HOPE worldwide Canada is actively working with HOPE worldwide and our partners in the Caribbean to provide immediate relief for those affected by the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on the island nation of St. Vincent. The volcano first erupted on Friday April 9, which covered the island in a layer of ash, and now many people are without power, water and some have been forced to leave their homes. Early reports show that members in our partner church in St. Vincent are physically safe, but there has been significant damage throughout the island.
UPDATE April 9, 2021: The launch party for our HOPE in Action / HOPE en Action fundraiser set for June 19th has concluded. Check the link below to watch a recording of the party that went through all the fundraiser details! And if you want to sign up to join the fundraiser, you can do so at https://fundrazr.com/hopeinaction
On Thursday April 8th at 5:30 PST / 8:30 EST we will be holding an online party to launch our new HOPE In Action Fundraiser. We are excited to have volunteers and supporters of HOPE worldwide Canada get active in order to raise funds to meet needs in their local communities.
We invite all volunteers and supporters to come out to hear about how the Fundraiser will function, get some fundraising tips, as well as enjoy some good music and learn more about our early bird registration prizes.
Our Toronto chapters recently held a Christmas charity drive to collect gift cards, toys, hygiene products and clothing for low income families in Toronto. We are grateful for the support and generous donations from the congregation at Milestones Christian Churches.
It was highly successful, with over $1000 in gift cards collected, hundreds of top quality toys, over 100 toiletry/ hygiene items, women’s clothing and 9 big boxes of granola bars, 500 in total.
All the items were donated to The Second Chance Foundation, an organisation that serves over 200 low income persons daily, mostly women facing severe challenges. Many of their clients are women integrating into society after incarceration.
Bev Dwyer, the founder and CEO of the Centre and her team were grateful for the donation and mentioned that they would add significantly to their annual Santa Claus gift distribution.
The centre serves many people living in extreme poverty, and the Toronto chapter will continue to find ways to support them and periodically send them non-perishable food items.
Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with the collection, packing and delivery of the donations safely and quickly.
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 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!
Typhoons and Earthquakes are unfortunately some of the natural disasters that often befall the Philippines. HOPE worldwide Canada volunteers and donors are always at the ready, eager to send support whenever the Philippine people are in need.
As such, we’ve developed a Philippines Disaster Relief fund in order to provide support when it is needed. Please consider making a donation in preparation for the needs that may arise. All donations $20 and above to HOPE worldwide Canada are issued tax receipts .
For more information regarding Philippines programs that HOPE worldwide Canada supports, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for assistance.
Our Toronto Chapter has recently rolled out a care program to help members of their community experiencing homelessness.
Volunteers from the chapter gave out personal care packages on Sunday at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. Each package had a selection of essential personal hygiene products, safely packed and sanitized.
Thank you to all the supporters who donated items and the volunteers who came out to serve while practising strict social distancing habits.
If you wish to donate personal hygiene products for the next distribution in a few week’s time, please call (647) 328 2192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Items that are desperately needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/body lotion, soap, face towel, shampoo, and face masks.Thank you in advance!
While over the past three months we’ve been under “stay the blazes home” orders in Nova Scotia, we are now moving towards slowly re-opening our communities and economy. During this global pandemic, the Sunday Suppers has continued to run, albeit in a modified “Take Away” format, as it’s been deemed an essential service by the Nova Scotia Department of Public Health and Wellness. The recipients of the suppers are some of the most marginalized people in our community, and the current conditions have made access to crucial supports very difficult, or unavailable.
Volunteers from the Halifax Chapter of HOPE worldwide Canada and from the Halifax-Dartmouth Church of Christ were able to recently adapt to new health and safety protocols and continue to find a way to serve. On June 28th, volunteers served over 160 cooked meals and an abundant supply of fresh fruit for the community. In addition, these volunteers provided much needed donations of toilet paper, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, and handmade non-medical face masks.
What did we do differently this time? Instead of gathering together as a group to prepare the pans, each volunteer picked up the supplies at one location in a take-away format from a safe distance. Once prepared and cooked, meals were dropped off safely to the Sunday Supper location, where a scaled down group of volunteers distributed the meals and supplies to our community friends in the take-away mode from a safe distance for all involved.
We are so grateful for one of our volunteers, Melva Wolfe, who since the Coronavirus Pandemic began, has been sewing dozens of non-medical face masks for the community and donated several for our guests at the Sunday Suppers.
Being able to continue to serve our community during the pandemic, when many other resources and locations that have previously served our community have been forced to close their doors, has had an impact on our guests. Here is what a few of them shared with the volunteers from HOPE worldwide Canada when asked about what having the Sunday Suppers remain open meant to them:
“Some of the other services are only open during the week. You being open and being here on Sunday helps me get through.”
“It means not starving. You guys are awesome.”
“What you do here helps me immensely”
“Many services are not open, whatever you give me, I’m really appreciative, this helps me get through.”
We are so grateful for our volunteers and supporters, who were flexible and able to adapt to the modified service delivery format to continue to serve and meet needs in our community!
What can we “take away” from this experience?
During these times, needs in our community are still there and still need to be met
The incredible serving hearts and flexibility of our volunteers allowed us to adapt to this modified format to continue to serve and meet needs in our community!
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.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our communities, country and congregations. We are aware of the impacts within our own nation here in Canada with loved ones lost, jobs lost and the new realities brought about by self-isolation.
Sadly, the impact of this pandemic on majority world countries has been even more devastating. With countries in complete lock-down, so very many people, along with their communities, are going to bed hungry and are starving.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
HOPE worldwide Canada, in partnership with HOPE worldwide, is launching the Loaves & Fishes campaign for COVID-19 relief that will provide immediate humanitarian relief grants and trauma counselling to majority world churches. We humbly ask our Canadian family to join us in prayer, generous giving and promotion of this campaign.