When we walked up to Manitoba House, I felt excited. I was hoping to see the woman who I knew when I used to come to Manitoba House as a girl.
My friend felt curious because she had never been there before and wanted to find out what kind of place it was.
We were on a visit to Manitoba House on behalf of the Youth in Philanthropy team at R.B. Russell Vocational School.
Manitoba House is on Charles Street in the North End. We needed to decide if we were going to give them a grant.
Katarina met us at the door. I was wondering who is this woman? We found out she is the new manager.
As we entered we saw a normal house. The entrance way had a place for shoes and jackets, there was a kitchen and a living room with an old couch. When we sat down on the couch to talk, it was so soft that it kind of scared us.
We learned that at Manitoba House they run a drop-in centre for children ages 5-12. Eight children can drop in after school. They get to play and do activities. They love to play dress up. Manitoba House gives snacks to children who aren’t able to come into the house when it’s full and they serve supper to the kids inside.
After we left, we decided to give a grant to Manitoba House for shelving to organize their toys, for resources like food, and for a new couch!
Even though I didn’t see anyone who I knew as a child, I was very happy knowing that places like this are out there to help people.
I felt really excited that we got to make a difference by giving money to this organization. We’re making a difference with people who don’t have much.
Check out more Youth in Philanthropy stories on CNC at Young Winnipeggers Connect 2017.