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

Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre

Requesting $35,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Immigrant Newcomers
  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

We run a variety of adaptive mountain sport and recreation activity programs year-round for people of all ages, although primarily children and youth, with physical, developmental or cognitive challenges. Due to the high ratio of certified instructors and trained volunteers to participants, and the specialized adaptive equipment required, we cannot charge the full or actual cost, thus rely on donations, grants and fundraising events to subsidize the program fees. Sunshine Village, our winter base of operations has been closed and ShredAbility, a costumed treasure hunt, our major winter fundraising event cancelled.  Our major summer fundraising event, a golf tournament (ForeAbility) scheduled for June, is also in danger of being cancelled however we are hoping this can be rescheduled to September. Donations will ensure we can maintain sufficient staff to find ways to support our community during this pandemic, hopefully run limited summer programming and ensure we are prepared for next winter.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Steve Horner, Board Member and Secretary-Treasurer

403-835-8548or [email protected]

Charity

Safe Haven Foundation of Canada

Requesting $125,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

Haven’s Way is a voluntary, long-term supportive housing program for homeless and at-risk girls ages 14-24. We do not receive fee for service government or United Way funding and rely heavily on revenues from fundraising events. Six events, including the California Wine Fair, have been cancelled in 2020 resulting in a shortfall of $125,000. We must replace these essential funds to operate our programs. Every dollar has direct impact on the lives of the girls keeping them safe & off the streets

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carolyn Holloway, Community Engagement Officer

403-612-1885or [email protected]

Charity

Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Requesting Any amount is appreciated

We serve these populations:

  • Women

we need help with:

  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence
  • Operating Dollars
  • Other

Our biggest areas of need currently are:

  • Operating dollars – we are concerned about raising funds from our regular sources as we anticipate donations will be down. In addition we anticipate getting less from our casino draw.
  • We have had to quickly adapt to providing virtual services which requires increased resources and staff time to adapt programming and train volunteers to deliver this programming.
  • As the backbone organization for the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective and IMPACT the provincial collective we have been working to assess needs and provide resources to our member agencies. This has included everything from virtual training’s, developing and sharing COVID 19 protocols and plans, collecting and sharing information with funders and stakeholders, and sourcing N95 masks and other supplies. Ideally we could use an additional staff person to facilitate a specific COVID 19 response to these emerging requests.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrea Silverstone, Executive Director

403 234 7337 ext 101or [email protected]

Charity

Scientists in School

Requesting $55,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Operating Dollars

Our hands-on STEM classroom and community programs reach 40,000 young Calgarians each year. COVID-19 related closures have forced us to temporarily suspend operations and lay off all local staff.

$55,000 would (1) help our staff and presenters get back to work once schools reopen; and (2) provide 200 workshops to 10 elementary schools serving low-income communities, allowing them to kick-start the school year with highly engaging, curriculum-aligned programming. We need your help.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Amy Schindler, Director, Fund Development and Communications

9058379626or [email protected]

Charity

Calgary Silver Linings Foundation

Requesting $6,500

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Women

we need help with:

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

As Silver Linings works to establish a world-class residential eating disorder treatment centre, we are improving support for Calgarians with eating disorders right now by offering skills-based Support Groups for impacted adolescents, adults, parents and loved ones.

During the “best of times” we know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness including depression and that they are one of the leading causes of death from mental illness among young people. We also know that these deadly mental illnesses thrive on an individual’s isolation.

Alas, these are not the best of times and given the significant changes that we are all navigating right now – among these physical/social distancing – Silver Linings has very real concerns about the increased vulnerability of our clients.

Your donations during this unprecedented time would greatly help us adapt to and support the needs of Calgary’s eating disorder community as follows:

  1. Offer a NEW professionally-facilitated, online “drop-in” Support Group for Calgarians aged 18+ with any type of eating disorder.
  2. Waive online Support Group registration fees for any clients who are currently experiencing financial hardship.
  3. Offer online-adapted Binge Eating Disorder and Adult Support Groups.
  4. Offer our clients NEW, weekly, customized digital communications, including evidence-informed “Midday Mental Health Tips.”

Thank you very much.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kristin Pletch, Senior Manager, Communications & Fund Development

(403) 536-4025or [email protected]

Charity

Simon House Recovery Centre

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports
  • Other

The current COVID19 environment has had our regular donations cease since people are being laid off and are uncertain about the future. Simon is continuing to provide a safe place for men to recover from addiction, many of these men were marginalised with housing, food and come from all walks of life, there common goal is to recover from addiction. Our costs have increased as staffing has been impacted with quarantine putting higher demand on the ones that are remaining, some have even moved on property so the men here will always have support. The money will allow us to continue to operate and provide a safe place for these men to remain during the COVID19 pandemic crisis.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Steven Archambault, Community Engagement and Fund Development

403-247-2050or [email protected]

Charity

Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation

Requesting $10,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless
  • LGBTQ2S+

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations

DOLLAR VALUE OF NEED: $10,000

This pandemic has brought new challenges to our mission of connecting trans and gender diverse youth, adults and families with comprehensive and low barrier access to the support they need and deserve. Community members, who already face social isolation, are now facing longer wait times for gender-affirming medical care, increased financial stress and loss of opportunities to connect with peers who understand and affirm them. Many fundraisers and group programming has been postponed to follow social distancing recommendations.

Donations are essential for us to continue providing life-saving peer and group support and mental health counselling through innovative virtual delivery methods to a community that is already extremely at risk. It will also support us in being able to continue working with medical consultants to ensure that we are providing our services in a manner that align with the evolving best practices to mitigate transmission. Funds will also allow us to keep our community cupboard stocked with essential food and hygiene supplies, and deliver supplies to those who need them most.

Your help, creative problem-solving and a whole lot of love will help us show trans and gender diverse folks that we see them and they matter.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lindsay Peace, Executive Director

(403) 998-0589or [email protected]

Charity

Sonshine Community Service

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence

Sonshine Community Services is a multi-services organization serving our community for 42 years.
We operate the Sonshine Centre, a residential shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. With 24 suites, at any given time we have 24 adults and up to 40 children living in our secure residential facility. While we continue providing essential services, including counselling and support to both adults and children, with the COVID 19 pandemic, our residential clients are experiencing increased vulnerability and risk factors. Children are particularly vulnerable in this situation, as they are home from school and disconnected from their support system (school, educators, friends, community, extended family).
Within a world wide crisis, we expect the organization’s financial resources to diminish drastically as everyone is touched by the socio/economic impact of the pandemic. On the other hand, we know that the need for our services will grow as, statistically, periods of hardship increase family stress and therefore recurrence and intensity of domestic violence and/or child abuse within the home will increase as well. The situation we will be facing will then be one of increased demand and diminished resources to meet the demand.
As we all face this emergency together, we ask our community to think about those who are vulnerable and consider supporting families fleeing domestic violence.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Monica Ercolessi, Director of Resource Development

4037053485or [email protected]

Charity

Stardale Women's Group Inc.

Requesting $98,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

The COVID – 19 has inflicted confusion, grief and disruption to the day to day operations of Stardale, along with the cancellation of our May 14th gala, performance at the Way-Out West Fest and performance at the National Indigenous Day celebration. These three events were to garner funds for our daily operations.
Stardale addresses the “Gap” in services for Indigenous girls in Calgary through continuing to offer educational classes, mentoring, recreational activities, and social engagements.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Helen McPhaden, Executive Director

4032436615or [email protected]

Charity

Starlight Children's Foundation

Requesting 18,800

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Other

During this time of social distancing, seriously ill children can’t go outside, play and be distracted like healthy children can. Starlight children have pre-existing conditions and are exponentially at risk as they are strongly immunocompromised. The need for activities and distraction is high in these isolation cases and families’ resources are low, we hope together we will be able to help.

Starlight has been helping seriously ill children and their families for over 30 years. Now in these desperate times of Covid-19 and our children’s isolation, we need support more than ever. To answer the immediate needs of our isolated children, we have created an emergency program called Play From Home Packs. The package will contain board games, crafts and other interactive activities. Many of these will involve a national group activity where all children will be logging on to Facebook Live with special guests including our own Captain Starlight to join in the fun.

Starlight needs to ship Play From Home Packs to seriously ill children and their families across the country immediately. We are reaching out to ask for support in supplying kits for the 188 families in need in Calgary. Each kit will cost $100, including materials and shipping. Your donation will be used immediately with all kits shipped as they are sponsored. 100% of all donations received for this program will be used to deliver these packs. From our Starlight Canada family to yours, thank you for your consideration as we all navigate through the evolving circumstances of COVID-19 together.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Denise Meade, Senior Development Officer

1-800-880-1004or [email protected]

Charity

STARS Air Ambulance

Requesting Any amount is appreciated

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Children and Youth
  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

STARS mission operations in Alberta are 75% funded by the community in the form of lottery ticket purchases, special events, direct mail and individual and corporate giving. All of these programs have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Our mission volumes remain steady and in fact we have already flown our first COVID-19 patients. Our goal is to remain ready to fly 24/7/365 and any support members of the community could provide during this challenging time would be greatly appreciated.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Denise Kinghorn, Director of Development

403-831-5727or [email protected]

Charity

Stephens Backpacks for Children in Need Society

Requesting $30,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Women

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Individuals/families fleeing domestic violence

Families and children in need returning to school this fall will face many areas of need for school supplies and teachers assistance to help vulnerable children in their classes. Relieving the burdens through Back to school backpacks and teachers kits which are distributed to teachers with supplies including backpacks and all supplies listed on CBE. We are looking to double our numbers this year helping over 4,000 children in need.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Nancy McPhee, Executive Director

4038529308or [email protected]