As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to recognize EDA’s outstanding members and all the volunteer work they do.

We now live in a new normal, but that new normal has not stopped the good work that our members do in their communities. Consider these examples:

Alectra Utilities has donated to several foodbanks across the GTHA. It also provided 16,800 N95 particulate-respirator masks to hospitals across its service territory to help address shortages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bluewater Power is in the process of creating two new Facebook sites called: Bluewater Power’s “The Power of Positivity” and Bluewater Power’s “The Power of Compassion”. These sites are intended to be a way for people to help people. Bluewater Power also hopes that they may help to spread some happiness in these uncertain times.

Brantford Power donated 500 surgical masks and 260 N95 masks for healthcare workers in Brantford.

Burlington Hydro announced that it will cover the costs associated with new electrical service and equipment needed to power the temporary Pandemic Response Unit being built at Joseph Brant Hospital. The unit will increase the hospital’s capacity to support COVID-19 patient care, providing approximately 90 additional beds.

Hydro One has offered support to the Ministry of Health in its efforts to contact travelers entering Ontario to ensure they comply with Canada's mandatory quarantine measures. Hydro One has volunteered employees from its customer service operations to contact thousands of returning travelers and to give them timely guidance on how to self-isolate and spot the symptoms of the virus.

Peterborough Utilities Group donated $62,500 towards Kawartha Food Share for its COVID-19 emergency food efforts in the City of Peterborough. Peterborough Utilities Group also committed an additional $45,000 annually to Funds for Utility Service Emergencies (FUSE). The funds are managed by our Housing Resource Centre and are used to cover both electric and water arrears.

These are just a few examples of what local hydro utilities are doing across Ontario to help their communities and customers to make life a little easier throughout these challenging times.

Thank you to all our volunteers, keep up the great work. Stay healthy and stay strong.