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                  E-Newsletter July 2015

At Gordon Neighbourhood House we evaluate the impact of our work together using a variety of methods.


Here is a snapshot of some of the fun we had in June 2015:


So far this month, we've harvested chard, lettuce, bok choy, spinach, kale, carrots, broccoli, garlic, and all kinds of herbs that we were able to use for The Community Lunch Program and Pop-up Produce Stand.
 
66% of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Community Lunch guests indicated that it would be more difficult for them to meet their nutritional needs without the lunch program.
 
We had over 180 different children and caregivers attend Creative Playtime (drop-in). 77% of the caregivers/parents believe that their children’s social and emotional skills have improved as a result of attending the program.

Save the Date

Pride Party@GNH

July 30, 2015 at 7-10pm

Brought to you by GNH's Young Ideas Initiative and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC. Join us as we celebrate pride with other local neighbourhood houses!

 

GNH Annual General Meeting

September 9, 2015 at 6:30pm

Thank you to our friends at The United Way of the Lower Mainland for their ongoing support of Gordon Neighbourhood House. Each year, The United Way of the Lower Mainland connects Gordon Neighbourhood House with volunteer groups through their Days of Caring Initiative. This year, volunteers helped us keep our West End streets clean! Our relationship with the United Way of the Lower Mainland is one of our oldest - they have been a long time funder of our work. Thanks for all that you do in support of our community!

Thank you to our friends at Canada Green Building Council, The City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation and Daisy's Landscaping for helping us build and plant three NEW publicly accessible Community Herb Gardens in the West End. ‪#togetherwegrow‬

Gordon Neighbourhood House is embarking on an ambitious project to convert grass into food growing spaces in the West End. Interested in getting involved? Please contact us at susanna@gordonhouse.org 

Photos courtesy of Canada Green Building Council

Check out our latest blog Entry on Elders' Abuse Awareness Day


“This event brought together people who are working to eradicate elder abuse for the very first time in a social setting,” noted Heidi McDonell. “It was great to see everyone dedicated to this issue in one room. It was very inspirational knowing that we are not alone and are all working together, the workload immediately felt lifted.”

Read the full post

Download the grant application to have your project become part of the food festival.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the most important resource a community organization has. The ability to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is a valuable resource. We strive to match volunteer applicants with rewarding roles that align with their strengths to provide meaningful experiences for themselves, and positive benefits for our organization and community.

Current Openings include: 

- Attic Thrift Store Volunteer
- Outreach and Awareness Volunteer
- Foodraising Team Member

Postings: http://gordonhouse.org/about-gordon-neighbourhood-house/volunteers/

West End Families in Action (WEFA) meet with local MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert

WEFA was formed in May 2014. It is led by West End families with the support of Gordon Neighbourhood House. WEFA’s mandate is to act as an advisory body to identify and suggest solutions to gaps and barriers that impede the full participation of children and their families in the West End and beyond. 

For more information or to join the committee, please contact  wefa@gordonhouse.org

Sign up or find out more by emailing us at nourish@gordonhouse.org
Stay tuned for future Young Ideas events including: a summer Pride Party (in partnership with the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia), Soccer in the Park, Cinema in the Park, and the return of Brews 'n Chews, our guaranteed to be sold-out annual Pop-up Pub Night. You might want to save the date now (September 18th 7-10pm @GNH).
You too can support Gordon Neighbourhood House by making a financial contribution to support any of our programs or initiatives by dropping off a cheque or making an online contribution:

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We thank you for your support of our work!
Summer Camp staff training is in full swing this week in preparation for campers' arrival on Monday. The schedule is set and we are looking forward to many outdoor adventures! Next week's theme is sustainability week and will include a nature scavenger hunt amongst the old-growth trees in Lynn Canyon, and a chance for campers to do some gardening and plant some seeds. Throughout the summer we will be learning about local food production and visiting UBC Farm, Maplewood Farm, Capilano Hatchery, as well as Emma Lea berry farm in Delta. 

Download the July Summer Camp Events Calendar
Download the August Summer Camp Events Calendar

July 2015 Menu

 

Thurs., July 2 $5
Soup of the Day / Beef Stroganoff / Egg noodles
 
Tues., June 7 $5
Soup of the Day / Roasted Chicken / Roasted Veggies
 
Thurs., July 9 $5
Chef’s Salad / Beef Stew / Brown Rice
 
Tues., July 14 $5
Soup of the Day / Shepherd’s Pie
 
Thurs., July 16 $5
Chef’s Salad / Turkey Chili / Garlic Toast
 
Tues., July 21 $5
Soup of the Day / Lemongrass Chicken with Vermicelli/ Fresh Veggies
 
Thurs., July 23 $5
Chef’s Salad / Pork in Black Bean Sauce / Egg Noodles


Tues., July 28 $5
Soup of the Day / Chicken Souvlaki / Rice Pilaf


Thurs., July 30 $5
Chef’s Salad / Beef Bolognaise / Garlic Toast
 

Every Wednesday
Soup and Sandwiches  $Pay What You Can

 
Do you not eat meat? Are you allergic to shellfish? Lactose Intolerant?  We strive to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Please let us know a week in advance and we'll do our very best to accommodate you. We all deserve a taste of Chef Peter's delicious food!

News From our Community Partners:

West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN)

 
COMMUNITY FOOD POTLUCKS
WE Community Centre 1-3pm
Jul 25 (Sat/VV), Aug 15 (Sat), Sep 20 (Sun)
Share good food and conversation w/neighbours. Bring something yummy to share, and find out the latest food and network news. Free. Everyone welcome, drop-ins OK!
 
WORKSHOPS
Thursdays 7-9pm
July 9 Balcony, Container, Small Space Gardening (VV)
July 23 Fall/Winter Gardening
August 6 Saving Seeds
See website for descriptions.
 
FOOD SCRAPS DROP SPOTS
We’ve been collecting and recycling food scraps since 2012; most buildings now have their own systems and we’re ending our three spots on June 27. The WE Farmers Market runs through Oct. 24 (Saturdays, 9am-2pm) and accepts food scraps.
 
OUR SEED LIBRARY is present at workshops and potlucks. Get some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.
 
INFO: Volunteers welcome. Workshops are $27 (including tax), pre-registration recommended (Community Centre tel. 604-257-8333). 50% subsidies are available to low-income residents w/Leisure Access Cards. "VV" in listings indicates Village Vancouver (a partner network).
 
Website: www.foodwestend.wordpress.com, E-mail: ross.wenfn@gmail.com

Metro Vancouver Alliance

MVA is holding a film night fundraiser, featuring The Price of Reunion or Lessons in Happiness, with an introduction by the filmmaker and discussion to follow. This powerful film examines the challenges and triumphs of senior immigrants who come to Canada through the family reunification program.
When: Wednesday July 8th 2015  6-9 pm
Where: VCC Big Auditorium (Room A 2010), 1155 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
 
Proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to subsidize the MVA dues of small member organizations. Please send this notice out to your networks and urge them to attend!

You can RSVP on the MVA site at http://www.metvanalliance.org/film_fundraiser.
 
If you can help with the event, please contact Shari Laliberte at slaliberte@vcc.ca.  Hope to see you there!
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