A Message from Cathy Wellwood
Our donors find new ways to help fight poverty
I am always so heartened when we receive good news stories from our donors. In the past few months, we’ve heard from people who have taken new approaches to fundraising for Good Shepherd.
In the winter edition of The Shepherd, two donors encouraged others to support our agency and told their stories of why they stepped up to help our battle against poverty and homelessness. Recently, we received a cheque accompanied by a note from a Burlington resident who was inspired by their stories:
“I read your message in The Shepherd and learned what Good Shepherd continues to do for the community, supporting them in so many ways in their time of need.
“Your (newsletter) on Stomping Out Hunger mentioned that $300 can offset the cost of providing a hot evening meal at the men’s shelter. I have enclosed a cheque for $300 to be used for this purpose.”
In this edition, we tell you about two longtime friends of Good Shepherd who have discovered another really creative way to continue giving to us. This family, who wish to stay anonymous, have been extremely generous and kind to Good Shepherd for many years, but now they have come up with something that I have not heard of in my entire career in fundraising: They have made Foxbar, their beautiful landmark Dundas home, a donor. They rent their house to a TV production company and donate the location fees to the emergency food program at the Venture Centre. It helps us keep the shelves stocked. Last year, more than 67,000 individuals received the nourishment they needed through the Venture Centre’s Marketplace.
Finally, April was Volunteer Month and, as always, Good Shepherd took time to celebrate and thank the people who are at the heart of our mission to Never Stop Loving. More than 5,000 people come through our doors every year to help us welcome all people with hospitality, compassion, acceptance and a spirit of generosity. Good Shepherd would not be able to support our neighbours in need without the energy and dedication of so many wonderful people. Thank you to all our volunteers, whether you join us occasionally or for hundreds of hours a year. Everything you do helps people in need. I hope you have a summer full of joy and warmth!
Chief Development Officer