The New Life Neighbourhood Centre announced plans to renovate its food bank services thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Penny Smith, representing the OTF, attended the annual community barbeque hosted by the Centre where she shared the news of the grant and the planned improvements moving forward.
The renovation and accessibility project will address food handling, Fire and Building Code compliance issues to ensure continued community access to this important facility in downtown Oshawa. This includes installation of a chair stair lift, wheelchair entrance ramp, and an upgraded kitchen with the necessary appliances.
The project is estimated to cost $250,000 as the building is very old. The Centre is hoping to make up the shortfall with fundraising activities and donations from supporters.
A leading grant-maker in Canada, the OTF strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.
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“The New Life Neighbourhood Centre has been a volunteer service provider and inspirtional foundation in our community for over 10 years. I wish to congratulate the staff, volunteers and congregation on receiving an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and proceeding with the kitchen renovations and essential upgrades to provide a more accessible facility to enhance its valuable spiritual contribution to our community.” – Jerry Ouellette, MPP for Oshawa
“I would like to congratulate New Life Neighbourhood Centre for its continued commitment into our community. The reinvestment into the Centre by the Ontario Trillium Foundation will positively impact an additional segment of our community. The efforts and actions of the Centre live up to the City’s mantra as “Amazing!” – John Henry, Mayor for Oshawa
“This grant will be used to renovate the kitchen, purchase and install chair lift, wheelchair entrance ramp, automatic door openers and help build an accesible washroom. We are thankful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s commitment to assist us in providing food and life skills training in our community.” – Ann Thompson, Director of the New Life Neighbourhood Centre
Please contact us if you would like to help with defraying the cost of this project.
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