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Volunteer drivers needed!

Volunteer drivers needed!

Posted May 26th, 2020 in Announcements

We need drivers! We have grocery stores, food producers, farmers and others willing to donate food, we just need to go pick it up. Do you have one morning a week to spare to make sure that no one goes hungry and good quality food doesn't end up in the landfill?

If you are free to volunteer on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings from 8:30am to noon, please email Stacy, our Volunteer Coordinator, at stacyo.oam@gmail.com. You don't need a special license, but you do need a valid G drivers licence and clean driver's abstract for insurance purposes. You also need to be able to lift 25 lbs to load the truck. You do not need your own truck, you will be driving ours. Ideally, we are looking for people who can volunteer weekly.

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Furniture warehouse opening soon!

Furniture warehouse opening soon!

Posted May 23rd, 2020 in Announcements

Announcement! We are happy to announce that our furniture warehouse will be open for sales on June 2! 

In preparation for that, we will be accepting donations of furniture and appliances at our warehouse at 933 Forks Road West. We will also be resuming furniture donation pick up if you are unable to drop it off. Drop offs and calls to schedule a pick up can be made from Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. To schedule a pick up, please call 905-732-8260. We will not be open for sales until June 2, but we will be taking phone calls this week. 

Thank you in advance for your donations! They will go towards helping many people in our community. We will have safety protocols in place for shopping, dropping off and picking up donations and will let you know the details in a future post.

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We're hiring

We're hiring

Posted May 21st, 2020 in Announcements

We are hiring for three key positions. Please read the job descriptions and if you think you would be a good fit, apply today!

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Thank you Welland!

Thank you Welland!

Posted May 12th, 2020 in Announcements

What overwhelming support for our Pop Up Food Drive!

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Food Drive this Saturday!

Food Drive this Saturday!

Posted Apr 29th, 2020 in Announcements

We have over 50 volunteers going door to door in most neighbourhoods in Welland, plus 7 drop off locations for this Saturday, May 2 food drive! More details here

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Welland Pop Up Food Drive

Welland Pop Up Food Drive

Posted Apr 16th, 2020 in Announcements

To meet the demand (one day last week, we distributed a record breaking amount of food, over 1500 lbs of food), we are organizing a city wide Welland Pop Up Food Drive on Saturday, May 2.

There are two ways to participate:

1. Host a pop up food drive at your church, place of business or driveway.

2. Distribute flyers in your neighbourhood advertising the food drive, then go door to door to pick up food on Saturday, May 2 and drop it off at our warehouse at 933 Forks Road West.

We are going to have safety measures in place, like making sure people who are not in your household stay 6 feet apart and staggering donation drop off times to prevent crowding.

If you would like to participate, please contact Leslie Bellingham at leslieb.oam@gmail.com.

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Posted Apr 12th, 2020 in Announcements

The churches may be empty, but so is the grave and we can still praise him for that! He is risen!

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Happy Easter! Our offices are closed on Monday, April 13 for Easter Monday. We will be open on Tuesday.

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Saturday lunches temporarily closed

Saturday lunches temporarily closed

Posted Apr 8th, 2020 in Announcements

Announcement! Out of an abundance of caution for our clients, we are temporarily suspending our Saturday take out lunches.

This decision was made because of the City of Welland State of Emergency declaration and because we want to ensure that there is no crowding or congregating to prevent the spread of COVID 19, especially in the vulnerable population that we serve. 

OUR FOOD BANK IS STILL OPEN Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9am-12pm. We are distributing groceries to people in need, including many options that do not require cooking facilities.

This measure is temporary and we look forward to starting Saturday lunches again very soon.

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We are open!

We are open!

Posted Mar 31st, 2020 in Announcements

We are open and here for people in Welland during this time of uncertainty and need

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Furniture warehouse closed due to COVID 19

Furniture warehouse closed due to COVID 19

Posted Mar 24th, 2020 in Announcements

Because furniture stores are one of the businesses deemed non-essential by the Ontario government, our Open Arms Mission Warehouse is closed for all furniture sales until further notice, effective immediately.

Normally, our furniture warehouse is a "furniture bank" for people in need (we've provided furniture to formerly homeless people who have found permanent housing, women leaving abusive relationships and having to start over with nothing, new immigrants who arrive with no beds for their children) and it is a source of income as we sell excess furniture and use the money to fund our programs and services.

Now that we have lost that source of income (thousands of dollars a month) until we are able to reopen the furniture warehouse, the financial need is even greater. If you are able to donate, please do! 

Donate today by clicking HERE

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