HOPE worldwide Canada

English Conversation Clubs In Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada is holding a six week English Conversation Club series…starting the week of May 18th!

Our English Conversation Club is a weekly meeting where English language learners can practice in a relaxed setting with English speaking volunteers who like to support and get to know their neighbours. These classes are CASUAL and FUN and are not formal and academic ESOL classes.

Spring 2021 classes will be held online via Zoom

The Spring 2021 series will all be ONLINE due to COVID-19 provincial guidelines and will be held TUESDAYS at 7pm and SATURDAYS at 11:30am. Classes begin on May 18th and May 22nd. You can join a Tuesday or Saturday session…or both!

Register below to join our English Conversation Clubs and we will send you the Zoom link information. Hope to see you online soon!

From a Distance: Providing Christmas Cheer for Youth in Need

HOPE worldwide Canada is calling on Winnipeggers to help make the holidays a little more special for young people living alone in care and without a strong support network.

Our Winnipeg Chapter has created a Christmas Wishlist for young people who have been identified by Winnipeg Child and Family Services as those really in need of some Christmas cheer, especially during this unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic.  One might say we could all use a little more Christmas cheer and HOPE.

The original plans for the Christmas Wishlist program had to be shifted in order to adhere to current Manitoba COVID-19 restrictions. So now, instead of purchasing physical gifts for the young people on our wish list, we are requesting donors to purchase and send electronic gift cards as presents.  This will ensure that donors do not have to leave their homes to shop and volunteers do not need to drive around the city to make deliveries which could put them and the recipients at risk.

Heather Wonnick, Resource Supervisor for Winnipeg Child & Family Services stated “It is important that these young people know that they are cared about and are not alone. With the act of giving, it emphasizes a sense of community for them, which they would not normally have or may have but in a limited connection. Fulfilling the wish list also teaches these young people the concept of volunteering and the concept of generosity. Hopefully this may inspire them to do acts of kindness for others when they are able to.”

The Christmas Wishlist program involves 4 easy steps for donors:

  1. Visit the Christmas Wishlist site, hopewwc.org/christmaswishlist
  2. Read about and pledge a young person
  3. Purchase an online gift card
  4. Email the gift card and personalized holiday greetings to wishlist@hopewwcanada.org

The Wishlist Administrator will confirm receipt of the electronic gift card to each donor and will email the presents and any accompanying holiday greetings out to the recipients before Christmas morning.

Our Winnipeg Chapter is excited to launch this new program and invites everyone to help make the holidays extra special for youth in need of extra Christmas Cheer!

Questions on the Christmas Wishlist program can be directed to Anna Petter, Winnipeg Chapter Director. Merry Christmas!

CHRISTMAS-WISHLIST_Poster

Autumn Blood Drives Across Canada

HOPE worldwide Canada has joined the movement to give life through the Canadian Blood Services #PartnersforLife program. We have decided that as a charity we will make an impact in our nation by regularly donating blood, plasma, platelets or stem cells.

Throughout the Autumn months, our chapters are partnering with Canadian Blood Services to host blood drives in our Canadian cities. Did you know that one single blood donation can save up to 3 lives?! We invite all our volunteers, partners and friends to join in as we donate to make a life saving difference to those in need.

Winnipeg kicked off the blood drive season on September 26th while Halifax and Vancouver have announced their Blood Drives in October and other chapters are currently making plans to join in. We are excited to begin the first of many blood drives planned for the coming years.

Each Chapter has a Partner for Life (PFL) organization number to use when when booking donations online. If interested in joining in on a local blood drive, or you want to know your Chapter PFL #, contact your local Chapter Director or email communications@hopewwcanada.org for assistance.

Halifax volunteers serving from a distance

Halifax

These are unprecedented times we are going through. How we have traditionally served and helped those going through challenging seasons in their lives has changed as well, as we continue to serve and “love our neighbours” while practicing safe physical distancing. Volunteers in Halifax have found several ways to do this and have been busy serving the community while keeping safe!

The Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada is incredibly grateful for its many dedicated volunteers and generous donors!

With their assistance, since the COVID-19 virus broke, we have been able to (safely and with proper social distancing protocols in place) help our local community during these times by:

  • Collecting and donating Hand Sanitizer and Grocery Store gift cards to the “Adsum House” for women and children
  • Donating blankets to a local Emergency Pop-Up Shelter
  • Dropping off Tooth Paste & Toothbrushes, and Shaving Cream & Razors that were collected to the “Out of the Cold” Shelter
  • Making non-medical face masks at home and distributing them to those in our community who can use them
  • Purchasing, collecting, and donating Alcohol Sanitizer and Hand Soap for the local “Sunday Supper” program  

We believe that together, we can all get through this! Stay tuned for more ways in which you can help us help others as we are “Bringing hope, Changing lives.”

If you have any more suggestion on how our volunteers can serve our neighbours in need or if you would like to get involved with our Halifax Chapter, please contact marieelle.charlemagne@hopewwcanada.org or sanjay.thompson@hopewwcanada.org.

Winnipeg Volunteers Serving from a Distance

How can we continue to serve during a time when loving our neighbours means staying home and keeping a physical distance? Volunteers in Winnipeg have found several ways and are busy serving the community while keeping safe!

Hampers for a Community In Need

Our volunteers recently donated supplies for 15 hampers for First Nations families from Winnipeg’s North End community. The families affected currently reside in transitional housing specifically for First Nations patients who require ongoing lifesaving treatment for renal failure, cancer, and other chronic health issues. Many families are unable to work as they are displaced from their homes or are without work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Winnipeg Chapter is partnering with a local middle school, Leila North Community School, whose teachers have been supporting the program for many years. Collection of items will be ongoing over the next several months!

Just some of the many supplies collected to form 15 hampers for in need families during the pandemic.

Foster Care Support

HOPE worldwide Canada is also working with our main partner, the Winnipeg Church of Christ Inc., to meet needs of youth and families being supported by Winnipeg Child & Family Services Agencies. Needs are found through the Care Portal, a tool that connects churches to youth and families in need. Since the pandemic began, the Campus Ministry volunteers have been able to meet the needs of 2 families, including helping a University student move off of campus as the University he attended was requesting all students leave residence.  

Looking Out for Needs

As the pandemic situation continues, we hope that more needs can be met using creativity and the many tools available in Manitoba to match volunteers with people in the community. We are asking all volunteers to examine the online tool options available to them for serving:

  • Nextdoor App – connect with people in your neighbourhood
  • helpnextdoormb.ca — the Manitoba government website that lists needs in the community that volunteers can offer to meet.
  • https://buylocal.ly/ – support local businesses that are still operating

So whether our volunteers in Winnipeg choose 1 or more of the options we’ve listed to serve or find other ways to meet needs, we know they will do so with a heart to serve while also maintaining the physical distancing protocols of the Manitoba government.

If you have any more suggestion on how our volunteers can serve our neighbours in need or if you would like to get involved with our Winnipeg Chapter, please contact krista.wiebe@hopewwcanada.org.

Let’s Applaud Our Volunteers!

April 19th to 25th is designated as National Volunteer Week in Canada and it’s a week where we take time to celebrate and thank all the incredible volunteers that span our nation. To say thank you to our wonderful volunteers of HOPE worldwide Canada, we have some small tokens of appreciation for some of our volunteers. Simply watch our video and enter your name into our random draw for 1 of 10 small gifts. The winning volunteers will be contacted by May 1st for delivery information. Whether you win the draw or not, please know that your volunteer efforts are appreciated, recognized and are truly bringing hope and changing lives!

Meeting Needs in a Time of Physical Distancing

The impact COVID-19 has made on our world is unprecedented. Our entire nation is striving to stay indoors and maintain physical distance so as to ensure the safety of not only ourselves, but our neighbours as well. And while the pandemic has forced us all to stay at home, the call to serve our neighbours in need is as loud as ever.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers are answering the call by staying true to the mission of Jesus — transforming our world through love and support for our neighbours in need. As we have changed our programs in order to follow government and medical mandates, we have looked to other ways to meet needs in our communities.

HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers in Ontario are spending time while physically distancing making mats out of milk bags to be used by local shelters

Chapters across the country are providing critical volunteer support and community connection to food pantries, Child & Family Service agencies, shelters and other helping organizations. Volunteers are also creating neighbourhood collaborations to identify and help elderly and other vulnerable neighbours with day-to-day needs. Social media and online tools are other methods by which our volunteers are identifying needs they can address around their community.

The people, families and communities we love are in desperate need right now. HOPE worldwide Canada remains focused on prayer, as we know our God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine. We appreciate all the efforts and hard work of our volunteers and supporters as we all strive to overcome this crisis together. Thank you for your continued support!

“Teamwork makes the dream work”

“Teamwork makes the dream work” – this couldn’t be more true for the Winnipeg chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada. As we reflect on the past year in celebrating our amazing volunteers there are many examples of collaboration with community groups and volunteers working together to bring hope and change lives!

January brought an opportunity to partner with École Leila North to support families in need. Our volunteers focused on collecting clothing for youth while teachers and students collected non-perishable foods to help fill the cupboards. In previous years, staff and students have generously provided props for an annual picnic event and have also collected cases of non-perishable foods to support our Stock the Shelves drive (see both below!). What a great partnership!

February saw many of our volunteers young and old braving the cold alongside other charitable groups to raise funds for Main Street Project as part of the “Coldest Night of the Year” charity walk.

The spring months were focused on our partnership with Winnipeg Child and Family Services. The month of March was spent engaging friends and family to help collect necessities (food and household products) to “Stock the Shelves” for youth struggling to make ends-meet. During April and May (as well as in the autumn months) volunteers were busy teaching life skills classes to youth preparing for independent living while in care.

In May close to 200 of our friends, family and community partners came out for a delicious breakfast while helping us raise $1,745 to support the Centers of HOPE in the Philippines. At the end of May volunteers joined forces with Centennial Community Improvement Association to help clean the neighbourhood while building friendships along the way.

Volunteers heading out for the Centennial Neighborhood Community Clean up

The summer was a time for picnics and festivals! Volunteers helped with face painting, serving food and playing games with kids and families at the Kids in Kare picnic hosted by Winnipeg Child and Family Services. Our HOPE chapter and OHEYS Autism Programs teamed up for another fun Autism Community Family picnic featuring hot dogs, games and a superhero photo-booth with a backdrop created by students at École Leila North! We also promoted our programs at the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival – a partnership that has lasted for many years.

In July and August the Winnipeg chapter hosted our second HOPE Volunteer Corps where volunteers from across North America travelled to Winnipeg to serve as Camp Counsellors for youth living in foster care in our 2 week Max Out! Summer day camp.

In early October – 31 dedicated volunteers braved the rain walking and riding to raise over $7,000 for our local programs in the Ride for Refuge.

We ended off the year with the Max Out! The Holidays pancake breakfast and family fun event. Families that participated in the Max Out! Summer day camp were reunited with many of the volunteers from the summer to celebrate the season together. Our plan is to continue with this relationship and hold other events throughout the year.

Wow what a busy year! Please help us to honour our volunteers with a virtual hug and high five! We are unable to hold our annual volunteer appreciation service due to the current COVID-19 pandemic but rest assured that we are still busy trying to find creative ways to serve our community during this challenging time.

The Power of Serving – Reflections from two volunteers with the Halifax chapter

The Power of Serving your community through volunteer work – a view from the Next Generation

For the past 18 years, volunteers from the Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada and the Halifax-Dartmouth Church of Christ have been volunteering regularly at a local “Sunday Supper”. This is an opportunity for members of our community to come together and provide a warm meal and an even warmer smile for those in our community who may be experiencing homelessness or other challenges in their lives. Each week about 200 to 250 of our “Guests” will drop in for a meal and fellowship. Supporting the Sunday Supper program is the Signature local program of the Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada.

We are grateful for all the volunteers who chip in to help make our support of this program possible. We had a chance to catch up with a couple of our Halifax volunteers, Jaylynn Skeete and Humberto Diaz to ask them about their experience serving with the Sunday Supper program and here is what they had to share:

First of all, thank you for volunteering with the Halifax Chapter, we could not do what we do without eager, dedicated volunteers like yourselves. What initially drew you to volunteer with HOPE worldwide Canada?

Halifax Chapter
Humberto Diaz

Humberto Diaz: “For the longest time I have always wanted to serve people and HOPE worldwide Canada provides opportunities for me to be able to do that”

Jaylynn Skeete: “Ever since I was young, my family has participated in HOPE worldwide Canada events, which I always enjoyed”

What is your favourite aspect of your time spent volunteering with us?

Humberto: “The chance to change the situation for those whom we are serving and the chance to change people’s lives”

Jaylynn: “Engaging with a wide variety of people from all ages and backgrounds and having the chance to hear their stories.”

Is there something you have learned or observed about the communities that we serve in that has helped you or had an impact on you in some way?

Humberto: “What has impacted me the most is that I get to live Jesus’ command to serve in Luke 14:13 “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,” (NIV)

Jaylynn Skeete

Jaylynn: “From serving in the community, I have observed many people facing immense trials and hardships in relation to poverty but have also seen them having joy. These individuals are enduring much more harsh trials than I have and many of them still manage to stand there smiling. This has helped me to have perspective regarding my own trials that may be far different than theirs. I can in some manner relate. If those facing much larger stressors and pain can continue to keep moving, they inspire me to do so as well. Individuals that I have talked to and connected with encourage me with their joy, love and strength during trials.”

Is there a motto or thought that motivates you to volunteer with  and can you share a bit more about that?

Humberto: “Serve God, Love People”

Jaylynn: “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). I am motivated to serve and to love others because Christ has loved me. I am amazed by his love and it encourages me to strive to show that love to others. Volunteering with HOPE worldwide Canada gives me the privilege to do so.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything else you would like to add, to end our time?

Humberto: “Let’s explore how we can reach others who are even more vulnerable, like people in jail”

 

A Special Time To Serve for the Halifax Chapter

 

This past December volunteers from the Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada and friends from our community had the opportunity to wrap up Christmas gifts and to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of the Aborstone Enhanced Care nursing home in Halifax.

For many, the holiday season can be a time joy and love, but for several people in our communities, it can also be a time that brings on feelings of great loneliness. We are grateful that we were able to visit the residents at Aborstone. We had the opportunity to sing with them, to spend time with them, and to spread Christmas joy which was evident in the smiles on so many faces as the residents joined along in singing their favourite carols.

A few days earlier, a group of our volunteers got together to assemble and wrap almost 200 individual gifts that we were able to hand out to the residents after we finished our caroling.

HOPE worldwide Canada had a chance to ask one of our volunteers, Lynne Gallagher, what this time of serving and helping meant to her this holiday season:

“Christmas was always a time that my mom made special for so many others. Helping out with this event was, for me, a special way to honour the memory of my mother, by doing something meaningful for others at Christmas.” – Lynne Gallagher, HOPE worldwide Canada volunteer

For more information about the Halifax chapter and to volunteer contact greg.taylor@hopewwcanada.org