Community of Exchange

We are a place of exchange; where people can share with one another. We use our space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate community initiatives such as skills training opportunities and youth programming.

Our mission is to serve our neighbours, but our resilient neighbourhood also has lots to offer and teach.  Many of our regular customers (whether they buy buttons, use buttons, or both!) take turns volunteering behind the counter and in the kitchen.  Everyone has a space at the table, and everyone has something to bring.

Donate

541 is a non-profit social enterprise, and we rely on donations to keep our meals accessible and community space open!

If you would like to make an online donation, click on the button below and you will be directed to the CanadaHelps account for 541 – Compass Point Bible Church, who will issue your charitable tax receipt. All money that is donated will go straight to 541.
If you would like to enquire on how you can assist financially with a donation, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. Simply fill out the form below if you would like more information, and a member of our team will contact you.

Pay-It-Forward

Help someone pay for their meal by turning dollars into buttons. Anyone at 541 can use 5 buttons from the jar each day as $5 towards a good meal, which helps feed who need help paying, but also nurtures a diverse community of belonging around the table.

Donate buttons online by clicking the link below and noting “For buttons” in the message box!

Volunteer

541 has a diverse team of over 200 wonderful volunteers! Our volunteers work in our Front of House serving customers and keeping our space welcoming, in the Kitchen prepping our meals and baked goods or washing dishes so that everything else we do is possible. We also have volunteers who run youth bible studies, our weekly after-school club, and host other creative programs for our community.

Our current needs are:
  • Dishwasher
    This role involves bussing dishes from front of cafe, scrubbing and running dishes through our industrial dishwasher. It is hard work, and is absolutely crucial to everything we do!

    Requirements:
    – Ability to stand or walk for 4 hour shift
    – Ability to lift at least 20 pounds
    – Willingness to comply with all food safety procedures
    – Committed to consistently attending one of the following weekly shifts:
    Wednesdays 8am-noon, Fridays 8am-noon, Saturdays 8am-noon, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Saturdays 1-5pm

We will post our other needed roles and shift times as they become available.

To apply or if you have any questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sarah at volunteer[at]fivefortyone.ca

Other ways to support our mission:

ATTEND A FUNDRAISER
541 hosts special fundraising meals in partnership with other great Hamilton restaurants. Click here to get the details on our next fundraiser.

DONATE YOUR JUNK CAR

Do you have a car, truck, van, motorcycle that you need to dispose of? Don’t to bother trying to sell it or scrap it, use it to help 541! Email [email protected] or call 416-804-4335 to arrange for a scrap car donation!

HOST A FUNDRAISER

Do you have a creative idea for how you could raise money for 541 in your community? We have had people host Paint Nites, Pay-It-Forward Birthday Parties, Family Movie Nights and more to benefit 541! Think of how you could use your skills and networks in a way that would be fun for you, and let us know how we can support you.