NEWS: The Coaching Tools Company Charitable Donations for 2018-2019

We're Excited to Give Again in 2018-19!

This is our third year of making substantial donations to charitable organizations - and again, we donated even more this year! We supported the same charities as we did in 2018-19 - ranging from the hyper-local to organizations that operate internationally. We chose to support the homeless and those who work to support them, a mental health organization, refugees and a youth mentoring organization, plus many other smaller donations!

Here's a Bit More About Who We Supported and Why:

Cherie Gouvreau holding Giant Cheque with TCTC Employees

From Left to Right: Emma-Louise Elsey, Cherie Gouvreau, Mary Turcott, Natasha Kong

1) Copper Kettle Community Partnership - Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Charity starts at home. Copper Kettle is a fabulous example of a grass-roots community partnership. Cherie Gouvreau is the powerhouse behind Copper Kettle. She brims with energy, ideas, information and knowledge about local homelessness, poverty and related issues. And despite many hurdles, she continues with her long-term project to bring a supported housing development to our community.

Copper Kettle is supported solely by Salt Spring Islanders and offers emergency supplies to people without homes or shelter (eg. tents,  sleeping  bags,  winter clothing and food). They also have a food program to help low and fixed income seniors and families, making sure they have food to eat and stay healthy.

Other projects include developing a "Community Garden" for fruit and veggies, maintaining a "Community Woodpile" and offering "Gift Certificates" to people in need for clothing at a local Thrift Store and food at a local supermarket.

This is grass roots activism at its best, helping those in need at source, and we are proud to support the Copper Kettle.

2) Covenant House - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver is consistently voted one of the best cities to live in the world, but there's a huge homelessness and mental health crisis, especially in the "Downtown Eastside". Covenant House is North and Central America's largest privately funded child and youth care agency, and thankfully they have a branch in Vancouver. They offer a crisis program, street outreach, and help youth transition away from life on the streets. I am happy to support this charity that aims to reduce the number of young people joining the hordes of homeless in Vancouver.

Some of the services they offer include the Crisis Program, Community Support Services, Integrated Case Management, Housing Support Workers, Pastoral Counsellors and Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Supports. We are proud to support Covenant House Vancouver.

3) Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

I'm sure you see it too. Mental health is declining in so-called "developed" or "industrialised" countries, and there is still stigma associated with mental illness. The CMHA  (Canadian Mental Health Association) provides hope and help to people affected by mental illness, actively promotes mental health and advocates in the media. They also research and feed into public policy, especially around the homeless and at risk, children and youth and more.

Finally, they have an excellent quarterly magazine - called Visions (which I love to get in the mail!). You can see past editions of the Visions newsletter >> and get informed about important mental health issues.

You can also subscribe free to Visions magazine here >> (electronic version)

4) Canadian Red Cross - Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis

There appears to be increasing instability in our world. Fighting and refugees, droughts and starvation, displacement, disease. Last year we supported people fleeing violence in northern areas of Myanmar's Rakhine State. This year we chose to support people starving in Yemen.

Four out of every five people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian help right now - that's more than 18 million people in Yemen going hungry, with over 14 million at risk of starvation according to the United Nations.

In addition, the conflict in Yemen has significantly weakened already fragile health and water infrastructures leading to the re-emergence of infectious diseases such as cholera, diphtheria and measles. The rainy season and the movement of population due to intensifying conflict contribute to the spread of infectious diseases.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent gave food parcels to over half a million people and provided hundreds of thousands with clean water, in addition to helping 24 health centres stay open and treat patients. This is why we chose the Red Cross.Red Cross Quote

5) Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada

And lastly, Big Brothers Big Sisters has proudly been providing young Canadians mentors and support for over 100 years. With the guidance and support of a mentor, many at risk and vulnerable children and youth are given more confidence to achieve their full potential and gain a better understanding of how they influence the lives of others.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children and youth have the inspiration, experiences and guidance they need to achieve more, and give them self-confidence, a sense of belonging, positive health and well-being.

Which charities do you support and why? Tell us below!

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