COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Make a difference on Coldest Night of Year

Opinion Feb 04, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Doug Farraway, special to the News On Feb. 21, the second annual Coldest Night of the Year walk will take place on the Mountain in support of Neighbour to Neighbour. Last year, we raised $55,000. Our goal this year is $90,000. To do that we need your help. Why should you? Let me explain what we do. People who come to Neighbour to Neighbour looking for help are allowed to shop for the food they need and prefer, with dignity. But it doesn’t end there. Our volunteer resource counsellors reach out to find out how else we might help. We have 22 different programs and partnerships that are all about helping people fight back against poverty. Here are some startling numbers about poverty on the Mountain and how pervasive it is. In the Ralston neighbourhood (between West 5th, the Linc, Garth and Mohawk) for example, 35 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. Indeed, a truth that many people still don’t comprehend is the fact that in Wards 6, 7 and 8, 16 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. That’s one in six people and that is unacceptable. So how can you help on the Coldest Night of the Year? You can raise a team or support an existing team. Register your team at coldestnightoftheyear.org and following the easy instructions to register. After you register, gather friends, family and your co-workers asking them to sponsor you, or walk with you. Remember, a neighbour, a family member, the senior citizen across the hall, could be in trouble. They might be on a fixed income or they might be recovering from a stay in the hospital. They may have just lost their job and until they find a new one they have to turn to Neighbour to Neighbour. Every month we see 1,200 families — that’s 5,000 people, 40 per cent of whom are children. By walking with us and raising money for us, you will be lending a helping hand to those who find themselves living through tough times. You can start a team, join a team, donate to a team or volunteer. Please help us, won’t you? Doug Farraway is Director of Development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Make a difference on Coldest Night of Year

Opinion Feb 04, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Doug Farraway, special to the News On Feb. 21, the second annual Coldest Night of the Year walk will take place on the Mountain in support of Neighbour to Neighbour. Last year, we raised $55,000. Our goal this year is $90,000. To do that we need your help. Why should you? Let me explain what we do. People who come to Neighbour to Neighbour looking for help are allowed to shop for the food they need and prefer, with dignity. But it doesn’t end there. Our volunteer resource counsellors reach out to find out how else we might help. We have 22 different programs and partnerships that are all about helping people fight back against poverty. Here are some startling numbers about poverty on the Mountain and how pervasive it is. In the Ralston neighbourhood (between West 5th, the Linc, Garth and Mohawk) for example, 35 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. Indeed, a truth that many people still don’t comprehend is the fact that in Wards 6, 7 and 8, 16 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. That’s one in six people and that is unacceptable. So how can you help on the Coldest Night of the Year? You can raise a team or support an existing team. Register your team at coldestnightoftheyear.org and following the easy instructions to register. After you register, gather friends, family and your co-workers asking them to sponsor you, or walk with you. Remember, a neighbour, a family member, the senior citizen across the hall, could be in trouble. They might be on a fixed income or they might be recovering from a stay in the hospital. They may have just lost their job and until they find a new one they have to turn to Neighbour to Neighbour. Every month we see 1,200 families — that’s 5,000 people, 40 per cent of whom are children. By walking with us and raising money for us, you will be lending a helping hand to those who find themselves living through tough times. You can start a team, join a team, donate to a team or volunteer. Please help us, won’t you? Doug Farraway is Director of Development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Make a difference on Coldest Night of Year

Opinion Feb 04, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Doug Farraway, special to the News On Feb. 21, the second annual Coldest Night of the Year walk will take place on the Mountain in support of Neighbour to Neighbour. Last year, we raised $55,000. Our goal this year is $90,000. To do that we need your help. Why should you? Let me explain what we do. People who come to Neighbour to Neighbour looking for help are allowed to shop for the food they need and prefer, with dignity. But it doesn’t end there. Our volunteer resource counsellors reach out to find out how else we might help. We have 22 different programs and partnerships that are all about helping people fight back against poverty. Here are some startling numbers about poverty on the Mountain and how pervasive it is. In the Ralston neighbourhood (between West 5th, the Linc, Garth and Mohawk) for example, 35 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. Indeed, a truth that many people still don’t comprehend is the fact that in Wards 6, 7 and 8, 16 per cent of the people are living below the poverty line. That’s one in six people and that is unacceptable. So how can you help on the Coldest Night of the Year? You can raise a team or support an existing team. Register your team at coldestnightoftheyear.org and following the easy instructions to register. After you register, gather friends, family and your co-workers asking them to sponsor you, or walk with you. Remember, a neighbour, a family member, the senior citizen across the hall, could be in trouble. They might be on a fixed income or they might be recovering from a stay in the hospital. They may have just lost their job and until they find a new one they have to turn to Neighbour to Neighbour. Every month we see 1,200 families — that’s 5,000 people, 40 per cent of whom are children. By walking with us and raising money for us, you will be lending a helping hand to those who find themselves living through tough times. You can start a team, join a team, donate to a team or volunteer. Please help us, won’t you? Doug Farraway is Director of Development at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.