A Season of Hope
This is a season of hope. New ideas are springing up and taking hold: ideas such as poverty reduction, a basic income for all, a new national housing strategy, children’s wellbeing, immigrant resilience, decent workplace standards, community hubs, and seniors’ access to homecare services. WoodGreen is working on all these issues, pushing for a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
A place where everyone has a fair chance. It’s a very Toronto idea. It’s a very Canadian idea. It underpins much of this change we are seeing around us, from local communities organizing to national politics.
#GivingTuesday kicks off a season where we are collectively more conscious about those around us who need a little more. Whether it’s shopping ethically, contributing to a government consultation, making a donation or simply learning more about the issues, there are many ways we can work to make the world a better place.
Here are some ways WoodGreen – and you! – can make a difference now:
• We’re hosting a Holiday Pop-Up Shop Saturday, Dec. 10, 10- 4p.m. at our 835 Queen St. East site. Large retailers donated many items for this annual sale, including housewares, holiday decorations, linens, décor, toiletries and more! Come shop for a good cause.
• Wear a button! East York residents have produced am “East York Everyone Belongs” campaign against the racist posters which appeared in local parks. Pick up one at Old’s Cool General Store (250 Westlake, at Lumsden )
• Drop off a food donation at a local charity. Caring Village is collecting along Danforth. Riverdale Share’s 24th annual concert will collect food items.
• Check on a neighbour or call an older relative to chat.
• Help United Way Toronto and York Region reach their campaign goal for the year.
• Push for poverty elimination when in government consultations. Each level of government consults with citizens on a range of issues online or in-person. A directory of current government consultations are available here: Municipal (Toronto). Provincial (Ontario, see it for the Basic Income consultation), and Federal (Canada). They need to hear we care.
Join in! We are all working together to find solutions to complex social problems, and we’re seeing progress.
Diane Dyson is Director, Research & Public Policy at WoodGreen