individuals who are in need of groceries and supplies but unable to leave their home. E-mail email@example.com or call the store at (519)848-3630 for more information.
Fresh Box Market – Weekly produce delivery service in Fergus, Elora, Guelph, Elmira, Rockwood, Drayton, Alma, Moorefield, Arthur, Puslinch, Orangeville, Erin, Hillsburgh, Caledon, Mono, Grand Valley, Belwood, St Jacobs & Mount Forest. To place an order visit https://freshboxmarket.ca/.
Fresh Food for Kids – provides nutritious food to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. For more information or to sign up visit: https://www.childrensfoundation.org/way…/fresh-food-for-kids
“Store-to-Door” delivery – Connects trained volunteers to assist community members without a support person who are in need of groceries or essential items like prescriptions or medicine and not able to leave home during pandemic. Contact the Community Resource Centre at 226-748-4013 to speak to a supervisor.
Mental Health and Addictions
Anxiety, Depression and Hope Virtual Peer Support Group – Participants who engage in the group are currently or have at some point in their life experienced depression and/or anxiety. The goal of this peer-led group is to talk and share experiences in an effort to provide support and useful information that promotes and maintains optimal health. To register contact Meghan at 519-763-4014 ext. 4055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borderline Personality Disorder Virtual Peer Support Group – Offers drop-in peer support for individuals with borderline personality disorder (
Mental Health “Walk-in” Clinic – Single session mental health therapy offered via telephone on Thursdays, 3:00-6:30 p.m. Visit https://familyserviceguelph.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19.pdf for more information and call 519-824-2431 ext. 12 starting at 2 pm on Thursdays to book an appointment.
Rural Wellington Community Withdrawal Team – Support for community members to safely withdraw from alcohol and/or other drugs in a safe and supportive community environment. Call 1-844-722-2977 for more information.
Rural Wellington RAAC (Rapid Access Addicitions Clinic) – Support for community members living with substance dependencies. Call 1-844-722-2977 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Rural Wellington Addiction Service (RWAS) Virtual Support Group – Support group for individuals and members of their support groups living with addictions in Wellington County. Contact Kate McLintock (Counsellor, RWAS) at 519-803-5873 for information.
Substance Use Peer Support – A non-judgmental space for mutual support around issues of substance use offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington. Contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Wellington Transportation Service – Makes trips to pharmacies, grocery stores, food banks, essential medical appointments (that have not been cancelled), and income tax pick-up and drop-off within Wellington County. For more information e-mail email@example.com or call 519-843-7003.
Children and Families
EarlyON virtual Meet Up groups – EarlyON Child and Family Centres are open to all families with children birth-six years of age. Rural programs in are offered in Alma, Arthur,Belwood, Drayton, Erin, Elora, Melville, Fergus, Harriston, Moorefield, Mount Forest, Palmerston and Rockwood. These programs offer a variety of fun programming for families to learn, play, laugh, be curious, make friends and feel capable and competent. To view a list of upcoming groups visit https://www.meetup.com/CRC-childrens-playgroups/.
Know of another local resource available in the Fergus, Elora or Arthur communities that should appear on this list? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stay safe everyone!