Dundas kindness grows $100 into $1,700 for food bank

Community Jun 09, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Ellen Osler Home and the Rotary Club of Dundas teamed up to donate $1,700 to Dundas Salvation Army food bank.

Marguerite Ward, former director of Ellen Osler Home and current Rotary Club president, figures the donation provides a little encouragement during the tough current reality.

“This represents a warm, brilliant community story indicating that even in difficult days kindness grows in Dundas,” Ward said.

Residents of Ellen Osler Home raised $100 for the food bank as part of a friendly competition to minimize travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ward said the Rotary Club already had a partnership with the home and offered to match its donation. One of the residents also decided to match it — bringing the total to $300.

Ward brought this growing generosity to the attention of Rotary members in her weekly club email and four members matched the total, bringing it to $1,500.

The Rotary Club threw in another $200 — bringing the final donation from the two groups to $1,700.

Cassandra Pollard of Ellen Osler Home said the organization faces unique challenges during the pandemic. The 11 women living there are on conditional community release from prison and are beginning reintegration.

“After so recently being granted their freedom, COVID-19 has resulted in what may feel like a step back into incarceration for many,” Pollard said of the women released amid the province's lockdown measures. “While these are certainly challenging times, clients have been overwhelmingly positive in the face of new limitations on their freedom, this time without a known end date in sight.”

The women take two or three trips into the community a week, working together so everyone puts in an order for what they need and one person goes shopping.

“They have challenged themselves, and one another, to live simply and to take time to consider their wants versus their needs,” Pollard said.

When ways to recognize their efforts were presented, they chose to support the local food bank.

Jennifer MacPherson of the Dundas Rotary Club said the club has supported the food bank, Ellen Osler Home and front-line workers during the pandemic.

“At the same time, we are watching keenly for opportunities to assist now and we believe that even greater opportunities to serve are ahead,” MacPherson said. “We are delighted to add our funds to this (Ellen Osler Home) initiative, showing a unique partnership and generosity can make us stronger together.”

Karen Sobierajski of the Dundas Salvation Army food bank said the Dundas community has continued to be incredibly supportive during the pandemic.

“Ellen Osler Home and the Dundas Rotary Club has shown that kindness can happen if people put their hearts and minds together and make something beautiful out of something difficult and frightening,” Sobierajski said. “We are able to help numerous families with this wonderful donation.”

Dundas kindness grows $100 into $1,700 for food bank

Ellen Osler Home and Rotary Club team up to support local organization

Community Jun 09, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Ellen Osler Home and the Rotary Club of Dundas teamed up to donate $1,700 to Dundas Salvation Army food bank.

Marguerite Ward, former director of Ellen Osler Home and current Rotary Club president, figures the donation provides a little encouragement during the tough current reality.

“This represents a warm, brilliant community story indicating that even in difficult days kindness grows in Dundas,” Ward said.

Residents of Ellen Osler Home raised $100 for the food bank as part of a friendly competition to minimize travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ward said the Rotary Club already had a partnership with the home and offered to match its donation. One of the residents also decided to match it — bringing the total to $300.

Ward brought this growing generosity to the attention of Rotary members in her weekly club email and four members matched the total, bringing it to $1,500.

The Rotary Club threw in another $200 — bringing the final donation from the two groups to $1,700.

Cassandra Pollard of Ellen Osler Home said the organization faces unique challenges during the pandemic. The 11 women living there are on conditional community release from prison and are beginning reintegration.

“After so recently being granted their freedom, COVID-19 has resulted in what may feel like a step back into incarceration for many,” Pollard said of the women released amid the province's lockdown measures. “While these are certainly challenging times, clients have been overwhelmingly positive in the face of new limitations on their freedom, this time without a known end date in sight.”

The women take two or three trips into the community a week, working together so everyone puts in an order for what they need and one person goes shopping.

“They have challenged themselves, and one another, to live simply and to take time to consider their wants versus their needs,” Pollard said.

When ways to recognize their efforts were presented, they chose to support the local food bank.

Jennifer MacPherson of the Dundas Rotary Club said the club has supported the food bank, Ellen Osler Home and front-line workers during the pandemic.

“At the same time, we are watching keenly for opportunities to assist now and we believe that even greater opportunities to serve are ahead,” MacPherson said. “We are delighted to add our funds to this (Ellen Osler Home) initiative, showing a unique partnership and generosity can make us stronger together.”

Karen Sobierajski of the Dundas Salvation Army food bank said the Dundas community has continued to be incredibly supportive during the pandemic.

“Ellen Osler Home and the Dundas Rotary Club has shown that kindness can happen if people put their hearts and minds together and make something beautiful out of something difficult and frightening,” Sobierajski said. “We are able to help numerous families with this wonderful donation.”

Dundas kindness grows $100 into $1,700 for food bank

Ellen Osler Home and Rotary Club team up to support local organization

Community Jun 09, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Ellen Osler Home and the Rotary Club of Dundas teamed up to donate $1,700 to Dundas Salvation Army food bank.

Marguerite Ward, former director of Ellen Osler Home and current Rotary Club president, figures the donation provides a little encouragement during the tough current reality.

“This represents a warm, brilliant community story indicating that even in difficult days kindness grows in Dundas,” Ward said.

Residents of Ellen Osler Home raised $100 for the food bank as part of a friendly competition to minimize travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ward said the Rotary Club already had a partnership with the home and offered to match its donation. One of the residents also decided to match it — bringing the total to $300.

Ward brought this growing generosity to the attention of Rotary members in her weekly club email and four members matched the total, bringing it to $1,500.

The Rotary Club threw in another $200 — bringing the final donation from the two groups to $1,700.

Cassandra Pollard of Ellen Osler Home said the organization faces unique challenges during the pandemic. The 11 women living there are on conditional community release from prison and are beginning reintegration.

“After so recently being granted their freedom, COVID-19 has resulted in what may feel like a step back into incarceration for many,” Pollard said of the women released amid the province's lockdown measures. “While these are certainly challenging times, clients have been overwhelmingly positive in the face of new limitations on their freedom, this time without a known end date in sight.”

The women take two or three trips into the community a week, working together so everyone puts in an order for what they need and one person goes shopping.

“They have challenged themselves, and one another, to live simply and to take time to consider their wants versus their needs,” Pollard said.

When ways to recognize their efforts were presented, they chose to support the local food bank.

Jennifer MacPherson of the Dundas Rotary Club said the club has supported the food bank, Ellen Osler Home and front-line workers during the pandemic.

“At the same time, we are watching keenly for opportunities to assist now and we believe that even greater opportunities to serve are ahead,” MacPherson said. “We are delighted to add our funds to this (Ellen Osler Home) initiative, showing a unique partnership and generosity can make us stronger together.”

Karen Sobierajski of the Dundas Salvation Army food bank said the Dundas community has continued to be incredibly supportive during the pandemic.

“Ellen Osler Home and the Dundas Rotary Club has shown that kindness can happen if people put their hearts and minds together and make something beautiful out of something difficult and frightening,” Sobierajski said. “We are able to help numerous families with this wonderful donation.”