Recipients of funds raised at the 2016 Riverdale Share Concert
Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) is a community-based agency established in 1989 to provide comprehensive services to high-risk youth and their families in the Blake Boultbee community, a high-density, low-income area of east Toronto. BBYOS provides intensive individual, group and family counselling and therapy, community outreach, life skills training and crisis intervention that offer options to these at-risk young people and their families. Monies awarded went to fund their Therapy/Counselling, Outreach and Life Skills programs as well as their Boys and Girls group “Straight Out of Blake Street!” This is a weekly group for boys and girls between 13 and 18 years old, designed to create and provide a safe space where kids in the community can explore their world and the effects of oppression, marginalization and poverty in their lives. bbyos.org
CRC Grow and Eat Green Project CRC has been providing practical assistance to Torontonians marginalized by poverty since 1964. CRC has been running a rooming house in Riverdale for 15 years, the location of their Grow and Eat Green Project. This project has two components: building an edible community garden and life skills workshops to build tenant capacity to budget, shop and prepare healthy food. Through a series of hands-on workshops the residents created and edible garden at the house, teaching practical skills of soil maintenance, growing food and gardening. Life skills workshops for tenants to learn budgeting, how to shop for quality groceries on a limited budget, and how to cook healthier meals made up the second part of this project. The goals of both of components of this project were to teach tenants new skills, learn about healthy eating on a budget and to build community and increase camaraderie in the house.tcrc.ca
East York Foundation Seniors Christmas Dinner takes place on December 25th each year at the East York Community Centre and involves 250 members of the community. The objective of the Seniors Christmas Dinner is to provide a warm meal, good conversation and joyful celebration to Seniors from East York and Riverdale who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go on Christmas Day. In 2017 this dinner will be celebrating its 35th year.
Kennedy House Youth Shelter is a 33 bed, 24 hour a day, 365 days per year shelter near Pape and O’Connor that provides support to at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are homeless. The shelter provides for the immediate needs of homeless youth by providing food, emergency shelter, basic necessities and crisis intervention. Programming is offered that helps youth stay healthy as well as access jobs, permanent housing, clothing and other supplies. www.kennedyhouseyouthshelter.com
Out of the Cold at Eastminster Providing Basic Needs: Warmth, Dignity, Kindness. The program strives to respond, in a meaningful way, to the needs of our city’s homeless, poor, and marginally housed people. These needs include the basic and physical needs of shelter, food and clothing, and the deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self-worth. The Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster United Church has been serving the local community in the east end of Toronto on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings from November to March for the past 24 years. The program is run 100% by volunteers and funded 100% by donations. www.eastminsteruc.org/out-of-the-cold
Ralph Thornton Community Centre (RTC) has been a hub of activity in South Riverdale for over 35 years. Riverdale Share is proud to support two programs in particular:
The Mentor Program which pairs newcomer children from the Chinese community with adult and youth volunteers to assist these children to adjust and adapt to their new Canadian culture.
Riverdale Adventure Camp which provides an opportunity for children to participate in a week long summer camp experience. This program is a partnership between RTC, the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, and WoodGreen. In 2015 this program was expanded to provide additional opportunities for children from low income communities in South Riverdale, as well as for children from LGBTQ families. www.ralphthornton.org
South Riverdale Child Parent Centre is a family support program that all families with children from birth to six years can access for free. The main program is a drop-in for parents, caregivers, and children. They also offer a Toy Library, parenting workshops, outings, newsletters, a clothing exchange, and a Parenting Book Library. In conjunction with these programs, they offer information about child development and family well-being, informal counseling and referral services. They also engage in advocacy work and community development activities to support health and well-being. The Centre is open every weekday, plus Saturdays from September until the end of May. Funds this year went to support books, workshops, and outings. www.srcpc.org
The Riverdale Share Community Association will accept grant applications for programs and projects that address families and individuals in need and are community-oriented until March 31st, 2018. Grants will be awarded in June 2018.