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Community Health Team

Community Development

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.

Circles

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.

Circles

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]

Food Programs

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.

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]

Fundraising and Sponsorships

KCHC is a charitable organization.  We strive to create inclusive, resilient, and healthy communities.  While our work is diverse, all of our programs and staff are united by our values and by our mission: To be a dynamic provider of integrated services that empower people and build communities.

We have specific written policies and procedures that provide guidelines for fundraising and sponsorships solicited by, or on behalf of KCHC.

Our fundraising policies and practices outline the following:

  • Gift and/or sponsorship acceptance, including any limits on sources from which donations or sponsorships will be accepted.
  • Information to be disclosed as part of fundraising or sponsorship solicitations, including our name, tax-receipting policy in the case of charitable donations, and the purpose for which funds or sponsorship are requested.
  • The treatment of restricted or designated gifts or legacy gifts including naming opportunities and endowments, if applicable, as well as the handling of donor and sponsor information and preferences for anonymity, recognition, and limits on frequency and means of contact.
  • Restrictions around the sale, rental, or sharing of supporter lists.

We value the generosity of our donors and supporters and treat any donations with the utmost respect and gratitude.  For further information, please contact Wendy Vuyk, Director of Community Health at [email protected].