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PEIWI
SPECIAL PROJECTS
COVID-19 Newsletter

PEIWI SPECIAL PROJECT LIST

The PEIWI provincial Board has an influx of inquiries and requests in light of the current COVID-19 situation. 
You can help! Further to our last newsletter, there are several new developments for WI branches to consider.

In the words of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and WI member "We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us".

How can your branch help during the COVID 19 situation? 

1) MASK PROJECT - PEIWI has partnered with Katie Beck of PEI Mask + Aide to fabricate masks using a specific pattern in response to a request from a vulnerable sector of PEI's Health Care System.  

WI is now able to provide directions and an accessory kit (in packages of 10 or 25) for this specific project. Details are listed in the links below. We are calling upon sewers in your branches to help fulfill a current need of 500 masks. These are requested by PEI Seniors Home (including Garden Home and Whisperwood Villa) and will be used due to the unavailable supply of N95 masks. WI has developed an expandable process should it be required. If interested in participating, and to expedite this process we are asking one per person branch to arrange details for your branch members using the following links and safe distancing practices.  

 
 

TO JOIN THIS PROJECT YOU MUST REGISTER WITH WI - registration and additional information are available through the following links (in red) to achieve our current goal of 500 masks:
 


2) QEH FOUNDATION- The QEH Foundation would like to thank Women's Institutes for their past support. In lieu of the Spring Is in the Air Gala, donations are gratefully accepted for the CT Simulator for the Prince Edward Island Cancer Treatment Centre OR the more immediate focus right now to provide medical equipment to COVID-19 Care. Donations can by made online at www.qehfoundation.pe.ca or call (902)894-2425.

3) ISLANDERS HELPING ISLANDERS - VOLUNTEER SERVICES DIRECTORY - If interested, and if your branch has not been contacted already, branches can be listed with the government based Islanders Helping Islanders Volunteer Services Directory.  Any form of assistance from your branch is helpful, for example, it could be simply forming a call list, or to arrange food packages to be dropped off in your community or identify those who may be in need. Details now available 

4) FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION and MENTAL HEALTH LINKS - should you know of anyone in your communities experiencing violence of any nature please reach out to resources available at: Family Violence Prevention Supports   
For additional information to support community members requiring online and distance support mental health supports please use this link: Mental Health and Addictions Online Phone and Text Assistance. 

5)  PEI UNITED WAY COVID 19 COMPASSION FUND - Should your branch need funding to assist up and beyond the Islanders Helping Islanders Volunteers Services program, the United Way is set up to provide small grants to organizations during the COVID 19 situation to help others.  For full details on the fund and application process, and to access the application link, please visit https://peiunitedway.com/covid-19-response.  For further information, please contact Andrea MacDonald at (902) 892-2744 or amacdonald@peiunitedway.com.
 
6) COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 
Community grant applications are now OPEN. 
Each year, through the generosity of various donors, the Community Foundation of PEI (CFPEI) is able to provide community grants for various causes throughout the Island. 

Our Community Grants help make PEI an even greater place to live for everyone by attempting to strengthen all parts of the charitable sector and/or engaging citizens in building their communities.
For a complete list of all our Community Grants available and guidelines on how to apply please click the following link. COMMUNITY GRANTS
Applications for our Community Grants will now be completed ONLINE ONLYat our new APPLICATION PORTAL.

7) REMAIN KNOWLEDGABLE- there are many online resources to choose from, a few important ones are listed below: 
Websites:

8) ACWW WALK FOR WOMEN - On April 29, Women Institute members around the world invite the general public to take part of an annual Women Walk the World Event. This event is part of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) to bring awareness to its efforts.  This year the walk will proceed globally by following world wide health authority guidelines and on PEI, by following the current provincial health directives of PEI’s Chief Medical Officer.  This walk will connect women around the world, yet by staying apart.

The Associated Country County Women of the World (ACWW) brings attention and funds to vital global projects for rural women in over 70 countries. ACWW also gives women a voice at international levels by its links with the United Nations. For the most update information on this global walk please view online at ACWW@org.uk.
 
If you are not required to self isolate, the PEIWI Board of Directors encourages all to walk individually or with members of your household only, on or around April 29 using current provincial health directive guidelines. This includes avoiding crowds and adhering to social distancing practices. Using the current guidelines, PEIWI suggests Islanders can simply walk close to their home or at approved locations.  
 
In addition to the April walk event, WI wants to emphasize the importance of remaining active during our stay at home mandate.   The board would also like to promote your walking efforts.  Please email photos of your walk to wi@gov.pe.ca - the images could simply include photos of your path, your footwear, a family member walking, or even a selfie.  Have fun with your walk and please share with WI by emailing wi@gov.pe.caor sending a message through to the PEI Women Institute Facebook page.     

Other postponements - The annual Roadside Cleanup has been postponedUpdates coming soon. 

Facebook Links: 
Prince Edward Island Government - this link provides daily updates at approximately 1:30pm and 4 or 5pm and links to all major announcements. 

For lighter thoughts the 
PEI Bear Hunt is a popular reprieve.   Send your popular links you may wish to share with others to wi@gov.pe.ca
 

 

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