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

Arthritis Society

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

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

we need help with:

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

These are uncertain and challenging times. Many worry about jobs, income, food, shelter, and isolation. Imagine all of that plus living with inflammatory arthritis and a suppressed immune system. What information do I believe and what doesn’t apply to me?

Arthritis Society has one clear goal: to alleviate the suffering of people affected by arthritis. Our mission is to invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes and an improved quality of life for people affected by arthritis.

Older adults and people with autoimmune diseases like RA can be seriously affected by COVID-19. We must move swiftly to disseminate relevant, research-based information. Today 620,000 Albertans live with arthritis, many in rural and remote areas. Our online community helps people feel less isolated and alone, no matter where they live. Our online platforms provide research-based tips about exercise, nutrition, pain management and mobility.

A $50,000 investment will support updating and delivering this critical information to address people’s mental, emotional and physical health during this crisis and beyond.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Suzan Valenta, Executive Director, Prairie/NWT/NU Region

4036503250or [email protected]

Charity

Aspen Family and Community Network Society

Requesting $10,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant Newcomers

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations

Aspen’s Group Care, Foster Care, Sustainable Families and In-Home Family Support programs are essential services and must continue. This continuation of services has caused increased staffing and financial challenges and we anticipate a long journey ahead.

We have a unique challenge of many staff working from home, while we ask others to be physically present for youth in our care. As our remote teams explore using technology to interact with program participants, others need to be present in spaces such as group homes. With staff required to self-isolate at the first sign of symptoms, we are needing to re-deploy staff from other programs to step in and support the group homes.

The balance of these two situations is resulting in increased expenses for telecommunications and video conferencing as well as increased staffing costs to compensate staff appropriately for working the front line in our essential services programs. When you combine these increased expenses with the reality of cancelling two fundraising events, we are looking to our community for increased support.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Ashlee Hamblin, Director, Development and Communication

403-463-8936or [email protected]

Charity

Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)

Requesting $100,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)
  • Indigenous Communities
  • LGBTQ2S+

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Mental health supports
  • Event Cancellations

ARBI provides vital services for adults and seniors that are experiencing the effects of severe Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injuries. For more than 40 years we have met the recovery needs of thousands of people and their families. More than 60% of our clients reside in care facilities and are unable to leave to attend their rehabilitation programs.
Our team of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Psychologists and Social Workers are paramount to our clients reaching their goals. We provide social programming, groups and caregiver supports to help our clients to improve their overall mental health and learn how to return to social situations comfortably.
Due to multiple medical challenges with our vulnerable clients, we have had to make the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend our services. ARBI is utilizing this temporary closure as an opportunity to develop a revised fund development strategy and make improvements to our programs. ARBI has approximately 1/2 of our funding from government sources and the remainder of our budget comes from donations. During this unprecedented time (COVID-19 plus the world collapse of the Oil and Gas industry) we are very concerned about being financially ready for when the clients return.
We have had fundraising events cancel or get postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis and there is uncertainty about future events and other funding that we typically count on throughout the year. Examples include:
– Casino was cancelled (we are still hopeful for limited funds by participating in the pool) – next casino will be in 18 months.
– The ARBI Charity Classic Golf Tournament will most likely be postponed. COVID-19 will make sponsorship difficult and isolation may force us to reschedule.
– 3rd Party Events have already cancelled and pushed out to 2021.
With the support of our community and donors, ARBI will ready to serve many more people for another 40 years to come! Thank you so much for your consideration.
Contact Information:

Luanne Whitmarsh
403-560-6870
[email protected]

CONTACT INFORMATION

Luanne Whitmarsh, Executive Director

403-560-6870or [email protected]

Charity

Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary

Requesting Any amount is appreciated

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

Isolation has always been an issue for the autism community. The current climate created by the COVID – 19 pandemic has increased feelings of isolation and loneliness. AAFS continues to support individuals with ASD and their families during this time as best we can.

We are working on innovative ways to provide connection for our members (e.g. Virtual/Online gaming, Virtual Chat Rooms, Netflix Parties). Remotely connecting our people in this time of social distancing will have a major impact when we all try to get back to ‘normal’.

When considering ‘Vital” needs and emergency funding, we look at the following areas;
1. Delivery of Online/Virtual Programs (little to no revenue, easily accessible)
2. Mental Health support for our families
3. Operating/Sustainability costs
4. Subsidy Fund upon Post Covid (our expectation is our Subsidy fund will be in high demand once we re-open)
5. Moving World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) to a Virtual/Online Event.

When our doors open again and life returns to ‘normal’, we plan to come back stronger than ever. As we have over the past 15 years and look ahead to the future, we will be here for our families to provide whatever support they may need.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dean Svoboda, Executive Director

4038750524or [email protected]

Charity

Autism Calgary Association

Requesting $45,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Immigrant Newcomers
  • Women

we need help with:

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

Our Family Support Program provides information, referrals, advocacy and peer support (support groups & peer mentorship) to families living with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and individuals with ASD. Although all program has converted to online and telephone based, we have already experienced higher volumes of demand and more need for emotional support. We hope to increase staff capacity in order to provide more individualized supports and increased support support groups.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lyndon Parakin Parakin, Executive Director

403-250-5033 ext 223or [email protected]

Charity

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

Requesting $100,000

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

Awo Taan has been providing culturally safe trauma-violence informed services to families of all cultures for over 25 years. Our program evaluation (2019) with Indigenous and non-Indigenous families we work with show that our standards of practice, which are informed by strength-based Indigenous healing and experience has helped families to stay together and become better connected to their cultures and communities; including urban communities and services support and with other cultures.
Awo Taan has seen a significant increase in calls from families seeking emergency supports due to COVID-19. Our staff have been working longer hours to try to support these families. Families are seeking mental health supports, food security supports, emergency food supplies hampers, emergency health care supplies (cleaning products, toilet paper), essential baby items (diapers, formula, baby food), etc. Our families soon will be faced with eviction notices (facing homelessness), utilities cut off notices as they will be falling behind on their bills. We want to help our Awo Taan families in these areas. We are not seeing families face to face but offering phone support (after hours, weekends) as well as delivering the essential items listed above. These funds will help support our indigenous urban families and elders during these unforeseen uncertain times.
Thank you, Awo Taan team

CONTACT INFORMATION

Josie Nepinak, Execuitive Director

403-862-0700or [email protected]

Charity

Bethany Care Foundation

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

  • Aging Population (Seniors)

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations

Bethany Care Society is providing front line care to vulnerable, fragile seniors and adults with disabilities residing in eight Bethany care centres in Calgary and surrounding area. The health and safety of our residents and our front line caregivers is our critical priority, now more than ever. Your donation to support Bethany’s greatest needs will give us the flexibility we need right now as we provide care and daily living support to over 1200 residents in long-term care and supportive living; support the safety, well-being and resilience of our front line caregivers; and as we rapidly pivot to create ways to connect families to their loved ones during this unprecedented time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Diane Kashuba, Director of Development

4034702430or [email protected]

Charity

Bethany Chapel

Requesting $1600 - 2000 - (gift cards $20 denominations) to help support familes we help until the end of April-20

We serve these populations:

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

we need help with:

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

At the present time the church has a non-perishable food pantry that is open to families that live in a close proximity to the church. We do however allow anyone that has a need to access it as well. It was and is being visited regularly and we foresee with the length or time frame of the COVID 19 isolation period – we will see a greater demand of people’s requests to access it. In saying that we would appreciate any donations of non perishable food items – not expired – or gift cards to give when families need fresh produce or milk/dairy needs. ($20 denominations). We also stock it with cleaning/health/personal hygiene items. So items of that nature would be greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you for considering our request to help the greater population of the vulnerable in Calgary.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mary Dyck, Director of Community and Women's Ministries

Cell - 587-969-8605 / church - 403-249-8605 x 236or [email protected]

Charity

Between Friends

Requesting $50,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Operating Dollars

Between Friends provides social, recreation, and development opportunities for people with disabilities. Our families are now caring for their children with disabilities 24/7; no school, no recreation, no respite. Between Friends has canceled all programming until further notice. Help us to explore creative ways to engage & connect with our 800+ participants and their families. With physical distancing, the mental health risk associated with this crisis could be immeasurable.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mounira Chehade, Development Officer- Organizations

403-827-2315or [email protected]

Charity

Bow Valley College

Requesting $25,000

We serve these populations:

  • Immigrant Newcomers
  • Indigenous Communities
  • LGBTQ2S+

we need help with:

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

With an average age of 27 years old, and students hailing from 115 countries, speaking 94 languages, and most juggling multiple responsibilities of school, a job, and caring for family members, the challenge of focusing on an education in pursuit of a job can be truly overwhelming.

Our learners can face many barriers including financial and the generosity of our community helps our students with the best financial supports to complete their education. Many students today face significant financial barriers and are often forced to borrow money to cover the costs of tuition, books and living expenses. Often part-time jobs will compete with study time, making it difficult for students to reach their full academic potential.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of financial support requests from our students so that they can continue their studies at Bow Valley College during this challenging time. We are seeking support to ensure that access to post-secondary education remains attainable for all Albertans.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Ila Rakhi, Development Officer, Annual Giving

(403) 410-1427or [email protected]

Charity

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Requesting $2,004,000

We serve these populations:

  • Children and Youth
  • Homeless
  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Operating Dollars

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary needs help to continue our support for the most vulnerable youth in our care. Your donations will help ensure we can meet the needs of youth in our group homes, Avenue 15 emergency shelter, and community-based housing programs for youth working to end their experience with homelessness.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is where vulnerable youth find home, safety and a sense of belonging. Your generosity provides more than a place to sleep; your support offers kindness, community and the resources to meet a young person’s most basic needs.

At this time, we are asking for your support to help us with CoVid19 related costs including:
• Employee training and increased staffing needs for safe, staggered redeployment to meet the needs of our housing and shelter programs;
• Increased cleaning supply and services costs;
• Increased basic needs support to vulnerable youth and families served;
• Costs to support vulnerable youth and families without in-home technology to connect to teachers, counsellors, family and peers;
• Losses to Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary program revenue; and,
• Losses to fundraising revenue.

Thank you for considering a gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary at this critical time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Shone Thistle, Director of Fund Development

403.473.8063or [email protected]

Charity

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Foothills

Requesting Any amount is appreciated

We serve these populations:

  • Indigenous Communities

we need help with:

  • Increased demand on service
  • Support to vulnerable populations
  • Other

– Bottled water and Gatorade
-baby formula
– diapers
– Baby supplies
– Vitamins
– hand soap
– Dish soap
– Feminine hygiene products
– Toiletries
– bleach
– Cleaning supplies
– Toilet paper
– Paper towel
– Gloves
– Masks
– First aid supplies
– Non-perishable food items
– Freezable foods (commercially prepared)
– Meats
– Boost/ensure

CONTACT INFORMATION

Jodie Sieben, Director of Operations and Indigenous Relations

403-828-0434or jodiebgcf[email protected]