DONATE AND MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Delisle Youth Services relies on the support of corporations, foundations and individuals to deliver important programs in our community.
There are lots of ways for you to help Delisle - it's easy.
Our youth are your youth; the children of your neighbours, friends, employees and customers. They are also your future staff and consumers. A donation to Delisle Youth Services is an investment into the health of our community and the future of the children and youth we support.
Our youth rely on YOUR support to help them plan and build better futures.
Corporate involvement can take many forms:
- Make a cash Donation
- Financially support a program or project at Delisle
- Send a team to volunteer to help with maintenance, painting, decorating, garden work or clean up at one of our group homes
- Donate items on our Wish List. Give us a call to find what those items are as they change regularly.
- Sponsor an event, contact JoAnne Korten (416) 482-0081 x 257 to find out how and which events we have sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved
- Host your own third party fundraising event for Delisle Youth Services
- Promote Matching Gifts at your place of business or membership club.
Yes please. From financial donations to bequests we can always use more cash. City, provincial and federal funding covers some of what we do, but there's never enough. In hard times our budget may not increase but our costs always do, because we want to do more. Like our Care for the Caregiver Fund, our agency emergency fund, that helps families who sometimes cannot afford the basics or have to choose between paying their hydro bill or purchasing food for their child.
At Delisle we have made it easy for you to support the work we do in the community, helping our clients or delivering our programs. Pick the method that works best for you. Click on the Donate Online Button, or donate by phone by calling JoAnne Korten in the Development office at (416) 482-0081 ext. 257, or mail us a cheque.
ALL Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt for their income tax records in the amount of their financial contribution that is allowed by CRA.
Delisle is always grateful for items that help us to make life a little bit easier for our children and youth and the work being done at Delisle and in our programs. The Art Gallery is always grateful for art supplies, framing, catering for openings and prizes for outstanding artists. Tickets are also in demand, our residents love going to sports events, plays and concerts. At our annual events we always have a silent auction so we are constantly on the lookout for great items for people to bid on. The Studio, Day Program, Group Home and In Schools Programs can use games and gift cards. Please note that unfortunately we cannot take furniture but Goodwill can so please contact them if you have some to get rid of.
VOLUNTEER - BE A VITAL RESOURCE
A few hours of your time makes all the difference. Donate your expertise and join our Fundraising, Finance, or Program and Planning Committees. Provide a workshop or teach a skill to youth in our Studio. Or share your expertise in organizational development, computer training, media or corporate relations, if you have a skill to offer -- we can probably use it.
Delisle is led by a volunteer board of directors committed to serving children and youth. If you share this commitment, and are able to devote a minimum of two evenings per month to strengthening Delisle's work, contact us to learn more about the requirements to become a board member.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A word about James' Journey from Delisle Youth Services' Director of Fund Development, JoAnne Korten:
It sure was cold Saturday morning as we all gathered at Wanless Park for James' Journey.
For me, the visual experience was amazing to watch as the hundreds of family, friends and neighbours began to arrive from all corners of the park. As each friend of James' joined others, the park grew warmer and the chatter grew louder with the sharing of heart-felt stories about James Muir and his family.
The respect, the love and the 'missing of James' was evident.
It has been a gift and a privilege for all of us at Delisle to be invited by the Muir family and included in this remarkable and intimate journey. We are humbled by their strength, their generosity, their spirit of life and wanting to help others through their loss. It is a testament to the kind and giving hearts of Mary, Kit and Jen Muir.
The Muir family have done a remarkable thing for the In-School and Counselling Programs at Delisle by planting the seed for this annual experience, James' Journey. They asked their family, friends and the community to make a donation to Delisle Youth Services in James' honour. Many of you did that and we thank the Muir family and everyone who supported this remarkable family and remembered James through making a donation or joining us at James' Journey this past weekend.
James' Journey raised more than an astounding $20,500 for the In-School and Counselling Programs at Delisle. Please feel great about helping us to help the hundreds of youth who turn to Delisle each year. Your support will make a difference in in the lives we touch.
Please Save the Date for James' Journey next year on Saturday April 19, 2014. Mary, Kit and Jen will be in touch.
If you have any questions or would like more information about Delisle please feel free to contact me at any time. I welcome your call and would be pleased to share more with you about the work we do at Delisle and the children, youth and families we help.
All the best,
Director of Development
Delisle Youth Services
Office: 416-482-0081 x 257