Community Drives

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Community Drives... Created and Led by YOU

You can design and host your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign – to raise money, gift cards, non-perishable food, or clothes – for the families at Ernestine’s.  These campaigns can be with your friends, neighbours, co-workers, family, or on social media.

These fundraising campaigns also serve the goal of raising awareness about the realities of violence against women in our communities, and the resources that exist for those that may need them.

Everyone has their own story or knows someone who has experienced violence and abuse.  This is a great opportunity to take the lead in organizing a community event, where your donation of funds and items have a direct impact.

Create an event or fundraiser anyway you like – from donations at your birthday party, a school BBQ, to neighbourhood garage sale. Let your imagination and creativity guide you to the many ways you can raise funds to support Ernestine’s!

Here are just some ideas:

  • Workplace Raffle
  • Girl’s/Guy’s night out
  • Food Drive (workplace, family, church, school)
  • Gifts in lieu of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and special occasions (organize on your own or use Wish & Give service)
  • Toy & Baby Drive
  • Baby Shower
  • Sports tournaments (golf, baseball, soccer, football)
  • Oscars Night/World Cup/Hockey/Football pool

You can do your part locally to raise awareness and be a champion for women and children fleeing abusive situations, by supporting Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. At Ernestine’s this is the heart of our work. We see the result of violence every day through physically and emotionally impacted women, who live in fear of their lives and through traumatized children who are shaken to their very core.

ITEM NEEDS LIST

WELCOME BASKET

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  • New bedding (e.g. pillows, blankets, etc.)
  • Bath towels
  • Toiletries
  • New (seasonal) clothing (women, children, and youth- all sizes; e.g.pyjamas, spring coats, winter jackets, undergarments, bras, hats, gloves, and scarves)
  • New shoes, slippers, and socks (women, children, and youth- all sizes; e.g. winter boots, sneakers, etc.)
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FOOD BASKET

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  • Oatmeal & dry cereals
  • Rice (all sorts)
  • Flour (all sorts, incl. gluten-free)
  • Canned meat and fish (e.g. tuna, spam, etc.)
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce
  • Canned vegetables & canned fruits
  • Other non-perishable food products (e.g. Mac-n-Cheese, etc.)
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BABY / TODDLER PACKAGE

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  • Baby food & cereal
  • Formula
  • Diapers (newborn – size 6), pull ups (all sizes), wipes, Vaseline
  • Baby toiletries (e.g. shampoo,body wash, soap, creams & lotion)
  • Children’s clothing and shoes
  • Age-appropriate toys & books
  • Potty
  • Baby monitor
  • Stroller
  • Highchair
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GIFT CARDS

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Gift cards that will enable the shelter to purchase items during high-need times / allow the women to travel and buy clothes or groceries on their own.

  • Walmart
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • PC Grocery Cards
  • Home Depot
  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • Mall Cards (Yorkdale, Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Vaughan Mills)
  • Movie Passes
  • Loaded Presto cards
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EXCURSION PACKAGE

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Tickets for the women and children to go see sports games and movies or visit museums, zoos, etc. (i.e. Raptors Game, Ripley’s Museum, The Science Center, ROM).

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"NEW START" KIT BASKET

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  • Household and kitchen supplies
  • New or gently used furniture
  • Bed-in-a-Bag (adult & children)
  • Kitchen items (e.g. pots and pans, dish sets, cutlery, drinking cups, Tupperware sets, toaster, kettle, microwaves, toaster oven, etc.)
  • Adjustable curtain rods and curtains
  • Laundry basket on wheels
  • Laundry soap
  • Grocery cart on wheels
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HYGIENE BASKET

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  • Feminine Hygiene products (e.g. tampons, pads, etc.)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (full size)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap & Body Wash (full size)
  • Baby Toiletries
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste (Adult & Kids)
  • Shaving cream & Razor blades
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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASKET

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  • Backpack
  • Pencil case & writing utensils (e.g. pencils, pens, coloured pencils, highlighters, etc.)
  • Erasers & sharpener
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Construction paper, spiral book, binders, twin pocket-pack folders, etc.
  • Geometry set & scientific calculator
  • Lunch bag & water bottle
  • Locks (for lockers)
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TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE

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Refurbished technology devices that can be used to support learning and teaching opportunities for the women and children such as tablets, mobile phones, USB sticks, etc.

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SPONSOR A FAMILY

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In addition to these fixed packages, Ernestine’s puts together a Holiday Wish List a few weeks ahead of the holiday season for our in-house residents. We create a profile of each family that is staying with us and provide interested community partners with their Wish List.

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If you’re interested in creating a community event in support of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, please contact us prior to your event to seek written approval and permission to partner with Ernestine’s and to publicly use Ernestine’s organizational name.

Click here for Ernestine’s Community Fundraising Toolkit

Here’s are some examples of how the funds raised from your event can support the women and children at Ernestine’s:

  • Provide a safe haven to shelter women and her children fleeing from abuse
  • Staff the shelter’s 24-hour emergency crisis line to advise and support women and children and time of day or night
  • Provide legal and settlement services by helping women navigate challenging systems
  • Provide specialized counselling for children and youth who have witnessed violence.
  • Advocate, educate, and connect within the Rexdale community to build awareness on issue of violence against women and what support is available.

It is only by working together that we can break the cycle of violence.  Now, more than ever, we need the community to come together to say NO to violence against women.

Remember, when you share why Ernestine’s and ending violence against women is important to you through a gathering or an event, you just might be saving a life.  Not only will we provide you materials and ideas to help with your event, we will also provide critical information such as recognizing signs of abuse and where to get help.

Contact Khadija Kathy Ali, Coordinator, Engagement and Volunteers, at khadija@ernestines.ca and let us know if you have an idea.  We’d love to hear from you!

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