Thanksgiving 2021 Newsletter

Calling all turkeys…

That’s right! It’s turkey season once again and we are so grateful to our generous donors, volunteers and supporters who come together and help the Inn fulfill our Mission of offering hot, nutritious meals to neighbours in need, 365 days of the year. Thank-you!

Video – Go! Students for Positive Change Team

The Go! Students for Positive Change Team is a group of students from Uranium City, SK who raised money for a trip to Saskatoon for WE Day in November of 2014. While they were in town they volunteered at the Saskatoon Friendship Inn. Their effective fundraising efforts were more than enough to pay for their trip and they donated the extra funds to the Friendship Inn. The Inn wants to say a big thank you to these remarkable students for their hard work, generous hearts and their desire for positive change! We look forward to having them come back to volunteer at the Friendship Inn again!

Thanksgiving is Important to the Guests at the Inn

On Monday, October 12 the Friendship Inn served 1212 turkey meals to the guests of the Inn. Thanks to the generosity of the Saskatoon and area community we had turkey, potatoes, carrots, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie for dessert. We had about 40 volunteers helping to prepare, serve and clean up from our special meal.

One family has come to volunteer for several holiday meals now, and they spent some time interviewing some guests to find out what Thanksgiving at the Inn means to them.

“I’m from a reserve down south and this is the first time at the Friendship Inn. Thank you for having me.”

“We come to the Inn to play crib, visit and have a nice meal.”

“I’m a single mom & when I send my little guy to daycare I come here for meals so my groceries at home stretch further for him. I also like to meet people and visit.”

The volunteer family also talked about why they continue to volunteer:

“I keeping coming back to volunteer to help at the Friendship Inn because it feels good to give back & help out.”

Christian Ethics Service Hour volunteers – 2014/2015

If you drop by the Friendship Inn on any given Saturday or Sunday during the school year you will likely see 5-10 high school students volunteering in the kitchen and dining room. Most of these youth volunteers are at the Inn to volunteer 5 or 10 hours of their time to complete the volunteering requirement for their Christian Ethics class at a local Catholic High School.

For this class the students are responsible for arranging their own volunteer opportunity at various organizations around the city. We are so glad that so many students choose to volunteer at the Friendship Inn.

During the 2014/2015 school year we had 442 different students complete service hours at the Friendship Inn. If the Inn had paid these students for 5 hours of their time, that would represent $30,000 of payroll cost to the Friendship Inn. The volunteer time of Christian Ethics class students represent a huge saving on the cost of running the Friendship Inn.

We love partnering with students, particularly because volunteering at the Inn once for a class assignment can lead to long-term connections with the Inn. We have seen how student volunteers turn into those students or their family volunteering on a regular basis. We also know that volunteering educates the students about the food and financial needs of the Friendship Inn. We are so grateful for the support we receive from student volunteers and their families in response to a fun day of volunteering.

How to volunteer for Christian Ethics class requirements

We are grateful for the partnership with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools who refer high school students to the Friendship Inn to complete their Service Hours for the Christian Ethics class. No volunteer application is needed for students fulfilling class requirements, simply contact the Friendship Inn to schedule a shift. As our volunteer shifts fill up quickly, please plan ahead and schedule your shift 1-2 weeks in advance. Weekend shifts for Christian Ethics students are 5 hour shifts: on Saturday and Sunday, either from 7am-12pm or 10am-3pm. Call 306-242-5122 or email friendshipinn.volunteer@shaw.ca to book a shift – shifts are limited.