Thank you for helping the kids we support. They send you their thanks. Listen. Their voices are tiny, but not their spirit winging your way. See more
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (CCAC) in downtown Toronto is a real charity. I serve on its volunteer board of directors as secretary. There are only four of us currently on the board. We a tiny charity with a 35-year history. What we do is raise funding for our centre which provides inner city children who would never be able to pay for them ~ I don't like the label "at risk" but I'm afraid some of our kids are ~ all kinds of music and arts lessons. We give our kids (ages 2 to 21) instruments for practice, so instead of hanging out on the street, they're spending time learning to read and make music ~ play. We also offer many other types of arts lessons. Our music lessons are one-on-one with professional musicians whom we pay. Our centre is open seven days a week and we charge on a sliding scale and almost nothing. That's where our fundraising comes in. The CCAC has proven itself time and again to transform lives. We even provide funding so our students can apply to the Royal Conservatory of Music (it costs $200 to apply) where they can continue their music education if they wish. This is an amazing organization and I am honoured to be able to serve on it's board and help, if I can.