A story ran on CBC Montreal last month about how the Westhaven-Elmhurst Community Center in NDG was facing a financial crisis and volunteers were keeping it afloat.
Accounting snafus and unexpected tax bills led to the centre discovering its entire $75,000 annual operating budget was gone.
The centre serves a low-income section of NDG where parents can often only afford to pay $35 per session for a popular after-school program. The board members work full-time and have families of their own and are taking whatever time they have to keep the centre going.
The response to the centre’s crisis is amazing. There are all sorts of volunteers (including staff willing to work for no pay) and city of Montreal CDN-NDG borough staff and board members are there to supervise the volunteers. Donations are coming in and the center will once again receive funding from the City of Montreal this coming
After I read the CBC story, I offered my services as a volunteer. Roxanne Brown, chair of the centre’s board, told me the centre desperately needs school and art supplies for its after-school activities. When I visited they had run out of pencil sharpeners.
I put a notice in this week’s The Suburban.
I’m posting it here in case any of you in the Montreal area can help with this wish list. Any donation is appreciated. The centre is also open from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, if you can’t get there between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.