Ontario Recognizes International Day of Charity

Published on September 04, 2020

Working Together to Give Back and Create Caring Communities


Statement

TORONTO — Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility issued the following statement to mark International Day of Charity on September 5, 2020:

"The International Day of Charity is about honouring those who are compassionate, caring and thoughtful. People who are there for others, generously giving their time and asking nothing in return.

In Ontario, charities are a special type of not-for-profit which make an important contribution to the lives of people across the province each and every day. Many charities owe their success to the countless number of volunteers who help those in need.

Over the past few months, my ministry has partnered with SPARK Ontario, an online platform that connects volunteers with organizations. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, more than 5,000 volunteers have registered with the organization. They are supporting others in a variety of ways, such as making deliveries and getting supplies to those in need.

My ministry is also working closely with the Ontario Community Support Association and its network of volunteers to deliver the Ontario Community Support Program. This program helps isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions by delivering meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials so that they can stay safe at home during COVID-19.

It is inspiring to see the Ontario Spirit in action, with so many devoting their time to elevate their communities across the province. Ontario is stronger when we work together, especially to help those most in need.

Our government thanks every person who operates, volunteers or donates to a charity. We are grateful for your commitment to making our communities and our province a better place for everyone."