Hello to all my fellow OOTC Volunteers!
 
I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last throes of summer.  Soon the leaves will be changing color and 7 weeks from now we will be at St. Matthew’s greeting our guests for the first OOTC session of the 2016-2017 season.
 
Changes this year
This year the program will run much the same as in the past with a few exceptions.  As you may know, we share the banquet hall and kitchen with Wychwood Open Door Drop-In Centre. Over the last 6 months they have had a complete turnover of staff from management right through to their chef and this is likely to affect some of our procedures.  We have been working with WOD through the summer to make sure that both of our programs’ needs and expectations are met.    
 
Food Handler Certificate online course
We also met with Toronto Health.  They have suggested that we bring our kitchen practices up to the same standards as other programs like ours and add a person with a Food Handler Certificate from 2pm to 8pm each Thursday.  To meet this new requirement, we are asking for six volunteers to take the Food Handler Certificate online course.  Once this group is confirmed we can set up a schedule for the season.  If necessary, we can split the shift into two 3 hour shifts and each Food Handler should be available for two shifts each month.
The Food Handler course is mostly common sense and can easily be completed by any of us. The course will take about 4 to 6 hours to complete including the study component and the exam itself.   The cost of the course will be covered by OOTC.   Go towww.foodsafetytraining.ca/ for more information and contact me if you have other questions or want to commit to this new position at OOTC.
 
Volunteer Sign-up
The program will run on Thursdays from November 3, 2016 through to March 30, 2017.  Please let us know if you are planning to return this year by filling out the Volunteer Form at 
 
Cooking Teams
We are putting together the schedule for the cooking teams so if you are interested in making a meal this season please contact me in the next week to secure a date.
 
New Volunteer Orientation
Lastly, if you know someone who would like to start volunteering with us please forward this email to them along with our site address www.firstinterfaithoutofthecold.com and invite them to the New Volunteers Orientation at 7:30pm on October 20th at St. Matthew’s United Church. 
 
We will send one or two more communications out before November 3rd so please keep an eye on your inbox for more news from First Interfaith Out of the Cold.
 
Hope to see you all soon,
Lynda Champagne
Program Coordinator

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Important Dates
2017-2018

Orientation for New Volunteers
Thursday October 19, 2017

7:30 pm. St. Matthew's United Church (no pre-registration required)

Thursday November 2, 2017
Program starts

Thursday December 21, 2017
Christmas at Out of the Cold

Thursday March 29, 2018
Program ends for season

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