DECEMBER TOGETHER

"December Together ", is the NDG Community Council project organised during December. The Council's goal with this Project is to rally the community, residents, and partners, and to highlight their initiatives and activities that will take place during this holiday season. The Council  organised and hosted several activities from the 23 of December to the 1st of January.

December Together 2022 NDG

Objectives

"December Together" aims to break isolation during the end of year holiday period, but also to mobilize residents and partners together to develop a sense of community and solidarity. One objective of this innovative program includes ensuring hundreds of our most vulnerable residents receive the delivery of a holiday meal - a particular need when the closure of most food services and the suspension of food-related activities (group meals, Christmas meals, etc.) are in place. "Together" we strive to support the local economic sector, which has been hard hit by the pandemic. Thus, this project aims to support and build a partnership with local businesses in NDG.

ACTIVITIES

December Together - What’s Happening in NDG
Our December Together project is aiming at putting a smile on isolated residents' faces during the holidays. Both our residents and local businesses need our support during the Holiday season this year!
Donating for December Together allows us to encourage local businesses while supporting our isolated residents. Thank you for your support!

We are proposing a partnership with local businesses to deliver hot meals during the holiday season to approximately 1000 residents who are experiencing more difficult times either socially or financially. A meal, a visit from a volunteer and a smile is simple and will warm the hearts of hundreds of residents during these difficult times! We need your support to help us support as many people as possible. This is an opportunity to bring some comfort and support to the NDG neighbourhood.
December Together - What’s Happening in NDG
December Together - What’s Happening in NDG
December Together - What’s Happening in NDG
December Together - What’s Happening in NDG

HOW TO BE INVOLVED

Volunteer during holidays in NDG
???December together is coming back.
We received generous support from 80 volunteers last year. We are looking for volunteers like you to help with the continued backing of diverse communities.
If you would like to assist in helping with our 2nd version of December Together, please fill out the registration form: https://bit.ly/3dvsX2Q or join in our information meeting to get more details on 13th December at 7 pm.
Information meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84751098912
We greatly appreciate your help, and we are excited to have you as part of our team!
For any information, please contact ndgcc@ndg.ca or 514 484 1471
Donate in NDG
Bring a smile along with food to isolated NDG residents!
Support both residents and local businesses! 
Our December Together project is aiming at putting a smile on isolated residents' faces during the holidays.  Both our residents and local businesses need our support during the Holiday season this year!
Donating for December Together allows us to encourage local businesses while supporting our isolated residents.
Thank you for your support!
Employment and commercial life in NDG
The community partnership on which this program is based is a must. Many NDG partners and residents will be part of this season's big project either through financial donations, volunteer time, or the creation of activities. A complete list of contributors will be available on the Council's website and our social media. Do you want to be part of it? Contact Julie Cormier at juliecormier@ndg.ca

HISTORY

We would like to thank all our donors and supporters whose generous donations have helped make December a cheerful month of solidarity during the holiday in our neighbourhood.

2022

The initiative launched in 2020 in response to the cancellation of Christmas dinner, has not only persisted but thrived in 2022. Thanks to the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and strong partnerships , the Council was able to organise the program as a series of nine (9) in-person events for the very first time. From December 23, 2022, to January 1, 2023, residents were invited to gather across the community and enjoy a festive meal.

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Dear members, partners and friends of the NDG Community Council,
 
This year 2022 has flown by again and it is already time to take a review. After two years of pandemic, it is with great pleasure that we had the opportunity to welcome residents back for multiple activities: conversation groups, tax workshops, Daddy and Me activities, round tables, community meals and friendly gatherings.
 
To end the year on a high note, we are working with our partners and local merchants on the December Together project. Nine community meals will be served between December 23rd and January 1st, allowing us to share the joy with nearly 1000 NDG residents. This fantastic project would not be possible without the support of our partners: Centre Walkley, Centre St-Raymond, NDG YMCA, LCSG, OMHM, CLSC Benny and Chez Soi. 
It is also thanks to all of you, members and friends of the Council, that we are able to put this together. We invite you to continue to support us:
 
- By offering your time during the holiday season: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM
- By donating individually wrapped snacks for the children until December 23rd at the Council or at the Benny Library or during the holidays at meal times. 
- By making a donation: DONATION FORM
- By participating in the traditional Christmas meal on December 25th at St-Ignatius Church: CHRISTMAS MEAL
If you know of a family or friend who could benefit from one of our meals, do not hesitate to contact Zoey: zoeyxu@ndg.ca. Please find attached the schedule for the December Together meals.
 
What a beautiful way to end our 80th anniversary year! , We thank you and wish you all a very Happy Holidays season and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2023!

2021

The Initiative in Numbers
  • 27 volunteers
  • 582-holiday meal deliveries from 7 local restaurants over 6 days
  • 13 Turkeys were baked and more than 100 packages of homemade cookies were prepared by the NDG Christmas dinner volunteers
  • Hot chocolates were served in the streets of NDG, sourced from 2 local restaurants and cafes
Funding: 17 individual donations, Christmas dinner group, Second Harvest, SAB - Kathleen Weil This initiative was created following the cancelling of the Christmas Dinner in 2020, and the results of our survey to identify available resources in the community during the holiday period. This initiative quickly and organically developed to become “December Together”. It was so successful in 2020, that there was no other option than reconducting it for a second year

We believe that the objectives identified for this project - notably to break isolation and foster a sense of community and solidarity - have all been achieved once again. Believe it or not, this year was even more challenging than the previous one: our holiday coordinator had to be confined as she had closed contact with someone COVID positive a week before the start and so did many volunteers over the period. 100 traditional turkey meals were supposed to be delivered to residents on Christmas day thanks to the Christmas dinner volunteers but instead we received 13 whole turkeys and home-baked cookies that were delivered to families.

The project had a measurable impact on the community, clearly seen through all the excellent feedback and support we’ve received. Behind the statistics are families who brought hot meals to their isolated neighbours, volunteers who walked the streets of NDG with hot chocolate, and local restaurants that turned on their ovens in solidarity with the people of the community.

2020

The Community Council has begun the new year with great joy and satisfaction, and we would like to share this with you! The time has come to release the results of our December Together, a project whose immense success was largely due to your support. We believe that the objectives identified for this project -- notably to break isolation and foster a sense of community and solidarity -- have all been achieved, as demonstrated in the infograph figures below. Our community was together in December, and we look forward to continuing to be together in the years to come. 

Behind the numbers that appear on the project's infograph are families who brought hot meals to their isolated neighbours, volunteers who walked the streets of NDG to meet us with hot chocolate, virtual activities full of conviviality that brought people together, and local restaurants that turned on their ovens in solidarity with the people of NDG. 

The month of December taught us a clear lesson: no matter how gloomy the situation is, getting through it together is the way to move forward. Although hot Christmas meals were the main theme of the project, the recipe for success is truly based on innovative ideas, collaboration of partners, community involvement, and adequate funding. On this note, the Community Council would like to thank everyone who contributed to this success including Biz NDG, Desjardins, Mme Kathleen Weil, Roasters Foundation, Provigo Mehdi Tallah, Benny Cultural Center, Jabberwocky, Yayo and his editors, Local 75, Boustan, Grand Burger, Ye Old Orchard, Bofinger, Café Oxford, Mate Latte, Griffon d’or, Restaurant de Chou, Second Cup, Le Dépôt, New Hope Center, NDG Art Hive and many many generous residents. 

Good news continues to come from all corners of our four sectors, so be on the lookout. 

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