Ve’ahavta’s local programs focus on building bridges with like-minded individualsto bring safety, support and accessible means of empowerment to all peoples. Ve’ahavta has worked to make an impact on the neighbourhoods’ that suffer most from all forms of poverty. The Community Dinner Program began in 2009, as an addition to the services we currently provide for homeless or marginally housed people in Toronto. These services include a full time outreach van and a yearly creative writing contest.
Because these meals take place at a location that is familiar and comfortable for the clients, and because many of the clients are repeat attendees, Community Dinners offer a sense of belonging, safety, and connection that is vital and hugely appreciated.
Community Dinners are one of the most fulfilling local volunteer programs to date. This hands-on volunteer opportunity allow families, corporations or other groups of volunteers to fund and participate in serving a nourishing meal and providing a friendly face to the individuals in our city that need it most. As a Ve’ahavta volunteer you will be directed in a structured and safe environment to do various tasks during the drop-in and food service programs. The recommended minimum contribution for a Community Dinner is $500 per meal.
The following groups are some of our 2011 Community Dinner sponsors and volunteers;
THE LEBOFF FAMILY
The GROPPER FAMILY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2011!
For more information on sponsoring a dinner please contact, Shawna Meshwork at Shawna.firstname.lastname@example.org . For information about volunteering at a community dinner please contact our Volunteer Desk at email@example.com
552 Adelaide Street West – Bathurst & Adelaide St.W.
Evangel Hall is an inner-city mission founded in 1913 whose purpose is to build community with poor, homeless and socially isolated people in Toronto through support, housing, services and advocacy.
Evangel Hall hosted all of our community dinners in 2010 and has been a partner in other ventures since 2009. We will be hosting up to 6 Community Dinners over 2011, each of which will provide up to 150 meals to people in need.
1499 Queen Street West – Queen & Landsdowne
The Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre is a drop-in community centre that imagines a world where extreme poverty no longer exists; where everyone lives with dignity, safety and enough resources and where people can achieve their potential. Founded in 1977, it has been growing and responding to Parkdale’s changing needs, ever since.
Together we will be hosting up to 12 Community Dinners over 2011, each of which will provide 300 meals to people in need.