Community Lunches (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 pm, $5; Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00, suggested donation $2 or pay what you can)
Community Lunches at Gordon Neighborhood House are an opportunity for community members to enjoy a meal together, meet new people, and catch up with old friends in a casual environment. Included in the cost of the lunch is a delicious homemade meal, dessert and coffee/tea.
Tax Clinic (seasonal)
Please call 604-683-2554 for details.
Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) and Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants
The NSG program is based on a simple but powerful idea — when people feel a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place. And when people are active in the life of their neighbourhood, our communities are strengthened from the ground up.
Neighbourhood Small Grants help connect and engage residents in their community by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas for how their neighbourhood could be strengthened.
With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, a Resident Advisory Committee at Gordon Neighbourhood House awards small grants of up to $500 (and for a select few up to $1,000) for projects initiated and undertaken by residents of the downtown peninsula.
The Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants program operates in tandem with Neighbourhood Small Grants to support projects that align with the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. These small grants are funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Fund.
2017 applications are now closed.
Contact Jim Balakshin at email@example.com for more information, or visit: http://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/communities/downtown-peninsula
UBC Legal Advice Program
The Law Students’ Legal Advice Program offers free legal advice and representation to those who cannot afford to pay for these services. Law students from various levels of study at the University of British Columbia, assisted by accredited members of the BC Bar, help clients solve their legal problems.
The program provides services related to various legal issues, including: immigration, criminal matters, residential tenancy through services such as assisting clients with writing letters, negotiating with other parties, and preparing clients to appear on their own behalf in court. Law students are also able to take time to explain legal alternatives and legal processes to help clients feel comfortable exercising their legal rights.
For further details contact 604-822-5791.
The Clean Team
A partnership between the West End Business Improvement Association and Gordon Neighbourhood House, the GNH Clean Team works on Davie, Denman, and Robson streets performing general commercial sidewalk/street cleaning, graffiti removal, as well as poster and sticker removal. An essential part of the Clean Team’s work involves the recording and tracking of their findings in the form of a litter audit. This information will be used towards working with the community to create a long-term strategy for keeping our streets litter-free. The ultimate goal of the Clean Team, therefore, is litter prevention.
Look out for the Clean Team on Davie, Denman, and Robson streets during business hours and also keep an eye out for the team at community events. Clean Team members are always happy to discuss their work, so don’t be a stranger!
Quietly soaking up the sun behind Gordon Neighbourhood House lies a small but bountiful Urban Farm. It is as diverse as the people it feeds—heads of lettuce bloom next to herbs, brassicas, and carrots in two 2’ x 20’ plots. Urban agriculture is one of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s newest projects, and represents a fresh focus on food-raising in the West End community. Its primary function is to produce nutrient dense produce, which is then harvested on site and used to create healthy meals for the low-cost Community Lunch program, as well as for use in various other programs.
Nestled in the 1500 sq. foot courtyard of an apartment building at Jervis St. (and Davie St) is Gordon Neighbourhood House’s newest farm. The space has been graciously provided and set up by Gordon Nelson Inc. These plots are used to grow and produce for the low-cost Community Lunch program, summer pop-up farm stands, and new programs aimed at increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, local food for our neighbours. This farm is hoped to be one of many within the coming years as we work to envision our food philosophy. If you’d like to come get your hands dirty, learn about seasonal foods, urban farm practice, herb uses, and harvest some beets, greens, and beans, we’d love to have your help! Come enjoy the sun and share your love of food. Any level of experience is welcome. Together we grow! Please contact our Farmer Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604-683-2554 for details.
With each growing season, we seek to find new ways to increase the yield of the garden and the breadth of this food growing initiative, driven by a belief that together we grow. If you would like to volunteer at one of the Urban Farms or have ideas for potential farms please contact Joey at email@example.com or call 604-683-2554 for details.