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Upcoming events

September 24, 2011

Sandwich run (Wed, Sep 28, 5-7:30pm)

A sandwich run is an outreach activity during which we make bagged sandwiches and walk around downtown Toronto to deliver them to the homeless. Our main goal will be to try to interact with them and destigmatize homelessness.

There will be a $5 donation for the run to go towards buying the ingredients for the sandwiches. If you are able to help buy ingredients for the sandwich run, please let us know by indicating it on the sign-up form. You will be reimbursed for your purchases.

Our sandwich run will follow this schedule:
5:00pm: Meet at the Terrence Donnelly Centre (CCBR) Black Room to make sandwiches. The centre is located on 160 College Street, and is denoted as DC in the campus map here:
5:45pm: FREE pizza dinner
6:30pm:Sandwich run (please dress accordingly for the weather, as we will be walking around the downtown area)

We will finish around 7:30PM with a short debriefing.


Habitat for Humanity Build (Sat, Oct 1, 8am-4pm)

Location: 327 Dixon Road (Etobicoke)

Minimum $40 donation (originally $50)
 EOH will be subsidizing $10 off the required minimum $50, so that volunteers going with Eyes of Hope will only have to fundraise/donate a minimum of $40.  A pizza lunch will be provided.

There are only 5 spots, so please sign up quickly! Please sign up at

We will send you a confirmation email to confirm your spot before the build, which will include a waiver form that must be signed and brought to the build, a confirmation letter about the build day, a pledge form for the $40 minimum donation (if you wish to use it), and directions and parking pass if you will be driving to the site (though the site is TTC accessible).

Habitat Week (Oct 3-7)

Habitat Week will be a chance to:
– bring awareness to the good work that Habitat for Humanity Toronto does.
– do some fundraising, indoors and outdoors (weather permitting)

 EOH will run Habitat Week in collaboration with the UofT chapters of Take Action! and Habitat for Humanity @UofT

We need volunteers to help out!  The following schedule includes what volunteer activities there are.

 Mon-Thu, 9:30am-2:30pm
SS hall & BA lobby
– Information booths
     1) about Habitat for Humanity
     2) in BA, there will be pictorial and verbal displays of past volunteers at build events and families who benefitted from HFH Toronto’s work (Habitat Exhibition); volunteers will explain about the Exhibition to passersby
– Indoor fundraising (Snacks & Signatures)
     1) Having people sign wooden beams that will be put into a Habitat house
     2) Selling HFH Toronto bookmarks
     3) Selling baked goods / samosas.
– Help bake for the bake sales

Tue, 9:30am-2:30pm
SS patio
– Outdoor fundraising (Hammers and Messages)
     1) Run a hammering booth, where people can hammer a nail for fun for a small donation! We hope that this will encourage people to approach us and ask questions about Habitat for Humanity 🙂

Volunteer sign-up: (We need 3-5 volunteers/shift)
And don’t worry if you aren’t exactly sure what HFH does – we’ll have a briefing session for all volunteers on Thu, Sept 29 at various times (time and location TBA) so you can learn first! As well, learn some basic hammering safety skills! 🙂 Volunteers will be contacted by phone/email to confirm their shift the week before Habitat Week.

 Please feel free to email with questions.

Eyes of Hope open meeting (Mon Sep 26, 7pm)

While we had a General Meeting this Monday, we do not intend to have regular “general meetings”; rather, we will have monthly “open” meetings where people interested in helping planning events or have new ideas and suggestions can attend.

Our first meeting is next Monday, September 26, at 7PM. Location TBA. Please sign up here:


Sandwich Run July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

This  July has been very warm, and today on our run, it was no exception. Like a typical run, though, we walked along Spadina and Queen Sts without encountering many of the homeless. We were wondering what we were going to do with our sandwich bags, until we reached City Hall, and there we met the many people who were going to settle there for the night. Our group was a moderately large group, and we each found a different group of street-involved people with whom to talk.

I had talked with a woman who was like the mother of the group. She would scrounge up extra food, socks, underwear, or blankets for those who needed it, and ensured that each person got what he/she needed, even if she had to go without her food. These people acted like a family, keeping an eye out for each other – including the little dog they had, who would growl and bark at any stranger who got too close. I had thought that those on the street might care only for themselves (and those are in the minority, I was told), so this was a welcome surprise to see this large (15+ people) family unit.