Niagara College has selected Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold as the recipient of the college’s 21st Many Hands project, which each year sees students support a local community non-profit organization through fundraising, renovations, marketing and public awareness campaigns.
Starting in spring of 2018, students in the college’s event management program will plan, manage and host a fundraising event to help Community Care.
“Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold is extremely pleased to have been identified as the recipient of the Many Hands Project this year,” said Betty-Lou Souter, executive director of Community Care, in a college release.
“It further solidifies the strong partnership the agency has with Niagara College. We look forward to working with the college on this exciting venture. We are confident it will make a difference to the people served by the agency.”
Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project must be not-for-profit, provide community-based services in Niagara, and must be willing to commit agencies resources to the project.
“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, and when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, Niagara College professor and coordinator for the college’s event management program.
“We are excited to partner with Community Care as they provide community support across Niagara.”
This year the project raised more than $42,000 for the construction of The Marketplace at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.
The project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects since 1998, helping raise awareness and enhance programs.
Past recipients include:
2017: Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre — St. Catharines
2016: The Hope Centre – Welland
2015: Strive Niagara – Welland
2014: Upper Deck Youth Center – Vineland
2013: Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre – Port Colborne
2012: St John Ambulance- Lincoln County Branch – St Catharines
2011: Salvation Army – Fort Erie
2010: In the Orchard, Programming for the Arts – Fonthill
2009: The Hope Centre, Sprouting Hope Garden – Welland
2008: Niagara Falls Humane Society – Niagara Falls
2007: Head Injury Association – Fort Erie
2006: Women’s Resource – Beamsville
2005: Boys and Girls Club of Niagara – Niagara Falls
2004: St John Ambulance – Niagara Falls
2003: Bethlehem Place – St. Catharines
2002: Niagara Support Services, Kalar Road Residence – Niagara Falls
2001: Casa el Norte – Fort Erie
2000: “I Can” Therapeutic Equestrian Riding Association of Niagara
1999: Resource Association for Teens – St. Catharines
1998: All Peoples Day Care – Welland
More information about the Many Hands project can be found at, niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.