What a year it has been so far, and we are only halfway through. The year 2000 was supposed to bring so many changes and the end to the world as we knew it. That did not happen. Maybe the predictors got it wrong and it was 2020 instead. Certainly feels like the world as we knew it is gone and we are all learning how to cope and what to do to move forward and have life as normal as possible and back to as close to what we lived before COVID-19.
Early in the crisis, PWC made the decision to stop its social programming and to focus on maintaining key services, which we did well and continue to do. PWC is like everyone in this community and the world. We are learning new ways to deliver services that support the people of Peachland.
We held the tablet drive and had several tablets donated. We then went through the process of having each tablet ‘cleaned’ and set-up as simply and basically as possible for ease of use by those not familiar with this technology. We then looked at how to get the tablets to the people and at the same time teach them how to use them while maintaining safe practices, (social distance and PPE’s in place). Once that was all set up the task of ensuring the ability of many to have internet service where it may not have been available before. So many hurdles overcome and now people are starting to get the tablets and learning to use them.
PWC has also learnt how to host gatherings in the garden to allow for coffee get-togethers again observing all the new rules of socialization. If you or someone you know wants to get together, but you are concerned about safety, contact PWC and we will arrange for you to meet in the beautiful gardens. As people are using the parks, restaurants and getting out with others more use of this opportunity may not be as required, however many are still concerned for safety and this offers an alternative to being in a public space with people you don’t know.
PWC continues providing many services such as the Better at Home light housekeeping, where possible, as well as friendly visitors, outreach, calls to all existing clients/participants and transportation to essential appointments. As the transportation requests pick up, we remind everyone that for safety reasons all riders will be requested to ride in the back seat and wear a mask during the trip. The Drivers have all been provided with all they need to maintain sanitized vehicles and have enough PPE’s for themselves and the riders. We will continue the grocery shopping that was started at the beginning of this crisis and will continue to provide this service post COVID.
Pulling together and supporting people is what we do. We are in the office and here for you our regular hours from Monday to Friday from 9 to 3. We are maintaining personal distance and personal contact with our outside options for meetings and drop-off/pick-up space. We are having some meetings in the building but only by appointment and with a very minimal number of people in the building at any given time. Staff and volunteers are answering phones, making calls, organizing shopping, organizing volunteers that are providing programs and services, organizing online ‘Zoom’ social opportunities, and supporting all our clients/participants in the community.
PWC is the go-to place for so many and for such a variety of needs and we grow and adapt to meet those needs as they arrive. The COVID-19 pandemic is just one more example of how PWC has met the needs of this community and how fortunate we are to have this type of organization in our small town. Your support to continue this organization and the programs and services it provides is greatly appreciated, from donations of funds to run the operations to the many volunteers who offer themselves to help others. We are so lucky to have this. Thank you, Peachland!
Even though we have or because we have started to develop new ways to do things, we still have needs that are difficult to meet. Donations are needed now more than ever, and it is now easier than ever to donate to PWC, we have set-up an e-transfer option. E-transfer to email@example.com, the funds automatically go into the PWC general account at VantageOne. All donations are tracked and receipts for donations over $25.00 will be issued. Alternatively, you can set up an ongoing monthly contribution through Candahelps.org
When this pandemic passes our collective character will be defined by the choices we made to protect the most vulnerable. It will be strengthened by the lessons that we learn. Each one of us holds a piece of the better world we need, where compassion and cooperation are key.
Stay safe and well and contact PWC if you need anything.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-767-0141