A local not-for-profit organization is on the hunt for a new building as organizers look to expand their programs and initiatives within the community.

ComeTogetherCK (CTCK), the organization behind The Gift annual Christmas gift/food drive, is reaching out to local property owners, developers, and community stakeholders in the hopes of relocating to a larger facility.

Over the years, the organization has utilized space at the Downtown Chatham Centre, which was donated for temporary use by the building’s owners. CTCK has used the DCC as a distribution site for The Gift over the holiday season and currently operates The Community Shop within the building.

Run by a volunteer group of over 20 people, The Community Shop is a workshop and pantry space that supports members of the community.

“We are extremely grateful to the owners of the Downtown Chatham Centre,” said CTCK Executive Director Brent Wilken. “Had they not supported our vision and the work we do, the Community Shop may not exist today. We thank them for believing in us and giving us space to dream big.”

CTCK said a new larger location would help to accommodate additional volunteers, expand existing programs, and develop new initiatives. The organization said it would need around 20,000 square feet to accommodate administrative offices, program spaces, and storage facilities.

“We are excited for what the future holds for CTCK and The Community Shop and continue to make a difference in Chatham-Kent,” said Wilken.