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Want to help the House? Get creative!

Want to help the House? Get creative!

All throughout the holiday season, we hear from our wonderful supporters with questions about how they can help.

Things are strange right now. In-person events are off-limits. But there is one fun and helpful thing you can do — get a group of people together and come up with a creative way to fundraise for a cause you care about!

It’s annual appeal season here at West Neighbourhood House, and it’s our *only* major fundraiser of 2020. Last year, our runners, walkers, wheelers and cheerers raised more than $54,000 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Sadly, the marathon was cancelled this year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraising has felt less like a team sport and more like a solo race. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We can still get together to raise money for the House in creative ways.

Take Christian Cameron, an author and history buff who ran a virtual Deed of Alms challenge with his group Hoplolgia to benefit the House during the pandemic. A Deed of Alms is a medieval tournament in support of charity. Christian and his friends re-imagined it as a series of virtual challenges — think jousting,  fashioning a flail out of a nerf ball, and devastating a turnip with sword tricks. It was pretty sick stuff!

Earlier this year, Nisha, age 10, raised more than $7,000 for The Meeting Place drop-in by canvassing her Grade 5 classmates for donations.

Do you have a creative idea for fundraising? We’d be happy to support you, your family, faith group, business, or friends to fundraise. Let us know how we can help!

How do you get started? Well, it’s super easy to make your own crowdfunding page on CanadaHelps. The money goes straight to the House and gets to work in your community right away, with none of the waiting and extra fees charged by other crowdfunding platforms.

You can get started by making a CanadaHelps account or filling out the form below to fundraise as a group or an individual!