Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Wings of Hope is an entirely volunteer-based charity offering a unique kind of support to breast cancer patients living in Calgary. It not only provides funding to low-income breast cancer patients for basic living expenses, operating in conjunction with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. This organization also supports healing initiatives designed to help those recovering from breast cancer, such as their Gift of Hope Program preparing care packages including gift cards for essential items, soft hats for hair loss, hand creams for dry skin (a common side effect from treatments), homemade knitted items, books, and other holiday goodies to help raise spirits during the holiday season.
Inn from the Cold
Inn from the Cold (IFTC) is Calgary’s first and largest Emergency Family Shelter. IFTC provides shelter and relieves immediate needs of families arriving at their doors, while simultaneously addressing the root causes of family homelessness to create long-term solutions. IFTC services include 24-hour emergency family shelter and basic needs for over 25 families, community based volunteer-run emergency shelter program with up to 30 beds, the Knox Inn Satellite Shelter overflow shelter for up to 75 beds, Journey House 24/7 supportive housing initiative for nine female-headed families, Early Childhood Development, and Assessment and Triage to connect families to community resources, and housing with intensive supports.
Centre for Suicide Prevention
The main goal of the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is to educate people with information, knowledge, and skills to respond to people at risk of suicide. They educate through a variety of media: workshops, webinars, online courses, information services, Twitter, knowledge exchange, and traditional library services in order to educate for life.
The experiences that contribute to someone considering suicide are unique for each person; suicide is complex, and there is no one path that leads a person to the decision. For this reason, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division established CSP in 1981 to educate Albertans about suicide and how to prevent it.
Epilepsy Association of Calgary
The Epilepsy Association of Calgary (EAC) is a charitable social service agency established to address community, individual, and family needs related to epilepsy. Like their penguin mascot, Echo, those with epilepsy have learned to deal with harsh conditions, and cope with enormous challenges on a daily basis. EAC supports those with and affected by epilepsy through enhanced personal understanding, coping capacity, social support, and access to community resources. They also promote public education about epilepsy through enhancing acceptance and integration. As Canada’s oldest incorporated epilepsy organization (established in 1955), EAC’s mission has been to limit negative stigmas about this hidden condition through public education, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by epilepsy.
Cerebral Palsy Kids & Family | The Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association
The Epilepsy Association of Calgary (EAC) is a charitable social service agency established to address community, individual, and family needs related to epilepsy. Like their penguin mascot, Echo, those with epilepsy have learned to deal with harsh conditions, and cope with enormous challenges on a daily basis. EAC supports those with and affected by epilepsy through enhanced personal understanding, coping capacity, social support, and access to community resources. They also promote public education about epilepsy through enhancing acceptance and integration. As Canada’s oldest incorporated epilepsy organization (established in 1955), EAC’s mission has been to limit negative stigmas about this hidden condition through public education, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by epilCerebral Palsy Kids and Families (CPKF) operating under the Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association is a Calgary based non-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to one mission; they provide family-focused support, resources, programs, and opportunities to Calgary-area individuals and families affected by cerebral palsy, throughout their life journey.
Their motto is to “Light up a Child’s Life” which reflects the majority of their membership base. In addition to families of children with cerebral palsy, their membership also includes adult individuals with cerebral palsy and interested organizations. In response to the largest community needs, CPKF has tailored many of its services and programs to assist children and fill a void left by other community sources.
Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society
Discovery House is devoted to the safety and well-being of women with children leaving domestic violence and abuse. They offer stability, hope, and opportunity to their clients through individualized long-term residential and community support services which result in healthier families and stronger communities.
On any given day, they support nearly 400 women and children through their highly secure 19-suite residential facility and innovative Community Housing Program that supports one hundred families at one time. Discovery House’s skilled and compassionate staff provides each mother and child with the tools, resources, and skill sets needed to heal and integrate safely back into the community.
Renfrew Recovery Centre/Calgary Health Trust
The Renfrew Recovery Centre (RCC) is a 40-bed residential facility offering medically supported detoxification services (stabilization, assessment and referral to other medical programs) to Albertans while they withdraw from the effects of alcohol and other drugs. It is the only residential addiction centre run by Alberta Health Services in all of southern Alberta. Staffed by doctors, nurses, addiction counselors, social workers, and other dedicated staff, their goal is to instill “hope for a life worth living” in a safe and supportive environment during withdrawal.
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) mission is to improve the lives of animals by rescuing and providing sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals in Alberta. But more than just a rescue, AARRCS also strives to seize the root of the issue causing animal homelessness and assist people and communities to achieve respectful relationships with animals. They support this through many community programs including humane education; spay/neuter assistance programs, dog house and pet food programs. AARCS is a leading animal welfare organization in Alberta and is spearheading a mission to eliminate animal cruelty and homelessness. Through this initiative, AARCS will work to ensure every animal has adequate food, shelter, kindness and companionship.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Calgary Region) is part of Canada’s most established national mental health organization. They facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and addiction. They build awareness and provide education, advocacy and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness, addiction, or loss by suicide through 15 community-based support programs. These programs falls under four pillars which they refer to as the HOPE model of services delivery (Housing, Outreach, Peer support and Education). CMHA works with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to services and resources.
Literacy for Life
Literacy for Life (LFL) facilitates, designs, and delivers literacy and learning programs and services to improve the lives of community members and their families. This organization operates on the concept that literacy is more than just the skills of reading and writing. It gives individuals a voice, a way to share their story and skills with the world. LFL strives to provide positive learning environments, relationships, esteem and confidence to attain optimum learning and literacy development. It offers its programs to all residents of the MD of Foothills, at little or no cost to the learner, family or community agency.
1st Priddis Scouts& Scouts Canada – Chinook Council
Scouts Canada is the country’s leading youth organization, and has brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience, and friendship to over 17 million Canadian youth for more than 100 years. Scouts Canada’s mission is to help develop well rounded youth, laying the groundwork for their success in the world. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere. Along the way, the Scouts develop into capable, confident, and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Dollar for dollar, their programs offer significant value, run all year round, and offer adventures that youth will remember for a lifetime.
Jewish Family Service Calgary
The mission of Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC) is to strengthen communities by providing social services to individuals and families based on the Jewish values of compassion, social justice and improving the world. JFSC provides invaluable services to clients with a holistic, client-centered approach. JFSC is non-denominational and provides services to all Calgarians in need of counseling and basic needs such as food supplements, housing support, and emergency financial assistance. Agency professionals help those who need to leave domestic violence situations. JFSC works towards preventing social isolation in older adults, alleviation poverty and supporting independence and healthy aging.
Sonshine Community Services
Sonshine Community Services exists to help women and children transform their lives. They envision a community where women and children live safely in healthy families. Recognized as a leader in Calgary’s continuum of emergency and second stage shelters for women and children escaping domestic violence, Sonshine Centre provides long-term, secure housing, and the support needed to navigate the practical and emotional complexities of leaving an abusive home. With 24 units, Sonshine’s shelter represents one-third of Calgary’s second stage beds. It is the only women’s shelter in Alberta providing a one-year program for single women (followed by six months of counseling and support) and one of the only two in Calgary providing one year of transitional housing for women with children. Sonshine houses and serves women and children who are at high risk for injury or fatality due to domestic violence, and is an integral part of Calgary’s collaborative response to domestic violence.
Rowan House Society
The mission at the Rowan House Emergency Shelter is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. Rowan House provides a spectrum of services including in-house shelter services, outreach, education, prevention, child support, outreach programming, and more. Branches Preventative Education provides school presentations focusing on prevention and resilience as well as community Healthy Relationship Groups and public awareness. The child support program at Rowan House offers specialized programming for children and moms focusing on children who have witnessed violence. These services are available to in-house shelter clients as well as outreach clients. All services operate from a trauma-informed perspective built on the core values of safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment.
Foothills Country Hospice Society
Foothills Country Hospice provides specialized end of life care to adults and support to their loved ones. Our focus is on the living end of the journey and we ensure that every day our patients’ have, is filled with compassion, understanding and meaning. With a dedicated clinical team, social worker, spiritual care leader, and countless volunteers we address our patients physical needs as well as issues that may cause emotional or spiritual pain. Families are guided through the journey with compassion and tenderness and have access to on site grief support. There are no fees to our patients for their stay while at hospice.
Kids Up Front Foundation
The Kids Up Front Foundation provides recreational, sporting, cultural, arts and educational events to children with difficult social, economic, or personal circumstances. They partner with over 180 child-serving agencies to distribute donated tickets, events, and opportunities to children and families. Their programs include “Can’t Use Your Ticket”, which provides thousands of experiences through donated tickets, “Pay it Forward”, which recognizes children and youths who are making a difference in their community, and “Kids Count”, which creates VIP experiences for kids at a variety of events. Through these programs, Kids Up Front enhances the quality of life for children who would not normally receive these types of experiences, helping to foster the development of good future leaders.
Between Friends offers social, recreation, and self-development opportunities for people with disabilities. They help create an environment where their participants can connect, grow, and belong through participation in various activities. This organization is pan-disability, meaning any person with or without a disability can participate. Between Friends offers year-round, weekly, evening and weekend programming as well as a number of summer camp experiences. Camp Bonaventure is a day camp designed for children ages 4-17, Camp Funz’Amust is a residential camp with sessions designed for members both under and over the age of 18, and Adventurers, where adults with disabilities have the opportunity to go on 2 to 5 day excursions. Between Friends envisions a community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
Seniors Secret Service
Seniors Secret Services is an organization that delivers programs to isolated seniors in Calgary and the surrounding area. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals 60 years and older that do not have a personal support network. In particular this organization strives to ensure that no seniors are left out at Christmas or on their Birthday, providing over 5200 birthday and Christmas gifts each year. This helps seniors to create a sense of community within nursing homes, as well as new opportunities for social visits to seniors living in their own homes, bringing them a new sense of well-being and contributing positively to their overall health.
Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Today, more than 5,200 wishes have been granted to children across Canada over the past 30 years, with regional chapters established from coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta was founded in 1995 by Dave and Carol Stinton, who heard about Make-A-Wish in Vancouver and was so touched that he headed home to start his Make-A-Wish journey in Calgary. Since then Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta has been improving the lives of children and families as part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world.
Heritage Pointe Firefighters Association
The Heritage Pointe Firefighters Association supports the Foothills Fire Department with training, equipment, and resources for firefighting, rescue, and medical response. They also work within their community to support different events including hockey and baseball by having matches of Fire Fighters vs. members of the community, and other fire safety initiatives. They aim to increase training as well as equipment capabilities for rescue in order to ensure the safety of their Fire Fighters and increase their life-saving capabilities. Through their involvement with the Heritage Pointe Fire Fighters, this association improves the firefighting services to the entire MD of Foothills and its surrounding area.