For the month of December the Outreach Committee is focusing on financial donations. We have chosen two organizations which serve those in our community— My Sister’s Place and Bradford Community Meal. Below you will find a description of each. Donations can be made through the church; please indicate on the envelope “Outreach” and which of the organizations you would like it directed to. You can also choose to just donate to “Outreach”, and any undesignated donations will be split between them along with other undesignated donations we have received for Outreach this year. We would ask that donations be received by Sunday December 15 to give us time to process and send the cheques to the organizations before year end.
My Sister’s Place
My Sister’s Place is a not-for-profit organization serving the communities of South Simcoe Ontario 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The organization started with a concerned group of citizens regarding the increasing number of women suffering from physical and emotional abuse who were approaching churches and other organizations. The shelter opened in May 1987 and has evolved to provide residential and outreach services for Women and their Children living with the consequences of violence and abuse. They are dedicated to providing a safe environment for women and their dependents while empowering women to live free from violence and oppression. Their charitable registration is under “People In Transition (Alliston) Inc.” — however, they are best known as My Sister’s Place.
My Sister’s Place supports women and children in the following ways:
- Shelter and Outreach Services (Crisis counselling, Structured Support Programs, Safety Planning, Housing Advocacy and Assistance, Legal Advocacy and Support and more)
- Second and Third Stage Housing Programs(helping clients to move into affordable housing)
You can find more information about My Sister’s Place on their website, www.mysistersplace.ca, including additional ways to support them and their Holiday Wish List. There is also an information card on our bulletin board.
Bradford Community Meal
The Bradford Community Meal is a free meal that is provided every Friday at the Bradford United Church between 5:30pm and 6:00pm. It is primarily geared towards low income individuals, families and seniors but it is open to everyone in the community. Approximately 20 to 40 persons attend the Community Meal each week.
There are currently 7 teams who take turns preparing the meal; each team consists of about 8 people. There are different volunteer positions to choose to be involved in which include determining the meal menu and shopping, cooking the meal, food preparation (peeling vegetables and potatoes ETC), setting up the dining area (setting up the tables and chairs, setting tables ETC), serving the meal and cleaning up. (i.e. loading the dishwasher, putting things away). The duties are similar to what is done for the fundraising dinners at Trinity. You can choose to do whatever you feel comfortable doing.
The duties are done at different times so there are options depending on your schedule. Some of the volunteers arrive around 2pm and stay until 3:30pm to do the cooking, food preparation and dining room setup. The servers and those assisting with cleanup arrive around 5pm and usually leave around 6:30pm. The meal is served to the clients at 5:30pm.
If you are interested in helping out, please speak to Sheryl MacPhail or contact Bradford West Gwillimbury Community Initiatives. Phone: 905-775-4986. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great way to get involved in the community and it isn’t a huge time commitment. The clients often express their appreciation to the volunteers for preparing the meal and this simple act of them being able to share a meal together gives hope to the elderly, lonely and hungry.