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The Homebody Club: Resources

The Homebody Club is designed to help us pass the time, to remain connected with one another, and to have fun amidst the uncertainty. We want to create a small sense of normalcy and good distraction; to make being home feel like a staycation with our friends around the world.


We also want to use The Homebody Club to spotlight some other cool initiatives that rad humans and brands are doing during this time, and resources that we're finding helpful that were shared with us.


The Homebody Club wouldn't be a community without finding a way to bring it back. Below, we're sharing a list of some local (to Vancouver) non-profits that might need our support right now. 


And lastly, we also want to shout out our fellow independent small brands, freelancers, creatives, Asian communities, food, beverage, and hospitality pals, and we know there are many. Please tag yourself or mention others in our Instagram post. If you are able to, keep them in mind when shopping online during this time, or think about purchasing some gift cards that can be used in the future when everything settles.


We are also compiling a list below of local food and beverage, specifically those that are remaining open or are offering delivery so that you can continue to keep your body fueled with treats from your local favourites. Please consider: a lot of local restaurants are already closed and not listed below and it is heartbreaking. Many of our small mom and pop, hole-in-the-wall spots by our resilient Asian communities do not have social media either. Consider checking in on them still, remind them that we're still here for them at the end of this all, even if right now they are not operational.*


Thank you for being a part of The Homebody Club. #HomeTogether 

Other cool things people are doing: 


• Our friends at Studio Faculty created – a website dedicated to keep our community connected
• Condenast Traveler shared a link of museums, symphonies, and operas you can enjoy from home (shared by Melissa Chai)
Lululemon sharing live yoga, meditations and more
• Local chef, Dallah El Chami, of Superbaba, started a support group for local food and beverage industry
Tight Club sharing live workouts 
• Vancouver Fitness Trainers Julie Chutter sharing live 8 AM workouts
Jaybird sharing live restorative yoga
Fuelled by Feeling sharing live workouts
District Vision - Free Mindful Athlete Course
UNDO Ordinary hosting google hangouts and taking conversations online
Ride Cycle Club offering live Classes 
All City Athletics offering live classes 
Jivamukti Yoga - LaLaLa offering free live yoga online
• Artist Morgan Maassen creating a raffle for his photo prints, raising money for NoKidHungry (draw done)
Sara Auster offering free sound bath meditations online
• Paragon Tea room in Vancouver has put in a wholesale order for toilet paper, Oat Milk, and Hand soap to extend to the community - order here
Global Citizen x WHO are putting on amazing at home live stream concerts with artist like Chris Martin and John Legend. Follow along #TogetheratHome and on their instagram.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i family are finding ways to still stay connected and keep us educated on earth health 
• Local Vancouverites created Share The Goods; a website created to help pair those who need groceries, with those that can help across Canada
Say Mercy and some other restaurants in Vancouver are offering discounted 'Staff Meals' - $5- $10 meals that you can order to-go for yourselves, or even offer to their staff. These meals also have an option to donate $2 to Vancouver Food Bank
Vancouver Food and Beverage Community have created a relief fund for those in the industry who are suffering job loss and need support for essentials
• Global Arts and Culture platform, Booooooom, has opened up their Slack channel to non-members for free, to provide a safe place for creatives to connect and feel supported during this time 
Another Room created a fun puzzle of online adventures to do while at home featuring collaborations with their community
• Vancouver's TurF is offering free meals every Thurs for present and past staff at their Kits location. And $5 meals that the community can purchase for themselves or encouraged to donate to someone in need or on the frontlines.
• Vancouver artist Zoe Pawlak is giving free art pieces to individuals from the community who commit the requested amount to go to a local charity of their choice.
• Vancouver artist and friend Scott Sueme is donating 60% of proceeds from his latest collection release to support local organizations in Vancouver
Hua Foundation is a youth driven non profit raising money to launch a delivery grocery program to help isolated elders in Vancouver Chinatown and Strathcona areas. 
Feed the Frontline Canada are doing amazing work raising money and partnering with local restaurants and feed our frontline health care workers
Clyde World have created a collection of six hats where they will donate 50% of the sales to Northeast Nurses Association.
Cara Cara is hosting a support sale April 13-19th 30-70% off brands with 10% going to City of La's emergency COVID-19 crisis fund
Loewe is hosting amazing at home studio tours "Loewe en Casa"
District Vision created the Mindful Sports toolkit, online meditation course and interesting live events on IG.

Resources we're finding useful:



Canada Emergency Response Relief Fund - a fund for Canadians who's jobs are  impacted by COVID-19 and not typically eligible for EI, can receive up to  $2000 taxable support each month for up to 4 months via application ––  NOW OPEN.
BC Hydro - announcing bill help for customers affected by COVID-19  (shared via: District Local)
Applying for EI in BC for those affected by COVID019 , extended to freelancers and small business owners as well  (shared via @moniquelevesqueisfrench)
Vancouver Facebook group coming together to help those in need 
BC COVID-19 Assessment tool - if you are feeling any symptoms please look at this site and take the assessment. Note that 811 is highly jammed and the nurses are trying their best to get through to everyone. Stay calm and patient and kind, and stay at home if you feel unwell at all.
Adobe Suite users – if you pay for a plan Adobe is offering two months free. Go through the cancellation process, pick 'too expensive', and there will be an offer extended to you  (shared via @ladybusinessyvr)
Mortgage: Effective Immediately, RBC, TD, BMO, Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank offering deferral of mortgage payments for up to six months. Speak to your bank rep.
Vancouver freelancers have put together a google sheets to support one another 





NYC support for small businesses (shared via Sophia Chang)
• Our friend and photographer  Esther Lee offering five free product photoshoot sessions for retail businesses in LA impacted by COVID-19
Pyer Moss and Kerby Jean Raymond labels commits to setting aside $50,000 for women led and minority creative businesses in NYC
• Facebook is offering small business grants for businesses affected by COVID-19 - applications soon. 
• Many amazing brands are designing masks to support their supply chain, their team, and the frontline health workers. Check out some of our favourites by Goodfight, Kes NYC, Mixed Business LA, KKCO, Reformation 
Masks 4 Medicine are showing how to sew masks at home and Jenny Walton inspired us with her version
• We've shared a post on how to create a no-sew mask at Home.




Articles and resources:


• Follow WHO (World Health Organization) for the most reliable updates on COVID-19
NY Times with a eye-opening graphic of how the outbreak can spread  
• Washington post on Social Distancing
Tim Ferriss episode on how to stay calm
• Vox on the math behind why we need Social Distancing
•  Forbes on advice to Small Business Owners
• Booooooom have created a great resource specific for all artists and creatives affected by COVID-19
• Instagram accounts Leapsmag and Good are some of our favourites to follow for interesting updates during this time

Local Vancouver Non-Profits that could use our help:


Mask a Hero BC - donate masks, gowns, or gloves to help our frontline health care workers in BC 
• Backpack Buddies 
• Unicef Canada
• Food Bank Vancouver
• Yarrow Society

Some local Vancouver food, beverage pals that could use some love and support: **Please consider: a lot of local restaurants are already closed and not listed below. Many of our small mom and pop, hole-in-the-wall spots by our Asian communities don't have social media either. Consider checking in on them still, remind them that we're still here for them at the end of this all, even if right now they are not operational.*


• Scout Magazine is a great resource on the food and bev in Vancouver
Noms Mag also keeping everyone updated on hospitality
• Legends Haul extending delivery from just restaurants to homes in Vancouver needing groceries
Farm to Table Market is offering grocery delivery in the Yaletown Area  
Luna Coffee - is donating $2 from each bag of Juicebox to the Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund
Vancouver Markets are rearranging their set up to operate as another access point for fresh food - open for groceries
Breaking Bread Now - is a great resource for how to support local, independent restaurants
Good Boy Collective - offering bulk food and treats delivery on apps, for your pets!
Hanai family table - offering delivery options for the community
Coffee Bar Gastown - open for take out
Timbertrain Coffee –  15% off beans with code BREWATHOME
Autostrada Main - doing takeout and offering 20% off
Bob Like's Thai Food - doing takeout 
Nemesis Coffee - doing take out bulk coffee beans and bread
Caffe La Tana - open for groceries
Toshi sushi - open for takeout
Paragon Tea - open for takeout
Do Chay - open for takeout and delivery on food apps
Chau Veggie - open for takeout and 10% off 
Garden Strathcona - open for takeout and delivering on food delivery apps
Strathcona Beer - open for takeout pizza and beer (and offering to help those that might need a meal)
Dickys Dumps - delivering dumplings to you
Federal Store - open for takeout and groceries
Hoke Poke - open for takeout and delivery
Shiro Sushi - open for takeout 
Carp Sushi - open for takeout 
Suika - open for takeout and food delivery on food delivery apps
 Di Beppe Restaurant - open for takeout
yAMA Cafe - open for takeout
DD Mau Chinatown - open for takeout and delivery on food apps
Thomas Haas - open and will delivery your prepaid goods to your car
La Glace Ice cream - open and available on delivery through food apps
Rain or Shine - open for pint sales only
• Raisu - open for takeout  
• Beaucoup Bakery - open for takeout, accepting pre-orders
• Juice Truck - open for takeout and delivery on food apps, use the promo code HOMESAFE for 15% on home delivery
• Platform 7- open for takeout
• Yolks - open for call ahead takeout
Heritage Asian Eatery - open for takeout and delivery
• Butter Baked Goods - open for takeout and delivery
Meat & Bread- open for takeout and delivery
Pizza Coming Soon - open for takeout and delivery
Ugly Dumpling - open for patio seating and takeout
Dachi - open for patio and takeou
Osteria Savio Volpe - open for takeout
Pepino's - open for takeout
Tetsu Sushi - open for takeout
Sashimiya - open for takeout
ahn and chi - open patio and for takeout
superbaba - open for takeout
• Golden Ocean - open for takeout
• Sun Sui Wah - open for takeout
Unchai - open for takeout
Coco et Olive - open for takeout
Liberty Cafe - open for takeout
Field and Social - open for takeout and patio
Fish Counter - open for takeout
Acorn - open for takeout
Burdock and co - open for takeout
Bao Bei - open for takeout
Annalena - open for takeout
Harken Coffee - open for takeout
Mak n Ming - open for takeout
The Mackenzie Room - open for takeout and patio on B side at Say Mercy
Say Mercy - open for takeout and patio
Ubuntu - open for takeout and patio
Cultivate tea - open for takeout
• New Town Bakery - open for takeout