Weston-based Frontlines is aiming to instil something more than hope as it expands its reach to more children in its 30th year. The organization is aiming for greatness.
The nonprofit organization is hosting its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 22, at the Weston Golf and Country Club, with a theme of Sowing Seeds of Greatness.
Previous themes of Sowing Seeds of Hope were just too bleak, said executive director Stachen Frederick, who will be attending her first Frontlines spring dinner since she started in her role in July.
“We just thought hope was bare minimum. We want to instil greatness in the young people of Frontlines,” she said. “That’s also attributed to our growth. We’re not just going to be looking at bare-minimum. We’re going to take the organization to greatness because we have the resources, we have the capacity to be great in the community.”
In the past year, Frontlines has doubled its workforce to six, and the number of daily drop-in users has doubled to about 30. Having more staff allows the organization to provide the client-based programs that encourage more youth to come through its doors at Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue. And, having more youth come by makes it easier for the organization to secure funding, which helps pay for more staff.
But as things are looking up for the organization, the need that founder Tim Huff saw in 1987 remains. Some 30 years ago, he approached Weston Park Baptist Church and Youth For Christ to establish the centre. Since then, Frontlines has become its own entity, but the main objective is the same.
“It’s still very much that same feel where we’re here looking to engage young people in meaningful ways,” Frederick said.
Frontlines provides an after-school drop-in program for children ages 6 to 12 at 1844 Weston Rd., plus a drop-in for youth 13 to 17 at the Weston Mount Dennis Community Place Hub, 1765 Weston Rd. The organization provides a number of other programs, including a free culinary class for young adults that aims to help them find employment by the end of it.
Those culinary program participants will be making deserts that will be auctioned off at the dinner.
The dinner event will include live entertainment, a silent auction and a look back at the organization’s 30 years. Previous executive directors have been invited to attend.
Frontlines hopes for 150 people to attend the dinner, including supporters and local politicians, plus a number of its program participants who will attend through sponsorship.
The majority of Frontlines programming is aimed at youth in Weston and Mount Dennis areas and westward in Etobicoke, which is a block away.
The Weston Golf and Country Club is at 50 St. Phillips Rd. in Etobicoke. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $80 or you can sponsor a youth for the same amount.
For tickets, contact Frontlines at 416-244-7017 or email Carol Latimer at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit www.frontlines.to