How You Can Help My Friend's House
While we do receive government funding, it falls considerably short of the actual cost of providing these essential services. This past year, we had to raise $300,000 to cover the shortfall. That number is only expected to grow, as operational costs continue to grow - money that we must raise through donations and fundraising efforts. For this reason, your support is critical to our ability to keep our doors open.
There are so many ways at My Friend's House to "lend a helping hand" . Here are some suggestions.
Make a personal donation, tribute/memorial or planned gift to support My Friend's House. Your donations will help women and their children find the resources they need to begin a life free of domestic violence.
GIFTS IN KIND
We are truly grateful for our generous community of donors. Your support over 25 years is incredible and appreciated!
We are a crisis centre and can sometimes have situations that need our attention and focus. Therefore, we ask that you contact us first before dropping off items. Please reach us at: 705-444-2586 ext 221 or 705-994-3929.
Convert your loyalty card points into a gift card and donate it to My Friend's House.
Visit Shoppers Drug Mart - Transfer your Optimum Points to My Friend's House Optimum Card. This will allow us to buy items like baby tylenol, first aid supplies and other health essentials for our residents.
Gift cards truly help us to bridge the gap for our residents. Women fleeing violence often do not have time to pack up their belongings such as clothing or personal items for them and their children. And things like fluxuating grocery prices can really affect our everyday expenses. Gift cards can be a saving grace for us. They also can provide some well needed fun for our women and children - like a Saturday afternoon movie adventure or a few hours at Kidding Around Playground which can prove therapeutic. We appreciate gift certificates for:
Grocery stores (Loblaw, Sobeys, Metro, Price Chopper, etc.)
Department/Retail stores (Winners, Walmart, HBC, etc.)
Pharmacies (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Hardware stores (Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, Home Depot)
Restaurant and fast food restaurants (Tim Horton's, McDonalds, etc.)
Long distance calling cards
Children's activities (Kidding Around Playground, Collingwood Circus Club, etc.)
- PERISHABLE AND NON PERISHABLE FOODS
Our grocery budget at present is $150.00 per week. That is not a lot when feeding three or more families! Your generous donations of perishable and non-perishable food really helps to provide nutritious and delicious food for our residents. Donations of gift cards for Loblaws and Fresh Co. go a long way in covering costs, especially when there are special diets and allergies that we need to consider.
April Wish List for Children's Lunch Items
April Wish List for Perishable Items
April Wish List for Non-Perishable Items
- WISH LISTS FOR OUR RESIDENTS
My Friend's House accepts items from our Wish List. At the moment, our toiletry shelves (soap, shampoo, conditioner, personal items, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc.) are full due to the kindness and generosity of our local community. However, we are still in need of gift cards (Walmart, Home Depot, Tim Hortons etc.), which can be used to meet individual resident's needs, all season long.
For health and hygene reasons, we accept donations of only new items. If you have used donations, please take them to the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 162 Ste Marie Street in Collingwood. As a rule, we do not accept donations of clothing except specific items on our wish list or when a crisis requires specialty items.
We also cannot accept donations of furniture at this time. Please call E3's Re-Use Centre located on High Street in Collingwood.
Our Wish List will be updated on a monthly basis to share our most significant needs.
April Wish List for Other Items
WISH LIST FOR THE SHELTER
My Friend's House is like any other household - from time to time, items fall into disrepair, wear-out and need replacing. Recently, some very special donors helped us to purchase a stand up freezer...
STAND UP FREEZER UPDATE
Thank you to our very special donors and to Rotary Collingwood for making this possible!
In 2016 it was obvious that our small apartment size chest freezer needed to be replaced by a much larger, industrial one. Our friends at Rotary helped to build a wonderful food storage shed and made sure that the electrical was able to handle the new equipment. Then our incredible donors joined in to help. Four very special donors stepped up to cover the $6000 it cost to purchase and install the freezer.
Barrie Equipment made sure that we recieved the right unit and set it up for success. We now have a brand new freezer that will allow us to purchase and recieve bulk purchases of fresh and frozen goods. This allows us to save substantially on food costs as well as accept more fresh food donations.
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity!
* Help stage a fundraising event on our behalf
* Participate in one of our signature Fundraising Events (click on "Events")
* Join our Fundraising Committee
* Volunteer to help with cleaning, gardening, snow shovelling, painting etc.
SPREAD THE WORD: "Domestic Violence will NOT be tolerated in our community."
To find out more about donating and the items on our Wish Lists, please contact us at 705-444-2586 (ext. 221) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org