Recipients of funds raised at the 2018 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!” www.bbyos.org
East York Foundation Seniors Christmas Dinner (Dec. 25) is held at the East York Community Centre and involves 250 community members. The goal is to provide a warm meal, good conversations and joyful celebration to seniors from East York and Riverdale who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go on the 25th. In 2018 this dinner will be celebrating its 36thyear.
Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre has been a community support hub for over 40 years. Eastview’s Vision is to be at the forefront of community inclusion, leadership, well-being, participation and healthy development for the Eastview community. Monies awarded went to fund food security programming for seniors, food bank users and other community members. These programs included: gardening, Lunch and Learns and a Good Food Market.
Kennedy House Youth Shelter is a 33 bed, 24 hour/day, 365 days/year shelter near Pape and O’Connor that provides support to at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are homeless. It provides for the immediate needs of homeless youth by offering food, emergency shelter, basic necessities and crisis intervention. Riverdale Share is happy to support the Essential Life Skills Program which equips homeless youth with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to overcome homelessness and lead stable, healthy and independent lives. www.kennedyhouse.org
Out of the Cold at Eastminster Church- Providing Basic Needs: Warmth, Dignity, Kindness. The program strives to respond to the needs of the most abandoned of our city’s poor and homeless. These include the basic needs of shelter and food, and the deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self-worth. The Eastminster United Church program has been serving the local community from November to March for the past 26 years. The program is run 100% by volunteers.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 provides an opportunity for children to participate in a week-long summer camp experience. www.ralphthornton.org
ReadUP Reading Clubs aim to provide children with access to free reading support that complements the literacy learning they receive in school. We work directly in Toronto communities to assist children, many from newcomer families, as they acquire the skills they need to become confident and successful readers. Monies awarded will be used to purchase books and materials for their community reading clubs. www.readup.ca
South Riverdale Child Parent Centre is a family support program that offers a parent child drop-in, parenting workshops, outings, a book and toy lending library. The centre is open 5 days/wk and Saturdays to families with children from birth to six years. The staff offers referral services and informal counseling to all families. www.srcpc.org.
2019 Funds: Grant applications for programs and projects that address families and individuals in need and are community-oriented will be accepted until March 29th, 2020. Grants will be awarded in June 2020.