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December 18, 2000
Backgrounder: Toronto Dollar Spirit At Work Project -- Participating Agencies
The Toronto Dollar Spirit At Work project gives Toronto Dollars as thank you
gifts to low-income volunteers who are doing caring work in the community. The
project also serves as a catalyst to encourage networking among the11
community organizations that are partners in the project. It is a means to
learn more about each other's work and to explore co-operative opportunities.


Field To Table is involved with food access issues, and provides courses on
nutrition and cooking, as well as the Good Food Box (vegetables and fruits) -
"to bring people the freshest, best quality produce at the lowest prices."
Participants in the program include community centres, co-ops, housing
communities and churches.

The Furniture Bank collects donated furniture and distributes it to people who
are referred by more than 100 agencies - people who have been homeless,
refugees, and others who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Loft-A-Loft encourages citizens to work together to create working models that
respond to issues related to housing access and unemployment.

Metropolitan United Church operates a noon-hour meal program for 400 homeless
people as part of its Out of the Cold program.

Mustard Seed is a new centre located in Riverdale that uses art as a tool for
healing. It fosters economic development projects, and generates public
awareness and responsibility for inner city and mental health issues. The
centre includes a creative art studio and a community kitchen where people can
cook their own meals.

St. James Cathedral operates a Tuesday meal and hospitality program. Volunteers
help people with job resumes, health problems and more.

St. John the Compassionate Mission operates a mission to serve the homeless at
Broadview Avenue and Queen Street East. It provides noon-hour meals for the
homeless four days a week, and operates a bakery providing part-time work.

Street Health is a City agency at Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street that
provides basic nursing care to people in hostels or living on the street.

St. Lawrence Youth Program - Toronto Dollar members and others have been
working with the St. Lawrence Neighborhood Association and St. Lawrence Works
to assist youth to gain better access to facilities in the local community
centre, and to support their efforts to organize recreation and other

Toronto Friendship Centre, a drop-in centre located at All Saints Church, is a
place where people who live in hostels and on the street can go during the day.
The centre organizes activities and meals. The "Ladies Night" program held
every Friday evening encourages support and a sense of community among women in

Yonge Street Mission operates several outreach services, including youth
programs such as its after-school computer program and the Evergreen Centre on
Yonge Street; housing projects; a child care centre; seniors activities; and
community businesses offering employment.

Media Contact
David Walsh
Toronto Dollar

Keren Brown



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