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Thank You to The Lighthouse Supported Living

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Thank you to The Lighthouse Supported Living

We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute The Lighthouse Supported Living for all of their dedication and hard work at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch. 

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Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.

The Lighthouse Supported Living is a non-profit housing provider that offers emergency shelter, supportive living, and affordable housing for men, women, and families in Saskatoon. We are committed to caring for the poor, marginalized, and the hard to house.  The gardening team from The Lighthouse is a group of staff and clients who love to get our hands dirty!
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Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?

The Lighthouse recognizes the importance of community support in local programs and initiatives. We are thrilled to be able to have our clients and staff participate in an amazing community program like the Garden Patch. It is a great opportunity to be a part of something special and to get outside in the summer and build some great gardening skills!

Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
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We love having a change of scenery and especially watching our vegetables grow!
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Find out more about The Lighthouse herefollow them on Facebook and tweet at them: @TheLighthouseSK
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SRC Digs in at the Garden Patch

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Thank you Saskatchewan Research Council!

We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) for all of their dedication and hard work at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch. SRC has been sending employees (over 400!) to help out at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for the last 2 years.

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Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization.

SRC launched its Employee Volunteer Program in 2013, as a way for SRC to directly contribute to and have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work. Volunteering at Saskatchewan food banks was selected based on a survey of SRC employees.

Our team is likely larger than most! We’ve set up a weekly volunteering schedule and anyone within our Saskatoon office can sign up to participate. Last year, we had 21 individuals help out in the Garden Patch!

Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?

After our first year volunteering with Saskatchewan food banks, we received a lot of positive feedback from our employees and many in Saskatoon expressed interest in the Adopt-A-Plot program. Overall, the experience has been positive. Volunteers have enjoyed seeing how their hard work is having a benefit in the community, while also getting out in the sunshine, learning new skills and meeting colleagues that they wouldn’t typically work with.

Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
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It’s difficult to choose a favourite thing, as it’s been a positive experience all around. Having volunteered in the warehouse, we saw the tremendous need for fresh, healthy foods first hand. Knowing that our work is helping to fill the more than 65,000 emergency food hampers that go out each year is one of the top reasons that we continue to participate.
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Find out more about SRC herefollow them on Facebook and tweet at them: @SRCnews

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Moksha Yoga Saskatoon Digs in at the Garden Patch

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Thank you Moksha Yoga Saskatoon!

We are celebrating our AMAZING Garden Patch Adopt-A-Plot teams with a weekly spot light. This week we salute Moksha Yoga Saskatoon for all of their dedication and hard work (3 years in a row!) at the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch.

Q1: Tell us about your team, organization of business.

Moksha Yoga Saskatoon: Over the past three years, the crew at Moksha Yoga Saskatoon has been a proud member of the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch’s Adopt-A-Plot team.  Our team is small but mighty: we have 5 members this year who will share the task of weeding, watering and caring for our little veggie patch.

Q2: Why does your team participate in the Adopt-A-Plot Program?

Moksha Yoga Saskatoon: Our team participates in the Adopt-A-Plot Program because it really fits in with our company vision; we are committed to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living! Moksha Yoga is about more than the physical practice; by helping to grow nutritious food for the Food Bank, we are taking our yoga off the mat and into the world, volunteering our time and reaching out to the community.

Q3: What is your favourite part of digging in at the Garden Patch?
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Moksha Yoga Saskatoon: One of our favourite aspects of the Adopt-A-Plot program is that we can step away from the city into a beautiful oasis of greenery.  It’s an opportunity to slow life down and concentrate on the simple, yet important task of helping a seed to grow, and in turn helping our community to flourish.
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Find out more about Moksha Yoga Saskatoon here, follow them on Facebook and tweet at them: @MokshaYogaSask.

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week in Canada (April 12th to 18th, 2015) is a time to acknowledge those wonderful people who donate their time to organizations across the country. The Saskatoon Food Bank is honored to have so many great volunteers who help out in all areas of our organization. Over the next week we will talk with some of our volunteers to gather their thoughts about their volunteer experience at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

Kristina

What motivates you to keep volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre?

A bunch of small things made into a package: the people and environment around here are very welcoming and understanding. Nicest people.

One thing that you like about volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre?

The package and it makes you feel good. The flexibility of being able to volunteer any time and getting here is a nice ride on the bus.

Can you talk a little bit about your experience volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre?

My 1 year anniversary in a week and a half. The work environment is quite relaxing. Everything about it feels nice. Even the thick or thin of the weather I still want to be at the Food Bank. It’s worth going through winter. volunteers brighten lives

Volunteer Profile - National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week in Canada (April 12th to 18th, 2015) is a time to acknowledge those wonderful people who donate their time to organizations across the country. The Saskatoon Food Bank is honored to have so many great volunteers who help out in all areas of our organization. Over the next week we will talk with some of our volunteers to gather their thoughts about their volunteer experience at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

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A volunteer from Saskatchewan Alternative Initiative (SAI)

One thing that you like about volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre? •Helping others by motivation •Fulfills our day •Something to look forward to

What motivates you to keep volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre? •All the different stuff to do •See friends •Helping

Can you talk a bit about your experience volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre? •Get to try new things •Everyone here is very nice and accepting of us. They include us to do all we are capable of. We have developed many friends and positive relationships here.

Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. 

 

Volunteer Profile - National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week in Canada (April 12th to 18th, 2015) is a time to acknowledge those wonderful people who donate their time to organizations across the country. The Saskatoon Food Bank is honored to have so many great volunteers who help out in all areas of our organization. Over the next week we will talk with some of our volunteers to gather their thoughts about their volunteer experience at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. 120

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What motivates you to keep volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank? “Life has been very good to me. I feel a responsibility to give back to the community.”

What is one thing that you like about volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre? “I like being part of a team and watch the team achieve their goals.”

Can you talk a little bit about your experience volunteering at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre? “I really feel that I am appreciated.”

Know that your KINDNESS has a ripple effect in the universe.