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 Realizing the great need in our region and that this project superseded its ability to meet the need, Central decided to start Community Crew as a community charity that we can all get involved in to make our region better.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
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
We work to make a difference in our community.