Archive for April, 2014

What Children Teach Us About Giving

April 28, 2014

Childhood is usually thought of as a time when you start to learn about your place in the world and how to be a part of it.  Parents and other adults sheppard children from infancy through adolescence and into adulthood.

But not all life lessons need to come from adults.

Recently, six year old Ben delivered a large number of brand new toys and books to the Sunnydale Community Centre to share with children in the community.  The community centre is situated in North Waterloo in a culturally diverse community which is home to many new immigrant families, a large number of children and youth and many living on a limited income.   Many of these families access services, resources and programs through the community centre. (more…)

So where will you now share your clothing or household items?

April 25, 2014

For many years the Emergency Food Hamper Program has been able to share the generous community donations of clothing and household items as an extra resource to the patrons coming in for food assistance. However as the program demand grows, we no longer have the resources and capacity to continue distributing these items. Staff and volunteers acknowledge the importance of sharing community donations at this program, as many individuals and families have benefited by finding clothes for an interview, obtaining a set of dishes when settling into Canada, swapping toys for their children to play with, etc. Nonetheless, with the growing demand for food assistance every day, the program lacks the space to display these donated items in the lobby and the storage space for excess items in the warehouse.

Our hope is that community members will continue sharing their generosity with other local thrift organizations such as Worth a Second Look, Salvation Army, MCC Thrift Store, and Goodwill. Each one of these organizations strives to meet a community need by providing low-cost clothing, furniture and household items. Utilizing a more spacious environment, a committed team of volunteers and a dedication to helping our community, we are pleased to encourage everyone to share their donations with any of these organizations.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We sincerely appreciate and value the more than $2.5 million worth of non-monetary donations we receive annually. However going forward we ask that community support for House of Friendship continues in the form of non-perishable items (click here for a link to what’s most needed by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region), food prepared in publicly inspected kitchens, and monetary donations. These items can be donated at the Emergency Food Hamper program, or the Charles Street Men’s Hostel (available 24/7). To keep updated on how you can support House of Friendship, you can always view the “You can help” section in our “Friendship News”; or contact Tony at 519-742-8327 ext 335 or email.

Your support is part of the many ways House of Friendship has had an impact in this community in the last 75 years. We look forward to your continuing support in the years ahead.