Community Sheroes, a YWCA program, focuses on developing teamwork and leadership skills and building confidence for girls and gender non-conforming youth in grades 7-10. They are in need of mentors! Mentors meet monthly with their small group and implement a year-long community change project focused on social justice. Experience in social work, community issues, peace and conflict, direct action or community building is an asset for this role. Find out more here. #365ofgoodWR (day 9)
With the vast array of services they offer to the community, the Kitchener Public Library will definitely make several appearances throughout the #365ofgoodWR series. Today I want to highlight their photo contest that runs this month. It’s now in it’s 13th year and it’s for all amateur photographers. You can submit up to 3 photos in a variety of categories and winners photos will be on display at KPL in April and at City Hall in May. This is a great time to sort through some of your photos and share them with the community! Find out more on their website.
There are so many great things happening right in our community and I hope you follow along throughout the year to learn more about them. I also hope you’ll use #365ofgoodWR to highlight the things happening in your neighbourhood as well. Periodically I will also highlight some great things happening elsewhere too. WWF informs us of the positive effects China's ban on ivory has had recently, with ivory demand dropping significantly and over 90% of people in China support the ban. More work can be done tough and you can find more about how you can help and sign the petition here.
Marit Collective, a social organization that encourages conversation, discussion, community, and connection, is our focus for day 6 #365ofgoodWR. They have just recently opened a physical space called the Causerie, where they hold a variety of events including a speaker series, music jam sessions, craft nights, and even dance parties! They highlight their upcoming events on their calendar and January’s calendar is full of unique and informative events such as: “Fresh Perspectives” workshops (the first is happening today!); a ‘cozy concert’ with Ivana Jokic, and a speaker night on “Beer, Diversity, Representation, and Inclusivity”. Find out the many other events happening at the Causerie with the event calendar.
Cambridge Self Help Food Bank is the focus for day 5 of #365ofgoodWR. Serving Cambridge and North Dumfries, this food bank improves "access to healthy food and opportunities for growth". They do this by offering a wide variety of services including the food pantry, a clothing room, street outreach, a grandparents group, the food cooperative, and more. You can find out more about their services on their website and I encourage you to read a little about their history here. Also, they are currently hiring a Community Connections Coordinator - Children's Mental Wellness.
Day 4 of #365ofgoodWR highlights the Circle of Music program, an inter-generational choir which promotes "social connectivity for people living with dementia, bridging the gap between generations, and creating meaningful relationships through coming together to sing." The program is offered through a partnership between the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Region, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program, and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community. Participants include family care partners or volunteers, high school students, and persons living with dementia. They practice Thursday afternoons each week in downtown Kitchener.
You can find out more by visiting their website as well as listening to a CBC piece about this initiative.
KW Counselling Services believes that change is always possible and they offer a variety of supports for individuals, families, and groups. One of those services is the Walk-In Counselling Clinic at 480 Charles St E, Kitchener. It runs Thursdays from 12pm-6pm. No referral is required for the walk-in clinic and it runs on a first-come, first-served basis. These services can assist with: financial concerns, separation and divorce, parenting, trauma, job stress, and more. Residents may qualify for their sliding scale for payment of services if you do not have benefits coverage. Find out more about the walk-in clinic as well as the many other services offered, here.
I have been looking forward to the start of 2019 to begin a new project, one I call #365ofgoodWR As I have become more involved in my neighbourhood, community, and city I have been fortunate to connect with and learn more about so many wonderful people and organizations doing amazing work right in our region. I want to highlight some of that work throughout this year. I don't know if I will be able to post something every day throughout the year, but that's where you come in. Please feel free to use the #365ofgoodWR to highlight things happening locally that help create a positive and welcoming environment for all.
As I mentioned I have been excited to launch this project. However, one day before launching this, I was saddened to hear the news that Duff had passed away. Many of you know Duff and, like me, enjoyed the conversations you had with him while bumping into him downtown. His passing was a shock to many of us and he will be missed by all that knew him. So I'd like to start of this year-long project by thanking Duff for his contributions to our community and I have chosen to highlight St John's Kitchen through the Working Centre for day one of #365ofgoodWR St John's does offer meals every weekday, but they offer so much more including: showers, laundry, housing stability, and a medical clinic - all free of cost. Find out more here.