The words thank you do not seem adequate enough to truly express how MUCH we appreciate our wonderful and generous community who once again made a difference in our Gifts from the Heart campaign! Our fundraising goal for 2018 was $30,000 and we are so happy to announce we have exceeded our goal and raised, thanks to you, a total of $30,683!
The support we received goes beyond the dollars that were donated and includes in kind donations, local media partnerships, spreading the campaign through social media, business sponsorships and so much more.
The Gifts from the Heart campaign supports our Community Kitchen and the thousands of free meals we give away to community members in need due to poverty, illness or other circumstance. We have no government funding or base funding for that program and rely entirely on donations, so your gift is very, very meaningful to us.
SIRCH actually started Community Kitchen in 2012 when we found out that families in some of our programs had less than $200 a month left, after paying their heat, rent and hydro. That $200 had to feed their families, pay for transportation, unexpected bills etc. That’s $6.50 a day! Our mandate has always been to look for gaps in health and social services and to develop innovative ways of meeting those gaps, and in 2012 we started to seriously focus on programs that help address the complex issue of poverty. Not just food but also helping people gain resilience,employment skills, needed supports/resources and confidence.
Although our food programs run year-round, winters here can be especially tough as the employment rate drops to 44%. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the success of the Gifts from the Heart campaign, we will be able to provide free healthy food to those in need, distributed through the Haliburton, Wilberforce and Cardiff food banks, as well as other organizations. Our Community Kitchen program meets regularly and if you would like to see your donation in action or get a tour of our kitchen please do not hesitate to contact us.
We want to thank you for continuing to put your trust in SIRCH and supporting the programs that we offer. The start of a new year is a wonderful time to reflection the past but more importantly, to look towards the future. Here at SIRCH we are both optimistic and hopeful about what 2019 holds in store for our organization and the community. Thank you for being a part of the journey with us.
“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin