What's Happening -Community Support
ACFO Mille-Îles produces a Welcome Package to help you settle in your new community. It contains useful information on French services and many other tips.
To get your free copy, please drop by one of our offices at 760 Highway 15 and 2795 Princess St., call 613 546-7863 or visit www.acfomi.org.
ACFOMI Employment Services : Free services & tools
ACFOMI Employment Services offer a wide range of free services and tools that will enhance your chances of success in your job search. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, Barriefield Centre, 760 Highway 15.
For more information visit www.acfomi.org or for an appointment, call at 613 546-7863.
ACFOMI Employment Services: Virtual Workshops
Looking for work? Know anyone looking for employment? Have you been laid off? Are you ready for a second career? ACFOMI Employment Services now offers its Virtual Workshops. Visit our resource centre and have access to the following workshops for free in French and English: The resume and the cover letter, Interview preparation skills, Creation of a professional portfolio, 50 and up: too young for retirement, The local job market.
Barriefield Centre, 760 Highway 15, 613 546-7863 or www.acfomi.org
ACFOMI Immigrant Services
Government forms are often difficult to understand and fill out. Therefore, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has funded project produced by Bridge Translations to help! ACFOMI have tools that have been designed to assist newcomers fill out Federal and Provincial application forms in 14 languages. Instructions are provided verbally and supported by graphic culturally relevant imagery and written text.
2795, Princess St., 613 546-7863 or www.acfomi.org
ADULT LEARNING NETWORK
Skills Upgrade. Today more than ever, reading, writing, math and computer skills are critical to success in the job market.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF KINGSTON
Volunteer Campaign Program. Seeking volunteers with understanding and empathy for those living with Alzheimer disease.
Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau St., Suite 201, 613-544-3078
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS KFL&A
Call for in-school mentors. Calling positive role-models aged 18 to 88! Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A needs new mentors to match with children in September This rewarding volunteer opportunity is a commitment of only one hour per week.
613-544-1621 or www.bigbrothersbigsisterskingston.com
CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
Be someone’s hero today! Blood Donor Clinic: Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mother, neighbour, brother, friend, co-worker, you; 1 in 2 Canadians will need blood. One hour of your time could save up to three lives.
Call 1-888-2-DONATE and pay it forward. 850 Gardiners Rd., 1-888-236-6283 or visit us at www.blood.ca
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Looking for committee volunteers. Help organize committees and events. Anywhere from two to six hours a month of your time can mean a lifetime for someone with cancer.
Woodbine Plaza, 2795 Princess St., 613-384-2361 or www.cancer.ca
CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
Community Collection Crew. Cleaning out your closet? Call 613-384-0767 for pickup of used clothing and household items.
613-384-9374 or www.diabetes.ca
CANADIAN GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND
Foster families required for puppies. Foster families host a puppy-in-training for up to 18 months.
613-692-7777 or www.guidedogs.ca
THE CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY, KINGSTON REGION
The Canadian Hearing Society is the leading provider of services, products and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health and promote equity for people who are culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.
Are you interested in learning sign language? Contact The Canadian Hearing Society at 613-544-1927 or visit us at the Frontenac Mall for more information.
Hearing Care Clinic, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Frontenac Mall location. This is a drop in clinic where we can help you with buying hearing aid batteries, counselling, hearing screens (pre-test), cleaning hearing aids, answering questions…. and much more!
For more information, contact Kim Hennessy: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-544-1927
Hearing Care Clinic, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Seniors Association, 56 Francis Street. This is a drop in clinic where we can help you with buying hearing aid batteries, counselling, hearing screens (pre-test), cleaning hearing aids, answering questions…. and much more! For more information, contact Kim Hennessy: email@example.com or call 613-544-1927
Frontenac Mall, 1300 Bath Rd., Unit D4, Bell Relay 1-800-855-0511, TTY 613-544-2765, fax 613-544-1975 or visit www.chs.ca
CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND
Seeking results-oriented achievement? Volunteering just two to three hours a month will help us continue serving 1,500 Kingston-area CNIB clients.
CANADIAN RED CROSS
The Canadian Red Cross offers accredited first aid, CPR and babysitting training, as well as volunteer opportunities in disaster management.
613-548-4929 or www.redcross.ca
CITY OF KINGSTON ARTS FUND
New Program of Operating Grants. All Kingston arts organizations that have been incorporated for two years or more are eligible to apply for the fund.
Application packages are available for download at www.artskingston.com and www.cityofkingston.ca.
CITY OF KINGSTON SUSTAINABILITY
How will you make Kingston sustainable? Join community conversations about Kingston’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Weigh in on the themes, goals and actions being developed to make Kingston “Canada’s Most Sustainable City.” For information, updates and events, visit Focus Kingston’s Community Sustainability Planning website at www.cityofkingston.ca/sustainability.
Sign up on the City’s Sustainability email update list at www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhall/sustainability/subscribe.asp.
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER KINGSTON
The Community Foundation is a registered charity that accepts donations, pools them and generates investment earnings that are returned to the community via grants to local charities.
613-546-9696 or www.cfgk.org
CENTRE CULTUREL FRONTENAC
Volunteers needed! The Centre culturel Frontenac is looking for volunteers to get involved in our radio show Le CCF Branché, the newspaper L’Informel, to sit on our administrative board or to participate during occasional cultural activities. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to give a little bit of your time to the French cultural and artistic community of Kingston.
DAWN HOUSE WOMEN’S SHELTER
Dawn House provides emergency services, support and 24-hour shelter for homeless women and their children in Kingston.
Epilepsy Kingston provides education, support and direct services for Kingston and area. Whether you are affected by epilepsy yourself, live or work with someone who has epilepsy or would like to learn more about epilepsy, please contact us. 100 Stuart St., 613-542-6222 or www.epilepsykingston.org
The Brain Injury Association of Southeastern Ontario works to enhance the quality of life of people affected by brain injury. 613-536-1555
FRONTENAC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY
Parents from diverse cultural backgrounds, single parents or same-sex parents are encouraged to consider adoption. Adoptive parents who have the capacity to adopt children with special needs, sibling groups or older children are also desired. Contact your local Children’s Aid Society at 613-542-7351 or visit www.frontcas.ca for further information on how to adopt.
Use Your Voice Campaign. Please report any signs of possible abuse, including neglect, to your local Children’s Aid Society. www.useyourvoice.ca
Guiding is the largest movement of girls and women in the world. It is a chance to try new things, make new friends and a fun way to give back to your community.
Kingston Guide House, 216 Mowat Ave. at King Street West, 1-800-565-8111 or www.guidesontario.org
GREATER KINGSTON CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES
Practice, Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. September through June. Greater Kingston Chorus Of Sweet Adelines is a group of 60 women singing the Barbershop style of accapella harmony. New members are always welcome. Real Women, Real Harmony, Real Fun!
Contact JoAnne Vincent, President at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-547-6654. greaterkingston.org
H’ART SCHOOL OF SMILES
H’art School of Smiles is a non-profit organization committed to helping adults with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential through education and creative self-expression.
189 Sydenham St., 613-545-1392 or www.kingston.org/hartstudio
HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE
Volunteer opportunities for those interested in joining a worthy organization either through events or volunteer services.
Hospice Kingston holds a Caregivers Support Group on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 36 Barrie St. A group discussion is held followed by a guest speaker (topics vary). Please contact Sandra Whaley at email@example.com 613-542-5013 ext 4 or Carole Pensom at firstname.lastname@example.org 613-542-5013 ext 2. hospicepc.ca
36 Barrie St., 613-542-5013
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
KINGSTON, BELLEVILLE AND AREA
JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
1982 Legacy Crt., 613-389-0461 or www.jdrf.ca
KFL&A PUBLIC HEALTH
Motiv8, an initiative by KFL&A Public Health, wants to challenge you to maintain your weight over the holiday season with this four-week, internet-based program. Each week, participants will receive an email reminder to access articles, tips and recipes. You can win some great prizes.
Participation is free at www.eatwellgetfitlivelife.ca.
K3C COMMUNITY COUNSELLING CENTRE
K3C Women’s Counselling Program. No one deserves to be abused in a relationship. We believe that all forms of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse are wrong and provide a confidential, safe and supportive place where women can talk and explore their options. All services are free.
K3C Community Counselling Centre is a non-profit agency offering a vast number of services that are geared to help you overcome adversity. Our mission is to provide high-quality counselling and support to encourage individual and family strengths.
613-549-7850 or www.k3c.org
KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL
Free listings available on new website for all artists, designers, craftspersons and entertainers. Volunteers, members and donors are also needed to support a variety of arts events, communications, information and administrative tasks. Be part of the new era of Ontario’s longest-standing arts council.
253 Ontario St. Suite 203, 613 546-2787 or www.artskingston.com
KINGSTON FOOD BANK
The food bank requires donations year-round. Non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted. Tax receipts provided.
140 Hickson Ave., 613-544-4534
KINGSTON GETS ACTIVE
Check www.KingstonGetsActive.ca for ideas on how to stay physically active all summer long. Have a safe and active summer!
Kingston Gets Active is looking for volunteers who enjoy being physically active. Volunteers deliver current information through displays at events or presentations to community groups. A free training session will be provided Feb. 25-27 to give you all the tools you need for this exciting opportunity.
For more information contact 613-546-2647 x226 or email@example.com or check www.kingstongetsactive.ca
KINGSTON HANDLOOM WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD
The Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month (except summer) at our new location. If you have an interest in fibre arts, please come to a meeting as our guest.
623 King St. W, www.KHWS.ca
KINGSTON NEWCOMERS CLUB
We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month (Sept. to June) at 7 pm at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home (2nd floor lounge), located at 435 Davis Drive. Our next meeting is Tues. Nov. 8th and all newcomers to are welcome. The Kingston Newcomers Club is an organization that brings newcomers, of the Kingston area together socially, in order to give them an opportunity to meet, to learn about the Kingston area and to form a support network.
For more information, call Stephen Toombs 613-542-8816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KINGSTON ORCHID SOCIETY
The Kingston Orchid Society meets the fourth Sunday of each month from September to May, except Dec., at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Members receive a newsletter and enjoy raffles, discussions of plant problems, monthly guest speakers, and an Auction in March featuring orchids and orchid-related items. The extensive library gives members an opportunity to learn more about species, culture, and biology.
For more information, contact Pam Furter at 613-542-8979.
KINGSTON TOWNSMEN 30TH ANNIVERSARY
The Kingston Townsmen will celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2012, with a series of exciting vocal and other events, which will be announced to the public in advance. Every Monday night rehearsal at 990 Sydenham Rd. (beginning at 7:30 p.m.) during 2012 will be guest night for men and youth who like to sing.
Contact Ken Burnside, 613-549-5703; Ian Hearn, 613-634-8038; Ken Hancock, 613-546-4951 or visit Kingston.townsmen.com
KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER
Kingston Youth Shelter is open seven days a week, 5 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Resource and referral centre (613-544-3400 ext. 2930) at 179 Brock St., open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 234 Brock St., 613-544-3400 ext. 2246
LIMESTONE ADVISORY FOR CHILD CARE PROGRA.M.S
Linking families with community resources, promoting parental support of children’s normal growth and development, identifying gaps in child-care services, and providing education for parents and caregivers.
930 Woodbine Rd., 613-384-5188
Thank you Kingston for your support! We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in the kitchen or dining room. If you are interested, please contact us at 546-0320 for more information or come to our orientation session that takes place every Wednesday in our dining room at 2:30 p.m.
613-546-0320 or email@example.com
NORTH AMERICAN CHRONIC PAIN ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Kingston chapter, helping people who suffer chronic pain from a variety of different problems.
ONTARIO SPECIAL OLYMPICS KINGSTON
Offers year-round athletic opportunities for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers required to assist with coaching duties for various sports.
PARKINSON SOCIETY CANADA
A charitable volunteer organization serving people with Parkinson’s and their families in the Kingston community. We endeavour to heighten awareness and raise funds to ease the burden and find a cure.
RIDEAU TRAIL ASSOCIATION
The Rideau Trail Kingston Association invites newcomers to join us on our guided hikes. Weekly hikes are offered at various paces. Meeting place is the Kingston Centre, Canadian Tire parking lot; carpooling is available.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF CATARAQUI-KINGSTON
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is committed to the strengthening of our community. Voluntary contributions and fundraising activities allow the club to contribute to local Kingston and area projects, as well as many international projects of the Rotary Foundation, which in turn promote understanding and goodwill between communities around the word.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston visit www.ckrotary.org, or contact our Community Service Committee Chair, Tracy Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston recently reviewed 11 applications for our Fall 2011 Grants requesting funding of more than $39,000 for local initiatives to address community needs. Our focus is on meeting needs that are aligned with the Rotary International 6 Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development. We are thrilled to announce over $17,000 has been awarded to the following six applicants: The Mess for art supplies and workshops for 1 year, Learning Disabilities Kingston to subsidize low-income families to access “Learning = Power” workshops to expand reach of families to support children with learning disabilities, Youth Diversion for their Rebound Program which support identified at-risk youth in grades 7/8 at Frontenac Public School in 2 sessions of 10 week program, Bereaved Families Kingston to launch 2 new “closed” support groups and continue 1 open peer-support group for mothers who have lost a child, Fairmount Home for a one day workshop for volunteer training and Lunch by George to support existing free meal program.
RYANDALE SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS
Ryandale Shelter offers emergency housing for men, women and families. Donations of coffee, canned food, soap and other items are appreciated.
SCOUTS CANADA - LOYALIST AREA
Scouting has something for everyone. Scouting began with 20 boys in 1907, and today, there are more than 28 million scouts, girls and boys, women and men, in 216 countries and territories. Kingston and surrounding communities have approximately 500 scouting members meeting at 20 locations across the area. Scouts emphasize outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Scouters have made ongoing and determined efforts to provide our youth with an exceptional Scouting experience.
For more information please visit our website at internal.voyageur.scouts.ca/loyalist
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY OF KINGSTON
We provide hot lunches three times weekly and maintain a warehouse of clothing, household items, toys and an emergency food bank.
85 Stephen St., 613-546-3333
SCHIZOPHRENIA SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
Offering information and support to families and individuals living with the disease.
275 Bagot St., Suite 301, 613-549-2485 or www.ssokingston-napanee.ca
TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY OF CANADA
The gentle turning and stretching movements of the Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts of health have been developed to promote health and well being for people of all age & fitness levels. They can be done sitting in a chair or wheelchair, or standing. Providing not only fitness, they are also a means of relaxing and strengthening body and mind. Special classes for people with serious health problems; accredited volunteer instructors; non-profit charitable organization; www.taoist.org/kingston, 613-544-4733
UNITED WAY SERVING KFL&A
Since 1941, our United Way has strengthened lives by bringing together business, labour, individuals, government and funders in support of a network of social service agencies. The United Way finds local solutions to address the root causes of social issues.
To donate or to volunteer call 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca
Leadership Development Services (LDS)
LDS helps non-profit boards of directors deal with the ever-changing landscape of the voluntary sector. LDS is a flexible and affordable training and consulting service tailored to meet the unique needs of the not-for-profit sector, working with board members, staff and volunteers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become effective and responsible leaders. LDS offers public workshops on board governance.
For more information contact the United Way office at 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca
Success By 6
We all know that it takes a community to raise a child. Through Success By 6, funds are distributed to support early childhood development, parenting, transportation and access to programs designed for children 0-6 years, their parents and caregivers. Through Success By 6 we are working with individuals and partner groups across the region to make KFL&A child friendly.
Call 613-542-2674 or visit www.successby6kfla.ca
Eternity Fund, United Way’s endowment fund, helps you to continue the tradition of caring. Funds are invested and the interest is used to support essential services and programs in our community, ensuring your gift will always benefit future generations.
For more information call the United Way at 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca
211: When You Don’t Know Where to Turn
211 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit, non-emergency telephone number that connects callers to a full range of community, social, government and health service information. Bilingual and certified information and referral specialists answer 211 calls 24/7. 211 is free, confidential and multilingual (150 languages).
The information is also available online at www.211ontario.ca
United Way Volunteer Services is KFL&A’s new provider of volunteer matching services. Individuals and organizations looking for volunteer opportunities can turn to United Way Volunteer Services to access a list of available opportunities and instructions on how to connect with them. The Service is a convenient way for workplaces to source volunteer opportunities for their workers, either during work hours as part of a volunteer-at-work initiative or on their own time. As workplaces look for new ways to develop camaraderie and employee loyalty, they increasingly turn to volunteer work as a means of team building and morale boosting.
Visit our website, www.unitedwaykfla.ca, and check out the available volunteer opportunities.
Voiceprint Canada is a non-profit charity providing access to printed news and information to vision- and print-restricted Canadians via audio format.
1-800-567-6755 ext. 225 or www.voiceprintcanada.com