July 17, 2015
Author: Simona Rajani, LIST Student
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
New Circles has been giving this opportunity to many families and has helped families reinvent themselves. It is a non-profit organization run by determined volunteers who take this as a pathway towards stronger community.
In response to the humanitarian crisis, New Circles has opened its doors to welcome Syrian refugees arriving in the City of Toronto. Working with Lifeline Syria and other partner agencies, we have made a commitment to provide free clothing to the refugees for up to two years. Not only will families receive quality clothing, they can also access social programs, language tutoring and training opportunities offered at no cost by New Circles.
Clothing, along with food and housing, is a basic necessity. “With so many initiatives taking place across the city, we are in a unique position to provide extended support to help families meet this particular need. We have lots of capacity to sort and distribute clothing, a great team of volunteers and a wide network of clothing donors and agency partners.” says Alykhan Suleman, Executive Director.
New Circles hosted the second annual Community Service Awards on September 15, 2015, where six youth were recognized...
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Excitement filled the air as students poured into the Prom Boutique to select the perfect outfit for their special night.
March 24, 2015 – Jennifer Valentyne, Breakfast TV’s Live Eye host, regularly stops by New Circles to drop off clothing donations.
On February 12th, 10 women shared a milestone as the first graduates of our new Business Office Skills program.
New Circles re-opened for service on January 19. Meeting this deadline was no easy feat and made only possible through a generous team of volunteers. Amongst these volunteers, was the Professional Organizers of Canada (POC), Toronto team. On January 7, POC brought 15 enthusiastic volunteers to sort, hang and organize clothing, shoes and accessories in preparation of setting up our clothing service.
This particular team was just the right group for the job: orderly, methodological, system-oriented and perhaps most importantly – kind-hearted!
Within just 6 hours of work, the POC team had truly moved mountains…of donations that is! Special thanks to Dennise Conforti and Rachael Kalinsky for helping coordinate this initiative.
We are so grateful to all our volunteers and staff who contributed to this major effort in the past six weeks.
The Holiday Angel Program 2014 proved to be a success, with 183 families (530 individuals) served.