End of the Year Ideas for Donations

2011 is coming to an end. Some of us may have a little left over resting in our pockets that we’d like to consider giving to a good cause or two. Here are a few suggestions of groups which I have supported over the years that would certainly put your gifts to good use.

1. St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society
.  138 Pears Ave. #801
, Toronto, Ontario
 M5R 3K6

St. Clare’s is continues to both develop new affordable housing efforts and provide affordable housing to people, most of whom come as a result of referrals from agencies working directly with the homeless, marginalized and difficult to house. In 2011 two projects, 180 Sudbury and St. Clare’s – Monaco Place, officially opened—over 200 units of new affordable housing. St. Clare’s grew out of Toronto Action for Social Change, which organised a number of creative protests during the Harris years. More information can be found at: http://stclares.ca/

2. FoodShare Toronto.  
90 Croatia Street, Toronto, ON M6H 1K9.  Attention: Zola Dyer.

From the good food box programme to community gardening to advocating for sustainable food policies, FoodShare works hard to make sure that social justice includes what is on the table. More information can be found at: http://www.foodshare.net/

3. Rooftops Canada.  
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 313, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9

Rooftops Canada, the international development arm of Canadian co-operative and non-profit housing movements, works with overseas partners in countries from the Baltic Sea to Zimbabwe to “improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development. “ More information can be found at: http://www.rooftops.ca/

4. Student Christian Movement of Canada.  
310 Danforth Ave., 
Toronto ON      M4K 1N6

The SCM has a long history of being an inclusive faith-based voice for positive radical social change university campuses. In addition to direct work for social transformation, SCM is a member of the Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative. From responding to homelessness to indigenous solidarity to the Queer and Christian Without Contradiction initiative, the SCM continues to link reflection with action. More information can be found at: http://scmcanada.org/

5. Elizabeth Fry Society
.  215 Wellesley Street E.
, Toronto ON M4X 1G1
The Elizabeth Fry Society provides effective support for women involved with the criminal justice system. From transitional housing to jail support, E Fry makes a difference in the lives of women in conflict with the law. More information can be found at: http://efrytoronto.org/

6. CHFT Charitable Fund.  
658 Danforth Avenue, Suite 306
Toronto, ON,          M4J 5B9

The CHFT Charitable Fund is a project of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto. Its programmes range from diversity scholarships to support for the Green Roof initiative at Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative to a basketball court at Atkinson Co-op. More information can be found at: http://www.coophousing.com/charitable/charitable_mission.asp

Over the years I have also supported the following organisations that are more activist than charitable in focus.   These include:

7. Christian Peacemaker Teams.

In the USA:
CPT, PO Box 6508; Chicago IL 60680-6508
In Canada:
CPT, 25 Cecil Street, Unit 310; Toronto, ON M5T 1N1

CPT sends delegations to places of conflict to be a practical resource for non-violence and a witness to the world of violence and injustice. From Columbia to Iraq to first nations in Canada, CPT delegations have been a hopeful presence in many places around the world. For more information see http://www.cpt.org/

8. Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. 7 Labatt Avenue, Unit 209H, 
Toronto, Ontario
 M5A 1Z1

From direct action casework to solidarity with imprisoned refugee claimants to walking picket lines, OCAP activists are a strong voice for economic and social justice. For more information http://www.ocap.ca/

9. Wilderness Committee. P.O. Box 2205, Station Terminal, Vancouver,                BC  V6B 3W2

The Wilderness Committee is a mainstream but persistent voice for wilderness and endangered species. In addition to political campaigns, they are a good source of fair trade goods not found elsewhere. For more information see http://wildernesscommittee.org/home

10. Peace Brigades Canada. 145 Spruce Street, Suite 206, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P1

Peace Brigades Canada is a part of a global network of activists who work with human rights activists in places of conflict. From Nepal to Mexico, Peace Brigades volunteers accompany human rights workers as the eyes of the world. For more information see http://www.pbicanada.org/

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