The 15th Annual Many Hands project kicked off today with a special ceremony at the St. Catharines facilities of the Lincoln County Branch of St. John Ambulance – this year’s recipient of the annual community renovation project.
From now until April, students from the Event Management postgraduate program, and construction studies programs, will organize and complete a full-range of renovations at the St. John Ambulance facilities on Church Street. As in previous years, Event Management students will handle logistics and organize fundraising events to support the project, while the construction students will plan and complete renovations that will improve accessibility, make better use of existing space and ensure safety standards are met for the organization’s training courses. Additional renovations will include drywall installation, floor replacement and storage space.
“Many Hands has become a great Niagara College tradition that provides students with valuable hands-on experience in their area of study, while teaching important lessons about the value of contributing to your community,” said Niagara College Acting Vice President of Student and External Relations Gord Hunchak.
“We’re extremely pleased to be selected for this project, and we look forward to working with the Niagara College students and staff to improve our facilities,” said Brian Kinaschuk, Chair of the Lincoln County Branch of St. John Ambulance. “This renovation will enhance our ability to train our volunteers and provide important community services.”
Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS), the founding sponsor of the Many Hands project, is the title sponsor of this year’s project. Event Management students will also organize four fundraising events in support of the project.
St. John Ambulance provides first aid classes as well as first aid services for a wide range of community events, including festivals, sporting events, concerts and community gatherings. The organization also runs therapy dog programs, through which trained canines provide affection and comfort for people with learning difficulties and those coping with stressful situations. St. John Ambulance also promotes its Youth Services Program, a structured health-oriented program for youth aged 6 to 18 that provides opportunities for social, educational and personal development through training, community service opportunities, leisure activities, and participation at special events. Through each of the programs offered at the Lincoln County Branch of St. John Ambulance, contributes more than 34,000 hours of community service each year.
The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of the 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 1998, the Many Hands Project has supported 15 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects, which enhance program and service delivery. Learn more about the Many Hands project at NiagaraCollege.ca/manyhands.