A new initiative has been introduced to the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. The “Smart and Caring Fund” will aim to help different areas of the community like health or children and youth.
“It could help many areas. It could help from childcare, supporting with homework, helping kids get off the street, or helping kids get snacks. It could be helping make sure kids have access to arts and culture program or even just go to the theatre,” explained Chief Executive Officer Tracey Vavrek at Nourish the North 2017.
The money will be collected into the organization’s savings account through donations. Any interest made on it will be put back into the community in the form of grants.
Frank O’Dea, best known for being the Co-founder of Second Cup, was the guest speaker at the fundraising event on Thursday night.
The theme of his speech was “Hope, Vision, Action” with emphasis on how one small action can make someone’s day. He recommends volunteering in the community to start making an impact.
“It is just a matter of getting out because that will take you places. It doesn’t matter what, it is important that you do it. Anytime you volunteer, you will find that you will meet people that you wouldn’t have before. It will take you places. It will open doors that you would never have known.”
Vavrek echoed O’Dea’s remarks highlighting how any donation goes a long way to help those in the community.
The CFNWA CEO explains that any bit of money raised goes to help the organization take a closer look at what the community needs. She says this becomes apparent through things like Vital Signs.
“When I look at the broad picture of Vital Signs, we are fortunate to have it. Not only does it lead our organization to know what areas to focus on, it also helps our donors and supporters, as well as our governments, know what is taking place.”
The 2017 Vital Signs information will be released Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30 a.m.