The 2012 edition of The Little Give got underway at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 14th and our eight Toronto teams are hard at work trying to solve some of the toughest challenges we’ve had to date! Here’s a sneak peek at the hard work and dedication of the Toronto office – and stay tuned for the big reveal…coming on Saturday, June 16th!
Team Flowerbox Charity: Not Far From the Tree puts Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. It mobilizes volunteers to harvest fruit from trees on residential properties when homeowners aren’t able to. The bounty is then shared three ways between fruit tree owners, volunteers, and the final third of the harvest is distributed by cargo bike to social service agencies (e.g. food banks, shelters, and community kitchens) right in the neighborhood where the fruit is harvested. It’s a win-win-win situation!
Team Pineapple Charity: The Local Charity is a boutique local charitable organization that is devoted to the relief of poverty. With the help of the local community, The Local Charity hosts fundraising events and Cook-With-Love events for various homeless shelters with a focus on youth, women & families.
Team Banana Charity: The Stop works to increase access to food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills and promote engagement in civic issues.
Team Pie Charity: Second Base Youth Shelter provides food, clothing and shelter to homeless youth, aged 16 – 21, while offering opportunities for them to become self-reliant within the community. Second Base promotes a sense of belonging to a community that is supportive, challenging, non-judgmental, structured and empowering. The Second Base community fosters personal growth through the development of meaningful relationships and useful skills that encourage choice, and independence.
Team Strawberry Charity: Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing for individuals living with mental illness. It offers a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Quality of life is at the heart of Houselink’s mission. It believes people – even people with serious mental illness– know what’s best for them.
Team Window Charity: Street to Trail is a non-profit organization that helps people living on the streets of Toronto rediscover their inner sense of worth using the healing power of the natural world. Street to Trail organizes wilderness hikes and other outdoor excursions including canoe trips that help homeless people experience the beauty and therapeutic calmness of nature.
Team Door Charity: The Children´s Breakfast Clubs is a non-profit charitable organization that believes every child is entitled to a nutritious breakfast. An estimated 4,000 meals are served each week in the 20+ clubs across the Greater Toronto area. In addition to serving hot, wholesome meals, the Children´s Breakfast Clubs also offers social and intellectual stimulation to children in the communities where the Clubs are located.
Team Mailbox Charity: Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC) is a multi-service agency providing free programming for five key participant groups in Toronto’s West End; children, at-risk street youth, homeless women, homeless men and marginalized adults.