December is a month of giving. Not only is volunteerism a gift of your time, but it is also a way to feel a sense of joy, purpose and achievement around the holidays. Volunteering with Phelps Helps does not mean being an expert in any specific subject. Our volunteers play sports with elementary students, support elementary and high school student learning and act as positive role models.
If you have a willingness to create a positive relationship with a local youth, Phelps will provide all the training you need to feel confident in your role. Our weekly sessions include:
Sign up as a volunteer today by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Clea Corman, by email email@example.com or call 819-704-0799.
We would also like to thank all of those who donated to our 4th annual Winter Clothing sale. Donating items, such as winter clothing, also demonstrates another valuable way to give around the holidays.
On Saturday, December 1st, Phelps Helps and Le Lounge will once again be teaming up for a winter clothing sale. Do you have winter clothing you no longer wear? We are taking winter clothing donations until Friday, November 30th. The sale will run between the hours of 10 am - 2 pm at Phelps Helps’ location (272 Dufferin Street in Stanstead). It will provide low-cost options of lightly-used clothing for the cold months upon us. The proceeds of this event will be split between the two organizations.
At the sale, Phelps Helps Family Literacy Program will be hosting fun learning games and activities. Activity tables will have a range of holiday-themed crafts that will help children explore colors, shapes, letters, numbers and more. Join us to learn simple and budget-friendly ways to turn everyday activities into an opportunity for literacy development. Free educational resources and goodies will be available to all.
Le Lounge is Stanstead’s youth centre run by Michael Di Cesare and Macy Doucet. Located at 10 Phelps Street, Le Lounge offers a safe and fun environment for teens ages 12-17, in high school, to go on Friday evenings.
It was a busy weekend for Phelps Helps with special events taking place in the Mentoring and Family Literacy Programs.
On Saturday, the high school mentors and grades 5-6 mentees from all four local public schools (Jardin-des-Frontières, Sunnyside Elementary, Alexander Galt and La Ruche) joined for their first mentoring event of the year: bowling at Stanstead’s Recreation Centre and Domino’s Pizza. This special activity provided a fun, safe, and comfortable environment where the kids could build new friendships while also sharing the highs and lows of transitioning to high school.
On Sunday, characters from the popular children’s series Paw Patrol and PJ Masks visited Phelps Helps as part of our Family Literacy Program. This free event welcomed more than 80 individuals of all ages into our location in Stanstead. Families had a chance to meet and take photos with our guests, do crafts, listen to storybooks read by our program coordinator, and take home free learning resources. It was wonderful to meet so many new families in the area!