“[At J2K], we can get away from everything else. From school, from home, off the streets” – Julien*
When winter comes to Montreal, we tend to live our lives indoors.
At Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), the Head & Hands youth drop in centre, teens from Montreal between the ages of 12 and 17 can come together to escape the cold. Our Animators are on site to offer emotional support to youth on top of running activities including cooking, music composition, and basketball.
The basketball program at J2K is popular year-round, but in the winter time, when courts are snowed in, young people lose a place to spend their time after school, and spaces like J2K become even more essential. The J2K basketball program offers a secure, familiar, and warm(!) space to stay active throughout the winter months.
This holiday season, you can give the gift of vital group space for teens. Your support keeps toes warm and smiles on faces, because community shouldn’t stop just because there’s snow on the ground!
That’s right, our Give The Gift campaign is officially back! If you know someone who loves Head & Hands, or someone who would love Head & Hands if they knew a little more about us, this makes the perfect present! Instead of hours in a store looking for something “just right”, Giving The Gift shows you care about your loved ones, but also about your community’s youth! This year, we have a special card hand drawn and designed by youth artist Dillon, featuring a very festive wintry scene!
How does it work?
This year is a little different than usual: now, when you make a donation in honour of a loved one or friend, we mail them a card with a handwritten note straight from us, letting them know about the impact your gift had.
What kind of impact exactly? Well, here’s an idea of what a donation can do…
$15 provides 2 days of healthy food to a young family
$25 funds one counselling session with Rhonda
$50 covers the cost of 5 after-school tutoring sessions
$75 gives one sexual health workshop to a classroom full of youth
$250 puts our Street Workers in the community for 15 hours of outreach
$500 takes care of the bill for one week of our free medical clinic
No matter who is on the receiving end, there is nothing more satisfying than the goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour! Ready to go? You can donate online here.
Head & Hands would like to extend our deepest sympathy, support, and love to the family of Darius Brown, who passed away last Thursday Nov. 17, 2016, in NDG. We would like to extend our support to his family, friends, and community. You are in our thoughts and our hearts.
Rhonda, our social counsellor, as well as members of our streetwork team are available to you should you need support in this difficult time. You can reach us at 514-481-0277
We are excited to announce that for a limited time (until quantities last) we will be offering drug-testing kits at Head & Hands!!
These kits allow you to verify the ingredients of a drug you got through a dealer or friends, so you can make a more informed decision about how and whether to take them. If you’d like to have more control over what substances you take, or are just curious about chemistry, come check them out! We will have tests for MDMA (ecstasy/molly), Ketamine/PMMA, Opiates, Heroine, and LSD available. We also have Heroine purity tests. You can find more information about the kits at their website here.
The kits will be sold for $5-$25 sliding scale through our streetwork program, and can be used up to 50 times each. If you are unable to pay $5 but would like a kit, you can also contact our street worker Sara at 514-377-9858 to make an alternate arrangement. Sara is also available to provide free needles, condoms, pipes, and other materials, and can listen when you need someone to talk to. More information about the street work program and other harm reduction services here.
As sad as we are to say goodbye to Gabrielle after six years at Head & Hands, we are also so pleased to welcome Charlie as our new Health Educator! Charlie is joining our team to lead our visioning process of the Sense Project.
Karaoke star queer weirdo raised by virgo lesbian moms in Montreal’s East side, Charlie completed an internship at the Center for Gender Advocacy last year. With a background in social work, he’s very excited to share his knowledge of sexual health, help us create social change, and lead the next chapter of strong, fierce sex-positivity at Head & Hands.
Ask him anything, especially about Céline Dion or gonorrhea; despite being only 24, he’s a huge Celine dork, and he thinks that everyone should get the chance to learn all there is to know about gonorrhea!
Today, we’re talking to our team about the importance of supporting Head & Hands’ unique youth health services through events like PARCours, which raises funds and awareness to support many Montreal groups working on research, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Hi hello, tell us about yourself!
My name is linda and I’m an info and referrals coordinator at Head & Hands, which means i’m usually the first point of contact for folks when they call / come into the office. We aim to foster an open, inviting environment for clients or visitors – making sure they feel comfortable when they come into the space.
i always win at belly-bump wars and i’ve only lost once
Why are you excited for PARCours?
It’s an initiative by and for our community(!) where we pool our expertise, energy, and resources for supporting those living with HIV/AIDS.
It’s stressful to do this every year, but also exciting, because our organization is funded by our members- everyday people; our friends, our families, and people who make up our community. We all make our efforts individually, and it culminates in a $25,000 revenue, which is a lot of money from a lot of people. it always fascinates and inspires me, how many people help support us.
What’s your plan for the big day?
Sleeping really well the night before so i have a lot of energy, and dressing in a bright, fun outfit. Even though i can’t dance i do a little bit of a shimmy.
How did you already raise $1000?!
‘Lil bit here, a lot there! I think i’m privileged to know people who are both generous and still able to contribute to my campaign.
I also organized an event that included an auction, where people volunteered their services for the cause! People were really into it. They liked where the money was going, but it was more than that: they liked getting directly involved and supporting us either non-monetarily, or through investing in something for themselves, while giving. It was really successful!
There you have it — some great words of wisdom and encouragement from Linda, a fundraising – and all around – super star who was also voted best Best Dressed*~ in Ça Marche last year.
With PARCours only 19(!!) days away, the Head & Hands team is in full swing training– stretching, flexing, picking out our perfect neon outfit ensembles, and of course, reaching out to you – wonderful weberverse! **We’ve raised $2,530 so far with your support** Let’s keep the momentum going! This week, we are sharing helpful ideas and tools to support *you* joining the journey with us. Thinking about becoming a participant but need a boost of PAR-Courage? We’re here for you! We know that asking close networks of friends and family for money can feel awkward. At the same time, the beauty of peer-to-peer fundraisers is how personal they are. Let your networks know why *you* careabout HIV AIDS activism and Hand & Hands’ Health Services – enthusiasm is contagious! E.g. Do they know that Head & Hands believes in health care for all?
This year, we collaborated closely with Médecins du Monde, a health clinic for people without status: 642 youth accessed our Medical Clinic- including 103 youth without health care, and 53 youth without status. Health care and rapid HIV testing are crucial services that we believe everyone has a right to access – with or without papers.
Ever donor will get a Head &Hands thank you card and newsletter!
Another great tool for getting people excited about supporting you is offering…incredible incentives! Offering donors perks by amount of money donated, or as they help you reach milestones of your fundraising goal can be great (and fun) motivators.
Here’s a list of amazing incentive ideas from H&H staff to help get you more and more inspired:
Writing each donor a poem
Sing a song for each donor who donates x amount
Tea party or 5-a-7 for donors
Donors voting for a new hair colour
Donors voting for pieces of your PARCours costume / outfit
Dressing up in a cupid costume and handing out condoms at McGill
Personal shopping or consulting session
Hosting a musical event or workshop
Fulfilling your internet celebrity dreams making motivational workout videos at each fundraising milestone
It’s better together! Consider teaming up with others to turn your fabulous fundraising dreams into reality:
Busking with friends & coworkers
Selling drawings or doing tattoos
Selling soap (or other homemade goods!)
Getting donations (gift cards, items, etc.) and then raffling them off and donating the money
Setting up an “auction” at your next event/party for services
So much amazing content! What emerged that’s key is: tapping into your hobbies, skills, fave activities, and using them to inspire your campaigning! Check out the personal fundraising pages on our CanadaHelps for further inspiration – search for “Head and Hands” under ‘Find a Team’.
Bubbling with ideas? Sign up as an individual or as a team (teamwork makes the dream work) and write up your own!
Considering donating? Giving in support of HIV AIDS communities and resources is a gift in and of itself(!), BUT having the golden opportunity to make your friend dress up as cupid and bless the world with condoms is pretty priceless too! ************************************************************
Want to DONATE to an individual or H&H as a whole? Donate HERE!
Want to HELP / HANG OUT with us on October 2nd? Please do! We are seeking BBQ and Harm Reduction volunteers, AND people to eat snacks with us! Email Cinder at firstname.lastname@example.org ************************************************************ PARCours website CanadaHelps Facebook Event (invite your friends!)
We will be hosting our AGM on July 4th 2016 at 5:30pm in the old wading pool in beautiful Girouard Park. Theres lot’s on the agenda- we will tell you about the year we had, exciting plans for the future, we will vote in new board members, and we will be proposing a number of bylaw changes! We are going to need your input and help! The proposed changes document is long, and text heavy, so please take a look at them before the AGM. If you would prefer to talk them through rather then read them, that’s no problem- just get in touch and we’d be more than happy to chat. Of course, you should also get in touch if you have any questions.
Thanks! See you on the 4th of July, if not sooner!
Is there a better feeling than the excitement that comes from putting our gloves and coats back into our closet for the next six month, and saying goodbye to the boots we pranced around in all winter long?
It’s finally time to welcome Spring, and of course, the arrival of a new season is usually coupled with the welcoming of new and exciting challenges.
For people like me who have missed out on accomplishing their early New Year’s resolutions (like heading back to the gym or starting to eat healthier) thankfully the arrival of buds can often be a second chance for new beginnings, thus creating an improved and empowered versions of ourselves.
On my side, I am ‘in ’between beginning my contract as a new Serve coordinator and ‘’restarting’’ my diet left between the doors of February and March.
The countdown has begun! For the next few months, with the help of our dynamic and motivated team, we will work together, mixing all the best ingredients to make the 11th annual Serve an amazing experience.
Serve is an initiative that we put on for old and new friends of Head & Hands, but for those who are hearing it for the first time, let me give you a little introduction:
Serve is the fundraising idea of the century! It’s the perfect fusion of community action and education. Through this volleyball tournament, bars and restaurants face off to fundraise for the Sense Project, our sexual education program. In 2005, the Quebec government removed sex education as a mandatory part of the curriculum, so Head & Hands created the Sense Project to fill that gap.
Let me give you 5 kicking good reasons why you should be at Serve on July 24th.
“Bow down’’ to the sand: if you’re like me and you hate that annoying crunching noise of boots on snow, Serve is the perfect time to enjoy the beach volleyball courts and to let the little grains of sand caress your feet.
Combine the useful and the enjoyable, by supporting a good cause: help us in our mission to inform and educate our youth! The Sense Project is coordinated by amazing animators who travel around Montreal responding to youths’ questions and giving workshops.
Take the chance to be carried away by new smiles: if you’re like me and your winter has ended with a tough break-up, Serve will be a great opportunity to embrace all things new, because when you smile at life, life smiles back.
Sip some refreshing beer or pop in the warm weather, definitely what we love most about summer.
Allow yourself to cut loose a little, to step out of your daily routine : because every summer has its story.
#Sunscreen #sunglasses #beach #volleyball #drinks #Sunday: you’ve got all the #best #summer #hashtags at #Servemtl. Mark July 24th into your schedule and come share in the fun.
For the past seven months, I have been working at Head & Hands as a Special Events and Fundraising Assistant, and what a journey has it been. Although, it is now time for us to part ways, it certainly is not the end of one of the healthiest most wonderful, and rewarding relationship, I have ever experienced. It has been a labour of love from beginning to end, every second spent at H&H has been magical. Of course, I was already quite familiar with the organization, but I did not expect to be this enthralled. From the first moment I stepped foot into the office, I fell in love with the staff, the clients, its mission, programs and services, and even its oddly charming offices.It has never been a chore to get up in the morning to go work, because I know that every day is filled with a degree of excitement. It is with great sadness that I have to leave the first job that I actually genuinely loved and enjoyed, but it only makes me appreciate the organization even more. My time at H&H has truly been a life-changing experience that I will forever cherish, and from the bottom of my heart I thank H&H not only for all that it has given me, but for all of the amazing work it does for its clients and the community. In my heart H&H is the best nonprofit organization out there, and it deserves all the support it can get.
Whether or not one could argue that Valentine’s day has been commercialized and is no longer representative of a celebration of love, the presence of love all around us is undeniable, and with everything happening around the world, there is no harm in being reminded that love is the most powerful and positive energy in the universe. Love and compassion are the driving force that compels us to work for social change. Although some of us tend to ignore the holiday all together, out of principle, a lack of interest, or because we are single, it is of the utmost importance to take a second to think about everyone we appreciate, and most of all take care ourselves. Ok so, Valentine’s Day is just like every other day, and we should celebrate love on a daily basis, but if you have been forgetful lately, why not use the day as an excuse to take yourself out on a date, treat yourself to something nice, or just do something that makes you feel good? Give the Gift is a great way to make you feel good about yourself, and also a way of making a difference in your community, by supporting Head & Hands (H&H).
If you care about H&H and its clients as much as I do, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful occasion to show your appreciation and devotion to the organization by “giving the gift” of making a difference and making yourself feel good in the process. Give the Gift to everyone to help us meet the growing demand for our medical, social, and legal services! This past year alone, our health services were accessed by over 1,200 youth, close to 6,520 clean injection kits were distributed by our Street Worker, and an estimated 309 people registered for the emergency food pantry. No matter who is on the receiving end, there is nothing more satisfying than the goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour to support youth in our community.
Gifts of all sizes make a difference to Montreal youth:
$15 provides 2 days of healthy food for a young family
$25 funds one counselling session
$50 covers the cost of 5 after-school tutoring sessions
$75 allows us to give one sexual health workshop to a group of youth
$250 puts our Street Worker in the community for 15 hours of outre
ach, distributing clean needles, crack pipes, and condoms
$500 foots the bill for one week of evening medical clinics