In the spirit of the season, and to share our good fortune – good clients, good colleagues, good friends – Communica is making Christmas donations to five charitable organizations. Each of the agencies – four in Calgary and one in Vancouver – provides services and support that give hope and help to adults and children living with extreme challenges in their lives. This is important year-round, and particularly so at Christmas.
So we have chosen to donate to:
- The Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured: provides intensive community-based rehabilitation and family support in a nurturing environment. With personalized rehabilitation, and lots of encouragement, survivors can once again enjoy fulfilling lives in their communities. ARBI is also the only non-profit community agency that provides longer-term rehabilitation and family support for survivors of severe acquired brain injury, caused by traumatic injuries and non-traumatic injuries.
- Heartland Agency – Even Start Special Needs Education: a non-profit organization providing highly-evolved educational programs for children. The Even Start program is a five-day-a-week morning/afternoon program for children from backgrounds of poverty, abuse trauma or neglect.
- The Magic of Christmas: brings the spirit and cheer of Christmas into many homes that lack the emotional and/or financial resources to do so themselves. Every Christmas Eve the organization fills Calgary Transit buses with Santas and elves who bring support, cheer and gifts to those in need. The reindeer also make a special route to many of Calgary’s hospitals, nursing homes and shelters.
- Seniors Secret Service: a registered charity with a mission to enhance the quality of life for isolated senior citizens, a marginalized segment of our population. Donations help fund Christmas gift-giving programs and serve tens of thousands of seniors. The Seniors Secret Service mission is to ensure that no seniors are left out at Christmas.
- Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre: a Vancouver agency that provides practical support such as basic necessities and shelter to more than 300 women, children and seniors in Vancouver who have experienced high levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty. DEWC offers long-term support, education, advocacy, peer mentorship and exposure to alternatives to individuals.
In addition, Communica employees in Calgary have collected toys for the Toy Mountain campaign, and employees in Vancouver have donate unwrapped gifts to the Salvation Army toy drive there.
It is Communica’s hope that these initiatives will help bring some Christmas joy into the lives of children, adults and seniors who are less fortunate over the Christmas holidays.