SIRCH Community Services is very excited to announce the official kick-off of our annual Gifts from the Heart campaign! This is our 6th annual campaign and this holiday season we aim to also raise awareness! An important catalyst in helping create the Haliburton that we know today, SIRCH continues to look for gaps in social or health services within our community and find creative and innovative ways to fill those gaps. Please help us share our message with your family, friends and colleagues in person or on your social media so together we can build a better, more caring community.
Our 2016 Gifts from the Heart campaign is raising funds to support the continuation of three important, much needed programs within our community:
Community Kitchen — through our Food Initiatives program, we expect to cook and give away free 3,600 meals in 2017 (adding to the over 12,000 meals that have already been given to children, families and seniors living in Haliburton County).
Grief Support — our Bereavement Support program provides three levels of group support to individuals who have lost a loved one. (Since the program’s inception, SIRCH has helped 760 people who are grieving the death of a loved one.)
Skills Building & Training — SIRCH has given dozens of people the skills they need to find and keep jobs. Gaining employment means more disposable income, better health and greater opportunities. (In the past five years, SIRCH has provided skill-building training to 180 people.)
Over the last 28 years, our community has allowed us to make a major impact in the social landscape of a community teetering on the cusp of being the poorest county in Ontario. We are proud of the building blocks that SIRCH has laid but we need your help to continue this important work! Since 1989, more than 30 critical service programs have been created and developed by SIRCH and helped over 3,000 residents in need. We are honored to be a means of supporting positive change in this beautiful but sometimes harsh, expansive rural community of Haliburton County. Please help us continue our support to the most vulnerable among us, give a Gift from the Heart today.
A huge thank you goes out following hours of behind the scenes work with some of our amazing community partners to get to the 2016 Gifts from the Heart campaign launch! Special thanks to the teams at the Haliburton Echo, the Minden Times and County Life, Patient News and CANOE FM and all that helped us by sponsoring our Gifts from the Heart publications. Look for your copy of our Gifts from the Heart brochure in your copy of the Echo, Times and County Life.