This month, we said goodbye to McGill MSW intern Gina and Save Street Work Campaign Coordinator Cynthia, who’ve been working tirelessly since fall to bring back this essential program. They connected with a range of community members to assess current needs and identify partnerships, while raising awareness in our communities about the necessity and importance of street work services. In preparation for the relaunch of street work at Head & Hands, they wrote a report on their findings from other street work organizations across Canada as a resource for future teams. Using their research, they also led our staff through an update of the street work job description and explored funding opportunities. So far, their efforts have secured $37,500, and they have applications to a number of other funders whose answers we’re still waiting on. Funding two full-time street workers for one year will take $85,000. Securing funds for harm reductive support to street-involved youth is always a challenge, and today’s political climate makes it even more difficult, so our fundraising efforts continue.
To Gina and Cynthia, we extend our most heartfelt thanks for your passionate and invaluable work on this campaign. We hope you both have amazing summers! To the rest of our supporters, we invite you to get involved in helping us to bring this essential program back. Here’s how:
- Send us a tip if you know of a grant opportunity!
- Get in touch if you have strong writing, editing, or translation skills you want to contribute to grant applications!
- Spread the word and reach out to your networks!
And, of course, you can always donate directly to the Save Street Work campaign!