The Flexibility of a Community Assistance Fund

by Aileena Minhas

In an effort to enable the League to increase its positive impact on the community, the board of directors established the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) in February 1986. The fund is designed to accommodate outside requests for financial assistance without committing League volunteers. It allows the League to cooperate with and participate in the greater Edmonton community in a more flexible manner.

We are very excited to work with this year’s CAF grant receipts.

Inner City Children’s Program
Established in 1995, ICCP is a registered non-profit charity that remains committed to providing Edmonton’s inner city children with a chance to participate in programs specifically created for their benefit by giving those opportunities they would otherwise not have access to. A few examples of the programs they deliver are: After School Programming, Koinonia Program, Keyboards for Kids, Young Chefs and of course their spring and summer camps.

Recognizing the need for supervised, skill building programming in the inner-city community, they have partnered with local schools and other organizations to provide a variety of programs and services. By focusing on asset-building and skill enhancing activities they are helping to build strength and resiliency in our children that will aid them in becoming strong, independent adults.

Kids in the Hall Bistro

Kids in the Hall Bistro offers on the job training, life skills, connection to school and outreach support for youth. It is located in Edmonton City Hall.

Kids in the Hall Bistro offers, paid employment training, earn high school credits at the drop in school, learn skills to help youth get and keep a job or stay in school, get the support and knowledge you need to move ahead and supportive outreach services. This program is for youth between 16 and 24 years old who are struggling with getting a job or staying in school. Kids in the Hall Bistro is a program that comes out of E4C.

E4C is a non-profit human services charitable organization that moves people toward positive, healthy and lasting change. E4C works toward addressing the conditions that limit a person’s ability to fully participate in community.

Community is at the heart of E4C and their programs exist within an attitude of grassroots community development and collaboration. They make positive life change happen by working in partnership with people, interest groups, sister organizations, funders and the community at large.

E4C’s mission is to limit, alleviate and ultimately eliminate poverty. In more than 40 years, E4C’s services have grown to over 20 programs, operating in four quadrants of the city and impacting over 10,000 people every year.  Through the expression of E4C’s values – courage, compassion, connection, commitment – their programs and services address the fundamental causes of vulnerability for children, youth, families, individuals and communities.  They focus their work in four main areas: shelter & housing, food security, education & skill development and community & connection.

Rise Up House

Established in 2007 Riseup House Society is an equipping and healing women’s outreach centre responding to the reality of domestic violence and abuse. Riseup House provides group support, counselling and resources for women impacted by intimate partner abuse, and educates individuals and community groups about preventing and addressing abuse.

Riseup House Society hosts its outreach services at the Riseup House at 5006 49 Avenue in Leduc, Alberta. This lovely, century old house has been dedicated as a place of hope and healing. Its welcoming ambiance helps women to feel safe and secure while they make their painful journey towards wholeness.
Riseup House Society is a Registered Charity and relies on the generous contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations.

Ecole Dunluce School (Early Risers Reading Club)

Ecole Dunluce is a school in the inner city of Edmonton. The school noticed that not all children were being provided the opportunity to read at home and decided to start the Early Risers Reading Club. The program was started because there were many students who needed extra time working on their reading skills and were not getting the practice at home.  The students arrive about 45 minutes prior to school and are given a light breakfast and are able to work on their reading with more senior students. Students have been very responsive to the program and their reading skills have improved incredibly.

Junior League of Edmonton will be baking muffins for the Early Risers Reading Club in October 2015.