Welcome

We are a community of people sharing our spiritual life journeys.  Visitors are welcome to join us any Sunday.

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“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” 

        ~ Deb Caletti

 

Our Vision Statement

Don Heights is a resilient, welcoming community of diverse individuals, promoting love, reason and freedom in religion, fostering lifelong spiritual growth and acting for social justice and the environment

Approved at a Congregational Meeting, October 4, 2009

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Social Responsibility

Social Action Committee

Our Social Action Committee meets every other month on the second Monday of the month. Check the congregation’s calendar on this website for definite dates. The meetings start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a video on a social justice theme at 7:00. Come for the meeting, the video, or both. Bring a brown bag supper or a dish to share and come prepared to get involved. We welcome newcomers in our many social action commitments which include:

Social Action Present Initiatives:

     Fundraising For:

Agincourt Community Services - ACSA www.agincourtcommunityservices.com
ACSA is a Multi-Service Neighbourhood Centre with programs for people of all ages and all racial and cultural backgrounds. They work in the northern part of Scarborough. Don Heights has a Twoonie Collection one Sunday a month to help keep the ACSA Food Bank stocked. Murray Fulcher, one of our active volunteers hunts for bargains on quality food products for the Food Bank.

North York Women's Shelter - www.nyws.ca

Flemingdon Food Bank - www.flemingdonparkministry.org/

Out of the Cold at Knox United Church - www.ootc.ca
For the past three years Don Heights has partnered with the Out of the Cold Group at Knox to provide dinner and breakfast for 2 Friday nights during the cold winter months. We usually play cards and watch a movie with those who are sleeping over at Knox.

Environmental Commitments:

Milne Hollow Stewardship Program - www.toronto.ca/greentoronto
A dedicated group of Don Heighters get together every week to participate in the Milne Hollow Stewardship Program. The group meets at Milne Hollow on Lawrence Avenue, just east of the Don Valley Parkway, at 10:00 every Thursday. Burdock, thistle, tansy, and phragmite are everywhere, so the group works on getting rid of these and other invasive species They also plant native vegetation and monitor the environment. In the near future the group will be recording information about the insects observed in areas where plants are blossoming. Their findings will become part of a national database concerned with problems of plant pollination. Anyone is welcome to join us.

todmorden mills cleanup 2009


Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 
www.thestar.com/aboutUs/santaclausfund

Every year Don Heighters participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, working to clean up St. Clair Ravine Park at St Clair and Warden Ave. The cleanup occurs on a Saturday in September – check this website for the date. We meet at Don Heights at 9:30 and car pool, but you can go directly to the site at 10 am. There is lots of free parking in the TTC lot at St. Clair and Warden. You will be supplied with gloves and garbage bags. Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellant. You can check our site at

Recycling
In our congregational space at 18 Wynford Drive we collect used eyeglasses, batteries, cell phones, pop can tabs, used white sheets, and computer printer cartridges for recycling.

Charles Sauriol Conservation Area
Please see the Town Crier article about the effort to control non-native species and bring back natural flora to the area.

Don Heights History of Social Action involvment

A few of the programs we have engaged with in the recent past:

Paddle the Don - www.ontariotrails.on.ca    www.paddlethedon.ca

Toronto Star Santa Box Delivery www.thestar.com/aboutUs/santaclausfund

SOS - www.loftcs.org
Street Outreach Services provides many services to at risk young people under the age of 25. They provide assistance with job, education, housing, welfare, health, and legal issues. They also provide referrals to other community services and give out information on HIV/AIDS/STI. Don Heights supports SOS in many ways. Our coffee houses and special collection raise badly needed funds. When any of us travel we collect individual soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries for SOS. In the winter congregational members knit hats, scarves, and mittens for the young people and in the fall we collect school supplies for the students who hope to resume their education.

Palestinian Refugee Sponsorship Program - www.mcc.org
Along with four Toronto Area Mennonite Congregations the Social Action Committee has worked to sponsor the immigration to Canada of a Palestinian family who had been in a refugee camp on the border of Iraq and Syria. At the end of January 2010 our family arrived: father Salmi, mother Faten, and seven children, ranging in age from 15 to four years old. We have raised money and collected household items, furniture, and clothing for the family, and helped them in a variety of ways as they adjust to life in Canada.

 Further Information:

Worth and Dignity (Safe Church) Policy

CUC Social Responsibility Monitoring Groups