Trainyard Connect  

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, in June 2017, we launched "Trainyard Connect," a monthly kindness initiative that allows us to support the amazing work being done in our community. 

We partner with a local organization for two months at a time, whose work strengthens our community. During the month we will promote the important work being done, collect donations & donate 5% 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 within our community, and grateful to everyone who has supported us in getting to this point.

Trainyard Connect Creative Space Rentals

We love partnering with local non-profit organizations to offer free, drop-in community engagements, especially those that support mental health and self-care. These engagements are offered by amazing community organizations, like The Om Arts Foundation and Kind Krafts.

The Creative Space can be used, free of charge, for non-profit organization board or committee meetings, when not rented. Free availability is subject to seasonal open hours. Standard rental fees would apply for evening rentals.

Our Community Partners

BEEA Honey With Heart (July-August 2018) 

BEEA Honey With Heart is a youth-led social enterprise project where participants (12-17 years old) are responsible for managing beehives, ensuring the well being of bees and educating their community on the importance of bees on a global level. With the help of Family SOS staff, and community partners, youth are developing a sustainable project that includes setting up apiaries in three community gardens that reside in at risk communities around HRM. Learn more about BEEA Honey With Heart here & Family SOS here.


Shaping Healthy Communities (May & June 2018)

Shaping Healthy Communities is a collaborative approach believing in the power of individuals coming together around a common issue or goal to promote mental health and well-being. Self-Help Connection and the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia support communities by providing mental health and recovery peer led groups for people with lived experience and their family/circle of support.


Margaret's House (March & April 2018)

Margaret's House provides free, hot & nutritious meals to adults in need daily in Downtown Dartmouth. Lunch is provided 7 days a week, and dinner 3 days a week. Learn more about the work being done by Margaret's House here.


FEED Nova Scotia (January & February 2018)

FEED Nova Scotia collects and distributes food to Nova Scotians and supports numerous non-profits in offering free meals to the community. Foodbank usage increased by 21% in Nova Scotia over the past year. Learn more about their important work here