“The Good Neighbour” outreach program was initiated to give our members and volunteers an opportunity to meaningfully engage and contribute to a great cause in our Kingston community. Since its launch in January 2013, Kingston Liberals have donated more than $2,700 and 300 hours of their time to local charities.
Kingston and the Islands Federal Liberal Association is committed to raising awareness of important local and federal issues, making our Kingston community stronger, and putting Liberal values in action.
If you have any ideas for a volunteer opportunity, a charity fundraiser, or would like to be part of our amazing volunteer team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at our initiatives up-to-date:
JUNE, 2013: Community Food Drive
In response to the significant increase in demand for food bank services in recent years, we ran a month-long Community Food Drive. We asked our members and volunteers to donate non-perishable food items and were overwhelmed by their willingness to help and their generosity! We delivered seven overflowing boxes of food to Lunch by George. Those of our members who were unable to drop off food items, made a cash donation for a total of $200! Another goal of our Community Food Drive was to raise awareness of poverty in Kingston, breaking down the stereotypes of the individuals who use food bank services by including recent statistics on all of our signs.
We sincerely thank all food service agencies for continuing to provide an invaluable service to Kingston’s most marginalized citizens despite the challenges they face.
MP Ted Hsu’s Constituency Office also made a notable contribution of their own, raising further 175 lb of food for the Partners in Mission Food Bank!
MP Ted Hsu and 18 Liberals and friends gathered in Kingston’s Rideau Heights neighbourhood to clean up Shannon Park as our contribution to Pitch-In Kingston 2013. Shannon Park is a lovely public area with baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a BBQ area, but was heavily littered when our team arrived. Two hours of hard but jovial work later, we were very satisfied to leave a spotless park for the enjoyment of the neighbourhood residents.
We organized a Bowling Fundraiser with MP Ted Hsu for Kamp for Kids, raising over $500. Kamp for Kids helps disadvantaged children and youth in Kingston and the area go to summer camp. Thanks to some generous local businesses like Chez Piggy, Tir Nan Og, and Earth to Spirit we were able to give away some great prizes to our bowlers and donors.
MARCH 2013: CDC Run
We asked our members to put on their running shoes and join us for the Annual Child Development Centre Run/Walk. Many Liberals, including our treasurer Robert Hamilton, braved the March chills for this great cause. The Kingston centre provides services for children and youth who have neurological, physical or developmental disabilities or impairments.
Taking advantage of the phasing out of the Canadian penny, we ran “The Last Penny Drive” in collaboration with the Queen’s University Liberal Association to help sponsor a bed for six months at the Kingston Youth Shelter. We easily reached our goal of $1,200 thanks to our volunteers and the generosity of the community who were eager to contribute their change. The drive also helped raise awareness of youth homelessness in Kingston since this issue is not as visible here as it is in the bigger cities like Toronto. Both KIFLA and QULA have committed to sponsoring a bed at the shelter on a continuing basis and will run another fundraiser in September.
With the help of 28 volunteers, including MP Ted Hsu and Former Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, we sponsored, prepared, and served a meal at Martha’s Table. The nutritious and delicious meal collected many compliments from the 110 patrons served that day. The flawless service and kitchen management earned our volunteers many appreciative comments from the regular volunteers and staff.