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Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you engaged at home.


New this week!


Woebot App for better mental health

Download the free Woebot App as a tool to support your mental health and wellbeing. Woebot is an artificially intelligent chatbot that helps individuals develop skills to challenge thinking and build healthy habits.

Chalk drawing on a sidewalk that says Let the sunshine in

Chalk Challenge!

Foxhunt-area neighbours have issued a chalk challenge! Until April 26, challenge yourself and/or your neighbours to decorate the outdoor space where you live. Tag us with photos of your creations and/or the designs you see this week. Challenge accepted!


Planet Rescue – A Family Educational Escape Room

You’ll learn more about environmental issues, the organizations fighting for it and what you can do to help. No previous knowledge is required. Parents are encouraged to stay with the kids to explain concepts as they move through the game. Please visit the virtual escape room to participate.



Ideas from our neighbourhoods team:

  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 34
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 35
  • Would you like to be more connected to your neighbours or are you connected to your neighbours but feel others could benefit from these connections? Our Hey Neighbour! block connector program could be just for you!
  • We have produced a fun and engaging activity book that you can browse and complete while at home.
  • Print out a pre-made sign and hang it up in your window today to celebrate and thank volunteers!
  • If you've been thinking about a project that might get your neighbours together once everything returns to normal, maybe our neighbourhood matching fund is a good idea to help you along. You can apply for funds up to $7,500 for large and small projects including community gardens, outdoor rinks, street barbecues, playground upgrades, movie nights and more! Please visit waterloo.ca/nmf for details.
  • Nominate a kind neighbour!
    Who are the kind neighbours in your area of Waterloo? What acts of kindness do they demonstrate? Consider submitting a quick and easy nomination to describe your kind neighbour's contributions.


Ideas from Waterloo Fire Prevention:

Our Fire Prevention team continues to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety. With more people staying home all day, there is an increased risk of fire - here are some resources to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Remember fire safety during your spring cleanup
  • Question & answer Information sheet for homeowners as part of the home smoke alarm program
  • Fire safety tips doorknocker translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Fire safety tips magnet translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Google classroom - Public education officer John Percy has created a Google Classroom with helpful tips and resources for children and their caregivers to maintain fire safety while at home. Register or sign in to your Google Classroom account and use the code ckoh3rf to access this information.
  • Home fire safety tips interview with Rogers TV
  • Consider developing a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home
  • Teach your children the importance of never leaving the kitchen while they're cooking
  • Additional information and home fire safety tips can be found at waterloo.ca/fire

We encourage the community to follow our fire prevention team on Twitter for additional information.


Ideas from our community partners:

  • Wazee Seniors Group - Wazee is a biweekly virtual program designed to foster social connections, communication and supports among the elderly within the Black community. Topics for conversation are structured to enhance knowledge sharing and network building, but also to identify and address social, health and economic needs. The Wazee group will run in collaboration with AFRO (African Family Revival Organization). Register by calling 226-336-1988 or email info@kindsfamilywellness.org. Learn more on their website.
  • The KW Library of Things - Spring is here and with it, yard maintenance, repairs, etc. Instead of buying, The KW Library of Things is a space where you can borrow infrequently used items such as a telescope, chocolate fountain or cordless drill. Look for available tools, garden equipment, kitchen appliances or camping gear. Memberships are $50 and you can borrow up to 10 items at a time.
  • It feels so satisfying to give back. View virtual volunteer opportunities shared by the Volunteer Action Centre.
  • Join the Waterloo Public Library Virtual Book Club. A new book is featured each month and lively discussions are held online.
  • You can visit the Region of Waterloo's In This Together webpage and print the poster and colouring page. #BeKindWR
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region and the Psychosocial Pandemic Response Group have compiled a two-page document with some of the top resources being accessed in Waterloo Region during the pandemic. The document is meant to be a quick and easy roster of resources for anyone who is looking to be connected with supports.
  • From the Regional Age Friendly Committee, read the new Celebration Project profiles and advice from older adults. Find tips for staying resilient and helpful during the pandemic and learn from the older adults in our community about healthy ageing.
  • There are so many interesting podcasts you can listen to. Try the Happiness Lab (with Yale professor Laurie Santos) or Canada’s Calling (explore Canada with hosts Ashley and Mike).
  • Need help? UW students offers free tech support for learning how to video chat, launch a Zoom meeting, or sign out books from the library electronically.
  • Engaging with Equity - Given current events, many people are looking to engage in discussions about equity and systemic racism. “Challenging Systemic Barriers: The Equity Lens” is a video series that explores inequities in our communities and how we can better understand them and work towards eliminating disparate outcomes. The three-part series comes with a discussion guide that can be used individually or with a group. To view the videos and discussion guides, click here.
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services' website (WRPS) has a kids corner with police themed activities like colouring pages and word searches. WRPS would love to see your finished work, so please feel free to share it with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • The Friendly Voice program - The Friendly Voice is a general wellbeing check-in to enhance social connections and reduce loneliness in our community. To register for the Friendly Voice program, please call 519-743-6333 and ask reception how to get started! Reception hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Friendly Voice hours may vary.
  • Lions Quest Canada (a national charity sponsored by Lions and headquartered in Waterloo Region) is posting daily activities on Facebook & Twitter to support the social & emotional well-being of children
  • Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place
  • Perimeter Institute - A fun, kid-friendly scavenger hunt to do at home
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region
  • Children and Youth Planning Table
  • Immigration Partnership


How are you staying socially connected?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!




Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you engaged at home.


New this week!


Woebot App for better mental health

Download the free Woebot App as a tool to support your mental health and wellbeing. Woebot is an artificially intelligent chatbot that helps individuals develop skills to challenge thinking and build healthy habits.

Chalk drawing on a sidewalk that says Let the sunshine in

Chalk Challenge!

Foxhunt-area neighbours have issued a chalk challenge! Until April 26, challenge yourself and/or your neighbours to decorate the outdoor space where you live. Tag us with photos of your creations and/or the designs you see this week. Challenge accepted!


Planet Rescue – A Family Educational Escape Room

You’ll learn more about environmental issues, the organizations fighting for it and what you can do to help. No previous knowledge is required. Parents are encouraged to stay with the kids to explain concepts as they move through the game. Please visit the virtual escape room to participate.



Ideas from our neighbourhoods team:

  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 34
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 35
  • Would you like to be more connected to your neighbours or are you connected to your neighbours but feel others could benefit from these connections? Our Hey Neighbour! block connector program could be just for you!
  • We have produced a fun and engaging activity book that you can browse and complete while at home.
  • Print out a pre-made sign and hang it up in your window today to celebrate and thank volunteers!
  • If you've been thinking about a project that might get your neighbours together once everything returns to normal, maybe our neighbourhood matching fund is a good idea to help you along. You can apply for funds up to $7,500 for large and small projects including community gardens, outdoor rinks, street barbecues, playground upgrades, movie nights and more! Please visit waterloo.ca/nmf for details.
  • Nominate a kind neighbour!
    Who are the kind neighbours in your area of Waterloo? What acts of kindness do they demonstrate? Consider submitting a quick and easy nomination to describe your kind neighbour's contributions.


Ideas from Waterloo Fire Prevention:

Our Fire Prevention team continues to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety. With more people staying home all day, there is an increased risk of fire - here are some resources to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Remember fire safety during your spring cleanup
  • Question & answer Information sheet for homeowners as part of the home smoke alarm program
  • Fire safety tips doorknocker translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Fire safety tips magnet translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Google classroom - Public education officer John Percy has created a Google Classroom with helpful tips and resources for children and their caregivers to maintain fire safety while at home. Register or sign in to your Google Classroom account and use the code ckoh3rf to access this information.
  • Home fire safety tips interview with Rogers TV
  • Consider developing a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home
  • Teach your children the importance of never leaving the kitchen while they're cooking
  • Additional information and home fire safety tips can be found at waterloo.ca/fire

We encourage the community to follow our fire prevention team on Twitter for additional information.


Ideas from our community partners:

  • Wazee Seniors Group - Wazee is a biweekly virtual program designed to foster social connections, communication and supports among the elderly within the Black community. Topics for conversation are structured to enhance knowledge sharing and network building, but also to identify and address social, health and economic needs. The Wazee group will run in collaboration with AFRO (African Family Revival Organization). Register by calling 226-336-1988 or email info@kindsfamilywellness.org. Learn more on their website.
  • The KW Library of Things - Spring is here and with it, yard maintenance, repairs, etc. Instead of buying, The KW Library of Things is a space where you can borrow infrequently used items such as a telescope, chocolate fountain or cordless drill. Look for available tools, garden equipment, kitchen appliances or camping gear. Memberships are $50 and you can borrow up to 10 items at a time.
  • It feels so satisfying to give back. View virtual volunteer opportunities shared by the Volunteer Action Centre.
  • Join the Waterloo Public Library Virtual Book Club. A new book is featured each month and lively discussions are held online.
  • You can visit the Region of Waterloo's In This Together webpage and print the poster and colouring page. #BeKindWR
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region and the Psychosocial Pandemic Response Group have compiled a two-page document with some of the top resources being accessed in Waterloo Region during the pandemic. The document is meant to be a quick and easy roster of resources for anyone who is looking to be connected with supports.
  • From the Regional Age Friendly Committee, read the new Celebration Project profiles and advice from older adults. Find tips for staying resilient and helpful during the pandemic and learn from the older adults in our community about healthy ageing.
  • There are so many interesting podcasts you can listen to. Try the Happiness Lab (with Yale professor Laurie Santos) or Canada’s Calling (explore Canada with hosts Ashley and Mike).
  • Need help? UW students offers free tech support for learning how to video chat, launch a Zoom meeting, or sign out books from the library electronically.
  • Engaging with Equity - Given current events, many people are looking to engage in discussions about equity and systemic racism. “Challenging Systemic Barriers: The Equity Lens” is a video series that explores inequities in our communities and how we can better understand them and work towards eliminating disparate outcomes. The three-part series comes with a discussion guide that can be used individually or with a group. To view the videos and discussion guides, click here.
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services' website (WRPS) has a kids corner with police themed activities like colouring pages and word searches. WRPS would love to see your finished work, so please feel free to share it with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • The Friendly Voice program - The Friendly Voice is a general wellbeing check-in to enhance social connections and reduce loneliness in our community. To register for the Friendly Voice program, please call 519-743-6333 and ask reception how to get started! Reception hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Friendly Voice hours may vary.
  • Lions Quest Canada (a national charity sponsored by Lions and headquartered in Waterloo Region) is posting daily activities on Facebook & Twitter to support the social & emotional well-being of children
  • Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place
  • Perimeter Institute - A fun, kid-friendly scavenger hunt to do at home
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region
  • Children and Youth Planning Table
  • Immigration Partnership


How are you staying socially connected?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!




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    100% Education Grants - free local employment support

    by Education Grant for Second Career, 12 months ago

    For more information feel free to contact employment consultant below. A video information session can be arranged:

    Job Title: AGILEC - Virtual Job Finder Assistant

    Company: Agilec - Kitchener

    Location: Kitchener-Waterloo

    Type: Full Time, Part Time

    Are you unemployed or have you been recently laid-off?

    Agilec is continuing to provide ongoing job search services both online and remotely to help you prepare to enter/re-enter the workforce.

    We can support with:

    Preparing resumes, cover letters and other work-related documents

    Online resources/links to help you apply for EI or other services

    Career-decision making tools and information

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    Neighbours make some noise to acknowledge front line workers

    about 1 year ago

    Neighbours in Eastbridge and in the Barrel Yards have been making noise each night at 7:30 p.m. in appreciation for health care workers across the region and the world. You can join in too, from your front yard! Ask your family, friends and neighbours to do the same from their homes!