We are thrilled to announce that on October 25th, 2019 COCO Cafe is hosting a Gourmet Dinner and Dance Fundraiser to support our mission to provide employment, training, and socialization opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
We would like to express our gratitude to our event sponsors, The Karen and Fred Green Fund of the Vancouver Foundation, Rees and Spika Wealth Advisory Group of RBC Dominion Securities, Nanaimo Association for Community Living, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, FMI (F&M Installations), Nanaimo Airport, and Island Savings. This event would not be possible without these community partnerships.
The event will be held at Cedar Community Hall. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner, accompanied by live music and dancing. Some of our fundraising initiatives this year will include a silent auction, wine pull, and a balloon pop event. We are offering 150 tickets at $85 per guest, or a table of 8 for $600. We hope to sell out the event again this year!
Thanks to help like yours, in 2018 we provided approximately 11,000 hours of supported employment through permanent full- and part-time positions, as well as our 3 month, on-the-job work experience program.
In 2019 our goal is to provide 16,000 hours, these hours equate to approximately $400,000 in Social Objective Expenses. We need our community's help to make this goal a reality. As you know employment is costly. All of our employees are paid a fair wage, with access to extended health benefits when working 20+ hours per week. In 2019, at present, we have raised over $150,000 to help offset these costs. While our business operations are currently supporting the additional Social Objective costs, we are in need of help to facilitate growth within our programs.
In previous years we have identified the need to continue to increase the amount of supported hours we are able to provide, and additionally bump up the capacity for production. Earlier this year we secured a commercial retail kitchen. This space will allow us to alleviate the current stresses our local cafe experiences due to its fully booked catering and commercial retail food program. The new space will allow us to stabilize schedules and work loads for team members who require more structure than the busy cafe environment allows.
While our new kitchen is the perfect venue to meet the growing needs of the business, there are struggles that come along with growth. Our new kitchen will put a strong focus on expanding our employment opportunities in a calm, supportive, and safe environment for our team with differing abilities. To deliver on these elements we will need to outfit the kitchen with specialized small wears, several large modifications to equipment, and we will need to purchase an additional delivery vehicle to make sure that we are able to fill our orders efficiently.
For over 8 years we have been providing hands-on training opportunities for people with diverse abilities in real life, food production, customer service, and administrative settings. All of our employees gain life skills that are transferable to all areas of their lives. Community means everyone is welcome, and we strive to be an example of how inclusion works right here in our community!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
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