Volunteer groups across the East End are fundraising as they get ready to sponsor families of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. Most groups have set an initial goal of between $30,000 and $40,000, enough to support a family of four in Toronto for a year.
The following is an updated list of local sponsorship groups and upcoming events.
To add a group or an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaches Presbyterian Church Refugee Group
Contact: Klaas Kraay at email@example.com
Beach United and St. Aidan’s Anglican Church
Contact Karen Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org
East-West Refugee Collective
Corpus Christi Refugee Sponsorship Committee
Contact: Catherine LeBlanc-Miller at email@example.com
Church of the Resurrection (‘The Rez’)
Donations to the The Rez’ refugee sponsorship group can be made using its Canada Helps page. On Dec. 5, the Woodbine and Danforth Avenue church hosted Sleep Out for Syrians, an overnight camping fundraiser organized by the Danforth East Community Association to support sponsorships by The Rez and The Neighourhood Group.
East End Neighbours
Kingswood Initiative for Newcomers (‘KIN’)
Contact: Michael McLaughlan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Neighbourhood Group
A community service agency that includes Neighbourhood Link, the Neighbourhood Group is accepting donations towards its campaign to sponsor two refugee families on its Canada Helps page and has campaign updates available on Facebook.
Contact: Philip Unra at email@example.com
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Church
The congregation at NUUC has a long history of supporting refugees, and the church is a member of the East End Refugee Committee.
Contact: Michael Polanyi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Beaches Lifeline Syria
Until Dec. 18, this Upper Beach group is taking orders for $10 boxes of homemade cookies at email@example.com.
Started by Upper Beachers who met on a neighbourhood Facebook page, they are also running a prize draw, and preparing to publish a crowd-sourced cookbook called Cooking from the Community Cupboard.
Donations can be made using the email address above, and the group has an active Facebook page.