At PolicyMedical, we take pride in knowing that we are consistently giving back to our community by volunteering for causes that help the ones in need. Therefore, our team regularly volunteers and participates in day-long activities at local community centers and volunteer agencies. Recently, our team spent an afternoon at the Woodgreen Community Services Center, to help out the homeless, and the ones in need.
Our Volunteer Day:
We arrived at the Woodgreen Community Services Center at 650 Queen St E. This location provides daily breakfast and lunch for the homeless, or anyone that needs a meal. The center also provides counselling, housing assistance, and a drop-in program.
PolicyMedical Team provided a donation to purchase all the food that we prepared. The staff at Woodgreen used the donation to purchase the supplies for the lunch service. We made lunch consisting of pasta with meat sauce and vegetables, ceasar salad, with apple pie and ice cream as the dessert.
We all used our teamwork skills to delegate tasks to make sure the meal was ready and hot for 1:00pm. Some of us chopped veggies, made the meat sauce, cooked pasta, and prepared the salad. Once the cooking was complete, we set up the service line. We served the meal to about 40-50 patrons of the centre (we got awesome reviews on how great everything tasted), and finished off with dessert, which everyone really enjoyed. Many of the guests were very appreciative and gave us lots of gratitude for the special meal we prepared.
We put away any leftovers that they would be used for another meal. We cleaned up the pots and pans and tidied up the kitchen. The center manager thanked us for our contributions and all of us left feeling really fulfilled. It was a great experience to give back to others and to meet directly with the people we were helping.
Celebrating 75 years of success in 2012, WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. A founding United Way of Toronto member agency, WoodGreen has grown to span 36 locations and serves 37,000 people each year. WoodGreen helps people find safe, affordable housing, seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and youth find meaningful employment and training.
The WoodGreen Foundation is dedicated to supporting WoodGreen’s vital services and strengthening our work in social innovation. The Foundation provides an opportunity for donors to become meaningfully engaged in WoodGreen’s work like never before, and to see the impact of their support on the community.