Five ways to make a differencePosted February 6, 2018 by Peter Gill
2018 promises to be a year of opportunity and challenge for Chalmers Community Services Centre. Early indications are that we will see at least a 25% increase in guest visits, many of whom will be families with young children.
Our food budget (over 50% of our total expense budget) will inevitably be stretched this year so we invite all supporters to consider ways in which they can make a difference:
- Redeem a Loblaw $25 gift card and donate the funds to Chalmers. Remember that we are able to purchase more food with the $25 than can be bought at retail in a Loblaws store. If you haven’t done so, go to Loblawcard.ca to register your e-mail address.
- Eggs – if there is one food which every Chalmers guest looks forward to, it is eggs. Because the demand is so high, there are times when we run out which is very bad news for those guests and very difficult for volunteers who have to deliver that news. If you are able, add a couple of dozen eggs to your shopping basket for Chalmers. If you are not sure how to get them to us, let us know.
- Cheese – probably the next most popular food is cheese. We have four full-size fridges Downtown and two at West so we have lots of space to store both eggs and cheese. As long as we can get it in a timely manner, it will be good to keep in both our locations.
- Financial donations – of course this is what makes CCSC function as effectively as it does. We are delighted to receive financial donations in cash, cheque, via CanadaHelps.org on our website (www.chalmercentre.ca) or through the United Church preauthorized remittance programme.
- Community support – perhaps you have some friends for dinner, ask them to bring a jar of peanut butter for Chalmers. Perhaps your place of work will allow you to organize a food drive. Maybe your condo or apartment building will be open to a quarterly appeal for nutritious food donations. Everything helps.
We are always deeply grateful for this community who shares our vision for a world without poverty. We appreciate every donation and consider you a partner in our efforts.
Peter Gill – Volunteer Executive Director