New Circles Awarded $248,500 Grant to Help Vulnerable Residents Meet Clothing Needs

New Circles Community Services is pleased to announce the receipt of a $248,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to support its core program GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear). Over the next three years, the grant, part of OTF’s new Grow grant program that enables organizations to build on proven programs in the community, will help New Circles expand its free clothing bank to meet the needs of 12,000 vulnerable residents each year.

“This grant will help New Circles build on the success of their GLOW clothing service, and grow to benefit 12,000 people annually in the community. As the MPP for Don Valley East, I have seen first-hand the important work that New Circles does for our residents. They not only help those in need of support but also provide the skills training to build people up. I am proud to have them call Don Valley East home and I am sure we will see more innovative services from New Circles in the future.”  – The Hon. Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East.

The New Circles’ grant will enhance intake services, expand and strengthen its volunteer workforce, improve data collection systems and increase the number of clothing donors.  It’s expected that the program will reach an additional 60 per cent of local residents in need of GLOW’s services.

“The grant will deepen our presence in five priority neighbourhoods of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, Taylor-Massey and Oakridge and increase the number of households served in this catchment,” added Alykhan Suleman, Executive Director of New Circles. “It also will expand our emergency relief service which benefits individuals from across the city.”

GLOW is a free clothing service that helps thousands of low-income families to meet their clothing needs and save scarce funds for food, rent and other basics. An innovative approach to clothing banks, GLOW is uniquely designed to offer clients a shopping experience in a bright, spacious environment that preserves their dignity and provides a learning platform for training in retail and customer service skills.

Established in 2005, New Circles Community Services is an innovative grass-roots agency that provides free clothing, social programs and skill-building opportunities for newcomer families and other residents. To learn more about New Circles’ programs, to donate or to volunteer, please visit: www.newcircles.ca

The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.otf.ca

New Circles' GLOW clothing service is the largest clothing bank in Toronto. We help 12,000 people of all ages annually.