Community Services

Overview

Adventist Community Services evolved from historical efforts by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to develop community initiatives. In 1874, the Church officially recognized the Dorcas Society as its organized community outreach program. In 1956, this organized Church program became the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) with the purpose to strengthen Adventist relief efforts. As the Church grew in developing countries, the need for international relief activities increased, causing the Church to focus its community missions to domestic and international fields. As a result, SAWS expanded into a domestic and international Church-organized community program. In 1972, Adventist Community Services was officially titled the Domestic Humanitarian Church Agency and in 1973, the international program was named the Seventh-day Adventist World Service, now known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International.

Some of the local programs in which the Scarborough Seventh-day Adventist Church is currently serving include:

Touch of Love Program

It is an outreach arm of the Community Services that replaced the long-running Inner-city Ministry, sometimes referred to as the “feeding program”. We serve hot meals to people on a weekly basis, year round. The typical setting is a community space like a gymnasium/hall with public health approved kitchen and facilities. Friendly volunteers serve a sit-down meal to patrons in a warm and polite manner. People who are homeless, indigent, or experiencing adverse circumstances are cordially invited to participate. Funding for the Touch of Love program is provided by ADRA and donations from local Seventh-day Adventist Churches.

Love and Care Day

Special designated to help individuals and families in the community through random acts of kindness. Volunteers provide service to single parents, children, senior citizens, disabled, sick and shut-in and others in need. Some activities include painting, gardening or landscaping, grocery shopping, errands, accompanied walks or fresh-air breaks. The aim is to help 50,000 people across Ontario on Love & Care Day.

Food Distribution

The food distribution program aims to supply basic human needs. People are provided with emergency food supplies from our pantry. In an effort to alleviate the food insecurity in our neighborhood, we have embarked on a mission to secure bulk donation of food and other supplies which we donate to selected community agencies and organizations for distribution.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

Objective

The objective of the CVITP is to help eligible individuals who are not able to prepare their income tax and benefit returns by themselves.
The CVITP is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations. The organizations host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare tax returns for individuals who have low income and a simple tax situation.

NEED HAND TO PREPARE YOUR TAX RETURN?
If you are unable to prepare your income tax and benefit return yourself, the CVITP may be able to help you.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
These suggested maximum income levels should serve as a guideline only:
Taxpayer status Family Income
Single person Up to $30,000.00
Couple Up to $40,000.00
One adult with one child Up to $35,000.00

Community organizations have the flexibility to adjust or set eligibility criteria for tax filers based on the local economic environment, the population they serve, and their own capacity.
Eligible taxpayers normally served by the CVITP may include:
• aboriginal peoples
• social assistance recipients
• newcomers to Canada
• seniors
• students

Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics are generally offered between February and April each year in various locations across Canada, but some operate year round.

Please contact us to make an appointment if your need assistance.