In the life of Green Wood Coalition, this has been a very good year. By offering a place of belonging, we have become a radically inclusive community that honours the worth and the well-being of each person.
The presentation of a YMCA Peace Medal was a highlight of the year for us. This award is presented to individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE (participation, empathy, advocacy, community and empowerment) in the community.
It’s become clear that Green Wood plays a valuable role in giving a voice to those in our community who are most likely to be overlooked or ignored.
We are recognized as a street-level, charitable organization that uses a community model of caring to walk alongside people living with poverty, mental illness, addiction and disability, in Port Hope, Ontario.
Through our efforts and collaboration with like-minded community partners, the daily struggle of people in our core community has become front-page news and a topic of public discussion during all-candidates meetings.
Green Wood can only do this work with the help of people like you, who believe in the work that we do. Without annualized government funding, we are dependent upon the generous support of individuals and businesses to fund our programs, spaces and staff.
One of our enthusiastic supporters, Joyce Lichtenberger, has issued a Christmas Challenge to the community, promising to choose simpler gifts for her family and friends, thereby freeing up some dollars to help Green Wood Coalition make a difference in the lives of neighbours living in poverty. Click on this image to see Joyce's Challenge.
Please visit our giving page to see how your donation at this time of year can change lives (greenwoodcoalition.com).
Thank you for being an important part of the Green Wood story as we work together to find solutions to daily challenges, and provide hope in our community.
With much appreciation,
David Sheffield, on behalf of the entire Green Wood community