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What's Happening @ FYFB

Tough Economic Times Show Just How Strong FYFB's Community Really Is

The economy is on the mind of all Canadians and the recession is touching all Torontonians. FYFB is no exception - we're seeing more clients every day; in fact, demand has grown 50 per cent over the last 24 months. That said, volunteer hours at FYFB are up 65 per cent over the same period. During this tough time, the people of Toronto are helping us realize our vision of reconnecting people with our community and we couldn't be more pleased to see this city rise to the challenge.

Around the holidays, the Toronto Raptors were, once again, huge supporters of FYFB and donated $5,000. The community-minded Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP coordinated a wonderful turkey lunch for our volunteers and clients. Our dedicated volunteers were supported by teams from companies across the city throughout the holiday season and we've continued to welcome groups into the New Year.

Our Holiday Fund Appeal raised nearly $30,000 and we kicked off our Winter Relief Campaign during the cold months with our new community supporter, Citizen's Bank of Canada.

We're closing off the Winter Relief Campaign with our first major event of the year - the TTC Blitz. For the fourth year in a row, our board members and volunteers will be asking Toronto's commuters to "help the hungry and spare some change for FYFB" by canvassing in subway stations along the Yonge/University/Spadina line on the morning of Tuesday, March 31. Once again Toronto's leading law firms will be competing in the third annual Law Firm Challenge to see who's the biggest fundraiser on Bay Street for FYFB.

Click here to read about last year's TTC Blitz.

FYFB is about Reconnecting People with the Community

Meet Chris Murphy. He recently joined FYFB's board and has volunteered to serve as the new Community Outreach Chair. Chris has a vision for FYFB and you can read what he has to say about it here.

click here to read the FYFB Raptors Foundation for Kids press releasePutting a Rap on the Holidays

For the second straight year, the Raptors Foundation for Kids led the way off the court by helping to make certain families had a happy holiday by donating $5,000 towards our annual Holiday Fund Appeal.

Click here to read the press release.

Welcoming Citizen's Bank of Canada to our neighbourhood

Citizen's Bank of Canada is helping to kick off the Winter Relief Fund by collecting food at its new downtown Toronto boutique.

Read more about it here.

Friends you can Bank On

Toronto's financial community may have been hard hit by the economic crisis, but it hasn't stop employees of Canada's major banks from coming in to lend a hand in their community. TD Bank Financial Group, Scotiabank, HSBC and CIBC have all lent a hand to help make the connection with people in need. FYFB thanks Toronto's financial community for your support.

click here to view the FYFB group photo albumGroups Photo Album

What happens when your organization makes a donation and volunteers? Magic according to our groups coordinator Margaret Cantwell. By connecting a financial contribution with the emotion of volunteering brings teams together in a special way. FYFB is grateful to all the organizations that are helping us deliver of vision of reconnecting people with our community. Here's a photo gallery celebrating your support.

In Their Own Words

I wanted to let you know that I had a great time volunteering. I really enjoyed working with Maggi. I love her style and approach to working with volunteers. She is definitely an asset to your team. Because of the great experience I had with her (and the others on your team) I would love the opportunity to become a more regular volunteer if you need them. Please do let me know.

Thanks again and I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~ Lisa Lalande. National Director, Corporate Partnerships. Habitat for Humanity Canada

You've been served... lunch by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt partner, Michael Watts came up with a holiday plan together with his son's school, Royal St. Georges. For the second year in a row, they would serve a holiday lunch to FYFB's volunteers and clients.

Watts, some of the other parents and teaching staff at the school felt that during the festive season, it would be good to give back to the community and they also wanted to give the students a chance to understand the need in Toronto; how very real it is to lack food the opportunities afforded to many of us and to get involved in serving the community. They describe it as a win-win.

lunch served by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Royal St. Georges school @ FYFB

Watts rallied two of his firm's clients/contacts - Hoffman La Roche Inc. and The Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency- to sponsor the event. Heather Smith, the firm's Hospitality Coordinator helped put the event together with one of their caterers, Jonathon Stormont Culinary Services. According to Smith, the real effort came from the students and the school's organizers.

"I have worked with the United Way campaign here at Osler for 12 years so I know of the food banks in the city. I chose Fort York Food Bank as we're in the neighbourhood. FYFB Coordinator Mike Schoonheyt was a great help and we were able to put it together easily," said Smith.

The firm augmented their participation by holding an in-house food drive and collection much-needed cash donations for FYFB.

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