In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, our local charitable community is deeply impacted. Many are on the frontlines serving critical needs and will continue to see an increased demand on their services. Others have had to cancel events, cease ticket sales or close their doors entirely.

The COVID-19 Urgent Charity Needs page is a place for local registered charities and not-for-profits to share current and emerging needs with people who want to help. Calgary Foundation will use this list as a starting point to see which urgent needs meet the criteria for Pandemic Recovery Program grants. 

PLEASE NOTE: Should you choose to make a gift to a non-profit or community group that is not a registered charity, you will not be eligible to receive a charitable donation tax receipt.

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Charity

AARC Adolescent Recovery Centre

Requesting $250,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unforeseen costs for AARC. To keep our vulnerable clients safe, AARC is temporarily operating as a residential treatment centre, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Increased clinical staff, additional chef and LPN shifts, and the additional supplies required have resulted in an increased cost of approximately $5,500 per week.

In addition, AARC has been forced to cancel its annual Miracle Gala, which was scheduled for May 6, 2020. The loss of our largest fundraiser of the year at a critical time has dealt a devastating blow to AARC, particularly in light of our increased costs. In addition, we are unable to receive our usual support from charitable operations we rely on to maintain our operations, and donations have slowed due to economic hardship across the country.

We are doing everything we can to protect our clients, staff and families from COVID-19, while keeping the doors open for youth and families affected by the devastating disease of adolescent addiction. We ask you to please consider supporting AARC during this critical time. We are truly grateful for your support.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Anna Scott, Manager of Fund Development and Events

403-705-0217or [email protected]

Charity

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

Requesting $100,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports
  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence

Some emerging issues that this Task Force will address are:

1. Elders are isolated and in need of food, and prescription delivery.
2. Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness by delivering love packages that will contain books, comic books, crossword puzzle books, magazines, board games, etc.
3. Education and awareness around COVID-19 transmission, symptoms, etc. within the homeless population as they don’t have access to internet or news.
4. Food hamper distribution- process for distribution needs to be refined to ensure social distance is being adhere to and staff are protected etc.
5. Reduce barriers for our most vulnerable: AFCC will be assisting our community members in filling out provincial and federal emergency support applications once they become available. It’s crucial that our community access emergency resources at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Shane Gauthier, CEO

4032707379or [email protected]

Charity

Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

  • Immigrant Newcomers
  • Indigenous Communities
  • LGBTQ2S+

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports
  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence

– Crisis support for clients – Accommodations
– Costs and loss of donations related to the cancellation of ACT Alberta’s annual Spero Gala Fundraiser
– Rebuilding Victim’s Assistance Fund
– Operational funding due to delays in grant processing
– IT support/software for moving training and meetings online (ex. Zoom webinar subscription, hardware)
– Laptops and cell phones for staff working from home

CONTACT INFORMATION

Jessica Brandon, Manager, Education and Training

5875825499or [email protected]

Charity

Airdrie Food Bank

Requesting Any amount is appreciated

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Operating Dollars

In response to COVID-19, we are continuing to adapt our services to the changing needs of the most vulnerable members of our communities, including providing additional food to clients. However, we are depleting resources much quicker than we are receiving them and need your help to continue playing this essential role in our community.

At The Airdrie Food Bank, we are continuing to build and distribute food hampers, while implementing new protocols and taking additional steps to ensure the safety of our clients, staff and volunteers.

This is a difficult time for all, and your financial support for The Airdrie Food Bank will allow us to continue delivering the supports needed by our community during this time and throughout the year.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lori McRitchie, Executive Director

403-948-0063or [email protected]

Charity

Airdrie P.O.W.E.R.

Requesting $10,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Women

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence
  • Operating Dollars

Airdrie POWER started five years ago because there’s a lack of services here that focus exclusively on domestic violence. We know that only a few women that it would be safer for women to leave their situation when they have solid plans in place. Due to the rise in incidents with COVID-19, we are trying to get our day-shelter open quickly so that we can start providing help for those needing to leave with planning, hampers, legal advice and a safe place to spend the day and make plans.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Daria Skibington-Roffel, Vice President/Treasurer

403-837-3078or [email protected]

Charity

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society

Requesting $100,000

We serve these populations:

  • Homeless
  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations

Animal homelessness does not end when we are facing a human crisis and AARCS remains committed to the care and rescue of society’s most vulnerable animals. AARCS is currently caring for 450 homeless animals. Our shelter is closed to the public and our administrative staff are now working from home. Our animal care and veterinary staff must remain working to ensure homeless animals currently under our care and those to come continue to receive care. We maintain targeted intake of homeless animals in the greatest need and are doing our best to provide for families to keep pets in their homes by providing pet food and supplies during these difficult times.

As things have been rapidly evolving in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak, our team has been working diligently to continue to provide essential care to hundreds of animals. Additional precautions have been put in effect for those working at the shelter to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers. We are on-boarding new foster families to move as many animals into foster care as possible and to ensure we can continue to provide a safe haven for homeless animals.

In addition, we have made our shelter available to the authorities if needed to provide shelter for owned pets affected by COVID-19. Due to social distancing requirements we have seen a massive reduction in adoptions and will be caring for these animals for much longer than normal with no adoption fee revenue coming in to offset the medical costs, food, litter and supplies needed to care for these animals.

As with most other organizations, we have cancelled or postponed all internal and external events, corporate work-bees, group training sessions, etc. We are also taking steps to reduce costs wherever reasonably possible as all fundraising events have been cancelled, including our first big fundraiser of the year that was scheduled for April.

Our greatest need is financial support to assist in covering medical care and operating costs so we can ensure we are able to continue helping homeless animals. Other needs include PPE for staff and payroll to prevent further layoffs. Material items in need include HE laundry soap, dryer sheets, PPE (disposable gloves, masks), hand soap and disinfection/cleaning supplies including dish soap, puppy and kitten kibble, specialist pet diets including high energy gastro, garbage bags (white kitchen and industrial size). As we navigate this new world, please remember compassion and kindness to each other and yourselves. Working together, we can and will get through this crisis and be stronger for it.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Deanna Thompson, Executive Director

403-869-4694or [email protected]

Charity

Alberta Association For Better Communities

Requesting 100,000.00

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports

Experts indicate people who are recovering from substance abuse and/or trauma related illness are facing serious relapse issues during the COVID-19 self-isolation and social distancing orders. They say the self-isolation and boredom that comes with it can be a trigger to relapse into drug or alcohol use. The stress level of somebody that’s in early recovery is high, and to COVID-19 on top of that, is pretty dangerous.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sue Snow, President

403-921-9106or [email protected]

Charity

Alberta Hunter Education Instructors' Association

Requesting $400,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

With Covid-19 causing school and event closures, our students, seniors, and individuals of every description are confined to the four walls of their home. Of particular concern is the mental health of this isolation and boredom for kids and adults.
AHEIA can help with many on-line courses offered that prepare us for a fun and safe time in the outdoors of Alberta’s natural habitats – from city parks such as Fish Creek Park to the waterways running through Calgary. These courses cover things such as Bighorn Sheep Essentials, Bear Essentials, Conservation Hunter Education, Fishing Education, Boating Safety, Kidwise Firearms Safety, Archery Essentials, and so on, being the premier site for learning about outdoor wildlife activities.
The courses are offered either free or at a fraction of the cost of production. AHEIA has always relied on donations and grants to provide these quality programs. But these programs are at risk due to greatly reduced funding from the effects of Covid 19 on Calgary. These programs still require AHEIA staff support for troubleshooting and for mailing course specific materials. To lose these programs at a time when Calgarians are looking for something to take their minds off the worries of this pandemic would be a great loss for Calgarians and would definitely put future programming at high risk.
AHEIA would welcome your help to keep these wildlife activity programs happening.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Robert Gruszecki, President

4032528474or [email protected]

Charity

Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation

Requesting $100,000.00

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Women

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

As a trusted Canadian-registered charity which has been in existence since 1993, we are permitted by federal and provincial governments to care for wildlife.

We are funded entirely by donations. Due to COVID-19, we are facing significantly lower donations, which will affect our ability to care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Your donation will be used to rescue, heal, feed and care for injured and orphaned wildlife.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Holly Lillie, Executive Director

7808627888or [email protected]

Charity

Alberta Wilderness Association

Requesting $30,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars
  • Other

Appreciating wilderness and wildlife has been in the forefront as self isolation and preventative measures to avoid COVID-19 brings even more interest in where one can go to enjoy our wild spaces and rejuvenate spirits in these stressful times. We are dedicated to helping communities be inspired about wilderness and wildlife so they will learn and care and be part of the conversation and decision making. We are experiencing fundraising event cancellations coupled with uncertain personal circumstances for donors and supporters. The funds we are asking for will help staff develop tools and provide virtual versions of outdoor and other educational programs that AWA would normally provide in person as part of our day-to-day operations. Your contribution will help bridge the gap in funds that were budgeted for this year.
Thank you for considering support for Alberta Wilderness Association programs.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Christyann Olson, Executive Director

403 283-2025or [email protected]

Charity

Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex)

Requesting Estimating $325,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports

#weareallAlex

During the COVID-19 crisis, The Alex continues to support Calgary’s most vulnerable with health, housing, and social supports. We are working hard to ensure continuity of our essential programming, which includes: social and basic needs supports; food and wellness programming; and physical and mental health services.

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority and we have made changes to the way we deliver our services. We have increased our outreach efforts to support community members with COVID-19 information, basic needs, outreach support, mental health supports, and social isolation check-ins.

The Alex is also building internal capacity. We are working tirelessly to adapt and create new ways of supporting our community, as we know the demand for our services will continue to grow.

The Alex has been finding innovative ways to support Calgarians for close to 50 years and we continue to be nimble in responding to this crisis. Please donate to The Alex to support our COVID-19 response. We thank you for your support.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tori Wright, Director of Community Engagement and Development

403-863-5622or [email protected]

Charity

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Requesting $22,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Operating Dollars

Due to the cancellation of school programs from now until the end of August, we have lost approximately $17,000 in revenue (after applying the federal government’s just announced wage subsidy we calculate to be around $7,000) from registration fees. It is an added concern that at least one of our major funders has just advised us they are now required to revisit their funding commitments due to the current economic climate and will let us know where they stand in a couple of weeks. We would dearly love to be able to weather this storm without losing any of our long-time and dedicated and valuable employees. Without funding, it is unlikely groups of kids from high needs schools – typically kids who are new arrivals to Canada who have never had an outdoor experience – will have a chance to visit the Cross.

Many families are facing the challenges caused by the school closures and we are encouraging families to spend time in the outdoors and receive the health and mental benefits of such visits. To facilitate those visits safely, we have waived our registration and parking fees to avoid spreading the virus through touch when registering and paying those fees. We are not able to quantify the amount we will lose at this time but feel it is the right thing to do.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Greg Shyba, CEO

403 931 4070or [email protected]