CBC Montreal Do Crew helps out Chez Doris

CBC Montreal's Do Crew cleans and organizes community kitchen and supply room.

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The Do Crew volunteers organizes the pantry, the clothing donation room and created more than 150 shower kits for clients of Chez Doris. (Johanna Tzountzouris/CBC)

The Do Crew answered a call for action from Chez Doris last Thursday.

The charitable organization is the only women's day shelter serving the Montreal community. Open seven days a week,the house provides meals, respite, clothing, socio-recreational activities as well as practical assistance in a secure and accepting environment.

When they asked for help with doing some spring cleaning, the CBC Montreal Do Crew was there.

Our main task was to help bring the shine back to the Chez Doris community kitchen. When we arrived on site, we discovered just how much this non-profit shelter provides to the women it serves. It offers its clients free breakfast and lunch, gives them a safe place to take a shower, take a nap or place a phone call.

As it's tax time, volunteers have helped more than 100 women last month alone with their taxes, as well as assisting them with their financial social aid and helping them balance their monthly budget all year round. Chez Doris really has an impressive selection of programs to support a woman's mind, body and spirit.

Do Crew volunteers put together shower kits for Chez Doris. (Johanna Tzountzouris/CBC)

During our time at Chez Doris, the Do Crew managed to organize the pantry, spruce up the clothing donation room and create more than 150 shower kits for the clients that use their facilities — all that, and we only skimmed the surface of the reinforcement they need.

Special thanks go out to our Do Crew volunteers: Jordan, Alison, Jennifer, Phoebe, Lyse, Valerie, Pierrette, Jeff, Liz, and Kirsten.

Chez Doris does so much for the women they serve; they can always use volunteers to help them maintain the food and clothing donations they receive. If you are interested donating non-perishable food items or clean clothing, or, you would like to offer your support, please contact them through their Chez Doris website or call 514-937-2341.

Do you think the Do Crew could help your community organization or event? We are currently reviewing applications! To submit a request for Do Crew help, please fill out the following form: CBC Montreal Do Crew: Charity Application.

Questions? Please send an e-mail to: mtlcomm@cbc.ca.