What is Oshawa Gives Back?
For the last 5 years, we have invited some of our local charities to No Frills on Simcoe Street to participate in a Grocery Giveaway. This year, we were at it again from Monday Dec 14th to Friday Dec 18th, and what a week it was! We started out with the DRPS Food and Toy Drive which definitely set to tone for a great week. Rose of Durham were our guests on Tuesday and showed us what a tactical approach to filling up a grocery cart looks like. Wednesday, we had Kate and Rita from Simcoe Hall Settlement House and had the pleasure of watching them jam almost $3500 worth of Groceries in a shopping cart. Thursday was just as exciting as Feed the Need in Durham managed to ring through over 750lbs in groceries (some may or may not have been carried up separately but who's counting!). Friday we finished up the week on location at the future home of Durham Outlook form the Needy (St Vincent's Kitchen) Since they are going through a transition to a new location, we donated $2000 in No Frill's Gift cards for them to hand out to their patrons.
Once the the groceries were rung through, we topped each charity up to $4000 bringing the total donation to $20,000. Liz Laflamme from Liz's No Frills was kind enough to offer a donation to each charity as well
There are some amazing people in the City of Oshawa that spend a lot of their time and energy to help those less fortunate. Whether it’s providing a Christmas for those that go without, or even deeper, providing the basic necessities that help those less fortunate get through the cold winter months. The charity network in Oshawa is simply amazing, but there are always challenges and this year has been no different. The need far outlasts the holiday season and once January 1st hits, the need to restock and replenish will be huge. Please give what you can and help these groups help those in need in our community.
Simcoe Hall Settlement House
Established in 1935, the Simcoe Hall Settlement House is a nonprofit Community Resource Centre set out to help and improve the lives of less fortunate children, families, and vulnerable adults. Their vision is to see a community in which all members have the same opportunities and strong foundations upon which to build healthy, independent lives.
Simcoe Hall accepts donations that will go towards those in need within the community and will assist in funding the variety of programs that they provide today, such as Durham Regions Largest Food Bank, After School Program For Vulnerable Children/Youth, Senior Citizen Social Club, and more. You can donate by cash or cheque, online, or Interact e-Transfer. For more information and ways on how to donate, please visit the Simcoe Hall Settlement House website, or go to the direct link: simcoehall.com/cause/donate/
DRPS' Food and Toy Drive
The DRPS' Food and Toy Drive began in 1989 and provides families in need throughout the Durham Region with food and toys for the holiday season. During the months of November and December local businesses, organizations and individuals donate food and toys, which are then picked up by volunteers, sorted and distributed to community agencies.
If you are interested in donating, food and toy donations can be dropped off at any DRPS Division, Regional Headquarters, or any Fire Station in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington and Ajax. If any businesses or individuals wishing to make large donations can contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed the Need in Durham
Assisting about 60 emergency food providers, such as food banks, soup kitchens, community service centres, shelters, drop-in centres, breakfast feeding programs, and more, Feed the Need in Durham distributes food anywhere in Durham from Pickering, to Bowmanville, to Beaverton. They have distributed food to an over 50,000 people per year in the Durham Region, and handles between 135,000-150,000 pounds of food each month.
Feed the Need in Durham believes that hunger should not be the reason to prevent anyone from the chance to fulfill their potential. If you would like to donate and help Feed the Need in Durham provide nutritious and non-perishable food items to those less fortunate in the community, click here: www.canadahelps.org/
Durham Outlook (St. Vincent's)
Durham Outlook for the Needy is a nonprofit organization started in October 1990 by a group of dedicated Oshawa residents, striving to help those in need in the Durham Region, under the patronage and example of St. Vincent Pallotti. With the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers from 46 churches, numerous organizations and individuals it offers low-cost daily meals in a dignified manner.
Located in Downtown Oshawa, Durham Outlook for the Needy exists and operates with the generous monetary and food donations from caring individuals and corporations. Both food and money donations are welcomed. If you would like to donate, please click here: durhamoutlook.com/donate/
Rose of Durham
The Rose of Durham within a holistic framework of exceptional services supports young parents and their children in establishing a strong foundation that will enable the family to reach its full potential. Their vision is encouraging and empowering young parents and their children towards a future built on positive mental health.
Their agency is the only one in Durham Region servicing the unique needs of young parents (men and women) and their children, with the goal of achieving optimal mental health and positive outcomes for both parent and child. There are many items that can be donated to the Rose of Durham, and transportation is a major issue for young parents. Bus passes or tickets are an encouraged donation, as well as gently used clothing, Tim Horton's Gift Cards, and more. If you would like to donate to the Rose of Durham, please click here: roseofdurham.com/how-can-i-help/