April 10th Bottle Drive a great success despite the weather!
The forecast was for unsettled weather. Having heard from several families, they had bottles and asked neighbours if they could help. It was decided we would bundle up and go ahead with the drive.
Saturday morning started with a beautiful sunrise. It was reasonably lovely until noon, and we were busy. We even got a $20 donation. Afternoon it became cloudy and windier. We decided to shut down early at 2:00 PM, which was a good decision because that’s when it started to rain. By 6:00 PM, there were blizzard conditions with the rain turning to snow!
We learned your bottle donation filled the trailer to the tune of $526.95! A couple of families that could not make it to the drive have made alternate arrangements to contribute so that this amount will increase! With the power of matching grants, these funds are going to multiply. If your family wants to support another drive; to provide an opportunity to build up donations, tentatively, another bottle drive will be held in June.
In June, we will be applying for the Alberta Blue Cross Healthy Communities Grant. The grant program was created to help Albertans build spaces for active living in their communities to help young and old stay healthy! Fortunately, they fund the replacements of playgrounds; to be eligible, the playground must be publicly accessible.
In doing fundraising research, we learned the following:
ATCO has Employee Participation in Communities. Employees volunteering 50 hours or more are eligible to apply for a donation of a registered charity of their choice. With the cooperation of the City of Edmonton, ATCO employees can place a donation in trust to our Playground project.
EPCOR employees who volunteer 30 hours or more in a calendar year are eligible for a $300 Helping Hands Grant for a non-profit of their choice.