Gifts of Kindness
A sudden job loss, diagnosis or change in family structure can mean that residents face financial troubles in the blink of an eye.
The Gifts of Kindness Fund provides short term financial support to help meet the basic needs of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents.
In addition to helping people get back on their feet, this support helps prevent long term social challenges in our community such as homelessness and malnutrition. Note: Gifts of Kindness was called the Christmas with Dignity fund until 2019.
The 2020 Gifts of Kindness Report is now available to read!
Check out how your generosity has made an impact in Chestermere in the past year!
Gifts of Kindness supports residents in need with short term financial support and you can learn more about the Gifts of Kindness program below.
There are also many other organizations that work to support residents in need.
Throughout the month of March, we are featuring them on our Instagram account (see right).
You can also learn more about them here: Support & Non Profit Organizations in Chestermere
Connect with us:
If you are facing financial challenges and need support, connect with our Family & Community Resource Team by calling 403-207-7079 or completing the intake form here.
Upon referral, the City's Family & Community Resource Centre team can meet with an individual or family experiencing financial hardship to discuss their current situation and offer strategies and resources that may provide financial relief.
This may include referrals to the Chestermere Food Bank (hampers and Good Food Box), federal support programs (employment insurance), and provincial support programs.
The team is made up of staff who have extensive experience in supporting families in need. They will offer a confidential listening ear, suggestions for resources, and referrals to other supports.
Gifts of Kindness supports residents in need with short term financial support but there are many other resources available in Chestermere. In March 2021, we are featuring local social support services through a campaign called Chestermere Cares. Scroll up to learn more!
The Gifts of Kindness fund is still accessible to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to follow regular procedures for those residents requesting access to the fund, which includes the requirement that individuals and families access all other available resources prior to requesting funds from Gifts of Kindness.
This includes the provincial and federal programs that have been initiated in response to COVID-19, as well as any deferral assistance that is available. More information on these resources can be found at chestermere.ca/covid19.
1. Participate in our current fundraiser
2. Donate any amount
Any time during the year, you can make a difference in the lives of Chestermere and South East Rocky View residents by donating any amount.
- Click here to donate any amount online. Please note that if you can wait until December 1, 2020 to give, you gift will be matched on that day (Giving Tuesday).
- Send a cheque: Cheques can be made out to The City of Chestermere with the memo being Gifts of Kindness. Cheques can be dropped off or mailed to 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7.
- Contact the Family & Community Resource Centre (403-207-7079) if you'd like to make a special donation
Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. We also want to acknowledge and celebrate our amazing donors. Find out how we do that here.Find out how we do that here.
3. Sign up for our email newsletter
We provide quarterly updates to the community through the City's e-newsletter (which is sent monthly).
Click here to sign up!
Past Fundraisers: On December 1, the amazing community of Chestermere generously donated $13,101 to Gifts of Kindness and with $10,000 matched (up to $10,000) by the Varico Foundation, the total contributions amounted to $23,151! Thank you!
Reports & Feedback:
In addition to many anonymous donors, and a $20,000 contribution by the Varico Foundation, thank you to the following individuals and organizations who supported Gifts of Kindness over the past year!
|Chestermere Smiles Dental||Curtis Wagemakers||Sara McKimmie|
|Chestermere Whitecappers||Paulette & Randy Tippe||Rick Van Gelder|
|Kathryn Balant||Dawn Barby||BWI Enterprises Ltd.|
|Brenda Clampitt||Chestermere Curling Association||Councillor Mel Foat|
|Marla Forth||Akash Gogi||Betty Illingworth|
|Helen Kittler||Phillip & Diane Laprairie||Sonja & Greg LeDuc|
|Campbell-Mack Supply||Craig McLeod||Tim Nicholl|
|Chestermere Optometry||Jennifer Peddlesden||Leslie Petrie|
|Rotary Club of Chestermere||Ravinder Singh Sandhar||Brian & Brenda Scheelar|
|Melanie Scott||Greg & Diane Sereda||Simrat & Karmveer Sidhu|
|Kiran & Amandeep Singh Randhawa||Roy Spanko||Deborah Switzer-Cook|
|Nickle Family Foundation||Light the Lake Contest Winners||Terry & Linda Farr|
|Shannon Mervold||Pure Renovation Ltd.||Chestermere Lions Club|
|Mel & Evy Werner||Marshall Chalmers||Chestermere Lake Crossfit|
|City of Chestermere Staff Social Club||Lisa Finkbeiner||Glen & Jeanette Richardson|