Share the Warmth is all about Community and Community Building. In the South-West boroughs which are traditionally low-income, giving each other support and finding ways to go around poverty helps everyone get a little more hope.
Our mission is to awaken hopes and dreams in the community. We do this by fostering the overall development and success of children and youth, increasing access to food security and health and by offering work training programs which help adults into the workforce.
We have several programs in schools, with youth and also in the community, and actively seek the input of all our members while giving back to the community.
The Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre has been in the community since 1979 and serves southwest Montreal, primarily Pointe-Saint-Charles, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri. The needs and the make-up of these traditionally working-class neighbourhoods have gradually changed with the influx of new residents, including people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
The Pointe-Saint-Charles Y works closely with schools, community associations, the city of Montreal and numerous local groups and organizations that have long been involved in the vitality of the neighbourhood.
Out of a desire to provide youth with the tools they need to become responsible adults, the Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre created a Kid Zone for 6 to 12-year-olds and a Youth Zone for those aged 13 to 17. They are aimed at empowering young people through sports, recreational and educational activities that promote the values of peace and mutual assistance. The centre also runs a highly successful homework help program, a summer day camp and sports teams.