As a self-sustained group that seeks to operate independently from the government and institutions that create policies that oppress and abandon our own, THRA does not receive any formal or steady funding. We solely operate on donations and grassroots grants.
To continue to do our work, we need the support of our fellow humans. Everything we receive goes towards our work, and supporting people who use drugs.
How to donate:
- Click Donate Now , you will be redirected to Parkdale Queen West CHC’s website.
- Enter donation amount.
- In the message section indicate “for THRA”.
Your contributions help us drive initiatives that directly benefit drug users-like the Safe Injection Site at Moss Park- help us pay volunteers, and allow us to advocate for people who use drugs. We are asking for whatever you can give, a little goes a long way. All proceeds are very appreciated. Thank you.
Statement of holdings of funds:
Since THRA is a grassroots organization still in its development stage, in order to be considered for grants and other funding opportunities, THRA is temporarily financially affiliated with Parkdale Queen West CHC (PQWCHC) until we have enough money to be established as our own financial entity. All proceeds for THRA are tracked to ensure that the donated money goes directly to us.
If you have any questions about our relationship with PQWCHC please contact us at: email@example.com.
We use our funds to:
- Provide snacks and transit tokens at our monthly meetings
- Supply food and transportation for events
- Pay members with lived experience to represent THRA at committee meetings and speak at workshops and conferences.
- Get supplies for rallies and protests
Current fundraising initiatives
Community engagement and education is an important part of what we do. THRA tables events with Harm Reduction info and supplies, and does Naloxone training and distribution. This gives us a chance to expand our membership. A core belief of THRA is that people should be paid for their time, and to not replicate oppressive systems that further marginalize people who use drugs. With this in mind, when we table events we ensure that our volunteers are paid. Events that we table are often “grassroots” as well and cannot afford to pay us- this is where our fundraising money comes in.
Harm Reduction 101 Workshop
Harm Reduction 101 is a workshop for service providers and community members that focuses on giving a voice to those with lived experience. Originally organized by Toronto Public Health, it currently exists in a limbo state. THRA is working to take the reins on this workshop and have it completely organized and presented by those with lived experience. It is a great opportunity to empower people who use drugs to share their skills and wisdom. Currently, we are in the process of applying for grants and will update as more progress unfolds.
Other ways to contribute to THRA
Come to our meetings
THRA meetings are a place to get connected to harm reduction happenings in Toronto, voice concerns and be connected.
They are held every 2nd Friday of the month at Parkdale Queen West CHC.
**Please note: due to the subject matter of our meetings, police are not invited to attend.**
Submit to our blog
Have something to say? Have info to impart? Want to share art- written or visual? Submit to our blog and contribute to our online presence. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Local Harm Reduction Initiatives
Attend (or organize) rallies
– National Day of Action on Overdose Deaths (April 16th)
News coverage of The “We Still Grieve” Collective’s 2019 Action
– International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31)
Speak up in your local community
-Challenge the oppressive anti-harm reduction beliefs of others
– Write your government representatives about taking action on the overdose crisis, supporting safe supply and decriminalizing drug use.
Donate to other harm reduction initiatives