Good health means having opportunities to work, play, learn and contribute to one’s community. Health is more than being free from disease. The Community Development team works alongside community members on initiatives that contribute to our community’s well-being. Initiatives focused on food security, intergenerational programming, and community beautification are just a few of the many programs that promote community health.
Volunteerism is a strong indicator of the health of a community. Civically engaged communities are vibrant, and as such, KCHC believes in promoting volunteer opportunities. KCHC has over 100 registered volunteers working in a variety of positions from helping newcomers learn English to helping to pack Good Food Box orders.
At KCHC we pay particular attention to the social, emotional, and financial needs of our clients, since they help support good health. The Community Development team meets people where they are and advocates for their success.
Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World
A 16-session program where participants examine their own experience of poverty, and develop a plan of change for their life. Individuals work to better their lives by building the resources they need to thrive.
Circle Kingston supports people living in poverty toward their self-sufficiency goals by building connections across socio-economic lines. To enroll in a Circle people MUST first complete the Getting Ahead program and have a plan. For information about the program, contact [email protected]
Good Food Box
A community-driven initiative that allows anyone to purchase an assorted basket of fruits and vegetables for less than the cost at the grocery store. Pay for a food box at the beginning of the month (various sizes between $6 and $17 each) online and have it delivered. Delivery is the third Thursday of the month. For more information, contact us at 613.530.2239 or to plan an order, go to www.goodfoodboxkingston.com
Seniors Food Box
Seniors 55+struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic can receive a free box of fresh produce and dry goods, delivered to their home monthly. Currently the program has a wait list, but to find our more, call 613.530.2239
Community Programs and Initiatives
Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns (CRNC)
CRNC is a charitable organization which brings together residents , businesses, educators, police and local organizations working in the Rideau Heights and Markers Acres districts, to develop and promote awareness and understanding of the needs and concerns of the communities. This group was responsible for the development of the splash pad and skateboard park in Shannon Park and continues to work on the rejuvenation of the Rideau Heights community. For more information visit their website.
Junior Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns
Twelve students (from Grades 5-8, attending St. Francis of Assisi Catholic, J.G. Simcoe Public School, and Rideau Heights Public School), a staff representative from each of the schools, and representatives from CRNC meet over the school year to talk about what is happening in their community. They plan and offer activities for the community.
Community Harvest Kingston (CHK)
CHK’s mission is to increase access to healthy local food, provide education on the benefits of healthy eating, and build community. CHK initiatives include the Community Harvest Market (CHM), Dutch Villa Garden and Food WRX social enterprise all aimed at increasing access to affordable local food. The Food WRX program brings together youth to grow, and harvest fresh produce that is then turned into soup that is sold at the market and at KCHC.
For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Friendship Blooms Intergenerational Program
Friendship Blooms promotes community engagement among children, youth, and seniors and encourages seniors to contribute their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to better our community and to positively impact our younger generations. It is a program that is all about bringing people together. Whether it is a group of seniors playing cards, socializing and laughing with one another; a group of senior chefs cooking healthy snacks and discussing Canada’s Food Guide with a classroom of students; a group of knitters teaching students to knit; a group of gardeners planting a community garden with a group of students; a group of seniors working on special craft projects with children at the Boys and Girls Club; senior participants spending an afternoon visiting with residents from a local retirement home; or a group of ladies planning a special event, the program values everyone’s unique skills and talents. Friendship Blooms brings together all of these different groups of people to spend time together, to learn from one another and to grow together. We are always looking for new members and volunteers to join in on our activities! For more information, email [email protected]
Operation Warm Feet
Operation Warm Feet is our annual boot drive to ensure children and youth have warm winter boots. Working with local schools, referrals are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution takes place in early November. For more information email Stephanie Wheeler at [email protected]