Annex Helps the Union Gospel Mission
Union Gospel Mission (UGM) has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for the past 80 years. Through its seven locations in Metro Vancouver, UGM provides emergency shelter, meals, outreach, career development counselling, education, safe and affordable housing, addiction recovery, and much more to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild lives and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To learn more, visit www.ugm.ca.
In the wake of COVID-19 and the increasing homelessness in Vancouver, UGM had more hungry mouths to feed and not enough volunteers. While the Mission has been providing meals in the Downtown Eastside for decades, they were unprepared for the deluge of demand for their meals that would come when the lockdown was implemented. Fortunately for them Annex Helps reached out with the offer to provide volunteers to non-profits doing critical work during the lockdown just like essential service heroes. Union Gospel gladly accepted and partnered with Annex Helps. Annex pulled in its recruitment company partners, Mindfield and McNeill Nakamoto, and together the companies identified dozens of volunteers for UGM.
The volunteers helped UGM feed many more people. UGM went from delivering eight meals a day in the Downtown Eastside during regular times to feeding 40+ people at the start of the pandemic. The operation scaled exponentially due to the partnership with Annex Helps and now UGM are serving 500+ meals a day in the Greater Vancouver area. Volunteers helped serve the meals, organize suppliers, and allowed the UGM team to get well-deserved rest periods. Word spread and more and more people lined up.
While currently UGM is serving over 500 meals a day, the count is increasing each day. Fortunately, they have volunteers provided by Annex Helps, but they still need essential food items to keep them going until the pandemic is behind us. You can help. Here is UGM’s list of most needed items as well as how to donate them: https://www.ugm.ca/covid19-most-needed/
About Annex Helps
Annex Helps connects volunteers with front-line organizations that desperately need assistance in the COVID-19 relief effort. Volunteers help essential services companies, not-for-profits and charities that are working hard to serve the community. If you represent an organization that needs volunteers, or you wish to donate your time and expertise, please contact email@example.com or call 604.638.8878.
While Annex’s purpose is to make connections that change lives, the purpose of Annex Helps is to make connections that save lives. This is your opportunity to assist in the battle against coronavirus.
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