We currently operate six distinct “projects” here in Kingston that work in tandem together under the auspices of Club Church Ministries (CCM).
We have provided a quick overview so you have an understanding of what we are engaged in:
Project Reinforcements is CCM’s food reclamation and distribution project. In our first year we were able to partner with Costco to pick up and sort through all of their unsold produce.
During that year we saw a total of 68,700 pounds of high quality fruit and vegetables diverted from the landfill. With a market value of $447,200 we’ve been able to invest into eighteen local agencies who are leading the charge in transforming the lives of the most disenfranchised residents of Kingston. This injection of fresh, nutritious food has allowed these organizations to take their limited resources and reallocate them to the front line work that is so urgently needed in our community.
This past year has seen this program double in size. With the addition of local bakeries and pizza outlets we’ve seen the market value of reclaimed food climb to $875,400. We have been contacted by additional Vendor partners who would like to join our efforts. We just need some more space to make this happen.
Project Reinforcement updates are also available on Facebook.
Project Cold War
This is a project started with a non-traditional partnership and has grown quickly. Many of the nightclubs (Stages, Ale House, and other Hub properties, etc.) here in Kingston have clientele who never returned for their checked coats or outerwear. These are typically of very good quality and instead of disposing of them, now make excellent donations to our project.
We now gather hundreds of coats, gloves, mittens, toques, scarves, blankets, socks (new), sleeping bags, and blankets. We then distribute these items throughout the cold winter months to the various organizations to hand out to those on the streets of Kingston and families who have trouble procuring enough items for themselves.
Project Cold War updates are also available on Facebook.
This is our 4-acre organic garden. We are able to grow beautiful, fresh produce to double-down on our investment in the community. The fresh produce is used in our Project Reinforcements program, and our CCM Market Stand sells enough produce to ensure sustainability of the garden. Those funds are reinvested to purchase seed, and provide the resources required for the following year’s harvest.
Our volunteers have found a great sense of purpose and belonging working hard alongside each other to accomplish very big goals. The community garden has become a place of rehabilitation for those looking for social outlets, providing community hours for convicts, and volunteering hours for students.
Updates on David’s Garden are also available on Facebook.
Up until early this year we have been renting Stages Nightclub once a month. This venue has the largest sound, lighting, and video systems in the city. We are averaging over 350+ each night.
This is an all-ages, dry event that allows our community members, volunteers, and various stakeholders to meet together and create a high energy, extremely professional event with the highest grade performance lighting and video. This event is centred on helping to meet the spiritual needs of our City in an environment that feels familiar. We currently provide free pizza and soda to about 150 Kingston residents living on the streets, or in various shelters during our Event nights.
The Club Church band (aka CCV) released their first EP and sold over 700 copies in a few short weeks before Christmas last year. They have been booked for concerts, conventions, and events throughout the region well through 2017. Plans are in the works to start releasing their own pop/electro/EDM music.
Updates on Club Church are also available on Facebook.
Club Church Band
In addition to providing the music for the monthly event, the Club Church Band has taken on a life of its own outside of the Club Church Event Nights. They have played many concerts at numerous churches and Youth Conventions in Ontario. The band has bookings into the 2017 year, and continue to receive new requests. In 2015 the band produced and released their first EP, Christmas Vol. 1, which sold over 700 copies in its first Christmas season! Plans are currently in the works to start releasing their own pop/electro/EDM worship music in 2017. The Club Church Band would love to come to your church or event.
The Embassy: Live Music Cafe
A safe place to listen to great live music performed by great local and on the road artists, and sip on some great coffee. Be sure to check the official website to see who is performing next!