Take Yelp Helps!, for instance. Not only is Yelp helping to sponsor this year's St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, but they're hosting a food, drink & music bonanza to benefit a wide array of local charities on June 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. There'll be free food (from the likes of Café Boris, Tourtière Australienne, Mr. Puffs, Le Pourvoyer, and Pâtisserie Almond Butterfly), free drinks (from McAuslan, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and others), and a totally free, totally acoustic jamboree (featuring the talents of Mia Verko, Ronley Tepper, Ben Herrmann, and Saxsyndrum). The only condition is that you must RSVP by Monday, June 17 (that's tomorrow, people!) to get in on the action.
A wide variety of local non-profit organizations will be in attendance to distribute information about their causes, sign up volunteers, and gratefully accept donations. These include Head & Hands / À deux mains, a local institution that's been aiding and supporting the physical and mental health of Montreal's youth since 1970 (!). You may know Head & Hands as the fine people who throw Serve, that wicked charity volleyball tournament that takes place every year in Parc Jeanne-Mance (this year's edition takes place on July 28), but there's a lot more to Head & Hands than super-fun summer volleyball jams. Head & Hands runs a whole slew of programs and services for youth between the ages of 12 and 25, including all kinds of health services (drug counselling, pregnancy counselling and contraception, nutrition advice, etc.), legal services, a young parents program, and even an emergency food pantry. And all the programs at Head & Hands are conducted in a manner that's meant to actually connect with youths and their needs--as they themselves put it, "[their] approach is harm-reductive, holistic, and non-judgmental."
"What are some of the other featured non-profits at Yelp Helps!?" Well, I'm happy you asked. We're talking everyone from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Canadian Liver Foundation, and the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, to the Distroboto Project and Rock Camp for Girls.
who: Yelp Montreal, a number of tasty local food & drink interests, and a whole bunch of worthy Montreal-based non-profits
what: an evening of merriment and positive action
where: Parc des Ameriques (corner of St-Laurent & Rachel), Montreal Fringe Festival (or, in case of inclement weather, Bistro Les Deux Gamins, 170 Prince Arthur East).
when: Tuesday, June 18th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
why: because you like nice people, great non-profits, free food & drink and you want to make a difference.
how: again, this event is FREE, but you must RSVP in order to attend.
For more information about Head & Hands, check out their website.