Giving Back

How to Start a Community Garden

Curious about starting a community gardern? Wish there was one in your neighbourhood?

Then you should download the Come Grow with Us Powerpoint complied by Nick Scime of Recreation and Community Services.

It illustrates the ability for a Community group or individual citizens to establish a Garden Collective with support of the City Staff and other partners.

It is a great tool to help you use your Neighbourhoods best asset, open spaces, and see it GROW!


Need Help With Your Harvest?

Fruit Tree Project Logo
The Hamilton Fruit Tree Project organizes volunteers to harvest fruit from trees in Hamilton that would otherwise go to waste. Fruit tree owners contact us if they have trees that are available for picking. Volunteers then pick the fruit and divide it between the tree owner, local food banks and social service providers. Volunteers also enjoy the ‘fruits of their labour’ and get to take some of the fruit home. This year the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project will include fruit preserving workshops. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer or know of a tree that needs to be picked!

They can be reached at jlee.eatlocal@environmenthamilton.org
Or visit their website hamiltonfruittreeproject.blogspot.ca


Hamilton community groups receive grants for buildings, paint from Benjamin Moore & Co., Community Foundations of Canada

(HAMILTON) May 31, 2012 – Community groups in Hamilton are getting a boost to improve local buildings and provide important services, thanks to grants from Benjamin Moore announced today in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada.

The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program is giving out grants totalling $72,000 plus some $24,000 in paint – along with expertise – to help communities across the country, including the following recipients in this area:

  • Beasley Neighbourhood Association
  • Green Venture
  • Stinson Community Association
  • Urban Native Homes Incorporated
  • TEAD Equestrian Association for the Disabled
  • To read the full press release, please
    download it here.


    Skate The Dream

    The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Bulldogs are pleased to announce their new “Skate the Dream” program. This program offers inner-city kids, ages 6-10 years old, a chance to learn how to skate and play some 3-on-3 hockey. It will be based out of Eastwood arena, helping to resurrect the facility and bring hockey back to the inner city, which has declined over the past several years.

    Equipment donations are needed to help make this program a success, so if you have any old gear, especially that would fit the 6-10 age group, donations would be greatly appreciated at drop-off bins in almost any rink in Hamilton, along with Copps Coliseum and the Boys and Girls Club on Ellis Avenue. The equipment will become property of the city, which will be collected, sanitized, sharpened, and loaned it out prior to each ice time (in accordance with Public Health).

    Those who drop off a piece of equipment while they’re there can go to the service counter and get a voucher for a free Bulldogs ticket.

    For now, referrals for the first spots in the program are being done through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton, North Hamilton Community Health Centre, Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Bennetto Public School, Hamilton Minor Hockey Council, St. Lawrence School, and J. Edgar Davie School. The cost for the full 10-week session is of only $10.00 per child.

    For more information, please read one of the below link, or contact Councillor Farr. Cash donation are also accepted through the Bulldogs’ Foundation, by contacting Brian Lewis.

    Donate hockey gear to city shinny program – The Spec

    Bulldogs program opens doors for young skaters – The Spec

    Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release


    A Big Thanks

    Last year, our office asked elementary schools in the community to get their students to tell us why they would like a new pair of ice skates. Winners were selected from 3 different schools, and all the winning students will receive vouchers for new skates courtesy of Chris Ecklund.

    Recently, we received this letter from one of those students, and wanted to share it. It really shows what this program was all about.

    skate thanks letter
    (click to enlarge)

    Ice Skate Contest

    In February our office asked elementary schools in the community to get their students to tell us why they would like a new pair of ice skates. Winners were selected from 3 different schools, and all the winning students will receive vouchers for new skates courtesy of Chris Ecklund.

    The winning entries are listed below. Thank you to all the students, teachers, and schools that participated, and congratulations to our winners!

    View Winning Entries Here

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