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Community Programs and Initiatives

Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns
This group was responsible for the development of the splash pad and skateboard park in Shannon Park and continues to work on the rejuvenation of the Rideau Heights community. 

Junior Community Response to Neighborhood Concerns
Twelve students (from Grades 5-8, attending Holy Family Catholic School, J.G. Simcoe Public School and Rideau Heights Public School), a staff representative from each of the schools and representatives from CRNC meet over the school year to talk about what is happening in their community. They plan and offer activities for the community.

Community Harvest Kingston (CHK)
CHK's mission is to increase access to healthy local food, provide education on the benefits of healthy eating and build community. CHK initiatives include the Community Harvest Market (CHM), celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019; a CHM voucher program, to further increase access; CHM special events, held monthly during market season; a 4,500 sqft organic, urban garden; and multi-generational gardening at the market site.

Market dates – Wednesday afternoons, mid-June to mid-October

Location – St. Matthew’s United Church, 31 Weller Ave, corner of Daly St. and Weller Ave

For more information: 

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Special Events Committee
Plans and implements affordable community events for families and individuals involved with KCHC. Events include trips to the beach, zoo and community wide BBQs. Membership on the committee consists of community members and service providers. The Committee is always in need of volunteers to assist with events. For more information, contact

Social Issues Networking Group
A community-based coalition committed to taking action on issues that affect people living in poverty, including: community education, developing and carrying out strategies to address issues that affect those living in poverty, and providing an opportunity for community members, agencies, groups and coalitions to network, share information and partake in the various actions with which we are involved; and advocating change in public policy.  SING has successfully advocated for change in public policies and developed and implemented a variety of programs and initiatives to aid people living in poverty, including the Back to School Campaign which provides 1,000 students in Kingston with backpacks filled with school supplies each year. Volunteers are welcome! If you can spare two hours a month, are concerned with social justice issues, want to advocate for policy change, and would like to work with others to take effective action on pressing issues, SING may be a group for you!

Friendship Blooms Intergenerational Program
Friendship Blooms promotes community engagement among children, youth and seniors and encourages seniors to contribute their knowledge, skills and wisdom to better our community and to positively impact our younger generations.  It is a program that is all about bringing people together. Whether it is a group of seniors playing cards, socializing and laughing with one another; a group of senior chefs cooking healthy snacks and discussing Canada’s Food Guide with a classroom of students; a group of knitters teaching students to knit; a group of gardeners planting a community garden with a group of students; a group of seniors working on special craft projects with children at the Boys and Girls Club; senior participants spending an afternoon visiting with residents from a local retirement home; or a group of ladies planning a special event, the program values everyone’s unique skills and talents. Friendship Blooms brings together all of these different groups of people to spend time together, to learn from one another and to grow together.  We are always looking for new members and volunteers to join in on our activities! For more information, email 

Fun and Friendly Crafts
Fun and Friendly Crafts is a group of adults who get together every Wednesday morning from 9:30 am until noon to do crafts, chat, and have a snack. The group is headed by one of our long-term volunteers, Colleen, who teaches a variety of crafts, especially beading. The group is free, open to anyone, and you do not have to register. The craft group gives individuals a reason to get out of the house, meet new people, and explore their creativity. No experience required! For more information, email 

Penguins is a social group geared towards women who are 55+. The group meets every Thursday from 10-11:30 am. It is a time to relax with a coffee or tea and enjoy the company of neighbours and friends. We play games, participate in crafts, have guest speakers come in to talk about certain topics of interest, like diabetes, self-care and grief. For more information, email or

Operation Warm Feet
Operation Warm Feet is an annual one-day drive to enable kids 18 and under to receive boots for winter. Contact us in early November for distribution date: