TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Yonge Street Mission staff will get decked out in superhero capes and sacrifice their fashion sense to celebrate their 3,400 volunteers who serve communities in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The annual volunteer appreciation event will be at 306 Gerrard Street East, near the intersection of Gerrard and Parliament from 4:30 to 7:00 pm today.
The dedication of volunteers can do incredible things in the city. Volunteers give their time and talents to help over 15,000 people living with poverty particularly in St. James Town, Regent Park and Moss Park. They serve meals, provide health care, and tutor newcomers to Canada.
Alicia Aden, who tutors senior boys in math and science after school at The Mission's Downtown Core Basketball Homework Club is one of many honoured.
“By breaking down socioeconomic, cultural and generational barriers, we can help our city flourish. I have been so fortunate to have mentors, coaches and teachers who have inspired me to become a better version of myself. I want to inspire someone else," Aden said.
Toronto-Centre MP Bob Rae shares that, "The Yonge Street Mission has served our community for years and it could not be possible without all of the many dedicated volunteers."
About the Yonge Street Mission:
The Yonge Street Mission has worked on the front lines of poverty in Toronto since 1896, assisting as many people as possible to experience full participation in society. The hope, healing, and encouragement that the Mission offers is based solely on individual need, regardless of colour, culture, economic status, gender, religion, sexual orientation or social condition. The Mission supports at-risk people with an intentional focus on nurturing transformation in the lives of individuals and families living with poverty. We build on our successful initiatives to draw people from the margins into the mainstream of stable housing, employment and educational opportunities, and positive social interaction.
For more information please go to: http://www.ysm.ca/learn/
SOURCE: Yonge Street Mission
For further information: