Gore Park Community Outreach started on Feb 13, 2021 with 6 volunteers on a winter stormy day and we served 35 guests around Gore Park. We started with peanut butter and jam sandwiches and a big pot of chicken noodle soup.
We are a collaborative and inclusive outreach that is 100% volunteer based. We are also a teaching outreach that encourages the next generation of volunteers, particularly the students to help others in need of a little help and support.
Currently, we are serving around 400 weekly with about 70 volunteers consisting of 35 serving at the front line and another 35 helping us prepare the meals and supplies. Gore Park Community Outreach is a collaboration of many different organizations to help people in need within our community.
When we first started, our focus was serving the homeless around Gore Park. Currently, 80% of the people we serve are seniors, people with disabilities and families with kids. The other 20% are people living in shelters and homeless. Last June 25, 2022, we crossed the 400 mark and had to turned people away because we did have adequate supplies to help them.
We start every Saturday at around 11 am with a fresh hot cup of coffee or a cold drink of water while the rest of the team of volunteers get ready to serve. Normally, we are done serving and clean up before 2 pm. But with the additional number of guests, we are staying at Gore Park longer to make sure we try to accommodate everybody. Unfortunately, we are frequently running out of supplies due to the rapid increase in the number of people.
We also provide an atmosphere of community and we welcome guests from all walks of life with a SMILE.