Fall Meeting Recap – 100 Men YEG

October 31, 2018

We need your donations!!  Just last Wednesday 100 Men YEG members met to hear from three deserving charities.

If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend, you can still donate your $100 via this link: http://100menyeg.com/donate/ It’s never too late, and if everyone who has committed to this quarterly donation follows through, the impact will be even better!

So on with it, what happened?

1) ABC Head Start Society

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families and communities in Edmonton for over 33 years.  Last year alone, we served over 1500 parents and over 900 children, across Edmonton and the Metro Region, facing multiple vulnerabilities including low-income, mental health, food and housing security and settlement.  We support children by providing early learning programs for children 2.5 – 5 years, that helps them develop the critical thinking language, social/emotional and physical skills they need to be successful.  Over half of the children we serve are experiencing developmental delays, social or emotional or behavioral problems.  We support families by providing workshops, community resources and a safe and supportive environment for family members to share their challenges and needs.   Each year we have more applicants than we can accommodate and would appreciate any amount of support to reduce our wait lists and serve more families in need.


2) Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT)

Operating since 1982, Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT) is a long-standing leader in inclusive early childhood education, advocacy and parent leadership.  Our work is guided by GRIT’s vision that communities embrace diversity and uphold the value and rights of all children and their families.

Currently, GRIT supports 95 preschool children with life long developmental disabilities and their families in Edmonton and area to ensure each child’s meaningful participation in all places where children live, learn and play alongside their siblings, neighbors and friends ( in their home, community and kindergarten).

GRIT also actively collaborates with over 150 community based early learning programs and 4 local school jurisdictions each year. Children in our program have diverse abilities due to developmental diagnosis such as down syndrome, autism, global delays, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, children who are medically fragile etc.. and often come to us from the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Funds will support a new project to Give Every Child a Voice- our commitment to ensure every child who enters grade one has a way communication, to express their wants and needs.  (e.g. Specialized technology (voice activated devices, Ipads, etc. ) and related training of parents, staff, and community partners to use the communication device every moment of every day)


3) Jasper Place Wellness Centre (Food For Good)

Food4Good is the Food Security division of the Jasper Place Wellness Centre, which is a community development organization working in 5 key areas – Food Security, Housing, Employment, Primary Health Care, and Education. Food4Good has been running low-cost fruit and veggie markets, collective kitchens, kid’s nutrition education, and over 40 community gardens in West Edmonton since 2013. Food4Good recently partnered with Community Food Centres Canada to purchase a building on Stony Plain Road and create Edmonton’s first Community Food Centre. Food Centres are welcoming spaces in low-income neighbourhoods where people can share, learn, and advocate for good food. This model moves away from the emergency food charity approach, instead focusing on skill development, self-sufficiency, and food education, resulting in positive impacts on physical, mental, and social health.



Recipient of the Night

The charity that was the chosen recipient of the night by the members on hand was the ABC Head start which highlighted their Shoes for Kids programs.  The program works to ensure that kids have the proper footwear for the weather and footwear that actually fits.  We heard of kids with sandals for the winter and a child walking with a limp due to the shoes being way too small for him. ABC Head Start helps out. This is just on program that ABC provides and thus is a deserving recipient of our donations.

If you missed the meeting, please donate online at: Donate

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