Frequently Asked Questions

What are people always asking about nightlight?

Frequently asked Questions

Where does nightlight’s funding come from?

nightlight does not receive any government funding. Our operations are completely financed by the generous donations of individuals and churches, but by our major fundraising events each year.

I’d like to support this ministry financially. How does that work?

We’re glad you’d like to support what we do. Thank you. The first thing you need to decide is whether you’d like to make a one-time donation, or whether you’d like to set up a recurring, monthly donation. While we’ll gladly accept either, recurring donations have the benefit of helping to stabilize our cash flow and helping us plan for the future.

You can give donations one time donations through PayPal or you can give one-time donations or set up recurring donations through Canada Helps.

What kind of people drop-in to nightlight?

Our doors are open to anyone over the age of 18. Our guests are a diverse group of people. They may be poor, they may be struggling with addictions or mental health challenges, the may be lonely or they may just enjoy the warm and caring community they’ve discovered at nightlight.

Why don’t you let minors into nightlight?

There are lots of very good services available for trouble youth, but not many for adults. Still the primary reason we ask that minors not come to nightlight is safety. There is the possibility that a guest may have a history of inappropriate behaviour towards children (anyone is welcome). At the same time, if someone is tempted by the presence of children, we want to provide them with an environment where they don’t have to worry about the temptation. nightlight can be a sanctuary from their troubles.

Is nightlight a feeding centre?

No. Nightlight is primarily about meeting people’s relational needs, not about feeding or clothing people. We offer complimentary beverages (coffee, tea, juice) and often some snacks like cookies or crackers, but the focus is on facilitating conversation and relationship, not on serving meals to our guests.

I’d like to volunteer. What should I do?

You’ll need to fill in a volunteer application. You can access this on the volunteering page.

What kind of time commitment is there for volunteering?

Volunteers typically arrive about 30 minutes before the drop-in starts in order to prepare the facility, to pray and to participate in the shift briefing. The drop-in lasts 3 hours. Afterward, we do some basic clean-up and a debrief and prayer. This typically takes about 10-20 minutes.

Volunteers typically join a team and volunteer on the same night each week. Because the ministry has relationship at its centre, we ask that our volunteers try to make a regular commitment, coming every week where possible. This allows the teams to work effectively and allows you to develop stronger relationships with the regular guests.

I’d like to know more, but I’m not sure if I want to commit to volunteering. What should I do?

You’re always welcome to come to nightlight as a guest. Pop in any night we’re open and we’d be happy to show you around. Go to the page for the operating location you’re interested in to check the hours of operation.

What are CNOY and RFR?

CNOY stands for Coldest Night of the Year and RFR stands for Ride for Refuge. These two events are Canadian-wide fundraising events put on by BlueSea Philanthropy each February (CNOY) and October (RFR). The events both raise money for charities in the cities where they are held. In the case of CNOY, all the money raised in Belleville and Kingston goes to nightlight (minus an administrative fee). In RFR, each team picks a local charity partner and the funds they raise go to that charity.