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Keep watching this space for resources from the Community Innovation Hub and other communities of faith  about social entrepreneuship, community hubs, and other socially innovative movements! Let Sarah know about resources that you think should be on the page by emailing info@communityinnovationhub.org.

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The Latest

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Guides with Scott Annan. Air Date: October 6, 2021
Scott Annan started Guides to support individuals and organizations as they explore their purpose and shape their future through shared spaces and evolving guidance. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

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Lifted by Purpose with Arifah Yusuf. Air Date: October 16
Arifah is the founder and Executive Director of Lifted by Purpose, trauma-informed creative enterprise with a focus on mental health and wellness. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

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Winnipeg Boldness Project with Diane Roussin. Air Date: October 14, 2021
Diane is Project Director of the Winnipeg Boldness Project, which develops and tests community-driven solutions better opportunities for children and families in the north Point Douglas neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

Agriculture

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Agrihood with Simon Johnson. Air Date: February 27, 2020
Simon stops by to talk about agrihoods – organized communities that integrate agriculture into residential neighborhoods. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Community and Social Hub with Christa and Stas. Air Date: March 17, 2021
Christa and Stas have purchased a 100-acre farm and are investigating options for what to do with it.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Kingsbridge Centre with Jennifer Miltenburg. Air Date: March 6, 2021
Jennifer is the Director of Kingsbridge Centre, a Catholic church which closed in 2012 and now serves as a community hub for a small rural community. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Seeds with Janneke Vorsteveld. Air Date: May 14, 2021
Janneke is a part-time teacher and social entrepreneur. Her company, Seeds, provides impactful, experiential learning in natural spaces. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

The Arts

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Dancing with Parkinson’s with Sarah Robichaud. Air Date: January 29, 2021
Dancing with Parkinson’s (DWP) core mission is to bring seniors with Parkinson’s Disease out of isolation and into an artistic community where they can dance and connect with others. DWP now uses Zoom to offer interactive FREE DAILY classes to ALL seniors across the country, to learn while we must social distance. Visit Dancing with Parkinson’s to register. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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New Step 4 U and ARTbulance with Marina Mais. Air Date: December, 2020
Marina, Executive Director and Founder of New Step 4 U, explains how expressive art programs enhance health and well-being. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify. 

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Simply Cards with Maria Vanderform. Air Date: January 5, 2021
After over 30 years in nursing and nursing education, Maria learned about the art of stamping and now makes and sells greeting cards, with great plans for the future! Check out her work at Crafty Maria’s Stamping World. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Winged Canvas Art Hub with Fei Lu. Air Date: February 21, 2020
Fei Lu discusses her Markham social enterprise, Winged Canvas Art Hub, and how art can be used in social innovation. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

Winged Canvas Art Hub: Covid Response. Air Date: May 12, 2020
Fei Lu of Winged Canvas discusses her choice to shut down her bricks and mortar art hub and pivot to an online business. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

Work in Culture with Diane Davy. Air Date: November 21, 2020
Work in Culture is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the cultural sector in Ontario for 20 years. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Corporate Social Responsibility

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Concierge Strategies with Alex Bishop. Air Date: November 6, 2020
Concierge Strategies’ corporate social responsibility commitment includes work with communities of faith and a plan to build detox centres for people in non-emergency addiction and/mental health situations. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Coworking Organizers

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Rural on Purpose with Mary Doyle. Air Date: March 18, 2020
Social entrepreneur Mary Doyle of  Rural on Purpose discusses her career, and why people are choosing to live and work in rural communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Bridges Peterborough with Alan Smith-Reeve and Todd Coombes. Air Date: March 10, 2021
Alan and Todd are changing the conversation about the best ways to address poverty issues. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre with Susan Taylor. Air Date: February 16, 2021
Susan runs the Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre at St. Clair College in Windsor. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Intonovus Canada with Lori Farley. Air Date: May 17, 2021
Lori is the co-founder of Intonovus Canada, which helps businesses and organizations enbed social impact into their business models, using Impact Calgary to support social enterprises in the city of Calgary.  Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, or Spotify.

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New Step 4 U with Marina Mais. Air Date: February 27, 2020
Marina, Executive Director and Founder of New Step 4 U, explains how expressive art programs enhance health and well-being. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

NewMakeIt with Derroll Salmon. Air Date: February 21, 2020
Derroll, NewMakeIt co-founder, discusses makerspaces and shared workspaces. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

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Open People Network (OPN) with Jeffrey Potvin. Air Date: February 19, 2021
Open People Network (OPN) brings together entrepreneurs & Investors, creating a global community of sharing, inclusion & collaboration for growth and financial success. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Small Economy Works with Ajmal Sataar. Air Date: May 13, 2020
Ajmal talks about Small Economy Works, his ‘university in the  field’ experience, and seeing innovation everywhere. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Table Coworking with Daryn DeZengotita. Air Date: October 19, 2020
Table Coworking is bringing coworking to churches in Dallas, Texas, and helping churches around the world do the same. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

The Pivotal Point with Valerie Fox. Air Date: April 16, 2020
Valerie talks about her extensive career, continuous education, and what led to her creating The Pivotal Point, her social enterprise. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

The Village Hive with Charlotte Kirby. Air Date: July 15, 2020
A peek inside The Village Hive clearly shows why coworking spaces may replace traditional offices as the places where important work gets done. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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United Way of Greater Toronto with Daniele Zanotti. Air Date: March 8, 2021
Daniele is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in Canada. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Diana Award Winners

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Equal Chance with Aliya Karimjee. Air Date: July 17
Aliya is a high school student and a Diana Award winner. She is deeply involved with Equal Chance, which promotes the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of members of the black community across Canada through the development of programs, projects, activities and policies. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Innovation Corner with Neha Shukla. Air Date: July 9th
Neha Shukla is a 16-year old innovator and changemaker passionate about leveraging science and technology to create social change. A 2021 Diana Award Winner. Neha developed the SixFeetApart social distancing device. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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L.I.G.H.T. (Lead, Inspire, Grow, Hope, Transform) - Youth Leadership Creating Change with Katelyn Wang. Air Date: July 11, 2021
Katelyn is Executive Director of L.I.G.H.T., a grassroots organization that empowers and supports marginalized youth to design community service projects. Katelyn is a 2021 Dora Award winner. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Maple Wishes Foundation with Avery Parkinson. Air Date: July 13, 2021
Avery, 17, talks about starting the Maple Wishes Foundation, a charity that lets her and her younger sister Rowan operate 11 socially innovative projects. Avery is a 2021 Dora Award Winner. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Food Security

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FareStart and Catalyst Kitchens with Renee Martin. Air Date: May 7, 2021
Renee is the Vice President of National Initiatives/Catalyst Kitchens at FareStart, which nourishes communities through food, lifeskills, and job training. Catalyst Kitchens is an alliance of over 80 organizations looking to end poverty, joblessness and hunger using the FareStart model. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Feed Scarborough with Suman Roy. Air Date: October 1, 2021,
Suman is Chairman of the Board of Feed Scarborough, which has a goal to end to food insecurity in South Scarborough using several programs. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

FoodShare Toronto with Paul M. Taylor. Air Date: March 13, 2021
Paul is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, a social enterprise that advocates for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Get Started Cafe with Jon Butler. Air Date: January 26, 2021
Get Started Cafe emerged from the need to help entrepreneurial people start a business and has evolved several times under Jon Butler, the Chief Pivot Officer. The organization focuses in part on renovating buildings for social good. Contact Jon via LinkedIn or email: jon@getstartedcafe.com. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, or Spotify.

Ghost Kitchen Brands with Marc Choy. Air Date: December 29, 2020
Marc is the President (Canada) for Ghost Kitchen Brands. Ghost Kitchens are virtual kitchens that let people get food prepared by national brands like MacDonald’s, Quizno’s, and Cinnabons delivered to them. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

Grocery Neighbour with Frank Sinipoli. Air Date: February 4, 2021
Frank is a serial entrepreneur running a social enterprise that makes getting fresh, nutritious food easier for those who have trouble accessing a grocery store. To learn more about becoming a customer or a franchisee, visit Grocery NeighbourListen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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La Siembra Co-operative with Kellie Storie. Air Date: May 7, 2021
Kellie is the Executive Director of La Siembra in Ottawa, Ontario. La Siembra owns Camino, a Canadian brand of Fairtrade and Organic certified food products. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcosts, and Spotify.

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Pour and Kneady Cafe with Stevan Mirkovich. Air Date: March 14, 2021
Stevan and his team are creating Pour and Needy, a social enterprise cafe to be housed in a community of faith in Vancouver, Canada. Name to be changed soon. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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Remix Snacks with Isabelle Lam. Air Date: April 9, 2021
Isabelle and her business partner Jamie Lee produce a healthy, dark chocolate bark using beans for protein and upcycled fruit. Check out Remix Snacks! Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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The Food Table with Bill Graham. Air Date: December 9, 2020
Bill and his wife Shirley set up a food table in a Mississauga parking lot at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, replenishing it daily to help those in need. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

The Working Class with Vita Fiore and Christine Montgomery. Air Date: May 13, 2021
Vita and Christine founded and run The Working Class, a social enterprise that disrupt cycles of poverty and diminish disadvantages using an innovative workforce development program that nourishes a community of hardworking labourers. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Homeless and Incarcerated

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Angeen with Gurbeen Bhusin. Air Date: December 16, 2020
Gurbeen is the CEO of Aangen, a self-funded, not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing local, sustainable, solution-based responses to social issues. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Blue Door with Michael Braithwaite. Air Date: May 20, 2021
Michael is the CEO of Blue Door, which provides emergency housing and other supports to people experiencing homelessness in York Region. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Clean Slate Industries with Ralph Gutkin. Air Date: October 14, 2020
Clean Slate Enterprises is a social enterprise, founded by Ralph, that creates job opportunities for people facing employment barriers.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series with Dan Lang. Air Date: May 27, 2020
Dan talks about Eglinton St. George United Church's extremely successful Compassionate Justice Speaker Series and his plans for it. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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Homeless Entrepreneur with Andrew Funk. Air Date: November 16, 2019
Interview with Homeless Entrepreneur founder Andrew Funk in Barcelona, Spain. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Joe. Air Date: August 20, 2020
Joe is an entrepreneur with a unique background and a powerful desire to bring his ideas to the world. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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L.I.N.C. Society with Sherry Edmunds-Flett. Air Date: September 9. 2021
Sherry is the Executive Director of the L.I.N.C. Society, a registered charity that maintains several separate programs and services supporting people impacted by the criminal justice system and multi-barriered individuals. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Lifesong Kenya with James Ouma. Air Date: September 16, 2021
James is the Executive Director of Lifesong Kenya, which helps male teens who are in contact and in conflict with the law get a second chance through skills training, reconciliation, healing, and restoration back to their communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Parkland Restorative Justice with Kerry Reimer. Air Date: February 27, 2021
Kerry is the Executive Director of Parkland Restorative Justice, which provides a variety of supports to those who are incarcerated or who have been recently released from prison. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Poverty Reduction and Prevention as Social Enterprise. Air Date: June 10, 2020
Gary St. Amand talks about the Bissell Centre’s innovative approach to addressing poverty and related issues in the Edmonton area. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Project Restore FIBI with Aisha Francis. Air Date: February 4, 2020
Aisha discusses PROJECT RESTORE FIBI, which exists to serve and support families who have a loved one behind bars. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

Indigenous Organizations

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Indigenous Social Enterprises with Ed Champion and Steven Jackson. Air Date: February 4, 2020
Ed Champion and Steven Jackson talk about the effect of social enterprise on Canada’s Indigenous communities.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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FHQ Developments with Thomas Benjoe. Air Date: May 26, 2021
Thomas is the President and CEO of FHQ Developments, which supports economic development for First Nation communities and their citizens.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Ulnooweg with Chris Googoo. Air Date: May 7, 2021
Chris is the Chief Operating Officer of Ulnooweg, which provides financing to Aboriginal-owned businesses and communities, and support to build capacity-building initiatives for Aboriginal youth. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Individual Stories

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Creative Minister Bill Booth. Air Date: March 18, 2021
Bill is the minister at Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Dave Harder, Community Developer and Spiritual Entrepreneur. Air Date: April 10, 2020
Dave, co-founder of the Parish Collective Canada, talks about his life and career as a social and spiritual entrepreneur. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

Disciples of Christ’s New Church Ministry with Pastor Terrell McTyer. Air Date: April 10, 2021
Terrell is Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has also worked in music, marketing, entrepreneurship, project management and more in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Emilie Levenue, social entrepreneur. Air Date: August 12, 2020
Emilie is a college graduate, a volunteer, an aspiring politician, and a entrepreneur with a passion for equity, education and the environment. She’s also just 23 years old. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Fossores Chapter House with Dr. David MacDonald. Air Date: Sept 27, 2021
David McDonald began Fossores Chapter House to provide a space for pastors, leaders, and innovators from all over the world come not only for solace and development, but also to incubate the future of the church. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Gordon Cressy, Social Innovator. Air Date: May 1, 2020
Gordon Cressy is a former member of Toronto city council, VP of multiple Canadian universities and colleges, former President of the Toronto chapter of the United Way, and Peter’s cousin. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

Grief into Growth with Robin Macdonald. Air Date: August 10, 2021
Robin started Grief into Growth after her experiences in Indigenous communities to create spaces for people to connect with wisdom and make the journey from challenge to transformation. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Heart Forge with Vern Hyndman. Air Date: September 3, 2021.
Vern is the founder of HeartForge, a non-profit that invites people to explore a deeper, more connected life and gives them tools to live well. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Marc Gordon, Relationship Catalyst. Air Date: February 9, 2021
Marc is a speaker, consultant, and customer experience expert. He also gives back to community. Check out his website for lots of examples and information. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Musician, Teacher and Social Entrepreneur Tom Auger. Air Date: March 24, 2021
Tom is an experienced entrepreneur, technology guru, musician and social innovator. Learn more about him at him website: Tom Auger. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Pres House, RootedGood, and Elsdon Strategic Counseling with Mark Elsdon. Air Date: April 6, 2021
Mark is an author, business owner, minister, and social innovator with ties to many communities! Check out his work at his personal website. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Sam: An Immigrant's Story. Air Date; September 12, 2020
Sam came to Canada and became a very successful entrepreneur: He started 3 businesses and sold 2, does financial services training, and co-wrote a book with royalties going to the Sick Children’s Hospital. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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The Neighbourhood Group Community Services with Bill Sinclair. Air Date: July 26th
Bill is the President and CEO of The Neighbourhood Group Community Services, a fusion of 3 support organizations that provides services to help some of Toronto's most vulnerable citizens to live independently and with dignity. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify,

Initiatives for Youth

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Dare to Care with Lisa Dixon-Wells. Air Date: September 4, 2020
Dare to Care, regarded as the most comprehensive and practical bully prevention program in Canada, helps schools, community groups and workplaces to create and maintain a caring community. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Autism House with Robin Hartmann. Air Date: June 1, 2021
Robin and his wife Dineke started Autism House in the Netherlands to meet the needs of their autistic son and others like him. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Beneficent Learning Access with Omolade Williams. Air Date: May 13, 2021
Omolade founded and Beneficent Learning Access, a social enterprise that engages underrepresented, marginalized Black and ethnic youth and young adults with employment and professional development opportunities in Windsor Essex’s tech sector. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Choices for Youth and Impact Construction with Brian Hanley. Air Date: November 12, 2020
Choices for Youth and Impact Construction are social enterprises helping youth learn and apply construction and other life skills. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Enable with Sue Crawford. Air Date: June 7, 2021
Sue is main officer and one of the co-founders of Enable, an organization that matches disabled young people with support workers (some also disabled) based on their shared interests. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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iLead Youth with Cheraldean McDonald. Air Date: October 5, 2020
iLead Youth is a social enterprise, founded by Cheraldean, that helps to youth to learn leadership skills and to lead by example. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Impact the Future with Praja Tickoo. Air Date: August 5, 2021
Praja is the founder of Impact the Future, which teaches youth how to apply design thinking to solve problems. Praja is a junior in high school. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

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Jacob's Wall with Steve Borisenko. Air Date: July 15, 2021.
Steve talks about the death of his son due to accidental drug overdose, and how he's using what he learned from that experience to help other teens and their families. Find out about Steve's work at Jacob's Wall. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Noah's Clubhouse with Brigitte Berneche. Air Date: Aug 25, 2021
Brigitte started and runs Noah's Clubhouse, a charity which provides financial assistance to to families with children with celebral palsy,  in memory of her son Noah, who passed away due to complications with celebral palsy. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Uganda Shoe Trees with David Wahlstedt. Air Date: September 13, 2021
David is the pastor of The Table in Lewisville, Texas, and the Founding Director of Uganda Shoe Trees, which supports entrepreneurial educators in rural areas by providing high-quality, hand-made school shoes for needy students at its partner schools in Uganda. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network with Addie Lentzner. Air Date: August 6, 2021
Addie, a senior in high school, founded the Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network, a group of high school students whose goal is to promote racial equity and justice in Vermont schools. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Innovative Organizations

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Ability Online with Michelle McClure. Air Date: July 31, 2021
The Ability Online social networking platform provides youth/young adults with disabilities a secure online experience that removes social barriers and promotes independence, respect, acceptance and inclusion. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Afro Women and Youth Foundation with Adebola Adefioye. Air Date: April 23, 2021
Adebola started AWYF to help vulnerable girls, women and youths of African origin develop healthy self esteem and live a productive life as emerging role models for future generations. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Age Big with Nancy Angus. Air Date: November 17, 2020
Nancy created Age Big based on her professional experience with seniors and her personal experience with her mother. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Digital School with Aruna Gali. Air Date: Sept 29, 2021
Aruna Gali is the Managing Partner of Digital School, which offers trainings in web designing, digital film making and e-publishing, and the Co-Founder of School Radio, which promotes the voice of children and youth. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

DiversiPro with Hamlin Grange
Hamlin is an accomplished journalist and the President and co-founder of DiversiPro, which offers fresh thinking and new approaches to diversity and inclusion strategies and management. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

dk studios inc and OnePieceADay with Dmytriy Pereklita. Air Date: March 22, 2021
Dmytriy and his wife and business partner Karen Mak co-founded and run both the dk sudios inc architecture firm and OnePIeceADay, which promotes good environmental stewardship by encouraging people to pick up one piece of trash a day. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Family Civility Institute with Dr. Rebecca Harper. Air Date: February 1, 2021
Dr. Harper came from Jamaica to Canada after a career in various fields and now runs her own social enterprise. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Grassmarket with Catherine Jones. Air Date: June 2, 2021
Catherine is the Social Enterprise Director of Grassmarket Community Project, which uses social enterprise, mentoring, education, and support to create community and opportunity for people dealing with complex issues. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Herowork with Paul Latour. Air Date: July 2, 2020
Herowork does Radical Renovations on buildings and spaces that house charities, with the generosity, expertise and volunteer time of Victoria, BC residents. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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Letters Against Isolation with Saffron and Sheyra Patel Air Date: July 5
Saffron and Shreya Patel started and operate Letters Against Isolation, an organization of volunteers that writes letters to seniors in several countries. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Operation Grow with Haily MacDonald. Air Date: August 18, 2021
Haily helped design Operation Grow, an innovative, intersectional, accessible, and evidence-based social enterprise that addresses needs identified by women in the North Simcoe, Ontario area who have experienced violence. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Servo Annex with Sulemann Ahmed. Air Date: August 18, 2021
Sulemann is Co-Founder of Servo Annex, where he and his wife Khadija Cajee provide hands-on coaching to senior executives on how to use all digital platforms, social media and mobile tools. They are also involved with Companion ChampionsNo-Fly List Kids, and other initiatives that give back to community. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with Rev Lynne Donovan. Air Date: August 18, 2021
Rev Lynne Donovan is the minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Picton, Ontario, which has a unique approach to ministry and church programs. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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The Client Catchers and Study Space with Darnel Francois. Air Date: July 7, 2021
Darnel is a business designer with The Client Catchers, a company that helps other companies to create a long-term creative brand experience and meaningful solutions for clients/users. He is also on the team developing Study Space.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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United Church Supports Social Innovation. Air Date: February 21, 2020
EDGE Ministry’s Rob Dalgleish and Joshua Fernandes discuss United Church support for social innovation and how they’re making it happen. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

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YZED Projects with Wendy Morrison. Air Date: March 26, 2021
Wendy is the founder and CEO of YZED Projects, a social enterprise that helps impact organizations in the Yukon to do their work as effectively as possible. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Matching Suppliers to Those in Need

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Geenees with Libi Berenson. Air Date: December 8, 2020
Libi, CEO of the Geenees gifting platform for donors, non-profits and families, talks about her travels from Russia to Israel and then Canada. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Shanta Sundarason, Social Innovator. Air Date: May 7, 2020
Shanta talks about how The Giving Tree gives young leaders the resources to dive into service learning through the causes that spark their interest. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

Stone Soup Network with Rev Alexa Gilmour. Air Date: June 25, 2020
The Stone Soup Network, founded by Alexa, pairs people in need with people who can help them. Alexa is a Social Innovation Challenge winner! Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Products and Services

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Firefly Junction with Sandra Stewart. Air Date: January 16, 2021
Sandra provides public relations and marketing services to small, medium and large businesses, including developing corporate social responsibility strategy for non-profits, profits and charities. Visit Firefly Junction for more details. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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About Space Designs with Manina Murphy. Air Date: Air Date: October 10, 2020
About Space Designs is a social enterprise, founded by Manina, that uses evidence-based design in residential and commercial situations. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Emerge Virtual Care with Paulo Meneghel. Air Date: May 4, 2021
Paulo developed Emerge Virtual Care, a platform for patients to seek medical care and for doctors to provide better care to patients. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Gift’d by Natasha with Natasha Morris. Air Date: January 31, 2021
Gift’d by Natasha is a social enterprise that provides gift bags and swag for personal and corporate events. Find out more on the company’s Instagram account. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Imaginable Solutions with Lianna Genovese. Air Date: May 20, 2021
Lianna, an engineering student at McMaster University, has developed Guided Hands, which is assistive technology to enables people with limited hand function to write, paint, draw, and use a touchscreen device. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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İstasyonTEDÜ with Sinem Gökçe. Air Date: Oct 1, 2021
Sinem Gökçe, the Projects Coordinator of İstasyonTEDÜ in Ankara, Turkey, is a writer, consultant, social innovator, and project manager expert. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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My Pass Kit: Mental health with Tina Chan. Air Date: May 13, 2020
Tina Chan, Founder of PASS Inc., talks mental health, her life and career, and what led her to develop the My Pass Kits. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op with Reba Plummer. Air Date: April 20, 2021
Reba has worked at Urbane Cyclist, which sells and services bikes for cyclists in the Toronto area, for 20 years. As an employee of the Co-op, she is also an owner! Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcast, and Spotify

Has your organization considered giving back to community by developing and implementing a social innovation innovation? Here are some ideas that others have tried and had success with!

Social Enterprise Talk

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Community Innovation Hub with Carla Langhorst and Colleen Lowrie. Air Date: November 16, 2019
Interview with Carla Langhorst and Colleen Lowrie, igniters of the Community Innovation Hub. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Corporate Social Responsibility. Air Date: November 16, 2019
A discussion of how businesses of all sizes, as well as non profits and charities, can give back to the community through small or large actions, programs, or support. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, or Spotify.

COVID-19 Positivity: Acts of Kindness. Air Date: April 4, 2020
COVID-19 has changed the world in so many ways…including giving rise to positivity and acts of kindness! Also, pandemic activities and scheduling tips. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Key Social Innovation Terms. Airdate: November 15, 2019
A discussion of important terms like social innovation, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility, with examples. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

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Neighbourliness and Giving Back. Air Date: November 16, 2019
Many people do not interact with or even know their neighbours. Simple acts of giving back help to connect people and create stronger communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

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Podcast Introduction. Airdate: November 14, 2019
Host Peter Miller introduces the podcast and talks about the origins of its name. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Has the Giveback Podcast made you think wonder how you or your your organization can make your community a better place by giving back and working to connect people? Here are even more ideas that have been successful for others! 

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Innovative Ideas

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All Candidates' Meetings
Gather politicians to present their platforms and answer questions. Can be held inside, outside or online. Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Election Engagement Kit 2021
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Amateur Show
Talent, theatre, music, etc. Can be delivered inside, outside or online. Read about the Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (England)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Art & Writing Workshop: An Exploration of Spirituality
Class could be conducted inside of community of faith building, in the community, or online. Read about the Abby SPA at Trinity Memorial United Church, which has conducted this workshop in the past. (British Columbia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Art Auction
Community activity involving many organizations to benefit a cause or multiple causes. Read about the Church of the Ascension, which did an art auction fundraiser for a Syrian family. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Art Classes
Inside, outside or online events. Victory Church and the Victory School for Creative Arts offers different forms of art instruction.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Art Hub
An Art Hub is an area within a community of faith that supports artists and individuals who want to learn art techniques through workshops/webinars. Read about Park Church Stirling, which has, in the past, offered a Bible Art Group through its Art Hub (Scotland)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Astronomy/Star-Gazing
Night-time access to outdoor property or permission to access someone else's property. The Church of the Good Shepherd offers guided night sky tours on its property (New Zealand).
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Balloon recognition of __________________
Use balloons to recognize a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other special. event. Learn more: Minister gives farewell sermon to church of balloon faces - Cherry Glade Mennonite Church
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Band & Singing
Indoor, outdoor or online. Read about Coffee House Live! at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Texas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Baseball
Play outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.)  Read about Rock Church Baseball Ministries. (California)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Beading Workshops
Create beaded  jewelry -  inside, outside or online events. Read about the Beading for Haiti workshop at Peace Lutheran Church. (Virginia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Becoming an Everyday Mystic Workshop
Can be offered inside, outside, or online. Read about the Abby SPA at Trinity Memorial United, which has offered this workshop in the past (British Columbia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Bible scavenger hunt
Design a scavenger hunt for children/families to run outside during events.. Read about First Lutheran Church's 2019 Eastern Scavenger  (Maryland).
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Bird Watching Group
Create a group that lets people view and learn about birds in their natural habitats, explore their community, meet new people, and have fun. Great idea for church groups! Read about Birding Pal Ontario.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Bocce
Play outside on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the Holy Family Bocce Club. (Tennessee)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Book Club
Create a group for people interested in reading and discussing books, either in-person or online. Read about the St Michaels Anglican Church Book Club. (Newfoundland)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Bridge Tournament
Set up bridge tournaments, inside and outside or online, to fundraise or just for fun. Read about St. Stephen Anglican Church of Canada's 2017 Bridge Tournament Fundraiser. (British Columbia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Café
Inside or outside...or even both! Read about the Trinity Square Café, which helps adults living with mental health conditions develop interpersonal and employability skills.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Car care clinic
Get volunteers from community organizations to run care clinics (repairs, cleaning) or to teach basic car care skills. Read about Tulsa's Car Care Clinic Ministry. (Oklahoma)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Chair Dancing
Start in-person or online chair dancing classes  for people with limited opportunities to exercise and or/socialize with others. Read about Humber Valley United Church, which offers Zoom dance classes. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Choir
Choirs are a wonderful addition to communities, both for the participants and the people listening, and can perform inside, outside and online. Read about Lawrence Park Community Church's choir and music groups. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Christmas Bazaar, Silent Auction & Raffle
Consider a package of options to raise funds for maintenance and repairs. Read about Church of Holy Trinity Guildwood's Virtual Christmas Bazaar. (Ontario)

 

 
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Christmas Event
Run an outdoors Christmas event on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about Mapleview Mennonite Church's Outdoor Christmas Eve Service. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Christmas Fair
Hold a Christmas Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the the First Presbyterian Church's Tartan Fair. (New York)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Community Gardens
Set up a small team and identify a location to seed and grow a garden that provides supplies for food banks and people in need. Read about the Parish Community Garden at Blessed Frédéric Ozanam Roman Catholic Church. (Ontario.)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Community Partnering/Collaboration
Reach out to communities of faith, academic institutions, government, businesses, charities, non-profits, and social innovators to develop and implement projects that strengthen communities. Read more about the United Church of Canada's People in Partnership Project. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Community Theatre
Community theatre brings joy to those create it and those who view it. It can be performed inside or outside, and viewed online. Read about the St. Jean's Players Community Theater Group. (New York)
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Community Walkabout
Lead walks to create opportunities for exercise and socialization. Read about Dubbo Anglican Church's Walkabout Ministries and the different events it offers. (Australia)
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Community Yard Sale
Organize a yard sale as community event or a fundraiser. Read about the Jubilee Community Church Annual Community Yard Sale, which gives community members the opportunity to sell their stuff and have a great day together. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Cooking Lessons
lConduct cooking lessons in-person or online for interested groups. Target groups could include seniors, singles, students, and people interested in learning particular styles of cooking (low-fat, vegan, etc.) Read about Fellowship Chicago's Cooking with the Ship program. (Illinois)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Creating an Inclusive Community
Conduct a Community Round Table to discuss how to make your community more inclusive. Be sure that people representing marginalized groups are in attendance. Read the United Church of Canada's position on Disability and Inclusion. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Creative Journalling
Start a creative journaling group or teach about creative journaling in-person online. Read the Presbyterian Church of Canada's resource page on Creative Bible Journaling. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Croquet
Start a croquet league for fun, exercise, and socialization opportunities. Learn more about the game at Croquet Canada. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Cultural Exchange
Find ways to extend hospitality to newcomers who may be feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country. Read about Hope Community Church's International Cultural Exchange. (Pennsylvania)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Current events discussion
Create a group, online or in-person, for community members who would like a place to discuss how current events affect their lives. Read about Avondale United Methodist Church's Current Events Discussion Group. (Alabama)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Dance
Moving your body or watching other bodies moving, can be extremely powerful. Read about Anointed Praise Dance Ministry. (Washington)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Easter Event
Hold a fun Easter event, indoors or outdoors, for community members. Read about the Life Connection Church's Easter Egg hunt.  (Arizona)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

End Plastic Waste
Give presentations to organizations on how they can reduce plastic waste. Give examples, guides, and ideas.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

English as a Second Language Teaching & Tutoring
Provide ESL classes and tutoring to interested community members. Read about All Souls Church Unitarian's ESL Learning Program.
Submitted by: Giveback Podcast

Enneagram Workshop
Run workshops, in-person on online, on the enneagram and how individuals can determine their personal enneagram. Read about Center Grove Church's Enneagram Workshop. (Indianapolis)
Submitted by: Enneagram workshop - Center Grove Church

Exercise System
Offer your property or someone else's (with permission) for exercise opportunities, or run fitness classes in-person or online. Read about Fitness Classes offered by The Peoples Church Toronto. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Exploring the Spiritual Wisdom of Thomas Merton
Start a discussion group, online or in-person, dedicated to reading and discussing the work of Thomas Merton. Learn about Thomas Merton and his writing.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Extreme Weather Shelter
Build an extreme weather shelter for community members on your property or someone else's (with permission)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Faith Sharing Services, Programs, and Events
Create opportunities for people share life and faith, value one another, connect with the your community of faith's story, and reach out in service. Read about the Basilica of Saint Mary's Faith Sharing Groups.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Fall Fair
Hold a Fall Fair on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about The People's Church Fair Trade Market. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Family Day Events
Plan and implement a day of fun activities for families in the community. Read about King Street Community Church's Family Day Party.
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Farmers' Market
Hold a weekly event (indoor, outdoor or both) where local farmers can sell their product. Read about the Annette Village Market at Runnymede Presbyterian Church.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Fashion show
Hold a fashion show for awareness, fun, or as a fundraiser indoors or outdoors, and stream it online. Read about Kamloops United Church's Indigenous Resurgence Fashion Show. (British Columbia)
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First Responders' Celebration
Organize an event, inside and/or outside and streamed online, that honours First Responders for the contribution they make to society. Read about First Call Church. (Florida)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Fishing Club
Use fishing and fishing tournaments to reach out to community members and provide opportunities for them to learn, socialize, and have fun in nature. Read about the Cowboy Church Bass Club. (Texas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Floor Hockey
Organize an indoor floor hockey league for youth. Read about the Eastern Hills Church's Organized Ball Hockey League for Youth. (New York)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Food Box
Gather food, package it into boxes, and deliver them to community members who need them. Read about Foodshare's Good Food Box program.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Food Sharing
Designate a space and time where community members can bring food to be shared with community members who need it. Read about the Picton United Church County Foodbank. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Food Table
Provide produce boxes and fresh bread to low-income families. Read about St. Phillip's Lutheran Church's Neighbourhood Table. (Ontario)
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Food Truck Ministry
Increase awareness of your organization and give people in your community a place to gather by letting food trucks gather periodically on your property and making it a community event. Read about Visitation Church Monthly Food Truck Event. (California)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Football
Provide opportunities for community football play on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about B.A.S.I.C. Ministry Oakland Church's Oakland JR Raiders program for youth football and outreach.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Forest Meditation
Lead walks in the forest to provide interested community members with opportunities for time in nature, exercise and socialization. Read about Kingston Road United Church's Community Forest Bathing Walks.
Submitted by: Community Forest Bathing Walks - Kingston Road United Church

Free Haircuts
Partner with community organizations to provide free or low-cost haircuts to people who can't afford them. Read about how New Mount Zion Baptist Church gave kids free haircuts for back-to-school. (Kansas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Game - Charades
Host a community game of charades. Could be general or for a specific age group, done indoors, outdoors or online. View Meetinghouse Church's Backwards Charades for Youth
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Game Show
Play a community version of a game show like "What's My Line?" or "Jeopardy!"  inside, outside or online. Read about Living Stones Church's Truth Wars Game Show. (Alberta)
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Games for Family and Children
Organize fun days of games for community families with children. Read about Bay Park Baptist Church's Family Fun Day. (Ontario)
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Garage Library Teacher Support Program
Lend donated books to community children who have limited access to a library, to help further their education and support the work of educators in your area.. Read about the teacher who built a community library in her garage. (Texas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Gentle Yoga
Offer yoga classes to community members in person or online. Read about The Bridge Church's Gentle Yoga classes. (Ontario)
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Grocery and Medication Delivery
Start a service where volunteers do grocery and medication delivery for those who face challenges to getting out and shopping on their own. Read about the Emergency Relief Society of Vancouver. (British Columbia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Guided Meditation
Offer  instructional guided meditation workshops or opportunities for guided meditation, in person or via Zoom, to interested community members. Read about the Guided Meditation opportunities at St. Paul United Methodist Church. (Kentucky)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Halloween Event
Offer a fun, family-focused alternative to trick-or-treating for community members - inside, outside, or both! Read about the Halloween event that Spring Garden Church hosted during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Health Hackathon
Rally community changemakers to develop solutions to problems facing the healthcare system at all levels. Read about the 8-Day Online Hackathon to Solve Global Church Challenges in the Midst of COVID-19. (Global)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Human Tic Tac Toe
Players are the pieces on a life-size tic tac toe board. Great game for children and youth, indoors or outdoors! Click here to see a game in action.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Human Trafficking Victim Support
Start a program to provide support to victims of human trafficking. Read about All Saints Church Community Centre's PROS program.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Ice/Figure Skating
Outside on a lake or pond on inside on a rink. Read about the Upper Canada Skating Club - good place to organize church groups for skating parties.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Intro to Essential Oils Workshop
Offer instructional workshops to the community on using essential oils. Read about Brunswick Spiritual Lyceum Church's "Emotional Release Using Essential Oils" workshop.(Australia)
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Introduction to Attitudinal Healing
Attitudinal Healing is a cross-cultural method of healing that helps remove self-imposed blocks such as judgment, blame, shame and self-condemnation that are in the way of experiencing lasting love, peace, and happiness.. Attitudinal Healing International holds events and sends speakers to churches worldwide.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Karaoke and Lip Syncing
Gather community members for an afternoon or evening of singing along to popular music, for fun or as a fundraiser. Can be done in-person or online. Read about Mars Hill Fellowship Church and Highrock Brookline Karoke Night (Massachusetts)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Kite Show
Organize an event where community members come fly kites, on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Livestream the kite flights for those who can't attend in person! Read about the annual kite-flying competition at Our Lady of the Smiles Parish! (Cambodia)
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Legacy Project/Program
Put supports in place to assist individual or family efforts to interview and record stories of family, club, or congregation members. Read about St. Demetrios Greek and Orthodox Community of Hamilton's Legacy Project, spanning 7 decades. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Letters to the Troops
Start a program that encourages community members to write letters to soldiers on deployment. Read about Soldiers' Angels.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Lgbtq Support
Develop and implement outreach programs to support community members who are marginalized because of their sexual preference. Read about The Reformation Project. (Texas)
Submitted by: The Reformation Project

Library Services for Homeless People
Create meaningful library services for people experiencing homelessness. Read the American Library Association's Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement Toolkit.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Line Dancing
Offer classes and opportunities for recreational dancing to help people get exercise and socialize with others. Can be done inside or outside, online or in person. Read about Cedar Park United Church's Line Dancing Classes. (Quebec)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Local History
Set up a historical exhibit to teach community members and visitors about historical events in your area. Read about the First Congregational Church of Detroit's Underground Railroad Living Museum.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Making decorations
Offer community members opportunities to make decorations for your organization or to take home for their personal use. Can be done in-person or online, inside or outside. Read about Cedar Ridge Church Decorating Ministry. (Montana)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Maze or Labyrinth
Build a maze or labyrinth on your community of faith's property (or someone else's, with permission) for congregation and/or community use. Read about The Labyrinth at Knox United Church. (Alberta)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Meditation and Mindfulness Classes and/or Drop-In Sessions
Offer instructional session in meditation and mindfulness, or space for meditation for community members. Could be done inside, outside, or online. Read about Beach United Church's Centre for Mindfulness Studies. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Meditation for Kids
Offer a meditation program for children in your community. Could be done inside, outside, or online. Read about the Canadian Christian Meditation Community's Meditation with Children program. (Quebec)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Mental Health Support
Assess the need for mental health supports in your community, and then develop and implement a program to help fill the gaps that existing supports can't provide. Read about the Mental Health Matters program run by the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Mini-Olympics with Teams
Organize a community Mini-Olympics for fun or as a fundraiser. Can be done indoors or outdoors - livestream the games for those who want to attend and can't! Read the Canadian Olympic Team's Mini Olympic Games Resource and Tool Kit
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Mural
Recruit local artists to paint a mural that builds community, raises awareness of an issue (or both) or that serves some other purpose. Read about Secondfirst Church's Community Mural Project. (Illinois)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Music Hub
An area within a community of faith that supports artists and individuals wanting to learn various art techniques through workshops/webinars. Read about the Remix Project Music Hub (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Music Instrument Instruction
Have staff and congregation members donate their time and musical ability toward helping community members learn how to play musical instruments. Read about the Fall's Baptist Church Music School. (Wisconsin)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Neigbourliness
Teach community members about the benefits of being neighbourly and how to integrate neighbourly behaviour into their lives. Read about Generations Church's Neighbourly Program. (Colorado)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Newsletter/media articles
Start a newsletter of original or curated articles (online or paper-based) to keep clients, colleagues, and interested community members informed about organization news and developments in your organization's field of expertise. Visit the Christian Reformed Church's archive of e-newsletters.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Old-fashioned Dress-up Family Event
Run this activity with music and costumes, inside, outside, or online. Read about how Fairhaven Baptist Church celebrated its 45th anniversary with an "Old Fashioned Sunday."
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Open House
Let the community know what you're doing by opening your building to them and giving guided tours. Provide food! Read about the Church on Mill's Newcomers Open House.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Outside Movie
Take advantage of those gorgeous summer nights to show a movie for the community outside on your property (or someone else's, with permission) for fun or as a fundraiser. Be sure you secure the rights for a public viewing. Read about St. Peter's Church's Courtyard Movies. (Toronto)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Paint Night
Gather the artists in your community for a night of guided painting for fun or as a fundraiser. Read about the Paint Nite and Fundraiser at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pay It Forward
Start a congregation or community program that encourages people to, when someone is kind to them, "pay it forward" by performing an act of kindness for someone else. Read about the Mission Church's Pay It Forward program.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pen Pal Notes/Letters/Drawings
Start a letter exchange program between young people and isolated community members. Read more about the First United Methodist Church's Special Pals program. (Colorado)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pet Management/Adoption
Give community members an opportunity to learn new skills by looking after and caring for pets. Read about the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church's Pet Ministry. (Minnesota)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Photography Club
Provide instructional workshops for community members in how to use standalone or smartphone cameras, or host a photography club for people interested in discussing photography, taking photos, and improving their skills with others. Read about the Northumberland Photography Club.  (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pickleball
Start a pickleball league on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about Glencairn Church's drop-in pickleball program.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Ping Pong
Organize a community ping pong tournament for fun or fundraising. Hold it indoors or outdoors and stream it online for those that want to attend but can't. Read about Christ Episcopal Church's Garage Ping Pong Tournament (Virginia)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Podcast Training
Offer interested community members instruction in how to develop and produce their own podcast. Check out the How to Start a Podcast course.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pop-up Sale
Use pop-up booths selling food, crafts, or other items to draw awareness to your organization at community events and to fundraise. Read about Linden Church's East African Pop-up Restaurant.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pottery Club
Run instruction or drop-in nights for community members interested in learning new pottery skills and improving on their existing ones. Read about the Taradale Pottery Club (New Zealand).
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Puppet Shows
Create puppet shows for fun and/or to minister to community members that need encouragement. Check out these resources for puppet ministry.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Pysanky: Art of Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Run workshops for community members, in person or online, in how to create psysanky, and/or sell psysanky as a fundraiser, Read about St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Psysanky Sales and Workshops.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Raise $ for School Supplies
Run an event or program to raise funds to purchase of school supplies for children from low-income families. Read about Church of St. John the Evangelist's Operation Backpack. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Random Acts of Kindness
Develop a program where people perform random acts of kindness and and record them by community or category. Read about the Church of the Highlands' Random Acts of Kindness program. (Alabama)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Recyclables Collecting
Use the proceeds from recycled bottles and cans that people bring in to fund a cause. Read about Saddleback Church's Recycling Ministry. (California)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Remembrance Day
Organize a special event on Nov 11 to recognize the military service of community members, remember community members who died while deployed, and to teach teach younger community members about how the sacrifices of veterans affect their lives. Read about the United Church of Canada's Remembrance Day observances.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Repair Café
Organize events where volunteers teach community members how to repair common household items. Read about The Repair Café Toronto. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Respite Care
Offer a program for community members requiring a caregiver so that they can get recreation and socialization opportunities and caregivers can get respite. Read about Islington United Church's Recess Islington program.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Retail store
Set up a retail store inside, outside, and/or online to raise money for your organization or another cause. Read about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' online store. 
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Revenue Streams
Identify potential revenue streams and develop a plan to implement them. Read the Presbyterian Church of Canada's Church Building Resources and Revenue Guides. (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Round Table Problem Solving
Convene a Community Round Table made up representatives from local organizations, academic institutions, communities of faith, political parties, health care centres, libraries and museums, social service agencies, etc. to get perspectives on a social issue and develop a collaborative strategy for addressing it. Read the EDGE Community Round Table Guide. (United Church of Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Sacred Space
Teach interested community members about the importance of sacred space and how to create sacred space in their own homes. Read more information about creating sacred spaces at home from First United Methodist Church. (Texas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Science Experiments
Show interested community members how to do science experiments that they can do at home. Read about science experiments that teach Bible truth.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Second Language Learning
Offer classing in how to speak another language to interested community members, or give/rent space to a language school in your building. Read about French Academy DC, which uses the Chevy Chase Baptist Church of Washington. (Washington, DC)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Seniors Call Network
Start a network within your organization of people calling vulnerable community members each week who may be lonely or need a check-in. Read about Triad Baptist Church's Project Silver Lining.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Seniors Helping Seniors
Start a program where seniors help seniors to meet their needs. Read about Grace Avenue United Methodist Church's Seniors Helping Seniors program. (Texas)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Sewing Club
Provide sewing lessons for interested community members and opportunities to improve skills. Donate the results - masks, clothing, etc - to the community. Read about Center Pointe Church's Sewing Ministry. (Mississippi)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Shuffleboard
Start a Shuffleboard League for interested community members. Read about St. Margaret's United Church's Shuffleboard Club.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Silent auction
Hold a silent auction of donated items, in person or virtually, to raise funds for your organization or another worthy cause. Read about Eagle Ridge United Church's Christmas Virtual Silent Auction.
Submitted by: Christmas Virtual Silent Auction - Eagle Ridge United Church

Silent Retreat
Hold a silent retreat to provide community members with an opportunity for a spiritual experience, relaxation, and quiet community-building with others. Read about the Illuminate Church's Women's Silent Retreat. (Florida)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Singing Hub
Create an area within your organization that supports community members wanting to learn more about singing through workshops/webinars and to have opportunities to use their skills (choirs, musical productions, etc.) Read about the Sheffield Music Hub.
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Skating Rink
Create and maintain a skating rink for individuals, family, and clubs in the community to use. Read about the Bethany Community Church Ice Rink. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Snow Clearing
Gather volunteers to assist with snow removal from driveways and walks for seniors and disabled people. Read about the Snow Angels snow removal program (Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Soccer
Start a Soccer League for interested community members. Read about the Elgin Missionary Church's Elgin Kids Soccer program. (Ontario)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Social Innovation Challenge
Invite social enterprises to present their solutions to social issues, in person or virtually, with a monetary and/or mentoring/coaching prize for the best entry. Great opportunity for startups! Read about EDGE's Social Innovation Challenges (United Church of Canada)
Submitted by: Community Innovation Hub

Social Innovation Jam
Hold an informal gathering where teams compete to develop the best strategy to address a social issue. Keep it fun and positive, with lots of opportunities to network! Read about the Social Innovation Jam hosted by George Brown College, startGBC, and EDGE (United Church of Canada). (Ontario)
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Sound Meditation
Hold sound meditation events (inside, outside, or online) for interested community members. Read about All Saints' Episcopal Church's Sound Bath Evensong. (New York)
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Sponsor a School or Classroom
Work with community organizations to provide financial support to schools or classrooms to buy needed supplies and/or equipment. Read about Hillside Church's outreach to schools. (British Columbia)
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Spring Fair
Hold a Spring Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the All Souls Church Spring Fair.  (Vermont)
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Start a Business
Use Small Business Solver to learn how to start and grow a business.
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Storytelling
Start a group for people interested in exploring storytelling through theatre arts and performance. Read about Grandview Calvary Baptist Church's Eastside Story Guild. (British Columbia)
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Summer Fair
Hold a Summer Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the United Congregational Church of Little Compton's Summer Fair. (Rhode Island)
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Table Tennis
Hold a table tennis tournament for fun or as a fundraiser, inside or outside. Livestream it for those that want to attend and can't! Read about St. John Church's Annual Table Tennis Tournament.(California)
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Tai Chi
Run tai chi classes, in person (inside or outside) or online, for interested community members. Read about Hope Lutheran Church's Tai Chi program.
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Tennis
Start a Tennis League for interested community members at a local public court, for fun and a chance to improve skills. Read about St. Boltoph Parish and Ward Church's Tennis and Netball Court. (England)
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Thrift Store
Set up a thrift store to raise funds for your organization and/or other worthy causes. Read about Trinity St Andrews United Church's Thrift Shop. (Ontario)
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Transition house
Provide support for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and are moving from emergency housing to more permanent housing arrangements. Read about the United Church of Christ's Transition House. (Hawaii)
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Unemployment Support
Start supports to provide assistance to jobseekers in your community. Read about The Salvation Army's local support for jobseekers (UK)
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Virtual Tour
Offer virtual tours of community and organizations and communities of faith. Check out Westminster Abbey's virtual tours. (UK)
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Vision Board
Offer workshops in how to create and use a vision board. Read about Christ Church Charlotte's Vision Board Workshop.
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Volleyball League
Offer volleyball classes and opportunities to practice to community members. Run a tournament for fun or fundraising purposes! Read about Hope Community Church's Young Adults Volleyball program. (British Columbia)
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Winter Fair
Hold a Winter Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the Mill Road Winter Fair.
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Yoga
Offer yoga classes to interested community members. Read about Yoga Chapel. (Canada)
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Youth Bicyling and Repairs
Offer repair nights to help community youth understand how their bikes function and do simple repairs on them. Read about First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church's New Hope Community Bikes. (Ontario)
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Zoom Training
Provide Zoom training for interested community members. Read about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' Zoom training, guides, tips, and warnings.
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