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CAFE Goes All Out for Our Final Community Cleanup of 2023

The winter is almost here, and what better way to say goodbye to warmer days than with one last big community cleanup ! Our staff are highly dedicated to ensuring that the places we call home – Corso Italia, Bloor West, Harbord Village, Broadview & Danforth, and CityPlace – are clean, pleasant and safe for all residents to enjoy. Several times a year, our staff roll up their sleeves and take to the streets with cleaning supplies, aiming to make the neighbourhood better and cleaner.

CAFE team and volunteers in great spirits on starting the cleanup!

Our cleanups took place on Saturday, October 28 – a cool but sunny day. It was the perfect day for our teams to go out and begin the hard work of making our streets better. Three teams of staff and volunteers set out that day – the first from 1321 St Clair W located in Corso Italia, the second from our newest store – 350 Broadview Ave, and the third team from 68 Fort York Blvd in the afternoon.

Here at CAFE, we are passionate about giving back to our community. This is why several times a year, our staff and volunteers get together and conduct regular cleanup events in the neighbourhoods our dispensary stores are located in. We welcome community volunteers to help in our efforts as well, but if none make it out, our team of staff are more than happy to continue with the work themselves.

CAFE team members are passionate about giving back to the community.
Our staff and volunteer team from 350 in action!

For the team from 350, this was their first ever community cleanup. They were happy and excited to give back to their new neighbourhood. We even had two volunteers join us! They were happy to support CAFE in our community work, and we welcomed them to the team.

Team work makes the dream work!

A great job by the team at 350!

On the west side of town, the team from 1321 St. Clair W set off along the main street, cleaning up litter and refuse from in front of neighbouring business fronts. They regularly clean up in front of residential homes as well that fall along their planned route. As always, the team from 1321 is always excited and happy to do this work and give back to the community.

CAFE staff are happy to make a difference!

CAFE staff in action.

As our staff cleaned, countless passers-by stopped to greet them, and say thank you for the good work our team was doing. We are humbled that our efforts are well appreciated by others in our community.

All smiles at a job well done.
Great job to the team from 1321!

Last but not least was our team from 68 Fort York Blvd. Here we were joined by another volunteer from the community, eager to support CAFE and help make a difference.

CAFE team in high spirits!
Working hard.
CAFE staff dedicated to their mission.

The team from 68 Fort York wore their orange shirts – Truth and Reconciliation Day falls only on one day, but we like the idea of wearing these shirts during our community events at any time of the year, because by now everyone has come to associate the colour orange with the symbolism of that day. We want to ensure that people always remember the history and meaning of Truth and Reconciliation.

CAFE staff getting rid of discarded litter on the street.

We are so grateful for our inspiring, hard working staff and all their efforts during these cleanups. Thank you to all who were involved in making our communities cleaner and safer for all!

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