We are not open to donations at this time. Thanks to the community we have a large inventory of items to distribute. Please keep checking back.
COVID has changed how we operate. We will not be opening for general “shopping”. Many clients remain close to home. As they are often especially vulnerable we have to allow for an isolation period for all donated goods to provide an extra level of sanitization and safety. But out of hardship comes positive change and we find ourselves returning to and renewing our purpose. Brunswick Street Mission exists to support people who struggle with crushing poverty and we need to put them first.
Prior to the State of Emergency our clothing program had become an all-things-to-all-people, which created huge inefficiencies and giant mounds of waste. Most of our volunteers, pre-COVID, were retirees and have not returned, which makes managing and running our programs more difficult as our clients needs continue to increase.
We now need you to reset how you perceive and support Brunswick Street Mission and the clothing bank:
- Dignity must be honoured! Nothing says “charity” like receiving out-of-date, damaged and dirty clothing. It is time to commit to insuring that a person living in poverty can walk down the street without everybody knowing. So: NO clothing over 10 years old.
- We are not a recycling agency and can not handle all the things that “might” be useful for someone. We will provide regular updates, on our website and social media pages, of what our clients need. So you must: DON'T BRING anything not on the most updated list.
- Safety is a priority. To insure client safety, we work by appointment only. When donors drop by without an appointment it interferes with our ability to dedicate time to the client. These frequent disruptions put strain on both our clients and front office volunteers. Moving forward, we have designated drop-off times just for you, our donors, so our client needs remain the priority. So please: ONLY bring clothing donations between 930am and 1230pm Monday to Friday.
Change is hard but these are changes we had been considering long before COVID. We are excited and enthusiastic about returning to our roots; focusing on people in need. You have always been a group of donors that we can count you to ensure we have what we need to help people. We know you want to make a difference, to help as many people as possible but now, more than ever, we ask for a thoughtful approach to your support. Please help us spread the word: donated items are extremely helpful, but only when they are the right items at the right time.
FOOD BANK: We appreciate donations of non-perishable foods items. These items must be unopened, within the expiry period and the labels must be intact. Non-perishables items can include: canned or boxed goods (crackers, cereal, soup, canned vegetables).
BREAKFAST PROGRAM: Our Breakfast Program serves 60-100 breakfasts every day. Large bottles of peanut butter, jam, maple syrup, and ketchup are always in demand. These items must be unopened with the original seal, within the expiry period and the labels must be intact.
Please call us at 902-423-4605 to discuss if you have perishables such as fruit and vegetables. Large quantities should be directed to Feed Nova Scotia
Due to food safety regulations we are not able to accept pre-cooked, homemade foods.
Unsure if we can use the items you have? Please contact us with your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.