From the store to the garden volunteers prepare to transfer flowers into new garden beds
Toronto Community Housing residents, staff and volunteers joined Starbucks customers, staff and Volunteer Canada assistants in an effort to create spaces where people can work and live together. April marked Starbucks Global Month of Service, in which Starbucks staff joined local community groups for volunteer service projects.
Youth volunteers diligently worked together to help transform the flower beds and courtyards into vibrant, colourful and clean new areas. Community members seeded, planted and built planter boxes and benches.
Volunteers learn that aerating soil before planting makes a healthier garden
Toronto Community Housing encourages the creation of gardens by providing information and assistance to residents. With more than 100 community gardens (and growing) across the portfolio, green spaces are clean, pretty and functional additions to communities across the city. Community gardens, much like the ones built in the Harbourfront community area, help to rejuvenate areas in need of improvements, while providing a great opportunity for residents to stay active and engaged with others in their community.
Teamwork can bring communities closer together
Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones was on hand as he walked the community grounds and assessing the properties for any safety and repair issues.
I really think it's great, said Sakina, student and resident from Bishop Tutu. I'm glad the people are taking the time, money and effort into building a community and helping others.
Volunteer and Toronto Community Housing residents take a break from garden building
To learn more about gardening opportunities at Toronto Community Housing visit www.torontohousing.ca/gardens