Ways to give at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region

Without the support of some truly generous community partners, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region would have tremendous difficulty in working on social change and providing the activities and programs we do. Because of fantastic people like you, who want to make a difference, through volunteer, donation or support opportunities, we can offer community development initiatives, create policy change, and be a resounding voice in Waterloo Region.

Donate, volunteer, or support: find out about all of the ways you might be able to help Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region continue to succeed:

Donate Financially

We graciously accept both personal and corporate/group donations via the following types of financial contributions:

  • One-time gift
  • Monthly gift
  • Tribute – In memoriam
  • Tribute – in celebration

We accept donations in three ways.

Donate online

If you would like to donate online, please click here

You will be directed to a secure online site, which will process your credit card, PayPal, CanadaHelps gift card, or Debit/Interac donation. You will also have the option to donate a one-time gift, or a recurring monthly gift. You will receive an official tax receipt by email.

Donate by mail

If you would like to make your donation by mail, please make cheques payable to Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, and mail to:

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region
91 Moore Avenue
Kitchener, ON N2H 3S4

Donate in person

If you would like to make a cash or cheque donation in person, please drop by our office at 91 Moore Avenue, Kitchener. We are open Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm.

*please note: we are only able to accept cash and cheque donations in person. All credit card donations must be made online.

Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $10.00 or more.

Charitable Registration: 132784943RR0001

Volunteer

Have you been looking for that perfect volunteer opportunity?

Look no further! Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has great volunteer opportunities available – perfect for anyone interested in community inclusion and belonging, special events, and building lasting relatinoships.

View just a sampling of our volunteer opportunities now, or contact Michelle Scala at mscala@eafwr.on.ca if you are interested becoming a part of our volunteer team!

Participate in GivingTuesday

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has been a continued partner of GivingTuesday! Becoming the official partner in 2015, GivingTuesday has been an amazing opportunity for community involvement.

  • 23% of disabled people feel lonely most days, rising to 38% for young disabled people.
  • 29% of disabled people reported only being able to meet up with friends once a month or less, while 6% said they had no friends at all.
  • 28% of young adults with autism had no social contact at all.
  • The unemployment rate of persons aged 25 to 64 with disabilities is 11% – compared to only 6% for people who do not report having a disability.
  • Disabled men aged 15 to 64 earn $9,557 less than same-age adult men who don’t report having disabilities. Women between 15 to 64 years earn $8,853 less.
  • 31% of parents of a child with a disability said the disability causes problem in their marriage.
  • 75% of divorced parents said their child’s disability lead to the breakdown of their marriage.

Since 2007, the Community Development Team has worked to address the social, economic and family stressors that impact the families we serve.

Our vision stems from a belief that a lasting change in the lives of individuals we support can only come with a lasting change in the environments we all share – schools, neighbourhoods, cultural groups, work places, etc.

Through collaborations with neighbourhood associations, community partners and family groups – the Community Development Team continues to be innovators in our work to build belonging for all:

  • Sib Shops place an emphasis on tending to the unique needs of siblings of an individual with a disability.
  • On The House allows parents of a child with autism to simply reconnect with one another as adults and partners.
  • The Pen Pal Project saw more than 100 relationships grow and deepen through the simple exchange of letters to one another.
  • Open Space gatherings in Waterloo, Cambridge and Kitchener each week are an opportunity for an inclusive evening of food, fun and conversation.

This vision of support is possible because of the generosity of our donors. By participating on December 1st as part of the global Giving Tuesday movement through your donation to Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region – your gift truly matters..

We are humbled by our donors’ generosity and are deliberate in our efforts to ensure that the impact of these gifts is felt by many.

Support initiatives that donate to EAFWR

Initiatives like Smart Betty, Giving Day with Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters, Shoppers Optimum Rewards Program, and more, are places you can shop and contribute to Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.

Feel good about your purchases, knowing that a portion of the sales comes back to nonprofits in the community.

Host a third-party fundraising event

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region greatly appreciates the support we receive from the community. One of the many ways we receive financial support is from supporters in the community who choose to host a third party fundraiser on our behalf.

Third party fundraising events are hosted by another business, organization or individual in support of EAFWR. Events can range from garage sales and car washes to formal dinner parties and golf tournaments. Product sales parties (e.g., Arbonne, Avon, Epicure, etc.) work too! Many have hosted parties and donated proceeds back to EAFWR.

If you are interested in hosting an event on behalf of EAFWR, please contact Becky Klokoff at bklokoff@eafwr.on.ca . We want to help make your event a success and we look forward to working with you!

Some of the programs EAFWR offers that aren’t supported by government funding, are:

  • The Short Breaks Fund offers respite and events for families currently waiting for funding approval.
  • The Autism Spectrum Connection website and social media resource is an essential online tool for families, persons who identify with the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and professionals. ASC communicates events, supports and provides an online discussion opportunity.
  • Support for young adults who have just graduated from Special Services at Home, and are awaiting funding approval in the adult funding system.
  • Community development projects help connect those already involved with EAFWR to the broader community to meet people through groups, initiatives and opportunities.
  • Inclusion and belonging events through the I Choose Dignity movement, as well as community education and awareness programs.
  • Our Community Activity Fund helps offset the cost of recreation opportunities which allow people to be active and access community opportunities.

 

For more information about donating to Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, please contact Kate Swift at 519-741-0190 x302 or at kates@eafwr.on.ca

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