With the launch of ‘Trainyard Connect‘ in June of 2017, we have been fortunate enough to partner with seven amazing community
organizations over the past year. Each month, since June we have donated 5% of our monthly profits to that month’s partner, and when requested, also collected donations of food, toiletries & more on behalf of the organizations.
They offer services that strengthen our community, and have been wonderful & kind in their engagements with us. We have learned so much from working with these fantastic organizations, and have a deeper appreciation for the work being done. It has been an absolute joy to connect with these organizations!
It has become (yet another) of our favourite part(s) of running The Trainyard, and one we can’t wait to continue to grow & develop this idea into 2018 and beyond!
We want to send big love & gratitude to everyone who shopped with us this year, everyone who brought in donations of goods or dropped their spare change in the change bin, and of course to the organizations themselves. We wouldn’t be here if not for the amazing people holding us up, and keeping the love flowing in & out of our doors everyday.
Thank you all for supporting our dream!
Jason & Kimberley
Our 2017 Community Partners
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax (June): With their main office on Ochterloney, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been an important part of Downtown Dartmouth for 50 years. Becoming a “Big” requires only a few hours a week, and can be as simple as inviting a child to be part of your regular routine. There’s even an option to volunteer as a couple! Learn more here.
FEED Nova Scotia (July): FEED Nova Scotia collects and distributes food to Nova Scotians and supports numerous non-profits in offering free meals to the community. Foodbank usage is up 21% in Nova Scotia since last year. To help meet the demand FEED Nova Scotia hosted 150 food drives in July and we were happy to play a small part! Learn more about their important work here.
Beea Honey With Heart (August): This initiative started by FamilySOS, is a youth led social enterprise. Youth in Dartmouth, Halifax & Spryfield are engaged in caring for several honeybee hives- harvesting their first batches of honey this Fall. FamilySOS is a non-profit, child centred organization working to build strong families in our community. Learn more about Beea Honey here. They are now selling bottles of their honey at events around the city!
The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning (September): The MacPhee centre is just around the corner from us on Queen Street and doing some really awesome work with youth in our community! Year-round they offer a variety of creative programming for youth, aged 12-19, eliminating barriers to participation and giving youth opportunities to grow and gain skills that carry over to school and work. Learn more about programs offered here. We are still carrying awesome art cards created by participants in store, the youth are paid for their work!
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (October): The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre offers a welcoming space where the community can come together. They offer weekly meals, a community garden & kitchen with cooking classes and other services! Learn more about the Food Centre here.
Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre (November): The Dartmouth Seniors’ Service Centre provides activities and services for seniors, which may not otherwise be readily available in our community. The Centre offers various social, physical, and educational programs, including hot lunches, catering, medical transportation & social activities! Learn more about the Seniors Service Centre here.
Dartmouth Family Centre (December): The Dartmouth Family Centre provides preventative support to help strengthen families in Dartmouth North. Programs support strong parent-child relationships, build community connections, advocate for good food and encourage individual families to decide what works best for them. Learn more here.