serving Niagara

Our Story

Several years ago, a church in the Niagara Region – Central Community Church – saw the staggering poverty statistics throughout Niagara and decided to do something about it.  Their focus was to help children in the Niagara Region who have been affected by poverty.

They began working with Niagara Regional Housing by helping do simple community clean ups, then progressed to help with after school programs, and community dinners.  Realizing the need to equip kids to do well in school, they decided to start backpack giveaways – and over the last several years raised over 2000 backpacks to go to deserving kids.

It was not long after they connected with a local school, Edith Cavell located in St Catharines and came to find out that many kids go hungry each week in the classroom. They found out that not having a lunch during the day effects the potential of a child to get an education.  Through partnership with that school and with the teachers who identified at risk kids – they began bringing healthy homemade lunches to the school each week…sometimes with notes that left an encouraging note to remind kids that they could succeed and they have purpose. For their work, in 2015 they were honored with an award by the DSBN.

Educators know that education helps to break the cycle of poverty…when a child doesn’t go to school with a lunch and are left hungry, they cannot concentrate, and can quickly fall behind. Realizing the great need in our region and that this project superseded its ability to meet the need, Central decided to start Community Crew as a community charity that we can all get involved in to make our region better.  The project is growing and today we feed over 300 kids each week in three schools, and we help provide programs that safeguard students in college and universities. 

Community Crew is a registered charity. Registered charity # 800770471RR001

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Our Results since 2013

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why we exist

Our People

Community Crew is possible as a result of

Volunteers: a team of over 150 volunteers from all walks of life who want to make a difference in the lives of kids.

Partners: We partner with great organizations like Niagara Regional Housing, CGCH, The RAFT, DSBN, FACS, Schools of Hope,

Sponsors: Without our partners, nothing we do would be possible.  We truly love the great companies and individuals that make it all possible

Poverty in Niagara

We work to make a difference in our community.

Live below the poverty line
rely on government assistance
use foodbanks
families are waiting for low income housing
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Latest News

St. Catharines Standard Newspaper Article

Fifteen per cent of Niagara residents, many of them children, live below the poverty line. A crew of volunteers is hoping to change that statistic – one lunch at a time. Once a week, volunteers with Community Crew’s Lunch Angels program prepare and deliver lunches to almost 300 students at three St. Catharines schools. Now,...
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CH Morning Live Interview for Gala

Community Crew is an organization out of Niagara the provides almost 300 lunches for students in 3 schools in St. Catharines. On April 27th they are hosting their first ever Night of Miracles fundraising gala. To tell us about it is Sarah Pritula. VIEW VIDEO A night of miracles
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Bonspiel a Success

Community Crew hosted its 1st annual bonspiel on Saturday November 25th. The event raised over $17,400 in support of our Lunch Angels programs which provides healthy lunches and hope to children in Niagara. A huge thank you to our event sponsors, St. Catharines Curling Centre, Meridian Credit Union, Pen Financial, NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry.  
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We Won An Award

Community Crew was pleased to receive the Director’s Recognition for Extraordinary Contributions an award from the District School Board of Niagara for work completed by our Lunch crew.  Here are the minutes as presented by the DSBN in the January 12, Directors Report to Trustees. Director’s Recognition for Extraordinary Contributions – The Lunch Angels, Volunteers, Edith Cavell...
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Red Frogs Goes To South Africa

The past two weeks our team went to Durban (Umhlanga), to join Red Frogs South Africa during Rage2015. Rage is a massive music festival where thousands of graduated high school students gather in one location to party as they celebrate their move from High School to University. This has proven to be a very difficult,...
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