THE FOOD BANK:
The food bank supplies food boxes to families and individuals in need a maximum of two times per month. Each box contains enough basic food to last 3 days.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS
Daily cafeteria tickets are provided to Port Elgin Regional School students whose parents use the food bank. The hot lunches are purchased through the cafeteria meal program which is also availabe to the general public. This method allows participants to remain anonymous. Hot lunches using a similar program are also provided at the Tantramar Regional High School.
CHRISTMAS BOX PROGRAM
Boxes containing the ingredients for a turkey dinner, supplementary groceries for a week, knitted items, a gift for each family member, and toys for each child are provided to those in need.
There are various activities for ages 3 to 18. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of area youth. Homework assistance is provided to children attending the Port Elgin Regional School on Mondays and Tuesdays at the school. Kindergarten to grade 2 may receive assistance from 1:45 pm to 3 pm and children from grades 3 to 8 may receive assistance from 3 pm to 4:30 the same days. On Thursdays, children may receive homework assistance at the East Botsford Recreation Center in Murray Corner. Throughout the school year on Fridays from 3 pm to 8 pm there are varies programs for different age groups held at Pedvac. There are also special activities for Halloween, Easter and other occasions. All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Contact Rose at 538-7638 for more information.
Pedvac’s regular Summer Day Camp will be held from July 4 to August 26. The fee is $15 per child for the summer. Activities are held for children aged 4 to 8 from 9 am to 11:30 am. Children aged 9 to 12 meet from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. Children must pre-register for the camps which run from Mondays to Fridays. Activites include crafts, games, movies, sports, and special outings.
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION CENTRE
New Brunswick open government positions and local employment information are available. Advertising space is available for area residents and businesses.
The community boutique offers quality used clothing and household goods for sale to the public. Three days per month patrons may purchase a grocery bag of clothes for $2.00. Each Friday and Saturday except during bag week, a special is held offering for example: 4 sweaters for $3 or 6 mugs for $1. The boutique is open from noon to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Workshops are held to train tutors using the Labauch method. Students are placed with a tutor on a no-fee basis and are provided with all the necessary materials. Emphasis is also placed on programs for young children to encourage reading and for their parents to assist them.
COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
Resources are indentified and directed to area residents and special interest groups where needed. Individuals are provided advocacy with government and other services as required. Pedvac works to have services provided within the community.
INCOME TAX RETURN ASSISTANCE
Each year Revenue Canada holds a clinic to teach volunteers and staff to complete individuals, on a no-fee basis, with their tax returns. Tax returns are completed to individuals who are not self employed and who make less than $30,000 per year.
Special interest courses are provided to the general public.