An online tool that allows people to reach out for help, and others to offer assistance was a hit only a day after being released.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister unveiled the new web application found at www.HelpNextDoorMB.ca on Monday.
He said the first day saw 2,300 users sign up to help from over 100 different communities.
The tool matches volunteer and community support to needs for goods and services such as groceries, medication, snow-clearing and other necessities.
"The innovative tool, created by Manitobans for Manitobans, puts people all over the province who need assistance, easily in contact with those nearby – while adhering to social distancing protocols – who want to help them," he said in a press release.
The tool was designed by North Forge Technology Exchange, a non-profit Winnipeg technology organization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While this kind of support is often found on community Facebook groups, this option offers more security.
To join the free service, users must upload government issued identification. Once logged in, a volunteer can simply find a list of requests for help and select the one they’d like to do.
"This is how Manitobans pull together, put their heads together and bring ideas to life to assist each other when help is needed," Pallister said. "Manitoba has been the home of hope for over 150 years, and we will continue to be the home of hope for generations to come. We will get through this pandemic together."