Working collaboratively with other community organizations is a crucial piece of of Building Roots’ work and mission of enabling social cohesion.
Here is a list of some of the incredible organizations we are grateful to call our community partners:
Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network – Ojibiikaan’s work focuses on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, language and cultural revitalization, and advocacy for visibility of urban Indigenous communities. We welcome you to come see Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network’s Three Sisters garden at our Ashbridge Estate Urban Farm.
The Good Neighbours Food Market – Building Roots collaborates with The Good Neighbours Food Market volunteers and staff to provide affordable, healthy food options to the community in Moss Park and Toronto Downtown East. Together we share best practices as well as nutritious food.
The Children’s Book Bank – In recognition of the importance of books and stories, and the lack of access to books for many families, the Children’s Book Bank collects and distributes books and offers literacy programs for children. With the support of the Children’s Book Bank we have distributed several hundred books to our community since the beginning of Covid-19, with the intention of providing much needed education and entertainment for children stuck at home.
Works in Progress – An artist collective that reuse and up-cycle materials to produce new creations. Our friends at Works in Progress have been integral in enhancing our mission of working with community members to learn new skills and express themselves creatively, especially as part of our collaborative Do It Together workshop series.
Jamii’s Kisanii Hub – Jamii is Swahili for community, and is an arts organization supporting cohesion and leadership opportunities for young women in the Esplanade community. Jamii’s Kisanii Hub is a mobile theatre offering free live music performances that community members can enjoy safely in their homes. We worked with Jamii to bring the Kisanii Hub to Moss Park, providing an opportunity to come together and enjoy music vibrantly and safely. The performance can be watched here.
Toronto Public Library – We work collaboratively to enable educational programming for community members of all ages, from kids and families to seniors. We are thrilled to have partnered up for the launch of our Tech Time! program, a workshop series designed to introduce folks to coding, circuitry, and robotics for all levels of experience.
Heather Allen – A Holistic Nutritionist and Real Food Advocate, Heather has been a key partner at our urban farm at Ashbridge Estate through planting and maintaining beautiful gardens, and helping with volunteer management at our Urban Farm at Ashbridge Estate.
Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site – Drop-in health service focused on harm reduction for people that use drugs. Building Roots donates fresh food to the Moss Park OPS weekly and partners wherever possible to further safety in Moss Park.
Youth Enrichment Academy (YEA!) – Pathways to Education and Regent Park Community Health Centre present this summer bridging initiative designed to address the gap in programming for youth (ages 12-14) in Regent Park and surrounding communities. The program will prepare students for success in high school and beyond, and we are thrilled to facilitate the educational piece on themes related to food security and responding to the needs of one’s community.
Sojourn House – Shelter and transitional housing programs that assist refugees with their integration into Canadian society. Building Roots provides food donations and works collaboratively to develop community programming inclusive to the culturally-diverse resident base at Sojourn House.
Story Planet – Provides young people – specifically those from under-resourced communities – with creative workshop experiences that foster self confidence while building communication skills. We collaborate on events for children and youth in Moss Park that encourage creative expression in a group setting.
Youth Gravity – Toronto-based, youth-led, not for profit organization aimed towards providing a platform to young leaders to pursue projects that they are passionate about. We work collaboratively on monthly spoken word events called Word Up with Moss Park, and provide financial support for other initiatives of theirs such as the YOUnity March against domestic abuse.
Houselink – Community-centred charitable organization that addresses the issues of homelessness and marginalization for single men and women, youth, seniors and families with children in the City of Toronto. We work to further the impact of each other’s work, such as ensuring fresh food gets into the hands of community members most vulnerable to food insecurity.
Burrito Project TO – Organized by ARK II, in partnership with Building Roots, volunteers come together to make burritos and distribute them to underfed folks on the streets of Toronto. Some of the burritos are sold at the Moss Park Market to help sustain the project, and the rest are distributed in the immediate area surrounding the market.
the bridge – Building Roots has been regular contributors to this monthly community newspaper serving residents and business owners across Toronto’s downtown east. A commitment to local coverage, the bridge strives to source up-to-date activity and diverse interests from heritage, planning and development, culture, arts and opinions that advocate a collaborative level playing field form.
The Growing Meals Together program partners
Building Roots’ Growing Meals Together program is highly collaborative, bringing together various local growers to fill our food baskets for Moss Park community members. This program was started this year in response to an increasing need created by COVID-19, and we look forward to continuing collaboration with our new friends and partners below!