The goal of la Corde, which is part of the Youth Unlimited organization/Jeuness Sans Limite, is that kids of the impoverished Cloverdale community will achieve academic success as the best way of escaping a cycle of poverty. All programs are directed to enable these children to achieve that goal, by addressing the areas that could cause them to stumble. Every weekday, 50 Cloverdale youth frequent the centre, receiving breakfast, lunch, after-school homework assistance, music lessons, life skills training, goal setting & nutrition workshops, and mentoring. Other activities include a Christmas toy dispersal, back to school packs supplied to families, and practical assistance to families.
Opportunities to Serve:
o Serve breakfast once a week. Volunteers needed from 6:45 to 8:10 am to butter toasts, serve and clean up breakfast for 30-40 children on Wednesdays, Thursdays and every second Tuesday. If you work downtown there is train station (Sunnybrooke AMT) directly across the street.
o Serve lunches once a week. Volunteers needed from 11am-12:30pm to help prepare, serve and clean up lunch for 50 children on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
o Prepare a lunch once a month for 50 children. They love sandwiches or hot beef or chicken based meals with rice or noodles. Meals should fit into 2 large 13x15 inch aluminum pans. Meals can be dropped off day of or prepared and frozen for future use. Recipe ideas available. After school snacks of muffins, cookies or fruit are always welcome. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49aea82da6f58-meals
o Volunteer for after school help. Homework help is needed from 3:45-4:30pm on Mondays to Thursdays. It is as easy as listening to a grade 1 student read a simple story to you or helping practice dictée words. Homework is in French.
o Volunteer for after school music assistance. Help is needed from 3:15-3:45pm Mondays to Thursdays, or 11am-12:30pm on weekdays. Volunteers are needed to listen to students practice their music while they wait for their lessons. Any experienced musicians that felt comfortable to teach a lesson would also be most welcome.
o Sponsoring a la Corde child: Full sponsorships are offered at $36 per child per month, with half sponsorships available at $18
Our goal as a church is to support la Corde by volunteering or by giving, so that each child might receive breakfast and lunch each school day. We are excited to be used by God to help break the cycle of poverty for these kids of our Pierrefonds community. One at a time, child by child, family by family.