Services to our Community
Members helped serve Hot Chocolate during the Christmas in the Park event.
IODE Sarnia-Lambton Chapters have contributed over $24,000 in services to the Sarnia-Lambton community, with volunteer hours totalling over 23,680 in 2014.
Monetary donations were given to Salvation Army, Bluewater Health Foundation, Sarnia Lambton Camp, Welfare Drug & Dental Fund;Big Sisters, Rebound, Sarnia Workplace Group, Inn of the Good Shepherd Christmas Hampers and “Circles”.
New and used clothing, grooming bags, Fresh Start Household supplies and cleaning supplies were donated to the Women’s Interval Home and 60 coffee mugs were donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Donations of food were given to the CNIB and school breakfast programs.
Knitted items and baby clothes were sent to Provincial Chapter Services for distribution to Northern Ontario; One chapter gave knitted items to Shriners’ Hospital and Lambton Rural Child Care . Lap robes and slippers were donated to local nursing homes; infant and children’s knitted items and clothing were distributed to Bluewater Health Nursery and Lambton Health Unit.
Birthday parties were held at local nursing homes. Fruit was given at Easter and Christmas to the residents of a Retirement Home and Continuing Care Unit at the local hospital. Chocolates were given to veterans in nursing and retirement homes. Christmas baskets and food vouchers were donated to needy families.
LEAP (Local Emergency Assistance Program)
Township family lost their belongings through a fire which demolished the home.
The IODE Sarnia-Lambton Municipal program called LEAP (Local Emergency Assistance Program) was initiated and brought to the Municipal Executive on April 1st, 2009. The primary objective is to provide direct, hands-on and personal help to those in the community who suffer losses due to fire or weather-related calamity or disaster.
Committee: Headed by Municipal President as Chairperson and Municipal Services Officer as Co-Chairperson, with support from the 4 primary chapter members of IODE Sarnia Lambton Municipal.
Sources of information: Newspaper articles or contact persons.
Helped: To date, five cases were reported. Four families were contacted and three were helped.
Mode of Action: When someone in the community suffers loss due to a fire or weather-related calamity, rendering them homeless and in dire need of basic necessities, Municipal President contacts the family or person (s) assisting the family in order to determine what the victims need.
No monetary donation is given as one of the objectives of LEAP is to give “hands-on” help or direct service to some person (s) or families in need.