HELPING HANDS FOOD BANK
For over 30 years now, the Helping Hands Food Bank has been providing food basics to qualifying residents of the 473 telephone area (Centre Hastings, Madoc Township and Tudor Cashel). The Food Bank is open four days a week on the following schedule:
Monday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CHSN clients who are either without a vehicle or a license are provided with transportation to necessary meetings with health specialists, legal counsel and other community services. Again this year, we have seen an increase of need for this programs with 504 clients served in October, 2015.
This door to door transportation service is provided by volunteer drivers. There is a fee for this service. Subsidies may be available for persons on fixed incomes.
If you live in a Central Hastings community and you don’t have a car or a drivers’ license, your options are severely limited. Opportunities to improve your life through new employment, skills development or education, are as close as the next village, or more probably, in Belleville. But not if you can’t get there! To help overcome this obstacle, CHSN has established Central Hastings Transit.
Central Hastings Transit was created to provide people with affordable transit between Madoc Township, Marmora & Lake, Madoc Village, Tweed, Stirling / Rawdon and Belleville. In July of 2014, we purchased a new 17 seat bus with a lift and seating for 2 handicapped passengers. Usage has increased to a record high of 426 passengers in October alone. Our plan is to upgrade our other van to a bus in 2016 to accommodate even more travelers.
For status updates regarding route cancellations and timing updates please tune in to:
Mix 97.1 FM
CJBQ 800 AM
Rock 107.1 FM
Click here for information on routes, schedules and fares.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM
Often, Seniors, and people living below the poverty line, find the process of filing their income taxes and claiming deductions confusing and downright intimidating. So ,they don’t file their tax return – many for several years.
When this occurs, they get into trouble with the Canada Revenue Agency, and often, miss out on deductions and tax rebates to which they are legitimately entitled. Worse still, they are missing the documentation they need to claim a variety of social services.
The Central Hastings Support network has a team of skilled volunteer accountants and bookkeepers who help sort things out.
CHSN provides the following services:
Operation of the Helping Hands Food Bank for the 473 telephone area,
Volunteer Driver program,
Central Hastings Public Transit,
Organizing the Christmas Sharing Program and similar community events
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for low income individuals and families.
Provision of referrals to individuals in crisis who need information on where to seek help