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
  • 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

FOOD

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  • Oatmeal & dry cereals
  • Cooking oils
  • Rice – various kinds
  • Flour – All purpose, whole wheat, Indian, gluten-free
  • Canned meat and fish (such as tuna)
  • Pasta
  • Canned vegetables
  • Other non-perishable food products
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TOILETRIES

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  • Feminine Hygiene products – all types
  • Creams & Lotions (full size)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (full size)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap & Body Wash (full size)
  • Baby Toiletries
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
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GIFT CARDS

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  • grocery stores, big box clothing stores, credit card, and gas cards
    (these are important because they help fill voids when certain items are in need)  
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BABY

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  • Baby food & cereal
  • Formula
  • Diapers (all sizes), pull ups (all sizes), wipes, Vaseline
  • Baby toiletries (such as shampoo, soap, & lotion)
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NEW CLOTHING

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  • Pajamas (for women, children, and youth – all sizes)
  • Jackets for Fall/Winter (for women, children, and youth – all sizes)
  • Underwear & bras (for women, children, and youth – all sizes)
  • Accessories for women, children, and youth (such as shoes, hats, gloves, and scarves)
  • Socks and shoes (for women, children, and youth – all sizes)
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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 our24-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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