Your donation to Community Options is an investment in the well being of children, families and the community within the Edmonton region. You can support our greatest current need or choose to designate your donation to the overall sustainability of our work in the community. We commit to use your gift effectively toward our vision of strong resilient families being the best that they can be.
The following list is an indication of where your contribution can help us nurture early learning and care and family well being initiatives.
Each December, Community Options hosts a free meal to help up to 500 people enjoy a full turkey dinner, and take away an additional meal for up to 500 people. The event provides not only food and clothing give away, but an opportunity for social inclusion for many folks who are typically isolated. This event is entirely supported by volunteers and donations.
Child Care Playground
We were very fortunate to be supported by a $30,000 donation from the Edmonton Hash House Harriers and a Community Facility Enhancement grant in 2014 that enabled us to recreate our main playground at the centre. It is a lovely natural and creative space for the children to play all year round. Current donations will help Community Options upgrade the toddler section of the playground.
Family Enrichment Programming
Our organization offers a variety of opportunities for parents to learn more about child development, parenting and financial literacy. Free movie night, Neighborhood Table, father involvement group and other initiatives provide families an outlet to enjoy time together alongside an opportunity to connect with other families in the community. This helps us to support inclusion of families, groups and communities that are empowered and resilient. Donations help us provide the space to meet, food, child care, craft materials or other needs that arise from these activities.
Sometimes the families we encounter or who seek our help are in crisis mode. By providing someone to talk to, a referral to the correct services needed and meeting immediate basic needs, we can help avert crisis and set the family on a path to healing. Your contribution pays dividends in positively impacting the lives of these families.