FORREC is based in Toronto’s Liberty Village, one of the city’s most vibrant communities. As citizens of this great city and this planet, we believe how we give back says a lot about who we are. Our work in the community is organized by an exuberant team that we affectionately call the Funraisers who help raise funds for numerous worthy causes.
SKETCH is a platform for homeless and marginalized youth to experience the transformative power of the arts. Since 1996, over 10,000 youth have engaged in the arts and skill building at SKETCH. In 2017, FORREC committed $150,000 over three years to support this organization’s arts-based programs. As well, our employees volunteer to prepare meals, mentor young people and help out at SKETCH’s Creative Hub during events and holidays. Visit SKETCH at www.sketch.ca or follow them @SKETCHToronto.
Manulife Ride for Heart
Heart disease and stroke take one Canadian life every seven minutes, and that’s unacceptable. In 2019, FORREC raised $11,010 for the Ride for Heart campaign to help make heart disease and stroke a thing of the past by walking, running, and cycling on the Gardiner and DVP with 15,000 other amazing Torontonians.
CP24 CHUM City Christmas Wish
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2019, through our Secret Santa program, we released our inner child and gave each other gifts that were then donated. FORREC donated 15 heaving bags of toys to the program.
On a mission to provide a magical Christmas to low-income families with young children, Holiday Helpers aims to deliver Christmas to 600 GTA families! FORREC sponsored a family of five, donating much-needed winter clothing, toys, books and household items to the family.
Our offices are in Liberty Village so when the respite shelter opened a block away, we had the perfect opportunity to support our community! Throughout the year, the FORREC team collects and donates clothing and toiletries for men, women, children and even pets for St. Felix Centre.
We consistently run food drives for Second Harvest and Daily Bread Food Bank, making a special effort to donate vegetarian proteins such as beans, chickpeas, legumes and nut butters.
We also asked staff to donate to the Toronto Humane Society who asked for gently used towels and bedding to keep the animals comfortable through winter. A further four bags were dispatched to the River Street shelter.