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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

Open House & Annual General Meeting at the Agapè Centre on June 17th, 2014

New fruit forest planted on Mohawk Drive

You are invited to join our Open House & Annual General Meeting at the Agapè Centre on June 17th, 2014 starting at 5:00 pm. The business portion of the evening will commence approximately at 6:00 pm.

The Agapè Centre plays a vital role in our community. This is your opportunity to see how the support you have given to the Agapè Centre has been applied for the benefit of the community at large.

Please RSVP to: Alyssa Blais at 613.361.0332 or ablais@agapecentre.ca

We look forward to seeing you on June 17th! Thank you for your support, we greatly appreciate it.

Date: June 17th, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Agapè Centre, 40 Fifth Street West

Agenda:

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Open House
6:00 – 6:30 pm : Annual General Meeting
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Open House
Appetizers, coffee and tea will be provided.

We want to thank all our volunteers at the Agapè Centre

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) and its a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.  Our volunteers, over 120 of them, strengthen our work and make this centre vibrant. It’s their dedication to community involvement that has given the Agapè Centre the support it needs to continue helping people in our community.

This Friday April 11, we will be celebrating our volunteers with a special Volunteer Appreciation Night, which will feature entertainment from David Jans, local magician and food from Love, Love Food – Tony Lacroix. 12 Awards will be given including the Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

 

 

THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR COMES TO CORNWALL FEB. 22

The Agapè Center is encouraging Cornwall residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (WALK). A family-friendly winter fundraising event for Cornwall’s hungry and hurting, the WALK takes place on the evening of February 22nd, 2014.

Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of the Agapè Center in providing much-needed support to members of our community. Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 65 cities from coast to coast.

The Agapè Center WALK begins and ends at the Center, located at 40 Fifth Street West, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic gray toques with multi-coloured pom-poms, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.

This is Agapè’s first year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $60,000. An expected 300 walkers and 40 teams, including staff and friends of the Agapè Centre are expected to brave the cold winter’s night.  

The Agapè Center has been serving Cornwall for 42 years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

New fruit forest planted on Mohawk Drive

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The Agapè Centre, the charity that feeds over 200 people a day has planted 100 new dwarf apple and pear trees on the property of Fountaingate Christian Assembly, as well as 100 seedless grape vines believing that good food has the power to build healthy communities.

The first fruit harvest is expected year 2015. The Agapè Centre wants to get more fresh, local and organically grown produce onto the tables of individuals and families, living on low incomes. “Growing an important food source, fruit, for the Centre is a much more sustainable resource than re-planting our garden every year. Once the trees settle in, they require very little maintenance compared to annual vegetables, making them perfect for our volunteers,” says Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre.

Volunteers, co-op students and a couple of staff planted this urban fruit forest on Friday, November 1st, which was one of the windiest days so far this year. “The planting alone was remarkable! We did not think we would be able to do it, it was so windy. But we did. We dug 200 holes, mulched with the wood chips we got free from the City of Cornwall and when the last tree – an apple pear tree – went into the ground, we all clapped and cheered,” adds Alyssa.

Tree expert Ken Taylor will be guiding the Agapè Centre, as he shares his tree collection with the local food bank and soup kitchen. For more than 30 years, Ken has been involved in the study of organic and cold weather farming. With his simple approach and unique hardy trees, the Agapè Centre will have created a fruit orchard that will withstand the northern climate and be resistant to many of the known insect pests and tree diseases. The fruit forest is nestled between several acres of landscape that is dotted already with cows and trees in Cornwall.

“There is a growing movement in the food banking world for organizations like ours to be advocates for good healthy food. We want to do our bit to support people in a way that we can and we were able to get this project off the ground through the wonderful gift provided by Medical Arts Pharmacy. We truly appreciate their support and are most grateful because without their gift, Agapè’s fruit orchard would not have happened,” says Alyssa.

In the future, the Agapè Centre will involve the whole community for an apple day which is traditionally October 21st, where one can taste the fruit produce, help with the making of apple sauce and celebrate the harvest. They also plan on hosting a Wassail January 16th, 2014 at the Centre. A wassail is a celebration of the orchard to ensure fertility in the year to come. It will be an opportunity to drink hot cider, eat apple pancakes and make a toast for the health and vitality of the orchard.

Alyssa encourages anyone interested in helping them manage the trees or volunteer at the events to get in touch with her at ablais@agapecentre.ca

New fruit forest planted on Mohawk Drive

FreshCo donates $500 to the Agapè Centre

FreshCo, a new grocery store at the corner of Ninth and Marlborough streets in Cornwall, officially opened its doors at 8 a.m. Thursday, October 24th. During the Grand Opening, Chris Pierce, Store Owner donated a $500 gift card to the Agapè Centre! The Centre will be buying a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables from Freshco!

Fare Thee Well Murder Mystery – Friday, October 18th, 2013

Where murder is on the menu. You are enjoying a great buffet dinner at the Army, Navy Air Force Club. Suddenly, someone you just met, comes to a violent end! A killer is in the room! Who is it? Who’s next? Enjoy dinner as you watch the detectives grill the suspects and examine the clues. Price per person is $35.00 and includes dinner and show! Doors open at 6:00 pm at the Army Navy Air Force Club, located at 14 Marlborough ST. North. More INFO here.

 

Great News for Hunger Awareness Week – Breakfast on Canadian Auto Workers Union Tuesday, May 07

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

Next week’s breakfast with Dr. Charlebois is being sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers Union. As you may have heard, the Agapè Centre is asking all residents to mark Hunger Awareness Week: Monday, May 06 to Friday May 10, 2013.

We are holding a breakfast and brought a special guest speaker Dr. Charlebois from the University of Guelph to speak on the economics of food, food banking and food security. Dr. Charlebois is the Acting Dean and Professor in the College of Management & Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario and an award winning researcher and teacher.  “Canadians expect to pay more at the grocery store in 2013, especially for meat and eggs, according to a forecast by University of Guelph researchers. Price hikes for staples such as meat, bread and cheese are also expected to drive record numbers of people to food banks in the coming year. At the same time, experts predict Canadian households will waste more food than ever, throwing out nearly 40 per cent of what they purchase. This is the new food deal for us, or is it? How can Food Banks help, can they make a difference?”  Dr. Sylvain Charlebois.

We would appreciate your attendance as he is an inspiring and dynamic speaker and we want to make him feel welcome in Cornwall.

RSVP is required by replying to: ablais@agapecentre.ca  

Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Location: Best Western Parkway Plus Inn, 1515 Vincent Massey Dr., Cornwall
Cost: Free! Free! Free!

 

Be a Hunger Hero for a DAY!

I am a HUNGER HERO

During Hunger Awareness Week May 06-10, we want YOU and a few of your teammates to participate and have some fun with us at the Agape Centre.
We are encouraging you and your staff to volunteer for a few hours in our soup kitchen as a way of giving back to our community and to learn more about hunger.

Benefits for your business:

  • Media will interview you during and after the process;
  • You will be featured on our website as a Hunger Hero, and on our facebook page and we will tweet about you during your time spent at the Centre;
  • You will experience first-hand of what cooking and serving a hot meal means to someone who really needs it;
  • Your colleagues will not soon forget this enriching and empowering team-building activity.

The benefits will largely outweigh the cost to volunteer in our soup kitchen for a few hours. For a better understanding for what you can expect, please read our soup kitchen process Please sincerely consider volunteering with us and taking part in this community challenge. More information can be found HERE

For Hunger Awareness Week – Residents are asked to Give it Up…for Hunger to better understand the challenges of people living with hunger.
Hunger is a complex issue with many root causes and in a country as prosperous as Canada; it’s shocking to see so many struggle to get enough food.   Over 1,000 individuals turn to the Agapè Centre for support each month, and of those, 400 are children and youth. The Agapè Centre is asking all residents to mark Hunger Awareness Week – May 06 to May 10th, and to take part in our activities– to make a positive impact on the issue  of hunger across the city. 

Download our Hunger Awareness Week Poster or Hunger Awareness Week Postcard to find out what is going on that week. Check out what’s going on each day on the left sidebar!

Buy a HUNGER PASS for $50 

Text HUNGER to 45678 to donate $10

Text HUNGER to 45678 to donate $10

People with smartphones have a new feature at their fingertips. Announced today by the Agapè Centre, Text to Donate gives people the opportunity to text a $10 donation to the Agapè Centre, right from their smartphone. “It’s really about getting everyone involved in giving,” said Alyssa Blais, Executive Director of the Agapè Centre, who is launching Text to Donate this week-end at the Aultsville Film Festival. “You can use your phone anytime to donate – and for any reason. Today, I joined several people who took out their phones and made text donations because they want to continue supporting the Agapè Centre. They know how important their support is to help feed hungry families.”

Text donations are a simple process. Donors type HUNGER and send a text to 45678 to make a $ 10 donation to the Agapè Centre. The donation is automatically applied to their next phone bill with no additional fees or surcharges. Funds received are directed to the Agapè Centre. “We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its ongoing commitment to our community. Without them, we would not of been able to consider this new technology. The Agapè Centre is very excited to launch this new opportunity to raise funds in a mobile environment,” said Alyssa Blais.