Neighbourhood Link connects seniors with community

Continuing an annual tradition, the caseworkers at Neighbourhood Link hosted their traditional Christmas dinner for isolated seniors on December 6. The scent of freshly cooked turkey lingered in the air as more than 50 seniors came through to enjoy the delicious, home cooked meals prepared by the team at Neighbourhood Link and get into the […]

Never a dull moment with the Ambroises

Whenever you phone Al and Barbara Ambroise, be prepared to get the machine. Both retired years ago, but only from work. Barbara is often out for Tai Chi, Al for carpet bowling, and the two long-time volunteers are frequently found on the business side of a crafts or a bake-sale table. If it’s summer, drop […]

Volunteer Corner

Organizers of the annual Beaches Spring Sprint are looking for help keeping participants on track at this year’s event. Race Marshalls, water handlers, and a clean-up/recycling crew are all needed on race day, Saturday, April 11. Check in at the east side of the Silver Birch Boathouse at 8:30 a.m. Instructions and volunteer hats will […]

Fish farm idea floated for Crescent Town

Where most people see a big wide gap between the stores in Crescent Town, others spot good fishing. Led by Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts, local organizers are testing the waters for a Crescent Town food co-op that can grow its own greens, and even raise some fresh fish on the side. “It’s a work […]

Making meals happen for everyone

When Meals on Wheels volunteers pulled up on a recent -5°C morning, one man came to the door in a T-shirt. “Perfect timing,” he said, pointing to his freshly shoveled driveway. “I was just cooling off.” Just a few blocks away, a woman said thanks for the hot food – meatballs in mushroom gravy, a […]

Neighbourhood organizations merge

If you need a hand finding seniors care, affordable housing, English classes, daycare or a new job in east Toronto, you will soon find more help in one place. Starting July 1, two social service agencies, Neighbourhood Link and Central Neighbourhood House, will join under one banner: The Neighbourhood Group. “When people walk through the […]

Neighbourhood Link wakes up neighbours

Neighbourhood Link’s Wake Up The Neighbours campaign is well underway, but the purpose – simply to inform the East End about the organization’s existence and extent of services – is far from fulfilled. Board member Mary Christie has been volunteering with Neighbourhood Link for decades, helping to spread the word about all the programs run […]

Tell your friends and neighbours

The numbers are hard to argue. Meals served: 35,360. Trips made by 524 seniors in the ‘Senior Link Limo’: 13,058. Homeless obtaining identification: 4,513. Per cent of newcomers working, at school or volunteering, after attending New Knowledge, New Skills for Newcomers program: 81. Number of people living in affordable housing: 429. Number of hours donated […]

Seniors walk to help themselves

A team made up of clients and staff from Neighbourhood Link Support Services took on the Toronto challenge on June 10. The Toronto Challenge is an annual City of Toronto fundraising event for long-term homes and community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors. For 21 years, this unique and inspiring event has […]