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Friday, 30 December 2016

#12DaysOfGiving Day 12 - Community Care

Throughout the #12DaysOfGiving we had bins in our office to collect winter clothing and canned food for Community Care. What began in 1919 as food and clothing assistance has grown to 17 programs - with their vision for a healthy, caring community where everyone lives with dignity and purpose, they are making a huge impact in our community!


Fast facts about Community Care:
  • EVERY client is interviewed, assessed and registered for need
  • 1 can of donated food is one can of food we did not have the day before
  • 6 times per year (or every other month), a registered client may access 3-5 days worth of food, as well as clothing at Community Care, plus in emergency situations
  • 12 percent of our trusteeship caseload are baby boomers
  • 13 percent of the population of St. Catharines will access our food services
  • 17 different programs are offered at Community Care
  • 30 community garden plots were tended by 78 adults and 47 children
  • 39 years of age is the average life expectancy of a homeless person in Canada
  • 40 percent of our food bank clients are children
  • 47 percent of all clients served at the ID clinic are children and youth
  • 70 percent of youth seeking shelter assistance are female (16-24 years of age)
  • 84 people seek shelter-related assistance through Housing Help on a daily basis
  • 206 volunteers are scheduled weekly at CC in St. Catharines & Thorold = 30,900 hours
  • 262 clients were supported through the Regional Trusteeship Program to stabilize their housing and keep them safe and warm, including youth 16-24 years of age
  • 440 individuals participated in our seasonal tax clinic program in 2014
  • 482 children and youth were given the opportunity to participate in sports through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program
  • 566 ADDITIONAL volunteers assisted in many capacities at Christmas=1,700 hours
  • 1,087 households had IDs replaced/obtained for the first time through our ID Clinic
  • 1,500 children received back to school support through the Snacks 'n' Sneakers Program
  • 1,850 households have access to food security each month
  • 1919 is the year Mrs. Leone Taylor recognized a need within the community, leading to the agency now known as Community Care
  • 3,638 phone calls were received seeking assistance with utilities
  • 4,000 pounds of food is distributed daily, 5 days a week
  • 13,000 students are fed each school day through Niagara Nutrition Partners (Region-wide)
  • 13,732 phone calls were received by Housing Help seeking access to shelter needs
  • 358,180 dollars was distributed to 733 families through NEEF (Niagara Energy Emergency Fund) utilities program
  • 1 person can make a difference in the life of someone in need in our community