Apply to be The Many Hands Project’s 20th Recipient!

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 2016-2017 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 2017.

The Many Hands Project is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and they’re looking to invite all non-profit organizations (previous recipients included) to submit an application that includes a wish list including construction needs or specific resources like food or other items to help develop their programming. The Many Hands Project committee is open to different opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the Niagara Region this year.

“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 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. The Hope Centre received a brand new soup kitchen, dining area and food bank supported by the College’s Event Management students who ran a series of successful fundraising events. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Niagara charitable organizations can apply to become the College’s next Many Hands Project anytime before August 31, 2016. Application forms are available online at: http://www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

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 1997, the Many Hands Project has supported 19 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 visitNiagaraCollege.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Blane
Coordinator, Event Management Program
905-641-2252, ext. 4466
cblane@niagaracollege.ca

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