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News at Port Cares

Port Cares celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. At Port Cares, we are very fortunate to have several dedicated, wonderful and caring volunteers.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing individuals! If you are interested in Volunteering please contact Shelby Hemingway at

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Enjoy Family Day -Port Cares is celebrating 30 years of serving our Community!

Port Cares began in 1986 and we have been working hard to support families and individuals in need in Port Colborne and surrounding communities. We offer many services to families at the Reach out Centre and at 92 Charlotte Street, which includes our Ontario Early Years Centre. Come on out and explore!

As part of our celebrations this year  we will be featuring one of our many programs each month on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and in the Media and we invite you to explore the many way we can assist you this year.

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Masquerade Fundraising Dinner and Auction Gala raises funds for vital programs at Port Cares.

A huge thank you to our Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers and Guests who attended the 2015 Masquerade Dinner and Auction Gala on November 13th.
You helped us to raise close to $50,000 for vital programs here at Port Cares.

Your  generosity  will assist us to continue to offer  food and crisis  and housing support to individuals and families in need in the year to come.

Port Cares exists to assist those in need regardless of their circumstances and everyone is welcome and on behalf of all of the clients we serve we thank you for your generosity and continued support.


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Thank you for the generous donations of food to our Reach Out Centre and Food Bank this Fall.

food bank image AmandaThe following schools and local community groups have all held food drives  this Fall to help fill the shelves at the Food Bank. Thanks to their efforts we are able to continue to provide 3 hot meals a week and provide over 700 individuals from our community with food from our Food Bank every month. Thank You!!!!!


St John Bosco Catholic Elementary

St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary

St. Therese Catholic Elementary

Lakeshore Catholic High School

Port Colborne District 6 Police Service

The Port Colborne Scouts

The Port Colborne Lionesses

The Bridge Boys

The Wellandport Sportsmen Club

Bethel United Church

Central United Church

First Lutheran Church

St James/St Brendan Anglican

The Jericho House

Brethren in Christ Church

The New Apostolic Church

Port of Grace Church

Morgan’s Point United Church

Christ Church Wainfleet

First United Church

Whiskey Run Golf Club

Country Boys Club

Stomp Out Poverty – Mayor John Maloney to support Port Cares in the Mayors’ Invitational Grape Stomp

Drop off food donations for Port Cares at City Hall in Port Colborne this month to support Mayor John Maloney in the “Stomp out Poverty” event. We thank Mayor Maloney for designating Port Cares as the recipient for our community in this challenge.

Partnering with  the Grape Growers of Ontario, JCI St. Catharines and Skycomp Solutions, Niagara’s Mayors will be working together to raise awareness about poverty and support local food banks by collecting non-perishable food items between Sept. 1 and 18. On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 12 p.m. at Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines, the Mayors will take to the grape barrels for the traditional stomping of the grapes. The volume of the stomped grape juice plus the total volume of donations will determine the winner of this year’s Mayor’s Grape Stomp.

Our Food Bank needs your help! We need peanut butter,baby food, fruits & veggies, hygiene items.

In July our Food Bank  provided 547 individuals with food.“One hundred and seventy four of those were children,” said Amanda Upper, Supervisor of the Reach Out Centre pointing out that the Port Cares Food Bank is facing a constant need. During the summer months some families face a greater need as their children normally  rely on school lunch and/or breakfast programs for assistance. Photo Courtesy of Steve Henschel, Niagara this Week. View the full story here.

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We urgently need baby food, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and personal care items.

If you can help please drop off your donations at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre, 62 Nickel Street, from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or at our main office at 92 Charlotte St.  Monday to Friday  between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Port Cares salutes our many wonderful and dedicated volunteers!

In April we held an appreciation event for the many wonderful Volunteers who contribute countless hours of their time and energy to Port Cares. Without our many dedicated Volunteers we would not be able to offer the meals and services that many of our community members in need depend on.
On behalf of everyone at Port Cares and the community we serve, we thank and salute all of the Port Cares Volunteers.

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