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March Newsletter

March 12, 2013

Hope you’ve been managing the end-of-term workload well! We have a few things coming up to finish off the school year; please see details below.

1) Habitat for Humanity initiative: Raising $80,000? Done! Let’s celebrate!
2) Recruiting Exec Team for 2013-2014 Year
3) Sandwich Run
4) Umbrella Painting

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1) Raising $80,000? Done! Lets celebrate!

This year, we completed our initiative to raise $80,000 to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home in memory of our founding president Davis Doan. This was a project we started in 2010. Over the 3 years, we organized fundraisers, Home-a-thons, Habitat Week events and a talent show to reach our goal. With generous donations from our corporate sponsors, we were able to complete this campaign a lot more quickly than originally planned. Not only did we provide the funds for the home, Eyes of Hopemembers also put in the hours and contributed to the construction of the house, which is due to be completed in the spring.

To celebrate, please join us on Tuesday March 26th, 5pm-7pm for some treats and a board game social! Bring your friends and favourite board game!

RSVP at our facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/355171214588059/

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2) Recruiting Exec Team for 2013-2014 Year

We finished off the year by completing our goal to raise $80,000 to fund a Habitat for Humanity Home. We hope to continue this momentum into the next school year and hope to add new initiatives, strengthen our core initiatives, increase our campus presence, and create a strong online profile.

If you’re interested in joining our exec team next year, please fill out the application here:
 http://tinyurl.com/EOHExecApplication
Positions open for application:
  • Co-VP Events (2)
  • VP External
  • VP Finance
  • VP Communication
  • VP Marketing
  • Webmaster/Programmer

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3) Umbrella Painting

Every Tuesday until the end of April, Eyes of Hope participates in umbrella painting sessions with the at-risk youth in Toronto. It is a good opportunity to engage with the at-risk youth through art, and learn more about the local issues affecting our community. If you are interested, please fill out the sign-up form with your contact information. All new volunteers will need to go through a maximum 10-minute training session by phone.Location: Knox Presbyterian Church (Spadina and Harbord)

Time: Tuesday nights from 6:30pm – 9pm

Sign up form: http://tinyurl.com/UmbrellaPaintingMarch-April

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4) Sandwich Run

Eyes of Hope is having our last sandwich run of the school term on Wednesday April 3rd. This will be a great chance to come out to a sandwich run one last time before some of you head back home for the summer.

Plus, there’ll be cake to celebrate another great year of sandwich runs!

The schedule will be:
– 5:00-5:45: Meet at MSB Rm 4263 and make sandwiches
– 5:45-6:00: FREE pizza dinner and cake
– 6:30-7:30: Sandwich run

We will first head to the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter at College and McCaul and then, depending on weather, we will take a walk in the downtown core, ending our run near City Hall (at Queen and Bay).

Also, please try and bring a reusable bag to carry the sandwich bags.

The link is

http://tinyurl.com/sandwichrunApr3

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February Newsletter

February 10, 2013

Hey everyone! Midterms stressing you out? Need some spice in your life?

Then come check out the following events that we’re having this month!

  1. Discover, Build, Love. Valentine’s Race! (Thursday, Feb. 14 @ 4-7pm)
  2. Habitat for Humanity Reading Week Builds 2013 (Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Friday, Feb. 22)
  3. Sandwich Run (Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 5-7pm)
  4. Soup Kitchen Event (Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 1-4pm)
  5. Umbrella Painting (Every Tuesday @ 6:30-8pm)
  6. EOH Skating Social (Monday, Feb. 25 @ 4-7pm)

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1) Discover, Build, Love. Valentine’s Race! (Thursday, Feb. 14 @ 4-7pm)

Come join us for some wonderful Valentines fun! Bring a sweetie or a friend or both to a race through U of T buildings for the chance to win a dinner-for-2 certificate!

WHAT? – We have fun activities prepared at every stop that will promote and challenge your teamwork skills. Collect pieces to build up your paper house. The winner will receive a certificate for two entrees at La Mexicana restaurant, just a short walk from campus at Yonge and Bloor.
WHEN? – Thursday, February 14, 2013, 4-7 PM
WHO? – Teams of 2-4 people
WHERE? – Meet at GB lobby and then follow clues across some of UTSG’s historical and defining buildings!
ENTRANCE? – $8 minimum donation per team. All proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by Genworth Financial and contribute to sponsoring an UT Habitat for Humanity home.

Sign up before Feb. 12 at midnight to take 3 minutes off the clock!
To sign up: http://tinyurl.com/ap98dll

Have questions or want to volunteer? Email Cathy at eyesofhope@utoronto.ca
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2) Habitat for Humanity Reading Week Builds 2013 (Tuesday, Feb. 19th — Friday, Feb. 22nd)

If you have some free time during Reading Week, there are great opportunities to participate in a Habitat build! Details are as follows:

When: Tuesday February 19th to Friday February 22nd
Where: New Crescent Build Site – 697 Danforth Road (next to Scarborough GO station)
Who: UofT, York, Ryerson, and George Brown

Builds shifts begin promptly at 8am and end at 4pm daily. Training, safety gear, lunch, light refreshments, a t-shirt, and a certificate of participation will be provided.

For fundraising, the request is $75 per person per day. However, we will be subsidizing a certain amount (TBD). This fee is used to cover construction and material costs.

The Golden Hard Hat Trophy will be awarded to the top fundraising school!

If interested, please fill out the Google Document:
http://goo.gl/zr3hx

NOTE: Spaces are limited, and the sign-up closes on Wednesday Feburary 13th at 11:59pm.

If you any questions, email eyesofhope@utoronto.ca

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3) Sandwich Run (Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 5-7pm)

We will be having a sandwich run on Wednesday February 20th, 2013. A sandwich run is an outreach activity during which we make bagged lunches and walk around downtown Toronto to deliver meals to hungry people in need and to check up on the homeless to let them know that someone does care. This event is also a good way to see if you’d like to join our club on a more permanent basis as well as to meet other students and have some fun!

A $5 donation would be appreciated – this money will go toward buying the ingredients for the sandwiches. A free pizza dinner will be provided.

Schedule
– 5:00pm – 5:45pm: Meet at Rm 4263 (1 Kings College Circle, UofT) to make sandwiches
– 5:45pm – 6:30pm: FREE pizza dinner
– 6:30pm – 7:30 pm: Sandwich run

To sign up: http://tinyurl.com/b3mrhcf
Contact: sandwichrun.eyesofhope@gmail.com
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4) Soup Kitchen Volunteering (Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 1-4pm)

A soup kitchen event is provides marginalized and disadvantaged individuals the basic necessities of food and a host of ancillary services, ensuring each social citizen justice, dignity and acceptance.  In participating at the soup kitchen event, participants will join the staff in preparing and/or serving food to people in need. This opportunity is ideal for those interested in understanding more about the issues of poverty, homelessness and the how the organization addresses these issues. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Location: Good Shepherd Ministries (412 Queen Street E.)
To sign up: http://tinyurl.com/bgju9vn
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5) Umbrella Painting (Every Tuesday @ 6:30-8pm)

Each year, from November to April, Eyes of Hope participates in umbrella painting sessions with the at-risk youth in Toronto. The sessions run each week on Tuesday nights. It is a good opportunity to engage with the at-risk youth through art, and learn more about the local issues affecting our community. As we can only have 4-5 volunteers join each week, we would like to ask interested volunteers to sign up in the provided spreadsheet link. The sheet shows the dates that we will be volunteering at the church. If you are interested, please fill out the sheet under the appropriate date, with your contact information. All new volunteers will need to go through a maximum 10 minute training session by phone.

Location: Knox Presbyterian Church (Spadina and Harbord)
To sign up: http://tinyurl.com/umbrella-painting2013
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6) EOH Skating Social (Monday, Feb. 25 @ 4-7pm)

What’s a Canadian winter without some skating and hot chocolate to warm you up? Come check out the skating social that we will be holding this month at Nathan Phillips Square! Skate rentals are available and, best of all, EOH will be subsidizing a portion ofit! We will be meeting in the Medical Sciences Building inside the doors that face College St.

To sign up: http://tinyurl.com/a9j6q3z

Mug Cake Social

November 17, 2012

Mug Cake Social

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What’s better than freshly made cake? Freshly made cake in a MUG! Come create your very own mug cake, get to know your Eyes of Hope team, and show your support for
Habitat for Humanity!

Cavalcade of Lights

November 12, 2012

Stressed from midterms? Want to experience new and fun events with friends in the heart of Toronto? We are organizing a social event to the Toronto’s annual Cavalcade of Lights this Saturday, November 17th at 7pm. There will be music performances , fireworks and free skating! Please sign up by clicking on the link below. More detailed information will be sent out to those who are interested closer to the date.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dGtrRURYM29jaGJOWFhfbE1MX1Z3NlE6MQ

Soup Kitchen Volunteering

November 11, 2012

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October 19, 2012

If there’s anyone looking for a way to bust midterm blues while standing for a cause, this may be what you are looking for! Habitat Campus Coalition and Eyes of Hope are excited to announce Home-a-thon which will be held on October 26th and 27th. There will be live musics, foods, activities, while raising awareness for substandard housing. Best of all, some people may have a chance to sleep at one of our cabins ;).

Please feel free to check our event page for more details:http://tinyurl.com/home-a-thon-site

 

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Habitat Week from Oct. 1 – Oct. 4 !!

September 25, 2012

Eyes of Hope and Habitat for Humanity University of Toronto are pleased to co-organize events for Habitat Week! The purpose of Habitat Week is to bring awareness to the lack of affordable housing and the role of Habitat for Humanity in tackling the problem. We will be organizing fundraising events – bake sale, pizza sale and construction wood signing- to contribute towards the $80,000 campaign of building an affordable home for a family in need. We hope you can be part of this event, and add little more happiness to the community we are living in!

To sign up: please fill out the form athttp://tinyurl.com/HabitatWeekVolunteerSignUp) by the end of Friday, Septembre 28th.

For all the bakers out there, it’s time to bring out the flour and sugar! We need tonnes of yummy baked goods for our bake sale. If you’re interested, please sign up on the Volunteer Form as well. We can reimburse you for the material cost as long as you bring your receipt.
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Sandwich Run!

September 19, 2012

We will be having a sandwich run on Thursday, September 27th, 2012. A sandwich run is an outreach activity during which we make bagged lunches and walk around downtown Toronto to deliver meals to hungry people in need and to check up on the homeless to let them know that someone does care. This event is also a good way to see if you’d like to join our club on a more permanent basis as well as to meet other students and have some fun!

A $5 donation would be appreciated – this money will go towards buying the ingredients for the sandwiches. A free pizza dinner will be provided.

Schedule
– 5:00pm – 5:45pm: Meet at Medical Sciences Building Rm.3231 (1 Kings College Circle, UofT) to make sandwiches
– 5:45pm – 6:30pm: FREE pizza dinner
– 6:30pm – 7:30 pm: Sandwich run

Sign-up: http://tinyurl.com/9p4fxpr

Hope to see you all there!

First General Meeting of the Year!

September 15, 2012

Please join us at our general meeting on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 6pm in Sidney Smith Rm 1086! This meeting will be a great opportunity for those of you who wish to personally chat with our exec team or meet fellow students from across different faculties and departments. This meeting is open to everyone :). Please feel free to bring your friends to our meeting! FREE refreshments will be served!

Welcome!

September 4, 2012

If you’re interested in:
– creating positive change,
– developing your leadership skills, and
– building community,
you might want to stay a while here!

Sign up to Eyes of Hope’s mailing list to stay up to date with upcoming events: eyesofhope.skule.ca/mailinglist.

We’ll be sending out an email soon with a list of upcoming events. If you have any questions, please email eyesofhope@utoronto.ca.

Hope to see you out there!