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November 2015

Dearest friends of Agincourt Community Services Association,

As the year comes to an end and we begin to set our sights on the upcoming holiday season, I’d like to take this opportunity and thank you for your ongoing support of your community agency… ACSA!

At ACSA, we open our doors to those most vulnerable in our communities and offer programs to meet people’s basic needs like food or shelter, programs that build people’s skills, knowledge and confidence allowing them to better their lives in ways that matter most to them and programs and services that increase people’s confidence to build and improve their communities.  All our programs ultimately aim at improving people’s quality of life.

Below, I’ve included some facts about poverty in Canada and specifically poverty in our own backyards; but it’s the people behind these statistics that are those we help every day. I hope you’ll continue to support ACSA as we persevere to help those struggling within our communities. Please give generously and know that you’re support is deeply appreciated and will go toward helping someone affected by poverty in your community because…

  • 1 in 7 Canadians lives in poverty. That’s 4.8 million people (Stats Can)
  • 40% of ACSA food bank recipients are under the age of 18 (Daily Bread Who’s Hungry Report)
  • 35% of ACSA food bank recipients have completed post secondary education
  • There are an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 people who are homeless in Canada (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)
  • Our food bank recipients spend 62% of their monthly income on rent and utilities
  • Poverty disproportionately affects older people, women, children, recent immigrants, the disabled and aboriginal people
  • The gap between the rich and the poor is on the rise in Canada. The top-earning 1 per cent of Canadians almost doubled their share of national income, from 7.7 per cent to 13.8 per cent, over the past 3 decades (until 2006). While earnings for the middle class stagnated and earnings for the low income group fell by 20.6 percent. This undermines social cohesion. (Stats Can)

This year we welcomed nearly 70,000 individuals to ACSA through our many programs and services; through our many community events, food bank, children’s programs, seniors’ circles and newcomer orientation sessions to name just a few.  Whether the point of entry is at our Main ACSA site at 4155 Sheppard Ave. East, or Chester Le Community Corner at 201 Chester Le Blvd, or Dorset Park Community Hub at 1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105, or our joyful Child and Family Centre located at 4139 Sheppard Ave. East, each of our sites is a place where people come through the doors and begin their journey to a better tomorrow. This year at ACSA

  • Over 30,000 meals were served to homeless and vulnerable people
  • Every day we provide 500 school-aged children with free after school programs that include healthy snacks, homework supports and caring and consistent adults
  • Through our income tax clinics 7.4 million dollars was returned back into the pockets of over 3600 low income individuals

Please help provide services today, tomorrow and beyond….for better, stronger healthier communities in Scarborough. To make a donation, please click HERE

Together we can make so much possible,

Lee Soda

Executive Director

Agincourt Community Services Association

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