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Looking for a way to show your appreciation to a farm worker?

NIAGARA WORKERS WELCOME 

makes it easy by offering 

3 SIMPLE WAYS

to reach out to our migrant worker neighbours  

You can help to ensure farm workers in Niagara-on-the-Lake are connected to a caring community.

      1. Support our welcome events

      

Since 2007 the Niagara Workers Welcome has hosted events to express

appreciation and provide a warm welcome to our farm worker neighbours.

From 2007 to 2016 Welcome concerts were held every May to provide an

opportunity for farm workers,  employers and locals to share a common

experience of uplifting music and friendship.

In 2017 the event changed to the Peach Pickers Picnic held in August to

accomodate the growing numbers.

For the past 2 years plans for the Picnic have changed to accomodate

COVID protocol but the support from locals continued

to grow.

We continue to find creative ways to serve the needs

of farm workers struggling with isolation and food security.

Thanks to local businesses and individuals we were able to organize

deliveries of 600 hot meals to the farms in May and Thanksgiving 2020.

Expanding partnerships allowed meals to be provided in 2021.

 

We are not sure if the 2022 Peach Pickers Picnic will be possible in August

due to changing health protocols. One thing we are sure of - a hot meal is

very much appreciated during the long hours of harvest season!

One of the ways in which you can express your appreciation is by

'paying it forward' and providing a hearty meal to a farm worker. 

A $15 donation helps provide one meal for a hard working

neighbour.  

Online donations now an option!  

Etransfers can be sent to: niagaraworkerswelcome@gmail.com,

Please use the password  - welcome .

 

Cheques may be mailed to:

Niagara Workers Welcome

2230 Four Mile Creek Rd. RR#3

Niagara on the Lake,

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                         2. WELCOME KITS

                                          

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         Together we are a caring community!

Did you know that farm workers from the Caribbean arrive in Niagara from their warmer climates as early as January? For some it requires two days of travelling before they reach their farm or bunkhouse often at 2 or 3 in the morning.

You can imagine how much it's appreciated when we greet our offshore neighbours with a friendly 'hello' by providing a welcome kit full of helpful essentials. 

There are approximately 700 Caribbean men and women that work in Niagara on the Lake.

Welcome kits are easy and inexpensive to fill and pack. They are a fun, practical way for individuals, families, schools and community groups to connect with these folks that contribute so much to our community!

                                                                                                  Click on photo to watch the video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

                             Bags to be filled may be picked up at 2230 Four Mile Creek Rd.,

     Niagara on the Lake Public Library and Sweets and Swirls Cafe ( NOTL Community Center)

                       Collection of filled bags starts in mid-February and can be delivered to:

           2230 Four Mile Creek Rd. and The Farmworker Hub, 1570 Niagara Stone Rd. Virgil                                      Please note: the Hub will be closed in February, reopen March 1

                                  

                     *You may also PAY IT FORWARD!  $25 will provide one bag

                                     with the above contents for a farm worker. 

                                 Etransfer donations are now an option!  

                        Click on link below and please use password - welcome 

                                                          

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3. BIKE REPAIR

        Click on photo to hear their interview on CBC Metro Morning!

 

 

 

Transportation is a huge challenge for our migrant worker

friends. Having a safe and reliable bicycle can be the

difference between isolation and community connection.

Bikes For Farmworkers (BFF) fixes used bikes and gets

them into the hands of appreciative workers.

Located at the old Virgil Public School (red doors).

Thursday (10am–8pm).

Please call first to enquire about winter hours and donating.

Contact Mark Gaudet  289 -783-1684  

Terry Weiner  905-321-8638 

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CHECK OUT OUR VIDEOS !

2019 Peach Pickers Picnic

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Welcome Kits

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Bikes for Farm Workers

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Memories 2007-2020

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PEACH PICKERS PICNIC ~  Photo Gallery

On behalf of our Caribbean and Mexican neighbours we'd like to thank the sponsors & donors for making this special

          evening of celebration possible !

Town of Niagara on the Lake, NOTL Rotary Club, Shaw Festival, the Market @ The Village, Applewood Hollow B+B, Jamaica National Money Services, Grape Escape Tours, MacSween Farms, NOTL Horticultural Society, Chateau des Charmes,  Brand Blvd, Bushy House B+B, J+F Boot, Quest Community Health, B.Knight, First Student Bus Line, Dune Girls Book Club, Calvary Church, Gateway Church, Emmanuel Grace Church, Grantham MB Church,  David Siegel, C.+R. Dew
Dianne Hughes, R. Serlucca, D.Hewlett,  Kristin Lozanski,  Tim Hartley, Gwen Spencer, B.Ferguson,  Heather Doyle, D.Ponte, Brian and Paddy Parr, J. Epp, S.Murphy, Sobey's Grantham Plaza
 
Thank you to the MANY awesome neighbours in Niagara on the Lake who "paid it forward" so that these hard working folks could enjoy a meal!
We are so grateful for the scores of volunteers who helped in so many practical ways to make this special day happen - thank you! 
 
Photography : Jan Jaster, Debi Goodwin,  Arun Kapur 
Video : Leah Godwin, Jane Andres
Music : BIG THANKS to Zephie James, Gabriel Camacho and the Arterra Allstars, Random Task, Earl "Earlybee" Newell, Winston Green, Conroy Nelson, Brian Burton, Michael Hinds, Norman Dyke, Froese Farm Peach Packers, Winston Green,  Richard Palmer