A Monthly Kindness Initiative
Since opening The Trainyard General Store in June of 2016, finding ways to connect and give back to our community has been important to us. Moving into our second year of operation, we launched "Trainyard Connect," a monthly kindness initiative that allows us to support the amazing work being done in our community.
Each month we partner with a local organization whose work strengthens our community. During the month we will promote the important work being done, collect donations & donate a percentage of that month’s profits to our community partner.
We are so excited to be in a position to spread even a tiny bit of kindness with our community, and grateful to everyone who has supported us in getting to this point.
Our 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 is endevouring to host 150 food drives in July and we're 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- hoping to have 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 and FamilySOS here.
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.
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.