The Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster is not able to offer overnight accommodation during the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. However, we are committed to providing food and basic needs on a take-out only basis. Our services will be provided outside the doors on Danforth Ave.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be very limited opportunities to volunteer in the program this year. There may be a few opportunities for adults who are able to commit to volunteering 2-4 times/month. All volunteers are required to wear PPE and follow strict pandemic protocols.
There are many ways that you can support the program even though in-person volunteer opportunities are limited.
Donating items to support our food program enables us to purchase other high demand items that rarely get donated. Consider organizing a food or clothing drive for targeted items or raising funds to help us purchase required items.
The following will help fill our lunch bags:
We are targeting very specific needed items that can be distributed quickly and easily outside by a skeleton volunteer staff. Please help us minimize the sorting and disposal of goods we can’t safely hand out by donating only the items listed. We have a good supply of women’s clothes and are only targeting men’s clothes currently. All donations must be laundered and in excellent condition. Donations can be handed to a volunteer on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm at the Jackman Doors and from 3:30-4:30pm Fridays at the west Danforth Doors. Please deliver donations only during the designated collection times.
Used in excellent condition (all zippers /buttons work, laundered, no rips or stains):
Other non-clothing donations for clothing outlet:
The OOTC outreach initiatives are funded 100% by donations and run by volunteers – all money donated is used to fund the program.
Cheques payable to East End United Regional Ministry: subject line: Out of the Cold.
Tax-receipts (mailed in February) will be issued for any donation of $25 or more.