Innisfil ideaLAB & Library distributing free cloth masks

Masks will be distributed at Lakeshore, Cookstown and Stroud branches

If you need to top up your supply of face coverings, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is distributing free locally-made, branded cloth masks at Cookstown, Stroud and Lakeshore Branches. The masks will be available while supplies last and the Library will continue the program if there is demand.

The masks come with printed wearing and washing instructions to help provide safety guidelines to residents who are unable to access the information online.

An additional supply of 5,000 disposable masks was given to the Innisfil Community Church to hand out through the Innisfil Food Bank and to other community organizations in town.

The Innisfil ideaLAB and Library has also launched two new services for seniors by adapting a New Horizons for Seniors federal grant project. The focus is on face mask distribution and take home craft kits. The Town of Innisfil has been working closely with residents and community partners since the start of the pandemic to address short, medium, and long-term community needs as a result of COVID-19: Social isolation, access to reliable print information, and a general fear of lessening community restrictions were some of the key areas of concern established by the community, with seniors identified as some of the most vulnerable residents in these areas.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic affects all residents, some people are more at risk to its impacts. It is always important to ensure that most vulnerable can be provided with the support and supplies they need,” said Susan Baues, Acting CEO of Innisfil ideaLAB & Library. “It is important to keep connected and make sure that everyone feels safe and supported in this uncertain time.” 

In addition to free face masks, HackLAB Kits for Seniors are now available for free through curbside pickup. These kits are pre-made craft kits designed to bring the Library’s hackLAB to a person’s home. There are five available, including greeting cards, customized signs, and a birdhouse. All supplies are included in the kits and they can be modified to accommodate the individual needs of Library patrons. For more information or to order a kit, please visit https://www.innisfilidealab.ca/kits-for-seniors/.

“The seniors’ craft kit initiative by the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is such an excellent idea,” says Toni Imtiaz, Director of Community Relations at Lakeside Retirement. “It is an activity where everything is provided for them. They can once again participate in something and feel a sense of accomplishment and then get to show off their finished product. They are so appreciative of things like this. They feel remembered and still feel a part of the community.”

For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2020/04/new-horizons-for-seniors-program-projects-can-now-be-used-for-covid-19-support.html

“The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is the hub of the community! The support and services they provide to our residents is truly remarkable,” says InnisfilMayor Lynn Dollin. “With the contribution from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, reaching out to our senior community is invaluable. This pandemic has put the elderly at higher risk of isolation – both mentally and physically. We hope that providing them with the protective masks and resources to occupy their minds will help get them through these unprecedented times.”

For more information about the Town of Innisfil’s Community Needs Assessment, you can follow the project via www.getinvolvedinnisfil.ca/recovering-from-covid-19