The Community Engagement Working Group has been hard at work planning this years activities and we think it is going to be the best HAW yet!
Saturday October 8th – HAW Kick off at Holy Trinity Cathedral – Community brunch, giveaways, storytelling walk…
Sunday October 9th – no activities – Thanksgiving
Monday October 10th – Thanksgiving Meal at Union Gospel Mission
Tuesday October 11 – Community Breakfast, CONNECT Day, Holy Trinity Clothing Boutique, Flu shots…
Wednesday October 12 – Two Pay Cheques Away New West Pilot – FREE haircuts, Film Night…
Thursday October 13 – Community Connections Agency Walk
Friday October 14 – HAW in Hyack Square – Learn about the new Homelessness Action Strategy, UGM Community Van…
Saturday October 15 – no activities – Municipal Election Day
Sunday October 16 – Pasta Amazing Community Lunch
We would like to express our appreciation to Leona at Greens and Beans in Sapperton who is fundraising all of September for HAW. Proceeds raised will support the purchase of basic needs items that will be distributed during HAW!
We are also inviting all local eateries to participate in the Leave No One Behind Community Eatery Challenge from October 8 – 16 in recognition of World Food Day on October 16th.The challenge will invite community members to visit eateries to support local business while also providing the businesses with an opportunity to raise funds for community food security initiatives that provide access to food, training and other opportunities. What will be supported will depend on the amount of money raised. Between Oct 8-16, participating eateries can choose how their customers can contribute. We will promote the Eatery’s during HAW on social media and in our promo. We have one restaurant already that plans to set up a collection a can at their counter and also donate 5% of food sales during the week. Eateries can register here.
If you would like to get involved in anyway please reach out to Betina, Coalition and Projects Coordinator
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to making Homelessness Action Week 2021 in New Westminster a success last week:
All the Volunteers and Community members who provided their support!
City of New Westminster
Community Action Network Leaders
Don’t Go Hungry Food Program (St. Aidan’s, Knox and Queensborough)
Elizabeth Fry Society
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Fraser Health, New Westminster Public Health Unit
Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral
Leona at Green’s and Beans
Lookout Housing and Health Society
Lower Mainland Purpose Society
MOSAIC, Feeding the Homeless Program
New Westminster Soccer Club
Shiloh 5th Ave United Church
St. Barnabas Anglican Church
St. Vincent de Paul
Students from UBC’s School of Regional & Community Planning (SCARP)
Students from UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry
Union Gospel Mission
Apologies to anyone we may have missed.
Homelessness Action Week may be over for another year, but there is still much work to be done. Get involved and become part of the solution!
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