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A Message from Executive Director, Stephen Cooper:

“As we embark on the holiday season and the end of 2023, I am reflective of my time as Executive Director since March of this year. In particular, the challenges we’ve overcome as a Crew together that has led to more children becoming who they were created to be. In a cost-of-living crisis, in particular food, we faced the ugly decision this past summer of having to possibly cut schools / children from our programs and instead, thanks to YOU, we not only kept serving those children, but we are looking at trying to take more off the wait list as we enter 2024. We were faced with finding a new main prep-site sponsor and our Friends of Youth Grantham Optimist Club stepped up to ensure we didn’t skip a beat to start the school year on time. There are countless thank yous to everyone that is a part of The Crew: donors, partners, staff, volunteers, board of directors, members, Central Community Church and every difference maker – every one of you is helping true life transformation happen for 1500 children across the Niagara Region. We have exciting things happening going into 2024 and we are so happy to have you be a part of it. There is still time to take advantage of the year-end tax receipt giving and if you’re able to please click the donate now option. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and THANK YOU for being a beacon of HOPE to those who absolutely need it.”

Stephen Cooper – Community Crew Executive Director

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING “A Niagara Christmas” with the Crew at Central Community Church recently –it was beautiful! If you missed it this year, plan to attend with us next year! Many thanks to Central Community Centre and Central Community Church for your partnership and for a wonderful Christmas celebration!

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We have added a new school to our Lunch Program!

We are pleased to announce that we have added Harriet Tubman School in St. Catharines to our Lunch Program! This school has been on our waiting list for some time, and through the generosity of our donors, we can now support food insecure children at this school with a healthy lunch–and hope!




Looking for a stocking stuffer that gives back? Purchase a Bagel Card from The Bagel Oven!

Community Crew is committed to supporting local businesses that provide healthy food for our lunches, and we have recently partnered with The Bagel Oven in Thorold to supply us with presentative-free bagels which are part of our rotational lunch menu. The Bagel Oven has launched a fundraising initiative for the Crew, and when you purchase a Bagel Card, you financially support Community Crew at the same time! It’s a delicious win/win!


THANK YOU to the MANY who have held snack drives for Community Crew this holiday season!

We appreciate your efforts!