Telus Donates $1.3 Million in COVID-19 Aid to Over 100 Non-Profits Across Canada
Telus Community Boards have donated over $1.3 million to non-profits across Canada to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, Telus has provided emergency COVID-19 funding to 101 organizations, totalling $1,310,000 in donations, with more committed beyond this amount. A total extra of $3,135,000 is being committed for these non-profits for the rest of 2020.
Below is a roundup of all the Telus Community Board donations by city/area across Canada:
Greater Toronto Area: $175,000 donated; Extra $525,000 committed for 2020
- The Leacock Foundation – technology and resources for economically-challenged families
- Up With Women – resilience and safety webinars and remote coaching
- Peel Children’s Aid – technology and resources for youth in care
- Arts Etobicoke – arts in isolation through technology
- Halton Industry Education Council – online career development program for students
- Inner City Outreach – coding program for inner city youth
- Junior Achievement Of Central Ontario – online business concepts and skills program
- Vibe Arts – virtual delivery of Art Beats, a free music technology program
- Best Buddies Of Canada – end bullying program for intellectual and developmental disabilities youth
- Covenant House Toronto – mental health and addiction services for youth
- Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto – Teen Doc Talk for survivors of cancer
Montreal: $130,000 donated; extra $470,000 committed for 2020
- The Lighthouse Children and Families – emergency Fund to provide pediatric palliative care through telemedicine
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada – emergency support for youth with blood cancer
- Maison des petits tournesols – online and virtual support services to grieving youth
- Fraser Hickson – virtual workshops and training for the “minibiblioPLUS” program
- Les Amis de la montagne – mental health and well -being program through nature outings
- L’Appart à moi – food safety and cooking workshops for young adults with intellectual disabilities
- School board of the Vallée-des-Tisserands – funding for bike desks for youth with ADHD
- Fondation du Centre de répit Saint-Louis – funding of a multisensory room
- Projet Équestre Goldie – ramp for disabled youth to access therapeutic horse riding sessions
- La Rencontre Théâtre-Ados – drama and film program for immigrant and newcomer youth
Quebec City: $135,000 donated; extra $265,000 committed for 2020
- CERVO Foundation – meal service for people affected by a neurological disease, mental illness or addiction.
- Family resources the old Montmorency barracks – program for distributing food and prepaid cards to help families affected by the pandemic during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Social Paediatrics Center of Lévis – mental health support program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Beauce School of Entrepreneurship – botanical program for young people.
- Village Monde Foundation – virtual exploration workshops and videos on the history of local communities.
- Productions Plateforme – guided tours of sound installations at the cutting edge of technology.
- Le Lemplis Springboard – program of educational workshops for young people.
- Les Violons du Roy – workshops dedicated to young people at risk so that they can learn to play an instrument.
- Association YWCA de Québec – music camp for young girls of non-conforming gender.
- Le Coeur à lire – literacy and healthy lifestyle program for young people.
- Sustainable transport access – technology communication program for young people.
- Renaissance Association of Head Traumatized People of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean – workshops for young people who have suffered brain injuries.
- White Cross Social Center – activities for homeless young people and those living with addiction.
- The Dr Clown Foundation – extension of the Dr Clown program for hospitalized pediatric patients.
- Fondation Santé Beauce-Etchemin – opening of a room adapted for young people suffering from delays in physical development.
- Fondation Sourdine – educational program adapted for hearing-impaired children.
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lac-Saint-Jean Nord – mentoring program for young girls.
- La Rencontre – youth program related to stress and anxiety management.
- Solidarité Sainte-Ursule – gardening workshops for vulnerable young people.
Thompson Okanagan (B.C.): $100,000 donated; extra $115,000 committed for 2020
- Aquaforum – to support an online science and technology education program
- Auxiliary to the Penticton Hospital Society – to support a food security program
- Big Little Science Centre – to support online coding, robotics and film making
- Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops – to support virtual homework assistance and food security
- Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society – to support leadership and healthy relationships programs for boys
- Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach – to support a virtual Indigenous science program
- Kamloops – Cariboo Regional Immigrants Society – to support a program for newcomer youth to help with community integration
- Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs – to support a food security and support program for marginalized youth
- Vernon Science and Discovery Society – to support a virtual space experience program
Victoria (B.C.): $115,000 donated; extra $215,000 committed for 2020
- Frontier College Indigenous Programs – to support Indigenous health and education programs for the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations
- Greater Victoria Volunteer Society – to support a virtual volunteer program for youth with disabilities
- Growing Chefs Society – to support food security and literacy programs
- Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary – to support COVID-19 outreach program
- The Garth Homer Society – to support an employment program for students with learning and/or developmental disabilities
- The Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation – to support the Science and Engineering Education Program
- Victoria Compost and Conversation Education Society – to support online school programming
- Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – to support the COVID-19 Technology and Food Security program
- YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island – to support the Young Moms and Youth Apartment Supported Housing throughout the pandemic
Vancouver: $200,000 donated; extra $600,000 committed for 2020
- Abbotsford Hospice Society – to support a children and youth grief program
- African Stages Association – to support the African Stages Digital Literacy Project
- Aunt Leah’s Place – to support virtual crisis counselling for marginalized youth
- Avalon Women’s Centres – to provide virtual counselling and support to women living with domestic abuse and violence
- Atira Women’s Resource Centre – to provide virtual counselling and support to women living with domestic abuse and violence
- BeaYOUtiful Foundation – to support the development of a virtual program
- Dan’s Legacy Foundation – to support indigenous youth counselling services
- District of West Vancouver – to support the emergency crisis response
- Hollyburn Family Services Society – to keep the facilities operational
- Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) – to create a virtual youth community placement program
- Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society – for the creation of an emergency facility fund
- Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports – to create a digital tutoring program
- Vancouver Urban Ministries – to provide iPads to low-income families to enable distance learning
- Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL) – to support the creation of a virtual school program
Ottawa: $150,000 donated; extra $250,000 committed for 2020
- Lotus Centre For Special Music Education – support for virtual adapted summer music camp
- The Salvation Army Ottawa Bethany Hope Centre – emergency supplies for at-risk youth and new virtual outreach
- University Of Ottawa – new virtual delivery of robotics and VR workshops for at-risk youth
- Ten Oaks Project – creation of stay-at-home weekday family online camp program
- CHEO – Canadian-made robotic gait walker that helps children with severe physical impairments the opportunity to experience walking
- Education Foundation of Niagara – Computers4Change tech provided to youth for home-based learning
- Oneness – World Communications – giving voice to children and youth
- Ottawa Riverkeeper – online youth Water Leaders Program
Last Friday, Telus announced its community boards in Edmonton and Calgary also made donations to non-profits for COVID-19 relief.
Edmonton: $165,000 donated; extra $335,000 committed for 2020
- Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area Society – food security and supports for vulnerable youth
- Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers – youth and family services accessibility programming
- Gordon Russell’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre – food and services support for at-risk youth
- YMCA of Northern Alberta – providing virtual education outreach supports for at-risk youth
- Basically Babies – layette outreach program for vulnerable mothers
- The Arthritis Society – virtual program supports delivery for youth
- Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society – food security assistance for Indigenous and newcomer families
- Edmonton Space Sciences Foundation – online science programming
- Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (The GRIT Program) Society of Edmonton – specialized services support for youth with complex disabilities
- The Good Samaritan Society – specialized therapy delivery for isolated severely disabled youth
- Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta – emergency needs relief fund
- Sport Central Association – virtual application outreach to low income families
Calgary: $140,000 donated; extra $360,000 committed for 2020
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary – food security program and assistance to at risk youth
- Calgary Distress Centre – provides 24/7 support for distressed Calgarians;including youth
- Calgary Drop-In Centre – overnight shelter to safely house 3,000 homeless adults
- Calgary Food Bank – deploying a drive-thru food process to align with safety guidelines
- Children’s Cottage Society – a crisis nursery for at-risk families in distress
- CUPS – provides free healthcare for 8,400 vulnerable citizens at inner-city medical clinic
- Inn from the Cold – Calgary’s only family homeless shelter, billeting families through crisis
- Native Counselling Services Alberta – offers local, no-cost services for Indigenous peoples
- The Kerby Centre – a grocery delivery and prescription refill program for isolated seniors
Yesterday, Telus announced it was donating over 10,000 free mobile devices with free plans to help isolated seniors, hospitalized COVID-19 patients and vulnerable Canadians stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s CEO has also donated three months of his salary to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.