Richmond welcomes new community initiative amid COVID-19

Richmond residents will start receiving postcards from United Way as part of its Hi Neighbour initiative this week.

The Hi Neighbour postcards are a way for communities to come together and connect with seniors, isolated individuals and people with mobility challenges who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kim Winchell, director of social impact at United Way in the Lower Mainland, said a postcard can be a simple and effective way to help others during this difficult time.

“There’s a notion that lots of people in the community want to help, but don’t know how during COVID-19,” said Winchell, adding that the postcards help build that connection between volunteers and those in need.

The postcards will be distributed digitally and manually to residents in central and east Richmond starting Monday.

They will be sent to the school community first, said Winchell, which includes parent advisories of schools, teachers and online school groups on Facebook.

“We will also be sending digital copies of the postcards to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and other various online platforms.”

Meanwhile, residents who don’t have access to online technology will receive their postcards in the mail.

There will be contact information for residents to call or email on the postcards regarding what they need help with such as picking up groceries, yard work or even just speaking with someone.

United Way staff will be coordinating with volunteers in the community to help those in need, according to Winchell.

“A simple postcard can make a big difference.”

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