Earlier this summer, we heard from Geraldine Cahill, Director of UpSocial Canada, about the initiative's work to collectively look after Toronto-based community organizations, and how that work has been shaped by COVID-19. As mid-September looms around the corner, she gives us an update on where UpSocial is at.   I'd be lying if I said I've had no doubts about the progress of our Caring Community Challenge over the last few months. When we launched the project back in March, COVID-19 was just revealing its menacing intent in Canada and the nonprofit sector was poised to spring into action to support those most affected by it. In my last article, I was candid about my internal battle with patience, knowing that the most important thing to do first in social project work is to build relationships. So, while I...

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Remember March 1, 2020? The world felt very different then. On that day, we officially launched our UpSocial Canada Caring Communities Challenge, extending an invitation to Toronto-based community organizations to join us in exploring how we might collectively look after each other better in the places where we are. In defining what we meant by "looking after each other", we used three prompts: How do we ensure people feel like active participants in their city; that people feel seen and heard? How do people make use of the spaces between our soaring towers to engage with each other and look out for one another? How do we respond to each other in a time of disruption - from transit cancellations to extreme weather events? Of course, disruption looks very different today. The global pandemic and the powerful movement...

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