FirstService Corporation: Help Us Support Artistic Expression Among LGBTQ2SI+ Youth through Art Supply Drive

Throughout the month of November, we are conducting a donation drive in support of the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre. The Centre is a Toronto-based charitable agency that provides programs, services and support for individuals living in poverty.

Earlier this year, the Centre began running a twice weekly drop-in art program specifically for LGBTQ2SI+ youth aged 12 to 18. LGBTQ2SI+ youth experience disproportionately high rates of homelessness, isolation, substance use issues, mental health challenges and suicidality. The goal of the program is to provide them with a safe space in which to express themselves artistically and connect with their peers.

So, this November, we’re collecting art supplies in support of this program. Suggested art supplies include:

  • Painting supplies: canvas, paint, brushes
  • Craft supplies: yarn, buttons, glitter, tape, glue, stickers, stencils, craft paper, scissors
  • Drawing supplies: sketch books, pencils, markers, pencil crayons

We are accepting supplies in our office on Bay Street. If you wish to send any, please send them to the attention of Deanna Ouzounis.   

Your thoughtful donations will make a world of difference by fostering community and expression among a group of young people who have been pushed to the margins of society.