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October is Community Support Month!

Community Support Month is a time to celebrate community support services across the province. It is also a time to recognize and thank the outstanding volunteers and staff who deliver supports and services helping people live at home with independence and dignity.

CSC simply could not exist without the support of our caring volunteers, donors and community partners. Last year, 702 caring volunteers contributed 83,547 hours of their time (equivalent to 46 full time positions!) and 567 individuals and groups made donations to help us serve 7,195 clients. We regularly hear from clients through letters, handmade gifts and phone calls, how much they appreciate being able to live in their own homes: 

"I've been a client for about a year and am so thankful that all of you are there. I'd be lost without you." - Transportation Client

"To all the staff and volunteers, I hope you enjoy this gift that I made for you all. Thanks for the meals and all that you do for others." - Community Dining Client

"You are helping so many people in our community to stay in their own homes. You are giving families the reassurance that their loved ones are safely cared for daily...you helped to lift our spirits and let us know there was someone who cared." - Family member of a Transportation Client

This Community Support Month, let's come together and thank everyone who is involved in making a difference in the lives of our neighbours.

Join us for the 7th Annual Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels!

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 join us at Cambridge City Hall for the 7th annual Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels from 10:30am until 2:00pm. This event features local soups, desserts, sides and entertainment for the whole family! Around 4-500 people attend each year to support our clients and services in the Cambridge community. Tickets are available at the door for $5 which includes two samples. Additional samples can be purchased for $1 each.

CSC would like to thank the amazing vendors who come out and donate all of their soup allowing 100% of the proceeds from the event to go directly to our clients. We are at full vendor capacity for the second year in a row, thanks to an outpouring of support from local restaurants and caterers:    

Vendors 2016
Ambertree Fresh Market Kitchen
Beertown Public House Cambridge
Blackshop Restaurant & Wine Bar
Little Mushroom Catering
Meals on Wheels

Melville Café
Monigram Coffee Roasters
State & Main
The Black Badger
The Bruce Restaurant & Lounge
The Hungry Olive
The Loose Grape
Zoup! Cambridge
     CSC would also like to thank our Green Sponsor
     Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
     and our Bronze Sponsors Veriform and Graham Mathew Professional Corporation, Chartered Accountants. After a walk around the Cambridge Farmer's Market, come and try out some delicious soup in support of our clients. We hope to see you there!

Meet Howard: Founding Father of KW Meals on Wheels

On September 2nd, CSC's Tender Loving Care Kitchen celebrated its Two Year Anniversary. As we look ahead at all of the possibilities the kitchen has to offer, CSC is delighted to share a snapshot of our local Meals on Wheels history by highlighting the contributions of Mr. Howard Parliament.

In 1973, Mr. Parliament was President of the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and began looking for a project members could support in the community. He appointed a committee to research community needs and they recommended a five-day-a-week Meals on Wheels Program.

Dorothy Schnarr coordinated the program and the group sent letters to churches and other organizations looking for volunteers. Soon after, names of volunteers willing to deliver meals were obtained and schedules were prepared.

St. Mary’s Hospital prepared the food, volunteers packaged the food in reusable containers and route captains were assigned. During the first week of operation, 208 meals were delivered at a cost of 75 cents each. Today, CSC delivers more than 1,400 to 470 clients each week!

Mr. Parliament had such a passion for the program that he started volunteering when he retired in 1987. Twenty-six years later, he is still a Meals on Wheels volunteer alongside his wife, Marjorie (pictured above).

"Meals on Wheels is such a necessary service in our community. It is a joy serving our clients," said Mr. Parliament.

Marjorie looks forward to their Meals on Wheels delivery day, bringing clients a hot meal, as well as sharing smiles and conversations with them. Thank you Howard and Marjorie for sharing your story, and for continuing to help people live at home with independence and dignity!

If you are interested in coming by for a tour of our kitchen or if you'd like to accompany one of our Meals on Wheels volunteers on a route to learn more about the program, please call 519-772-8787 or email info@cscmow.org.

 Feature Volunteer Opportunity: Shopping

For many of our clients, shopping can feel like an overwhelming task. Some are no longer able to drive and carry groceries, and others may be homebound as a result of health and/or physical limitations.

By joining our team as a Volunteer Shopper, you can help some of our most vulnerable neighbours have a means of getting groceries and other essential items for daily living. Shopping is a flexible volunteer opportunity and accommodates a variety of schedules. Mileage reimbursement is also available.

If you are interested in joining our team as a Volunteer Shopper, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for a member of the Volunteer Team or apply online at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/apply/.

Kitchen Garden Update! CSC has made big progress in building our very own Meals on Wheels kitchen garden thanks to the generous donation we received from 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region on July 19. From finding the perfect location, removing existing vegetation, grading the land and preparing the soil, the garden's foundation is near completion! We are so excited to watch the garden grow and will provide regular updates to our friends and supporters. Are you interested in helping out? Call 519-772-8787 and ask for Yesenia at ext. 214.

Additional Dates for Caregiver Support Education Sessions

We are pleased to be offering additional dates for CSC's Caregiver Support Education Sessions! A caregiver is anyone who provides practical or emotional supports to a family member, friend or neighbour. All are welcome to attend a series of four free, two-hour sessions where participants will learn strategies to ease the burden of caregiving, find out about supports available in the community and much more.

Topics include:
- Reflections on aging & caregiving                  - Effective communication
- Home care & resources in the community     - Long-term care

Choose one series of afternoon, evening or weekend sessions:
Tuesday afternoons October 18, 25, November 1, 8 from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wednesday evenings October 19, 26, November 2, 9 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday mornings November 19, 26, December 3, 10 from 9:30am-11:30am

Sessions will be held at CSC's Breslau Office, 61 Woolwich St. N., Breslau, ON, NOB 1M0

We are also offering sessions at different locations in our community!

Thursday evenings starting October 13 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Revera Highland Place, 20  Fieldgate St., Kitchener, ON, N2M 5K3

Monday evenings starting October 17 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Revera Fergus Place, 164 Fergus Ave., Kitchener, ON, N2A 2H2

To register or for more information, please contact Linda Flemming, Client/Caregiver Engagement Specialist at 519-772-8787 ext. 210 or email lindaf@cscmow.org.

CSC Offices Closed October 10 for Thanksgiving Holiday

Our offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016 for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will reopen Tuesday, October 11 at 8:30am. Meals on Wheels clients have the opportunity to order a special holiday meal to be delivered the week before. Please contact our office to place your order at 519-772-8787. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

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61 Woolwich Street N
PO Box 29
Breslau, ON
N0B 1M0

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