#PassiontoPurpose gifts you

12 Days of Community Care

Are you looking for ways to support your community during this holiday season? Apply for a #PassionToPurpose Community Service Grant to start creating change in your communities!

#PassiontoPurpose gifts you

12 Days of Community Care

Are you looking for ways to support your community during this holiday season? Apply for a #PassionToPurpose Community Service Grant to start creating change in your communities!

Our 12 Days of Community Care initiative helps to map out project ideas to get you started. Did you know that just from the start of the pandemic, the Award has given out over $200,000 in grants to young people who are taking charge of community action and change? Young people just like you who saw the need to shake things up in their communities as we faced the hardships of COVID-19. Now it’s your turn. 

 

This opportunity is open to all young people from 14 to 30 years old. We offer grants of up to $2000 to help you give the holidays a little more cheer in your communities. 

 

Apply now to make your impact for the holidays! 

Project Idea 1

Holiday Care Packages

Holidays under quarantine can be difficult for many families, especially for those who may not have homes or be in familiar surroundings. Give back this season by gathering your close friends to help put together care packages for those who are in vulnerable spaces. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase items that can bring cheer to those families or community member. 

Project Idea 2

Winter Wellness Mental Health Workshops

Being in lockdown has the potential for many negatives – one of which are consequences on our mental health. A lot of people may not be aware of the resources available to them or where to access the right information for their needs. You and a team of your peers can organize an online workshop for targeted community members to help them learn more about coping in the winter while in lockdown. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual mental health workshop or create mental health resources. 

Project Idea 3

Pay It Forward Meal Program

With the second lockdown, and the wave of unease during this pandemic, many people are not able to afford warm meals or healthy options for food. Food poverty is a very real thing and unfortunately affects everyone from school aged children to seniors. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase premade meals or meal kits that can bring fullness to families or community members. While supporting the less fortunate, you are also supporting your local businesses.  

Project Idea 4

Mask Making Workshop

Waste and sustainability are always important to think about when going out to buy safety items. However, this might not be an option for those who do not have the funds to purchase reusable masks or other PPE. You can request up to $500 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase materials needed to handmake masks or face shields. 

Project Idea 5

Winter Care Packages

This winter may be our coldest yet but unfortunately some people will not be as equipped to handle the drop in temperatures. A great way to help is to put together winter care hampers that can be handed out to homeless individuals or low income who may not have the funds to keep themselves warm this winter. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase items that can bring warmth to those families or community member. 

Project Idea 6

Winter Community Clean Up

Wet roads, fallen trees and broken branches are a sign that winter is coming. Cleans ups are just as important in the colder months as they are doing the summer. Gather a group of friends and do sidewalk clean ups or help elderly families in your community by shoveling their driveways, parks, community green spaces and walking trails could all use your help keeping clean this seasonYou can request up to $500 from #PassionToPurpose to do a community clean up. 

Project Idea 7

Spread the love – Groceries and Care Delivery

Concerts are a big part of the holiday but during lockdown, in person gatherings won’t work. The alternative? Take it online! Collaborate with your peers to put together a holiday concert that community members can take part in virtually from the comfort of their homes. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual holiday concert. 

Project Idea 8

Holiday Cheer Hampers

An unfortunate reality of the pandemic is that many people receiving long term health care in hospitals or other care facilities may not be able to see loved ones or family members during the holidays. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be very difficult to handle during the colder seasons. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase materials needed to put together the holiday hampers to deliver some cheer in a package.

Project Idea 9

Keeping Connected – Big Buddy Program

Having to stay indoors during the winter can be hard for anyone and especially for young children who may not understand the importance of staying home. You and your friends can start an online buddy program where older youth can partner with younger school age children to do online activities together, read online, play games or just talk. Mentorship is important and you can be the guiding voice for young impressionable minds. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to run an online buddy program. 

Project Idea 10

Virtual Pen Pal Program for Seniors

During the pandemic, community elders who live in care facilities may not be able to see their families or spend time with loved ones. Pen pal programs are a great way to get people connected and forge new friendships. To be safe during the pandemic – take it virtual! Set up virtual meetings between seniors who live in different parts of the city (or country) so they can talk to one another. They can play virtual games together, run a virtual reading club, have a coffee date or go online to watch a movie! You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual pen pal program for seniors.

Project Idea 11

Front Line Workers Appreciations

All our front-line staff are going to be working extra hard during the holidays. They deserve all the appreciation they can get from their community members to recognize them for the risks they take working to serve the public during the pandemic. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase meals or items for thank you packages for health care workers or other frontline workers.  

Project Idea 12

Online Holiday Community Concerts

Concerts are a big part of the holiday but during lockdown, in person gatherings won’t work. The alternative? Take it online! Collaborate with your peers to put together a holiday concert that community members can take part in virtually from the comfort of their homes. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual holiday concert.

What to keep in mind during COVID-19? Talk to the community members who may be receiving the packages to understand their needs; work with shelters to identify what supplies may be short; maintain social distancing when delivering your project; always wear masks; arrange curb side pick-up or no contact delivery where possible; sanitize all your workstations before putting together the care packages.

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