Welcome to the February edition of CSC's electronic newsletter.
This edition comes with some very exciting news: CSC is proud to announce we are making a 30-year dream a reality! Click here for the full story!
As Valentine's Day approaches, we can't help but think about the love and support we received making CSC's annual holiday campaign such a success! With your support, we surpassed our fundraising campaign goal and raised $30,162.76! We are filled with gratitude and express our sincerest thanks to our generous supporters. Thank you!
Speaking of love, in this edition you will find a story about Jack whose love for volunteering kept him behind the wheel for 25 years! Also, have you heard about the Community Support Connections Foundation and how you can give back through planned giving? Click here for more.
Last but certainly not least, through the hard work and dedication of our staff and partners, we are pleased to announce that CSC has a brand new website! Please feel free to browse the new site as we have upgraded tools and added new features making it more appealing and user friendly. Let us know what you think!
We hope you take the time to catch up with all things happening at CSC in this February edition.
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|CSC Moves Closer to Making a Dream Become Reality
Operating our own kitchen has long been a dream of Meals on Wheels – and in recent years it’s become a strategic priority.
We’re delighted to announce that after more than two years of looking at both partnership opportunities and stand-alone locations, we have found a location that will enable us to build our own kitchen and co-locate our KW staff to introduce more programming opportunities.
Operating our own kitchen will enable us to:
Our new location will be 61 Woolwich St. N., in Breslau. An added benefit of our new pastoral setting is the opportunity to add a community garden to the mix – now that’s fresh and local. Although it was by far the best option we've found to date, we understand that the new location may create some challenges. We've already had great suggestions from our dedicated volunteers and are exploring the idea of pick up and drop off locations closer to our routes. We anticipate moving our Waterloo office at the end of April and our Meals on Wheels operation during the month of August (we’ll trial a few routes from the new location before transferring the whole operation – get the kinks worked out!).
- Respond more quickly to changes in client needs (last minute meal cancellations due to hospitalization or last minute requests due to hospital release as well as other changes that affect our clients day to day) or more flexibly to individual nutritional requirements;
- Leverage charitable donations of food to contain costs while maintaining quality;
- Respond to volunteer requests to help with food preparation;
- Provide training and re-training opportunities for youth and others; and
- Continue to respond to changing community needs.
Although it was by far the best option we’ve found to date, we understand that the new location may create some challenges. If you have questions, concerns or ideas, we’d like to hear them. We encourage you to speak to any staff member or contact our executive director at 519-772-8787 x 203 or email@example.com . This is a very exciting time for the organization and our community. We welcome your input to ensure we make the most of it.
|CSC's New Website!
Through the hard work and dedication of our staff and partners, we are pleased to announce that CSC has a brand new website! Check it out at www.communitysupportconnections.org! Feel free to browse the new site as we have upgraded tools and added new features making it more appealing and user friendly. We ask for your patience in advance if you experience any technical issues when browsing the site. We are working hard to fix them!
|Thank You Jack and Joyce!
Now retired CSC volunteers, Jack (pictured above with CSC staff, Hanadi Fourani) and Joyce, were featured in The Waterloo Region Record on January 7, 2014! To read the full story, click here.
On behalf of everyone at CSC, we want to thank Jack and Joyce for delivering Meals on Wheels for six years together in Cambridge! At the age of 93, having delivered meals in Toronto and Cambridge for 25 years combined, Jack decided it was time to retire. Although we are sad to see them go, we are so grateful for the many hours Jack and Joyce dedicated to helping ensure seniors and adults with disabilities receive a hot, nutritious meal. Best of luck in your future endeavours and we hope you get that trip to Ireland!
As volunteers retire, we need more volunteers to fill their shoes! If you want to give back, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to thank The Waterloo Region Record for featuring the story and Record staff Jeff Hicks for writing the story.
|Thank you Greg!
CSC snow shoveller, Greg Van Horn, was featured in The Waterloo Region Record on January 11, 2014! To read the full story, click here.
We want to thank Greg for his dedication and hard work, especially during a winter that has had as much snow as this one! Up next we will be matching brokered yard workers with clients who need help outdoors from spring to fall. If you're interested in applying please call us at 519-772-8787.
We also want to thank The Waterloo Region Record for featuring the story and Barbara Aggerholm for writing the story.
|Turning Virtual Change® into Real Change
CSC has become a partner of ChangeIt® - read below for info on how you can round-up your debit card transactions to donate your 'spare change' to CSC!
What is ChangeIt®?
ChangeIt® is an automated online charitable giving program that offers donors a simple and secure way to donate small amounts of change to your favourite charitable organizations with every debit transaction. ChangeIt® enables you to round up your debit transactions, creating Virtual Change®, and automatically directs this Virtual Change® to the charitable organizations you choose. Your receipts remain unchanged and your account will only be charged monthly according to your preferences, including your maximum monthly donation and choosing your favourite charities!
How do I participate?
The first step is contacting your local financial institution to find out if they are a ChangeIt partner. If so, then register your existing debit cards with ChangeIt® and ChangeIt® will begin to generate Virtual Change® every time you buy something with your payment card by automatically rounding your purchase to the nearest dollar. This Virtual Change® is tallied monthly and directed from your account to the charities you choose in one simple, automated transaction.
For more information, visit ChangeIt® or call our office at 519-772-8787 and ask for the Resource Development Department.
Volunteer Education and Networking Session:Education on the risks of heart disease and stroke
Wednesday, February 19 from 1:00-3:00 at CSC office, 877 Langs Drive, Unit 4A Cambridge
|What is the CSC Foundation?
The goal of the Community Support Connections Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities in Waterloo Region by supporting CSC. The foundation's mission is to support and enhance the services that CSC provides in the community through ethical, innovative fundraising and sound financial stewardship. The foundation envisions a healthier and more socially inclusive community through increased donor generosity.
Did you know?
For every $3.73 donated to our foundation, CSC is able to offset the cost of a meal for a lower income senior or adult with disability in need!
People often believe you have to be wealthy to leave a legacy, but that is simply not the case. There are a number of ways you can be remembered, or you may simply want to know our services will be available to others who need them in years to come. If you leave a legacy to CSC, it could be used to subsidize meals or transportation for some of our most vulnerable clients, ensure others get homemaking services or snow removal or contribute to CSC’s services in perpetuity.
For more information on planned giving, please call CSC’s Executive Director Dale Howatt at 519-772-8787 x 203, or email email@example.com.