Monthly Archives: February 2014

Volunteer at Port Cares

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Port Cares is seeking Volunteers for many of our programs.We are currently looking for help with :

  • Stocking shelves in our Food Bank
  • Date checking and packaging food
  • Sorting and receiving food donations
  • Customer service
  • Food preparation and kitchen help
  • Children’s programs
  • Special events
  • Youth Justice Committee

If you are able to donate your time, we would love to hear from you. To join our dedicated team of volunteers please call our Volunteer Coordinator at 905-834-3629 ext. 278 or check out our   Volunteer page 


Sportsfest in Port Colborne February 14th to 17th – Canalside to donate to Port Cares

Sportsfest is just a few days away and here are few great events at Canalside that you may wish to participate in. Canalside is generously donating the proceeds from these events to Port Cares. We thank them and you for your support.

Music Trivia-Name that  Tune   Friday Feb. 14th  8 pm  $10.00

Wine & Cheese Tasting   Saturday Feb. 15th    9 pm  $20.00

Soup Cook Off    Sunday  Feb.16th    Noon to  4 pm  $10.00

For more information contact Greg at 905-834-6090



Raising the Roof Ball Hockey Tournament a Success!

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Pictured from left to right are Port Cares staff members Andrea Birrell, Aaron Russell and Stefani Katulic Ducharme 

On February 7th ,2014 teams from all over the Niagara Region gathered to play ball hockey in St. Catharines for Raising the Roof to promote awareness on the plight of the many individuals facing homelessness in our communities. Although they did not win any of their games, the team representing Port Cares had a great time. Funds raised by the Region during this event will be distributed to Port Cares, Community Care, The Hope Centre, Project Share and Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership.



Ontario Early Years Family Literacy Event at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre

Our Port Cares Ontario Early Years Centre held the The Port Colborne and Wainfleet Family Literacy Day “Bringing Books to Life” on February 8th, 2014. Over 71 families including 116 children attended the event this year featuring Juno-award winner, Music With Brian and Friends. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing and enjoying the many activities including face-painting, arts and crafts, story telling and of course books! Therapy Tails Ontario also enthralled the kids with their therapy dogs.Family Literacy Event 2014

For more information on the Ontario Early Years Centre here at Port Cares, contact Kelly Wilcox, featured here reading with local children at the event. Kelly is the Manager of the Port Colborne/Wainfleet, Fort Erie, West Lincoln and Lincoln sites. She can be reached at  905-834-9071 or by visiting with her and our friendly staff at our 92 Charlotte Street location.           

For additional information see Ontario Early Years

Photo courtesy of Heidi Grzesina












Photo courtesy of Heidi Grzesina ,


Port Cares Pancake Brunch & Lakeshore Catholic School Dodge Ball Event Help Raise Awareness about Homelessness

On February 4th  we held our 2nd Annual Pancake Brunch to raise awareness about homelessness that can strike anywhere, even here in our community of Port Colborne.

Lakeshore Catholic High School also held a Dodge Ball event to raise awareness and they raised over $2689.00 for Port Cares. Please check out the video on this great event and thank you to everyone involved at Lakeshore Catholic High School.

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Just think about this for a minute…………… our community alone, Port Cares operates both a food bank and a transitional housing program with 18 units. There is no shelter and many homeless individuals in our community rely on the generosity of others to offer them a place to stay for the night. The Port Cares housing program offers more than just a place to live for those in need. Our dedicated staff provide counselling, advocacy and access to many programs such as employment services and education, which are offered under the umbrella of Port Cares and our partner agencies.

At Port Cares we continue to rely on the generosity of individual donors, local businesses, churches and community groups to provide these vital services. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us and help us raise $875.00.

Over 100 meals were served by our very own Food Service Associate Program students, Port Cares staff and volunteers. We would also like to thank:

Country Corner Market, Lakeshore Catholic High School, E.D. Smith, and ADM Milling for their generous donations of food and time for this event.

For more coverage of this event see the following links to articles in the Port Colborne Leader by Luke Edwards and by Heidi Grzenia from newsinportcolborne.

Photos courtesy of Heidi Grzina

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