Niagara College’s 19th annual Many Hands project officially kicked off today at the Hope Centre in Welland.

Over the next three months, students from Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs will execute and support a series of renovations at the Hope Centre – a non-profit agency that provides services and support to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty-related issues.

“The Many Hands Project has given new hope to the people of Welland,” said Mark Carl, the Hope Centre’s executive director. “Without this important work, we would not be able to transform The Hope Centre into a vibrant new community hub. I am excited about the work ahead and am grateful to The Many Hands Project for this opportunity.”

Renovations of the Hope Centre will include the demolition of existing medical office space to be remodeled into a commercial kitchen and multi-function dining area. The space will serve as The Hope Centre’s soup kitchen, which currently takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The construction project that has an estimated value of $55,000 will be completed by Renovation Technician students.

Students of the Event Management program will support the project by running a series of fundraising events that include; Messy Hands for Many Hands – a chicken wing competition on March 19, 2016; Bet on It Trivia – traditional trivia with a twist of luck on April 1, 2016; Many Hands Market – a buy and do-it-yourself marketplace on April 3, 2016; and We Got Soul – a blues and jazz experience on April 7, 2016. For details on the 2016 fundraisers and the Many Hands Project visit

“The Many Hands Project has become a very special project, because it combines hands-on instruction and experience for our students with important lessons in community service,” said Christine Blane, professor and program coordinator, Niagara College’s Event Management program. “Our students are very excited about the opportunity to work with The Hope Centre to improve its facilities and enhance the agency’s ability to serve members of our community.”

Each year, one local non-profit organization is chosen by the Many Hands Committee to undergo significant renovations designed to enhance its ability to serve the community. Together, students plan and execute the entire process including: the four fundraising events, completing the desired renovations, involving the community through volunteer recruitment and raising awareness for the non-profit organization.
Dave Defilice, Canadian Tire Bank’s vice president of Customer Service and Operations presented the students with a $7,500 donation in support of the Hope Centre renovations as well as a remodeling of Sydney’s Room at Heartland Forest. Canadian Tire Bank is the founding and lead sponsor of the Many Hands Project.

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


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