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GUEST SPEAKER: Al Cotton, President Bathurst Volunteer Centre Board of Directors
The Bathurst Volunteer Centre, a Bathurst Rotary Club sponsored organization, established in 1981, provides the basic needs and requirements of families within the Chaleur area. Services included are food bank, clothing bank, furniture, soup kitchen, meals on wheels, human services counselors, annual back to school campaign, Christmas food boxes and Fund drive. Al stated that the Centre works on an annual operating budget of $600,000, of which $60, 000 is funded by the provincial government and the majority of the remainder is provided by public donations. He said that, due to increased demand, the Centre is presently facing a monthly deficit of $3,000. The Centre started off by providing monthly food bags to 50 families in need, vetted through a screening process. That number has presently grown to include 450 families. The soup kitchen provides a hot meal to between 30 and 50 persons in need Mondays to Fridays. The link to their site is below.
Shown in Photo: Al Cotton & Riba Riordon