Charity Highlight | Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region

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Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we will be letting Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region steal the show.

Founded in 1980, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization that exists to support people who have a developmental or physical disability to participate in community in their own way. Extend-A-Family’s approach is to work with the person that they serve by getting to know them and learning about each persons’ dreams, needs, abilities, hopes, and contributions.

Their Mission Statement:

Building Community, Choosing Dignity, Nurturing Belonging  

eaf2EAF Waterloo Region truly lives up to their mission statement.  In every situation where they provide their service they want to make sure that all of their values are represented.  They want all people to feel welcome in the community, and also bring the community together in a way that supports the individual.  They Wanting to make sure that people feel like they belong and are an important part of society is what sets EAF Waterloo Region as a true beacon of community engagement and inclusion.

They currently serve over 1,500 people in the community. Extend-A-Family has several programs:

There are numerous ways to get involved with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. You can make a donation, you can volunteer, and you can  become a Direct Support Person or Respite provider. As a Direct Support Person or Respite Provider you will be thoughtfully matched with families or an individual who has a disability. To get involved in this you can sign up as an individual or as a family.

Respite Link: http://visit.eafwr.on.ca/respite/

Direct Support Person Link: http://visit.eafwr.on.ca/personalsupport/

Eaf1You can also support Extend-A-Family at the many events they host in the community, such as their annual ball hockey tournament.  Check out more on their event calendar and get involved today!

It is quite amazing to see the great work of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. Our entire community benefits by having EAF in the Waterloo Region to help people who live with a disability.

If there is an organization that you think deserves some recognition, let us know!

Charity Republic Launches New Volunteer Management Software

Read our press release below. We have two formats, one that is tailored for our launch, and one that is a larger story about volunteer engagement and its role in charity and nonprofit success. Please reach out to Chris Martin directly if you are interested in running a story.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Sept 29/15)

 

Online Technology is Key To Supporting Charities

Affordable Software Will Increase Efficiency & Capacity

Kitchener, Ontario: Canadians volunteer 2.2 billion hours of their time a year, equivalent to 1 million full-time jobs. TD Bank Group estimates this is worth $50 Billion to the Canadian economy. In a time of economic downturn, Canadians may continue to be engaged with their volunteer initiatives even moreso, and charities and non-profits will struggle to maintain this efficiency without proper technology. Technology is essential in tracking and managing such a high volume of volunteer activities.

Charity Republic, a Kitchener-based software company specializing in solutions for charities, non-profits and schools, has introduced new volunteer management software to support volunteer managers and coordinators to better manage relationships with volunteers and increase capacity for their organizations. Many organizations in Canada would not exist without volunteers, and they often struggle to continue building relationships with new and existing volunteers.

In order to benefit as many charities and non-profits as possible within Ontario, Charity Republic has partnered with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). Additionally, “grassroots” organizations (volunteer driven organizations with limited budgets) will be given full access to Charity Republic’s software for free – that includes the Waterloo Family Centre Community Hub based out of Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region.

“As a social enterprise, volunteerism permeates all of our software programs and services, and major business decisions. Our mission is to provide meaningful volunteerism and community engagement through technology. As a team of lifelong volunteers, it is important for us to support organizations to achieve their fullest capacity and volunteerism is a key means to that end,” said Popy Dimoulas-Graham, Founder and CEO of Charity Republic.

Charity Republic is already working with over 35 school districts and universities across Ontario, including 10 out of a total 12 French school boards, helping their students and teachers to track and manage co-operative education, community-service learning, practicums, and volunteer hours and activities. As a Canadian-based social enterprise, we are proud to support Canadian charities and non-profits. Our focus is on solving volunteer managers’ biggest challenges by:

  • Creating efficiencies via a web and mobile solution that can be accessed by volunteers and manager’s anywhere.
  • Offering a specifically tailored, all-in-one software tool, for scheduling, tracking hours and activities, reporting, and communicating with volunteers.

About Charity Republic: A software company specializing in solutions for charities, non-profits, and schools that seeks to empower individuals and organizations to promote positive social change through volunteerism and community engagement.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Sept 29th)

 

Local Startup Takes Aim at Supporting Charities

Technology Soltuions Key To Help Non-Profits Build Capacity

Kitchener, Ontario: Charity Republic, a Kitchener-based software company specializing in solutions for charities, non-profits and schools, today introduced new volunteer management software to make it easy for volunteer managers and coordinators to better manage relationships with volunteers and increase capacity for their organizations.The web and mobile all-in-one solution addresses a volunteer manager’s biggest challenges and was built with the help of over 60 charities and non-profits to ensure it is exactly what volunteer managers need.

Charity Republic has partnered with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) in order to benefit as many charities and non-profits as possible within Ontario. Additionally, “grassroots” organizations (volunteer driven organizations with limited budgets) will be given full access to Charity Republic’s software for free – that includes the local Family Centre Community Hub based out of Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region. We have also recently finished building Wilfrid Laurier’s Community Service Learning software in order for their students to sign up and track their service learning credits.

“As a social enterprise, volunteerism permeates all of our software programs and services, and major business decisions. Our mission is to provide meaningful volunteerism and community engagement through technology. As a team of lifelong volunteers, it is important for us to support organizations to achieve their fullest capacity and volunteerism is a key means to that end,” said Popy Dimoulas-Graham, Founder and CEO of Charity Republic.

Canadians volunteer 2.2 billion hours of their time a year, equivalent to 1 million full-time jobs. TD Bank Group estimates this is worth $50 Billion to the Canadian economy.

Charity Republic is already working with over 35 school districts and universities across Ontario, including 10 out of a total 12 French school boards, helping their students and teachers to track and manage co-operative education, community-service learning, practicums, and volunteer hours and activities. As a Canadian-based social enterprise we are proud to support Canadian charities and non-profits. Our focus is on solving volunteer managers’ biggest challenges by:

  • Creating efficiencies via a web and mobile solution that can be accessed by volunteers and manager’s anywhere.
  • Offering a specifically tailored, all-in-one software tool, for scheduling, tracking hours and activities, reporting, and communicating with volunteers.

About Charity Republic: A software company specializing in solutions for charities, non-profits, and schools that seeks to empower individuals and organizations to promote positive social change through volunteerism and community engagement.

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