The Trainyard Connect Impact

Posted by Kimberley Dares on

Time is cruising by this year and we haven't been able to share nearly enough about our Trainyard Connect Community Partners for 2022. These organizations all do so much good in our community and we love being able to help their work in any way we can!

This year we've been able to pair our monetary donations, with volunteering and events which has helped build even stronger connections with our Community Partners. 

Read on to learn more about our 2022 Partners and for transparency on how we've offered our support this year.

The Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, still in the planning & fundraising stages will be a meaningful and dynamic centre for Mi'kmaw people, and for visitors from Nova Scotia, Canada & the rest of the world. They are sharing progress updates as the future centre comes to life!

We hosted the Mi'kmawey Debert team during Open Street this Summer, and also ran a donation matching campaign for Treaty Day and the kick off to Mi'kmaq History Month. 

The North Grove is a dynamic community hub in Dartmouth North. The Family and Community Food Centre offer programs, services and space for people to learn and connect through family support, food and friendship. The Trainyard accept donations of personal care items, diapers, formula, tampons & pads year round for their trading cupboard. 

This Summer we spent a delightful morning volunteering on their Community Farm, harvesting tomatoes, beans & turnip to be offered to the community during markets and cooking classes. 

Rachel, Kelly & Kim stand in the garden at The North Grove wearing blue Trainyard shirts and holding zucchini

Alice House is the key to opportunity and a new beginning. They provide safe second-stage housing and supportive counselling for women and children in Nova Scotia, and educate the public about intimate partner violence.

This Spring we hosted a party for Alice House clients complete with gift bags, family photos, sweet treats and activities for their children. This wouldn't have been possible without donations from The Good Anchor, Pop Culture Brew & Laughing Pear. Tables lined with gifted items at the Alice House party are shown.

Out of the Cold Community Association runs a low-barrier supported housing community in HRM· They support offered is human-centered and grounded in harm reduction. OTCH operates housing on Church Street in Dartmouth and in Halifax as well and often put calls out for donations or volunteer support on their social media.

The Trainyard Team volunteered making beds and preparing rooms at both the Dartmouth and Halifax locations earlier this year. For the Dartmouth location we were able to work with local artists, including Jill+Jack Paper, Sarah Duggan Creative Works and Kat Frick Miller to offer each resident their own locally made artwork for their new rooms. 

Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Since 1997, they have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 80,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing over 250 species. They are also the Winter home for our beloved Sullivan's Pond Geese.

We are hoping to be able to welcome George and some of the animals in their education program back sometime this year, or in early 2023

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning is located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual and performing arts, creative writing, and more. MacPhee is also home to an incredible Gender Sexuality Alliance and offers support for youth 12-19 in an array of ways.

We worked with MacPhee to create end of the school year gift bags for 125 of their participants, including a hand written note from the community in each one, as well as a sticker of the MacPhee building, notebook & sunglasses from Power Promotions. 

A photo of the gifts for youth is shown, with a wrapped package and then the individual bits and pieces laid out.

The monetary part of our community commitments is a promise to donate 5% of profits, and a portion of the sale price for several items in store - and as of October 2022 we have donated $9425 this year in cash and goods donations. Since 2016 we have donated close to $34,000 to the community with your support. 

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