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Your Heart Health Matters 

February is Heart & Stroke Month and CSC is taking part by helping to raise awareness about prevention. Statistics show that nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that almost 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented. Though there are some risk factors that are out of our control, embracing healthy habits like eating well, being active, and living smoke free can have a huge impact on your health. 

Take advantage of our free gentle exercise classes at more than 90 locations across the region along with rotating Falls Prevention programming. CSC also offers more than 11 therapeutic diets through our Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs to ensure our clients are receiving meals tailored to their unique nutritional needs. If you would like more information about these services, please visit our website at www.communitysupportconnections.org.

Together at Home is the Best Place to Be

Ken will never forget the moment he saw his future wife across the lunchroom table at Schneiders, a historical employer in Kitchener. While many have fond memories of the site, this couple remembers it as the place they met and fell in love.
“It didn’t take me long to know I would marry her,” said Ken with a grin across his face.

Since retiring from Schneiders more than 20 years ago, the couple downsized their home of 50 years to ensure they could remain living independently. Last year, Shirley spent some time in the hospital. Ken continued living on his own but needed some extra help without his partner by his side.

He was introduced to Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), a local charity that works with hundreds of volunteers to help people live in their own homes with independence and dignity.

“It’s important for me to be at home,” said Ken. “I can still do things on my own.”
Ken signed up for the Meals on Wheels program which delivers a hot, nutritious meal to his doorstep by a caring volunteer. Shirley was relieved knowing Ken had access to the service while she was away.

Their love story started out over a noon hour meal. Now Ken and Shirley receive Meals on Wheels each weekday enjoyed in the comforts of their own home – where they want to be.

“It’s consistently there right when it’s supposed to be. Even when the snow is blowing they still come,” said Ken. “You get good, quality meals.” 
Because Ken and Shirley do not have children or family members to depend on, the value of the volunteer visit is priceless.
"The volunteers are friendly and they’re never in a rush. It’s the same bunch every week, they’re good people,” he said.
Along with Meals on Wheels, the couple have benefited from other programs offered by CSC. Shirley participated in FabFit where she was matched one-on-one with a trained volunteer for in-home gentle exercise. 
“It does help when you’re old and stiff. It makes you feel better,” Shirley said.

They have also taken advantage of CSC’s Transportation program which helps them get to important medical appointments, and have a CSC screened brokered worker who helps them with tasks around their apartment. When asked what is most important to the couple, the answer is quite simple: to stay together at home. 
“I don’t know what I would do on my own. I don’t know what I would do without her,” Ken said.
If you or someone you know might be interested in CSC’s services and programs to help them stay in their own home, please call 519-772-8787 or visit www.communitysupportconnections.org.

Name Our Garden!

Looking forward to spring, we are reaching out to our community to give our garden a name! Thanks to a generous donation from 100 Women Who Care Waterloo Region last July, we were able to build our very own Kitchen Garden. The garden will allow us to increase the amount of fresh, local ingredients included in our meals while helping with raw food costs, and offers a welcoming, inclusive community space to invite volunteers.

If you have a unique name suggestion for our garden, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Karla or email karlal@cscmow.org. Submissions will be accepted until Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2017 and the winner will receive a prize!

Here We Grow Again

CSC is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to conduct a feasibility study and develop business and implementation plans for a social enterprise. A social enterprise will help CSC diversify our revenue streams by allowing us to operate a business while achieving our mission.

Our first step is to brainstorm and collect ideas from all of our stakeholders. We are also currently seeking a consultant to develop the feasibility study and associated plans. To read the Call for Expressions of Interest, please visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/careers/ or call 519-772-8787.

The Value of Corporate Volunteerism

Our feature volunteer opportunity this month is Corporate Volunteering. We asked Rebecca Bailey of Farrow, one of CSC's dedicated corporate volunteer groups, to answer some questions about their experience at CSC.

1. What inspired Farrow to start volunteering with CSC?
Farrow initially volunteered with CSC through United Way's Day of Caring and we received amazing feedback. We noticed that when we advertised the opportunity, the list would fill up almost immediately and people were disappointed they were not able to sign up. We decided, together with United Way, to take advantage of this awesome "problem" and arrange a monthly partnership with CSC.

2. What is the most enjoyable part about giving back? 
It feels good. Plain and simple. Helping others and knowing that you made a positive impact in someone's life really gives us a sense of worth and accomplishment. It makes us proud to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

3. Has regular volunteering had a positive impact on the work culture at Farrow Group?
Working for a company that allows and encourages their employees to get involved in their community is fantastic. I think it helps people look at the bigger picture in life. We get so busy that we forget there are people right in our very own community that need us. Farrow fosters an environment that cares about one another and our community, and I think our employees can feel that.

4. Does Farrow have a slogan or quote that inspires others to give back? 
"Farrow Community Caring. Delivered" is our slogan on our website. This directly relates to our business slogan "Peace of Mind. Delivered".

CSC offers flexible group volunteer opportunities which can be customized to suit your needs. Consider participating in Adopt-A-Route where your team commits to delivering a Meals on Wheels route on a weekday that suits your schedule. Chop vegetables and package desserts alongside our chef and trained kitchen team or help out in our garden (seasonal) for an afternoon, a full day or on a monthly basis. For more information about our corporate or group volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/donate/corporate-giving/ or call 519-772-8787.

Auto Shop's Support Blew Us Away

Kitchener Autobody Inc. made big waves on our social media channels last month! You may have already seen the story but this random act of kindness is worthy of continued celebration. One of CSC's drivers stopped by the shop to get a quote for some major rust repair and a paint touch up on one of our agency vehicles. To our driver's surprise, the owner decided to donate 100% of the work! We shared the story on our social media channels and it prompted an outpouring of support and inspired others to give back. 

If you have a story of kindness to share, please call our office at 519-772-8787 and ask for Karla or email karlal@cscmow.org. Want to stay up to date on all CSC news? Click here to visit CSC's Facebook page or click here to follow CSC on Twitter. 

Holiday Campaign Final Update

Thanks to your generosity, you helped us not only reach but surpass our Annual Holiday Campaign fundraising goal raising more than $32,800 for our clients! Many of our clients showed their appreciation by sending homemade cards and notes (pictured above). Here are a few notes of how your support is making a difference:

  • "Thank you for all your care and meals these past few months. I really do not know how I could have gotten along without your assistance. You made my Christmas by your thoughtful gifts and meals." CSC client 
  • "Thanks to all the friendly and cautious volunteers who call at our home three days a week, with warm and healthy meals. My wife says they are very helpful in enabling us to stay in our own home all these years." - CSC client
  • "Thank you for keeping my dad safe everyday." - Daughter of a CSC client
Once again, on behalf of the clients, volunteers, staff and board of CSC, thank you for your support!

CSC Offices Closed February 20th for Family Day

CSC offices and services will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 for Family Day and will reopen Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:30am. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 519-772-8787.

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