UPLIFTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Our province feels more divided than ever, and social justice advocacy is a crucial part of healing some of the tensions that we experience in our communities. It allows us to be proactive, to find flexible and swift solutions to addressing some of our societal challenges through fairness and equity. As someone who has worked with dozens of grassroots organizations, I know that the most impactful work is often done locally. Join me in learning about some of the amazing organizations in Edmonton that are focused on change making, and see how we can all get involved in bettering our communities. 

Seniors Assisted Transportation

Drive Happiness

Drive Happiness is a non-profit organization which provides low-cost assisted transportation to older Albertans. Screened and trained volunteers use their own vehicles to drive seniors wherever they need to go, be it a medical appointment, the grocery store, a recreation facility, or a loved-one’s home. This ensures older adults can access the programs and services they need to live well. To learn more or become a volunteer driver, click here.

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Empowering Women to Seek Leadership Positions in Public Office

ParityYEG

ParityYEG exists to build parity in politics. This drive for equality in public service fuels their desire to also shift our culture to achieve gender balance across every sector. Through a multitude of opportunities, and with a multi-partisan approach,
they engage, encourage, and work alongside women to ensure new doors are being opened and the dream to run for office is realized. To learn more, click here.

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Supporting Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

AdaptAbilities

AdaptAbilities creates possibilities for individuals with special needs and their families by delivering essential programs. They create a place where friendships are made and where individuals and their families grow, succeed and belong. They are a non-profit that makes a positive impact on the whole family. Children and adults with special needs thrive in their programs and their families get an essential break from caregiving to live, work and support their own well-being. Their community is a spectrum of diverse abilities and they champion inclusion for kids and adults living with visible and invisible disabilities. To see more of the programs AdaptAbilities offers, click here.

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Reducing Waste in Edmonton 

Waste Free Edmonton 

Waste Free Edmonton is a grassroots, non-profit organization working to significantly reduce the amount of waste created in Edmonton by stopping it at the source.               That means producing and consuming less at the front-end, and reusing and repurposing items wherever possible. Their work is done through advocating for the City of Edmonton to implement waste-related policies, working with businesses to improve their practices, and educating the general public. Waste Free Edmonton creates engaging presentations and hands-on activities for students learn about the impact of plastic waste, and is currently working with City Council to take action to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in Edmonton. To learn more, click here

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ORGANIZATIONS IN URGENT NEED

Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed is in need of underwear, socks, women's and men's shoes, shorts and cargo shorts, sunscreen, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste

Bissel Center

The Bissel Center is in need of backpacks, men’s, women’s and children’s footwear (all sizes), men’s and women’s underwear, bras, hats, and sunscreen

Food Bank

The Edmonton Food Bank is in need of canned beans, canned meat or fish, baby formula, peanut butter, juice boxes, granola bars, canned fruits or vegetables  

Little Warriors

Little Warriors is in need of toilet paper, new socks and underwear for women, men, and children, granola bars, art supplies, body wash, hair elastics, and detangler