Monthly Archives: November 2016

Looking for a way to give back to your community this Holiday Season?

There are many ways  to help those in need in our community through Port Cares.

Any gift of your time or a donation of food, a toy or a monetary contribution will all go towards making the Christmas Holidays a brighter and more wondrous  time for families and individuals in need in our community. To find out more on how you can help please contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext. 245.xmas-2016-new

Hunger still real in our community and across Ontario

The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released a new report on November 28th , revealing that over 335,000 individuals — more than one third children — are turning to food banks each month. Despite improvements in the economy, food bank use remains seven per cent higher than pre-recession numbers, and staggering hydro prices and lack of full time  employment are contributing to increased hunger in Ontario.Statistics from Port Cares were included in this report.

More than 1,100 individuals are currently registered at the Reach Out Centre food bank with approximately 500 to 700 of these people receiving service every month.  Approximately one third of the people served every month at the food bank are children under the age of 18.

“We are fortunate because of the care and compassion and giving spirit of our citizens. Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre have been able to provide wholesome and nutritious food because of the generosity of local residents, organizations and businesses who continue to donate to those less fortunate.”

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“People in our community are experiencing the same economic pressures as those in other areas of Ontario when it comes to increasing costs for hydroelectricity, transportation and housing.

And increasingly in the colder months, it becomes a very real struggle to put these expenses ahead of feeding themselves and their families,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.

To donate to our food bank, volunteer or find out how you can help those in need in our community please contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext.245.

 

Thank You. Port Cares Black Tie Gala sparkled with joy.

On November 18th we celebrated 30 years of service to our community at our 18th Annual Gala Dinner and Auction at the Italian Hall in Port Colborne. Photos courtesy of Steve Henschel, Niagara This Week.

Kate Scott places her bid in the silent auction as Kyle Scott looks on.

Kate Scott places her bid in the silent auction as Kyle Scott looks on.

As in past years pianist Frank Krahn brought his musical talents to the floor, providing entertainment for the event.

As in past years pianist Frank Krahn brought his musical talents to the floor, providing entertainment for the event.

Why is this event important to us? This is our major fundraising event and all proceeds from this event will assist vital programs at our Reach Out Centre and Food Bank. We serve over 12,000 meals per year and support individuals and families in need with food, school lunches and access to services to help lift them up and out of poverty.

 

 

We wish to thank our wonderful Sponsors, Donors, Guests and Volunteers for their support in making this event possible and for helping us to raise over $55,800 to continue to offer services to those in need in our community.

 

 

 

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Port Cares Black Tie Gala Dinner and Auction this Friday!

On November 18th we will be celebrating 30 years of service to our community at our 18th Annual Gala Dinner and Auction at the Italian Hall in Port Colborne.

Why is this event important to us? This is our major fundraising event and all proceeds from this event will assist vital programs at our Reach Out Centre and Food Bank. We serve over 12,000 meals per year and support individuals and families in need with food, school lunches and access to services to help lift them up and out of poverty.

We could not do it without your generosity and we wish to thank our wonderful Sponsors, Donors, Guests and Volunteers for their support in making this event possible.

We still have a limited amount of seats available.Please call Karin at 905-834-3629 ext.245 to reserve seats now. To learn more please read this article.

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Port Colborne/ Wainfleet Lions Food Drive a success!

On November 5th the Port Colborne Lions and  their wonderful volunteers went  door to door in Port Colborne to collect food for the Port Cares Food Bank. These amazing volunteers collected over 28, 394  pounds of food and over $4000 in cash donations so far from generous citizens in both communities. The final tally will not be known for another few days as staff and volunteers are still sorting through the huge amount of donations gathered on Nov. 5th. On behalf of everyone at Port Cares a sincere thank you to the Lions, the Volunteers and Donors for making this annual food drive possible. to learn more read:
http://eriemedia.ca/communities-drive-towards-helping-othe…/

This annual event has helped us fill the shelves of the food bank at at time when it is most needed and we are very grateful for their support.

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