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June 28, 2001
Volunteers celebrate, community benefits
Community and Neighbourhood Services -- To celebrate the International
Year of Volunteers, as designated by the United Nations, volunteers from
Toronto Homes for the Aged are taking a boat cruise on Lake Ontario aboard the
Trillium on Friday, June 29. Even though this is a celebration, the volunteers
continue to contribute to their community by making the boarding pass for the
cruise the donation of a food item to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

In a special ceremony just before the boat gets underway, Marlene Cater,
President of the Toronto Inter-Home Volunteers, and Sandra Pitters, General
Manager of Toronto Homes for the Aged, will present the food collected to
representatives from the Daily Bread Food Bank.

In 2000, more than 1,600 people volunteered more than 166,000 hours in
Toronto's Homes for the Aged. Both the number of volunteers and the number of
hours contributed are on the rise so far this year. Their contributions have
included escorting residents on trips, running special events, working in tuck
shops, visiting one-on-one with residents, and a host of other activities that
all helped provide residents with a vital link to the community. The
contributions of these volunteers do not stop at the homes for the aged -- many
are donating their time and their caring for other organizations as well.

Food and hunger are important issues for many seniors on limited incomes. The
volunteers believe that helping the food bank is an excellent opportunity to
show that they care for seniors everywhere.

Date: Friday, June 29

Time: 2:45 p.m.
Presentation will proceed at 2:45 p.m., boat leaves dock at 3 p.m.

Location: Toronto Ferry Docks (foot of Bay Street, south of Queen's

Note to editors: Photo opportunity

Media Contact
Rosemary Bennett
Manager, Communication, Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services,

Jim Russell
Director of Public Involvement,
Daily Bread Food Bank
416-203-0050, ext 240



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