May 1, 2020
by Nadia Heyd, Donor Relations Coordinator

Learn more about The Storefront and #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 and will take place on May 5, 2020. It is a global day of giving and unity to rally people around the world to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level. All Canadians are invited to demonstrate the power of kindness and generosity.

The Storefront joined the #TorontoGives movement a few years ago. We are a community development agency who hosts a social services hub. We facilitate collaboration between organizations, people in the neighbourhood, and everyone who cares about building a strong community.

In “normal” times The Storefront supports people with a range of social services offered by a network of 35 different partners. We also encourage and support local residents to learn together and lead initiatives that build and strengthen the whole community: Think – grassroots sports leagues, cooking clubs, seniors yoga, gardening clubs, choirs, things like that.  During the pandemic our building and outdoor spaces are closed. You can visit this link to learn more about how we are working remotely to support people from a distance.

Seniors Yoga under our Sky-o-Swale between the community gardens and the sports court.

A good part of The Storefront’s work and a big part of the Giving Tuesday movement is about lifting up the work of community builders. So, in that spirit, I invite you to have a look at the list of organizations below who are all working in Scarborough and are also part of the #TorontoGives movement. There is amazing work that happening in and around our community in response to COVID-19, as well as long before it hit. Once we get past it, many of these organizations will play a vital role in our community’s continuing recovery.

If you are able, we invite you to make a contribution in honour of Giving Tuesday to The Storefront or to any organization that means something to you whether on our list below or somewhere else in the community. The fabric of our community is woven stronger when everyone contributes – as volunteers, advocates, or donors – whatever you have to contribute is valuable.  

All #TorontoGives Member Organizations 

#TorontoGives Member Organizations with a close connection to East Scarborough Storefront (Current or Recent Partner or Funder):

Culture Link
Epilepsy Toronto
FAME – Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere /
Reconnect (Located in Etobicoke, but also works from The Storefront)
MLSE Foundation (funder)
Toronto Zoo
YWCA Toronto

Other #TorontoGives Member Organizations located in or having significant impact in Scarborough:

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
FoodShare
Friends of the Rouge Watershed
Habitat for Humanity GTA
Homes First Foundation
Operation Springboard
Pathways to Education Canada
Providence Healthcare Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto
Second Chance
Second Harvest
South Asian Autism Awareness Centre
Toby’s Place
Tony Stacey Centre for Veteran’s Care

Toronto Distress Centre

Wishing everyone a Giving Tuesday full of meaning and community spirit – from a distance this year.

Look for GivingTuesdayNow on social media at @TorontoGives (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)

Thoughts to share about this page? Please email me at nheyd@thestorefront.org