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What's Happening @ FYFB

Winter Relief Fund Takes Chill Off Winter

FYFB donors helped take the chill off a long winter for our clients by sending our annual Winter Relief Fund over our goal. When we announced that we were $3,500 short of our goal of $15,000 in our last newsletter, a very generous anonymous donor quickly donated the remaining amount to meet our goal. Soon after other friends started going online, helping us raise more than $24,600 for the Winter Relief Fund. We thank everyone who came forward to help support people living in poverty in downtown Toronto over the winter.

This generosity is important as we have a revenue target of over $170,000 for our 2011-12 fiscal year, with 96% of that funding slated to go directly to our client programs. This combination of committed donors with transparent and effective program management is what has made FYFB Charity Intelligence's pick as one of Canada's best performing charities the past two years in a row. Together with you, we're meeting the challenges faces our clients.

FYFB. McCarthy Tetrault LLP(L to R, articling student volunteers from McCarthy Tétrault LLP: [Rebecca Grosz, Kelly Peters, D.J. Lynde, Jim Monier-Williams, Andrew Kalamut, David Hainey)

TTC Blitz Shows Toronto's Generosity

On April 12th more than 50 volunteers poured into 11 downtown subway stations to collect change from commuters. In all, a grand total of over $17,000 was raised to help FYFB feed the hungry. Corporate volunteer teams were on hand from many of Toronto's leading law firms, including Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (St. Patrick), Goodmans LLP (King), Heenan Blaikie LLP (Dundas), Lerners LLP (Queen's Park), Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (College), Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (Queen), McCarthy Tétrault LLP (St. Andrew), Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Union) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. McCarthy Tétrault LLP raised the most money of any participating law firm, collecting approximately $4,000 in the event. "It was a creative and engaging opportunity to help those in need," said Gail Wong, Director, Student Programs at McCarthy Tétrault, "We are very proud of our student volunteers and thrilled with the generosity of everyone that donated to a great local cause."

A huge FYFB thank you goes out to all the volunteers and donors. We are overwhelmed by your generosity!

Strike Out Hunger on June 23

FYFB Bowlathon. Thursday June 23Are you ready to Strike Out Hunger in downtown Toronto? FYFB is rolling out the 7th Annual Strike Out Hunger Bowlathon on Thursday, June 23. It's easy to register a team. Just click on this link and sign up your winning team online.

If you don't have a team, you can join online and we'll put you on a team of FYFB friends who share your commitment to help people in need. And even if you can't bowl you can pledge a bowler online by following this link to our donations page at Canada Helps.

Click here to check out the fun photos from last year's event to get you in the spirit to help strike out hunger.

Thank You To Our Student Interns

FYFB Bowlathon. Student InternsWe want to extend a special thank you to our student interns who have been with us over the past year. Jenny Ng and Tatina Phan came to FYFB from the Ryerson University School of Social Work and made an important contribution to our counselling program. Jenny took a leadership role with Ken "The Cook" Lem, organizing FYFB's first ever Chinese New Year's Party. Our ongoing partnership with Ryerson's School of Social Work is an important part of our counselling program at FYFB and we're grateful to the school's leadership, students and past interns for their important contribution to help people in need in downtown Toronto through our programs.

Jelena Antonijevic joined us from the University of Toronto's Urban Studies program and took an active role in FYFB's Community Outreach Program. This was our first student intern from UofT's Urban Studies Program and we look forward to growing this into an ongoing partnership.

FYFB DIY Spring Makeover

FYFB Bowlathon. Spring MakeoverA dedicated group of volunteers led by FYFB Program Manager Mike Schoonheyt and Margaret Cantwell worked hard to make FYFB a more welcoming place for our clients this spring during our annual two-week closure. This year's "makeover" focused on deep cleaning, maintenance and repair and painting in the clothing room and back area. We want to once again thank our friends Andrew, Tashi and Mike at Rotblott's Discount Warehouse for their advice and support with painting supplies and Tom Lake who provided transportation for supplies. We also want to thank everyone who helped out during the spring makeover with a special thank you to these volunteers who went above and beyond including Sandy Stevenson and Amber and Jon Alexander. We hope you'll come by FYFB for a visit to see firsthand the tremendous contributions of our volunteers.

FYFB had more than 29,000 hours of volunteer service in 2010 and we're grateful for your commitment to helping people in need in downtown Toronto.

Upcoming Events

  • FYFB Strike Out Hunger Bowlathon: Thursday June 23

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