COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 has hit the world hard so we hope you’re all coping with these challenging times. We are trying our best to keep everything running as smoothly as possible because there are so many uncertainties in the world. While the government decides our collective next steps, for example, what states are open or should remain closed, we can only do our best to keep moving forward.
We will make every effort to ensure that our clients are supported while we take the necessary Covid-19 precautions. This includes making sure all our staff each have an N95 Respirator to protect themselves while working, social distancing is being carried out where possible, and we don’t allow large groups. These are all necessary changes to ensure we can continue to provide.
The Agape Centre is making every effort to ensure that our clients continue to receive the support they require to meet their daily needs.
We will be serving a hot meal today to small groups of no more than 10 people at one sitting. Our hours will be extended to ensure that each person has a hot meal.
The soup kitchen will be closed for the remainder of the week. For those people not attending the soup kitchen today, they can call and make arrangements to pick up a “lunch bag”.
Each person visiting the soup kitchen today will receive a bag of groceries that will fulfill lunches for the next four days.
Appointments for the food bank will continue as scheduled. Prepared boxes of food will be given out at the door – there will be no access to the food bank. Boxes will be equal to the amount of food received during a regular appointment.

Coming Soon: Facebook Auctions

The Agape Centre is so excited to offer a new and exciting way for locals to support our food bank! Now, you can bid on one-of-a-kind items on our Facebook page – and feel good about your purchase, knowing every dollar goes right back to Agape!

Visit our Facebook page to participate in our first-ever social media auction! The rules for this auction are listed below.

The Agape Centre uses Facebook auctions to fundraise for its services and operations, including the food bank and soup kitchen located at 40 Fifth Street West.

All auction items have been donated. To make a donation, please visit the facility at 40 Fifth Street West. Donations may be sold in the New For You thrift store.

Auctions will begin on Monday mornings and end on the following Sunday (six days after the start of the auction) at 8:00:59 p.m. EST.

Auction bids must increase by $1 increments. Starting bids will be posted with each photo.

Bids cannot be removed once they are placed, so bid cautiously.

Winning bidders will be notified on Sunday evenings, and must pick up their items at the Agape Centre’s New For You thrift store at 40 Fifth Street West. Payment options include cash, and if spending more than $6, debit and credit.

New For You hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bidders who do not collect their items by Friday evening at 4 p.m. forfeit the item. The next successful bidder will be contacted. Delivery is not available.

All sales are final. Items cannot be exchanged and no money will be refunded. The Agape Centre cannot guarantee the quality of each item, but will test electric devices and assess items to the best of its ability. All items are sold “as is”.

Bidders who do not follow the rules will be given a warning.

The auction is not open to Agape Centre board members and employees.

Please message The Agape Centre on Facebook with any questions.

POSTPONED: Spring Fling 50s & 60s Dance

UPDATE

The Spring Fling, originally scheduled for March 28, has been postponed until October 3. Tickets purchased for the March 28 event will be honoured for the new date. Questions? Call Maurice at 613-577-2740.

Support the Agape Centre by attending the second annual Spring Fling Fifties and Sixties Dance and Live Auction to End Hunger!

We’ll be rocking at the Agora Center (former Nativity Hall) with live music by the AM/FM Band, a live auction with Peter Ross, a draw for $500 cash, door prizes, spot dances, and a midnight lunch.

All the action takes place on Saturday, March 28 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

BUY your tickets – only $15!! – available at The Pop Shoppe, New for You Thrift Store, or by calling Maurice Dupelle at 613-577-2740.

Executive Director Hired

The Agape Centre’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Lisa Duprau has accepted the position of executive director.
Duprau was selected after a rigorous application and interview process. Her experience as a manager of fundraising, thrift store manager, manager of residential support staff, and counsellor make her an excellent fit to lead the Agape Centre forward.
“The board is excited about Lisa’s vision,” said Maurice Dupelle, board chair. “We hope the community will join us in welcoming Lisa to her new role.”
Duprau will begin by meeting with staff and volunteers, and will officially begin as executive director shortly.
For more information, please contact Dupelle at maurice@clglen.on.ca.

Customer Appreciation Day

Kick off your Christmas shopping and discover our winter wonderland! Stop by all day to shop our Christmas store and snack on cookies, tea, and coffee. Every customer takes home a giveaway!

Thursday, November 14
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
40 Fifth Street West

While you’re at Agape Centre’s thrift store…

  • buy a $5 ticket for a chance to win one of two Treasure Troves filled with $500 in gift cards
  • test your luck with a 50/50 draw
  • pick up your ticket for Empty Bowls

Most Wonderful Time for a Food Drive

The season of giving is upon us – so, how can you ensure all members of our community are well fed?

How about hosting a food drive?

It’s as easy as collecting some of our most-needed items, which include:

  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna
  • canned salmon
  • canned vegetables
  • cheese (not processed)
  • ground beef

Don’t forget to…

  • Let us know if you’re hosting an event, so we can help spread the word!
  • Check donations for best before dates.
  • Connect with our volunteer coordinator if you have any questions: volunteercoordinator@agapecentre.ca or 613-938-9297 ext. 121

The Agape Centre supports over 1,000 clients every month. Your contribution, whether big or small, whether a gift of money or food, can help make a difference.

$500 Treasure Trove Raffle

It’s that time of year again!

Come buy your Holiday Gift Card Treasure Trove ticket for your chance to win one of two baskets filled with $500 in gift cards!

Tickets are only $5, and are available for purchase at Agape Centre’s New For You thrift store at 40 Fifth Street West.

Each Treasure Trove includes a wide variety of gift cards from local businesses, including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and more!

This fundraiser supports the Agape Centre. Thank you!

Agape Centre seeking new executive director

After three years of strong leadership as the Agape Centre’s executive director, Johanne Couture has accepted a new role in the community.

The board of directors is grateful for the dedication, effort, and leadership shown by Johanne, whose tenure comes to an end on November 1, 2019.

“We wish Johanne all the best in her new endeavours,” said Maurice Dupelle, board chair. “We’re grateful for the years Johanne has contributed to Agape, and for her support as we transition into new leadership.”

The board of directors is now accepting applications for the position of executive director. Interested applicants can view the job posting by clicking on the file below.

Stephanie Nalepa, the Agape Centre’s fundraising coordinator, is also pursuing a new opportunity.

“Stephanie has excelled at growing Agape’s network of support. The board wishes her all the best as she takes another step in her career,” said Dupelle.

In a sector where change is constant, the board of directors and Agape staff will work together in the coming weeks to ensure continuity of services in the food bank, thrift store, and soup kitchen.

The following events and fundraisers are coming up. Please show your support!

  • Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seguin Patate: all sales donated to Agape Centre
  • Sunday, November 17 at 12 p.m.: Empty Bowls fundraiser – purchase your tickets at the New For You thrift store at 40 Fifth Street West
  • Christmas is coming! Can your workplace or neighbourhood run a food drive? Learn more here.
  • To sign up for hassle-free monthly contributions to the Agape Centre, please click here.

Empty Bowls

Join us on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 for our EMPTY BOWLS fundraiser!
– Choose a unique handcrafted bowl
– Fill it with your selection of gourmet soup
– Grab a fresh bun and dessert
– Take home your one-of-a-kind bowl

We have two different ticket options this year:
• $30 includes meal and handcrafted bowl
• $10 includes meal

Lunch will be served between 12:00PM & 1:30PM at Trinity Anglican Church (105 Second Street W, Cornwall).

This year, we have 7 chefs signed up to create delicious soups!

Tickets are available at our New For You thrift store (40 Fifth Street W).

All proceeds to the Agapè Centre.

Try the One Bag Challenge!

Help us fight summer hunger this August for the third annual One Bag Challenge!

Step one: Bring one bag of groceries to our food bank.

Step two: Take a picture and post on your social media.

Step three: Challenge five of your friends to do the same.

The items needed most by the food bank include pasta sauce, pasta, canned veggies, canned meat, and beans.

The Agape Centre is located at 40 Fifth Street West in Cornwall, Ontario