Niagara College accepting applications for next Many Hands renovation project

Attention all Niagara-based charitable organizations in need of renovation: Niagara College wants to lend you a hand – or, more specifically, Many Hands!

Niagara College is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Many Hands Project. Each year, this student-led renovation project enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization.

Students from Niagara College’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs will plan, manage and execute all aspects of the project, which will take place during winter 2015.

“Many Hands provides our students with an excellent hands-on learning opportunity, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1998, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 17 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in improvements to the Upper Deck Youth Centre, a youth drop-in centre in Vineland, supported by the College’s Event Management students who ran a series of successful fundraising events. Recent projects have also been completed at Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, Salvation Army in Fort Erie, and more.

Niagara charitable organizations can apply to become the College’s next Many Hands Project anytime before August 11, 2014. Application forms are available online at:

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Selection of the project will be determined through the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students. Since 1998, the Many Hands Project has supported 17 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects, which enhance program and service delivery.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


For more information, contact:

Christine Blane
Coordinator, Event Management Program
905-641-2252, ext. 4466