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
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
Online donations now an option!
Etransfers can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Please use the password - welcome .
Cheques may be mailed to:
Niagara Workers Welcome
2230 Four Mile Creek Rd. RR#3
Niagara on the Lake,
2. WELCOME KITS
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
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).
Please call first to enquire about winter hours and donating.
Contact Mark Gaudet 289 -783-1684
Terry Weiner 905-321-8638