'Being Providence' - Providence in the Park brings staff, volunteers and communities together
Submitted by Jody Sydor Jones Corporate Director, Mission, Reconciliation & Volunteer Resources
The rain held off, even as clouds threatened this past Saturday afternoon, as volunteers formed a chain to offload boxes of gently used clothing and other supplies in preparation for Providence in the Park. Providence people stepped up to the plate once again for the semi-annual event and reached out to connect with and support residents in the downtown eastside.
"This is one of the times of year that our staff and volunteers feel that they are representing Providence as a whole, rather than a site or a program," says Lucy Luongo, Coordinator of Mission Services.
Lucy Luongo, Coordinator of Mission Services, with Providence in the Park volunteers.
"It is an event where we can live our mission in a very pragmatic and practical way," adds Jody Sydor Jones, Corporate Director of Mission, Reconciliation and Volunteers. "We step out of the walls of our hospitals and care facilities, and step into the community of our patients, residents and families. It is an honour to engage in this way with those we serve."
Jody Jones, Corporate Director of Mission, Reconciliation & Volunteers with Fiona Dalton, CEO, and Christopher De Bono, VP of Mission, People and Ethics.
Throughout the year, Providence people, including staff, medical staff, physicians and volunteers, have donated warm clothing, personal care kits, cozy blankets, sturdy footwear and other necessities. These are gathered and sorted by a team of Mission volunteers, in readiness for Providence in the Park. On the day, the supplies are unloaded and set up in informal 'stations' in Oppenheimer Park, with local residents assisting PHC's team of volunteers in the preparations. Mens clothing, womens clothing, blankets and lunches are mainstays and staff from all corners of Providence made it out on Saturday morning to hand out donated clothing items and blankets and to give back to our community.
Providence people and volunteers handing out lunch bags from Sodexo Canada.
A sample of what we provided at this event:
- 292 men and women’s personal care kits
- 250 bagged lunches including deli sandwich, freshly baked cookie, juice box and fresh fruit
- 100 insulated shopping bags
- 50 designer bags
- 80 juice boxes
- 48 delicious scones and cinnamon buns
- 99 lbs. of mandarin oranges
- 120 lbs. of oranges
- 120 granola bars
- 220 mini milk chocolate bars
- 1 case of Purdy’s chocolate bars
- 200 warm, winter blankets and bedding
- 25 haircuts
- 24 instant cup of noodles
- 250 sunglasses and 183 readers
- 100 toothbrushes, 100 toothpaste and 100 dental floss
- 40 packages of tea biscuits
- Walking shoes and winter boots
- Women’s and men’s seasonal clothing (winter jackets, jeans sweaters and hoodies)
The event would not happen without the generous support of Providence staff, volunteers, local businesses and groups who came together as a community.
At September’s event, we would like to recognize our event sponsors:
- Sodexo Canada
- COBS Bread on Main Street
- Margaret Chan
- Kin’s Farm Market
- W K Produce
- Wah Loong Seafood
- On the Fringe Hair Design
- Shoppers Drug Mart #204
- Shoppers Drug Mart #272
- Challenge Girls Club
- CDI College
- Kennedy Office Moving Services
- Canadian Superstore
- PHC Physician Engagement (MSA)
A huge thank you to all of our Providence in the Park sponsors!
The next Providence in the Park is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Oppenheimer Park. Mark your calendars to join us, in solidarity and community, on this important day.
See all the photos from the event here.
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