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AGAPE FRUIT FOREST CONTINUES TO GROW

The funding from Tree Canada finally took root, as volunteers and staff planted 40 more trees on Thursday, October 30.  The initiative is supported by a grant from the Edible Trees program, which provides grants of up to $4,000 to municipalities, schools, and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees.

“The trees planted will become valuable sources of healthy food for these communities,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President.

The Agapè Centre added more variety to their young fruit forest with two more kinds of apples and plums on the property of Fountaingate Christian Assembly, and they’re not stopping there. They’ll be planting over 100 more fruit trees in the spring, believing that good food has the power to build healthy communities.

A team of six volunteers from Canada World Youth, a group of 17 young adults from across Vietnam and Canada who are spending two months volunteering in Cornwall, joined two Agapè Centre staff members to help with the planting process.

Ha Luong, a 21 year-old Vietnamese youth in Canada with the exchange program, has been involved with similar projects in his home country, and sees the importance of an organization like a food bank or soup kitchen growing their own food.

“With other volunteers, we had great time there digging and planting several kinds of trees,” he said. “But besides fun, it is not only about some more trees appearing in this area, but also about raising public awareness about the food supply, and later get involved in Agape’s activities to help local residents.”

The low-maintenance trees, grown specifically to thrive pesticide-free in the Canadian climate, will bear fruit within the next three to five years, and will provide fresh, local and organically grown food for those in our community who are living on low incomes and rely on the Agapè Centre.

“We greatly appreciate the support from Tree Canada and the young people who volunteered in the garden,” said Alyssa Blais, executive director for the Agapè Centre. “Without their help, we would not be able to have planted all these trees.”

Last fall, the charity that feeds over 200 people a day planted 100 dwarf apple and pear trees, as well as 100 seedless grape vines, with the generous donation from Medical Arts Pharmacy.

 

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Look at how much the trees planted last fall have grown!

Look at how much the trees planted last fall have grown!

Contract P/T Job Position: Bookkeeper at Agapè Centre

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for one person who is committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.

The position description for a bookkeeper can be found HERE

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Johanne Gauthier, Operations Manager at the Agapè Centre by bringing it to reception.

DEADLINE for applications:  October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The ULTIMATE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

The ULTIMATE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!
GLAM Swap and Wine & Cheese

Come and relax, mingle, get pampered and SWAP clothes, shoes and accessories you no longer need or wear. Added BONUS: Local Firemen will be serving our guests all night long!!

The Agapè Centre and SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services) are putting on a Glam SWAP event for women ONLY.

Click HERE for more details.

4 Million Food ITEMS

This year the Agapè Centre proudly recognizes our 43 years of service as the largest hunger relief organization serving Cornwall and the Counties. One way we measure our success is by pounds of nutritious food distributed to hungry people, however the weight of gratitude felt by our clients is immeasurable.

Working together, we can transform hunger into hope!
Over the past four decades, we have distributed more than 4 million fooditems. Instead of looking back on our accomplishments, we’re looking ahead toward the next 20 years of hunger relief for our community. We know that there is much to do to fight hunger in our communities we serve. Our long range goals include offering healthier nutritious food items, starting a community kitchen for families and children and continuously looking at social enterprise as one of our sustainable revenue generators.

This will allow us to serve more low-income children, families and older adults who don’t have access to nutritious food. As we look to the next twenty years we are excited to embrace our responsibility as the hunger resource and healthiest community food centre for Cornwall and the Counties. With the help of our family of supporters, we can break the cycle of hunger and impact the lives of literally thousands of people each year. What better investment can you think of than the return of hope, health and productivity to our communities? On behalf of the Agapè Centre and those we serve, thank you for your support and strength.

Within These Walls Building Campaign

It’ll be a new home for the Agape Centre, but the busy soup kitchen and food bank in Cornwall isn’t going anywhere.
The Centre on Thursday morning officially kicked off its “Within These Walls” building campaign, an aggressive and ambitious fundraising program to raise $1 million for much-needed renovations and repairs at the Fifth Street West site.

“The goal is $1 million, it’s a big number but the list of repairs needed is long,” said Bernadette Clément, co-chair of the building campaign, at a kick-off breakfast held at the Navy Club.

“The Agape Centre is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s a welcoming place, an oasis, a safe haven to a lot of people in need. . .within those walls are all the services provided to people. (But) we need to fix the building if we want those services to continue to be provided.”

The Centre in a glossy magazine handed out Thursday had pictures of holes in walls and ceilings and outdated, crumbling infrastructure.

Clément noted the building’s heating system needs to be replaced, which will eat up a big chunk of the project costs, but there’s also plenty of work to be done on flooring, bathrooms and entrances – and many other areas.

The campaign is off to a great start, Clément noted, with $138,000 raised even before the official kickoff. Donations will be accepted from now until Sept. of 2017, but the major lifting in the fundraising efforts are between now and next May, because “repairs are urgently needed,” Clément said. “It’s a big campaign, but we feel confident, (and) things are moving (financially) already.” READ MORE HERE

 

Within These Walls Agapè’s Building Campaign

Please join us Thursday, September 4th from 7am to 8:30am at the Navy Club on 30 Sixth Street East in Cornwall. You are encouraged to bring a friend or two to the breakfast. The cost to attend is $20.00.

RSVP is required and can be made to: reception@agapecentre.ca / 613.938.9297

Some are surprised to realize that there is so much need in our community. The Agapè Centre has been providing food assistance since 1971 to over 1,100 individuals every month, about 50% of whom are families.  Individuals and families come to us at a point of crisis in their lives. The Agapè Centre meets them where they are at and responds to their immediate needs.

The food bank relies on donations of both food and funds from the community to be able to meet the growing necessities of those coming to us for help. Yet, over the past three years, we have seen a 30% increase in the number of requests and our building has deteriorated due to the upsurge and it’s not ok.

The building that houses our very efforts to help those in need is inviting you to support us in a very special way. We are asking you to come to our Kick-Off breakfast. The kick-off to our building campaign is on a Thursday morning and will give you a rare inside look at how hunger affects those in our community. We will also hear from Sheila Burnett, who started working with the poor in 1983 and she just recently finished her 30th year at the Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa.

 

*New* Contract at the Agapè Centre – Janitorial Work

Contract Position Available Effective September 26, 2014:              

 Janitorial work (includes cleaning and light maintenance work)

If you are interested for more information, contact Johanne Gauthier, Operations Manager, for the description of the work at operationsmanager@agapecentre.ca or by phone at extension 27. 

The deadline to apply is September 12th, 2014. 

Join Us For An Open House

I am a HUNGER HERO

On August 27th, staff and volunteers at the Agapè Centre wants to welcome visitors to learn all about the programs and services offered at the Centre during their Open House.

Staff will be available from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to answer questions and provide 20 minute tours of the whole building. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. The Thrift store will be privately opened for visitors to shop.

The Open House takes place Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Agapè Centre, 40 Fifth Street West, Cornwall. It is free and open to the public.

RSVP is required to Kendra Smith, by phone at 613.938.9297 x:21 or by email: volunteercoordinator@agapecentre.ca

Job Opening – Head Cashier

The Agapè Centre is a community-minded non-profit organization dedicated to feeding and clothing people in need. We are looking for one person who is committed to our values and thrives on a changing environment.

The position description for a head cashier can be found HERE

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Johanne Gauthier, Operations Manager at the Agapè Centre by bringing it to reception.

DEADLINE for applications: July 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM

 

Agapè receives $4,000 for its fruit forest

New fruit forest planted on Mohawk Drive

Tree Canada is proud to announce its 20 winners for the third installment of its very popular Edible Trees program.

Supported by Loblaw, Silk, and TELUS, Edible Trees provides grants of up to $4,000 to municipalities, schools, and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees.

“Fruit and nut trees do more than just clean the air and beautify our neighbourhoods,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “The trees planted will become valuable sources of healthy food for these communities.”

“At Silk we believe plant-based nutrition is a better, more sustainable way to feed people and the planet,” said Valerie Fleck, Vice President of Whitewave Foods in Canada. “The Edible Trees program fits perfectly with our mission and we are thrilled 20 communities can benefit in 2014.”

The increasing popularity of this program can be seen by the substantial applications that were sent to Tree Canada, of which the following 20 community groups were selected:

  • Alliance Alimentaire Papineau, Saint-André-Avellin, QC
  • Conseil régional de l’environnement (CRE) Mauricie, Mauricie, QC
  • Les amis de la montagne, Montréal, QC
  • Ville en Vert, Montréal, QC
  • Au coin de ma rue, une forêt qui nourrit, Québec, QC
  • Regional District of Central Okanagan, Okanagan, BC
  • Township of Langley, Langley, BC
  • The Valley Permaculture Guild, Chilliwack, BC
  • Immigrant Integration Farming Co-op, Winnipeg, MB
  • Healthy Communities Association of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
  • Town of High Level, High Level, AB
  • Green Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • Nourish and Develop Foundation, Cannington, ON
  • Niagara College Sustainability Committee, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Township of Russell, Russell, ON
  • Roots to Harvest, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Centre Agapè Centre, Cornwall, ON
  • Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Halifax, NS
  • Community Forests International, Sackville, NB
  • Town of Stratford, Stratford, PEI