Community-led fundraising events are a wonderful opportunity for you to get your friends, family, or coworkers engaged in raising funds and awareness for Calgary Homeless Foundation. Get inspired by reading more about some of our amazing community donors.
Every donor helps us get closer to a world where all people can live safe, healthy lives with hope for the future.
The partnerships featured here are all innovative in their own right: some are longstanding, and some are new; some are visible, while others operate behind the scenes. But all of them have made a difference.
greengate Garden Centers
greengate Garden Centres and Calgary Homeless Foundation have been growing hope together since 2003.
During the holiday season, greengate rallies their customers to provide winter wear, toiletries and grocery gift cards. In 2020, greengate will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of select holiday décor to Calgary Homeless Foundation. In the spring, greengate also sells Hope for Humanity roses and donates the proceeds to the foundation.
“We would never have been able to do all that we do without community support,” Harington Telford, Vice-President of Marketing at greengate, says, citing it as a reason greengate continues to support Calgary Homeless Foundation.
He adds, “As long as we work together and do the best we can, we will all be OK.”
Haskayne Commerce Undergraduate Society
Pictured: CUS leadership in a remote meeting. Clockwise from top right: CUS Vice President of Community Development (2019-20), Jenna Elmquist; Directors for Community Development (2019-20) Laura Bogo Lotelli, Sadie Elder, and Shagufta Farheen
Since 2019, CHF’s Youth Advisory Table has been the lucky recipient of funds raised by students of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Commerce Undergraduate Society.
These intrepid volunteers held three events – a DIY terrarium, a food drive and a bowling night –before the pandemic forced them to shut down their Week of Giving campaign in the middle of March 2020. They raised funds through online donations, asking fellow students, and selling tickets to the events.
In 2019, they raised funds by hosting 5 Days for the Homeless, a national campaign run by the Canadian Association of Business Students, that strives to raise awareness and donations.
Backroad Traveler Band
In 2019, Calgary Homeless Foundation became the beneficiary of the proceeds from a new song by Backroad Traveler Band.
The song, called “A Day in the Country,” honours the band’s love for chuckwagon races, and features the voice of the late Joe Carbury, a renowned sports announcer in Western Canada and a Calgary Stampede chuckwagon race caller for 45 years.
“We approached the family and asked for permission to use his audio, which they were honoured to give us,” singer Sandy McRae says. The audio comes from the last races Carbury called in 2007.
When the band learned that Carbury’s daughter, Coleen Hutton, was Calgary Homeless Foundation’s Director of Human Resources, they chose to donate all proceeds from the song to the Calgary Homeless Foundation. “Being able to include Joe Carbury and his family – it just made the song,” McRae says.
The band held a reveal party for the song and music video in May 2019, donating all proceeds to the foundation. Calgary Homeless Foundation continues to receive all proceeds form the sale of the song on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and Deezer.
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