Supporting our communities is an important pillar of our commitment to stakeholder service and our people play a big part in this effort. When COVID-19 began, our people stepped up to support our communities as they tackled the unique challenges the pandemic created.
Back in the spring, our team launched an employee giving campaign to support several organizations in Grande Prairie and Calgary working to help our communities’ most vulnerable throughout the pandemic. Staff donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by 7G, and further matched by other available matching programs.
This initiative allowed us to multiply the impact of the funds raised. In total, we were able to donate more than $34,400, plus other food security donations reaching a total of nearly $40,000, to several organizations including: the Community Kitchen at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, the Calgary Food Bank, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Odyssey House and the Salvation Army Grande Prairie.
A big thank you to these organizations and a special thank you to the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. We are proud to play a small part in supporting the important work they do every day.
“The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre is grateful for the continued support from the Community Foundation and Seven Generations through donations to the Community Kitchen in partnership with the Salvation Army. Donations have ensured that the Community Kitchen and our outreach services have remained open to the public offering three hot meals a day, five days a week. When services were having to close their doors, the Community Kitchen remained open and was able to do so through donations and supports from our community partners. We are humbled by the generous donations and continued support.”
Community Kitchen at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
"Thank you Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta and Seven Generations for your support in our COVID-19 emergency response in supporting vulnerable Calgarians as we get through this pandemic together. At the DI we like to say it takes a community to build a community. Thank you for being community builders."
Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
“We are extremely grateful for the support of our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to recognize Seven Generations Energy Grande Prairie. Their monetary donation made it possible to supply all residents, community support clients accessing services and staff with 100% cotton face coverings (also known as; not medical face masks) for both children and adults. Thanks to Seven Generations Energy donation we were able to secure enough face covering to protect all clients and employees living or working in house with the recommended amount of face coverings per person based on hours of wear. We cannot thank Seven Generations enough for their support. We can wash and disinfect the face coverings allowing us to offer proper personal protective equipment to all those who need our help or are working to support those who have experienced family violence.”
"With so much upheaval happening all around us, we are so grateful for the wonderful support of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta and Seven Generations to help to keep the lives of our clients as stable as possible. When people that are already experiencing food insecurity face additional stressors, it can be overwhelming. You have shouldered some of their burden. On their behalf, we sincerely thank you."
Calgary Food Bank
“In times of crisis, incidents of family violence and abuse can increase. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Northern Alberta and Seven Generations for their donation. We rely on the generosity of the community to help us keep those impacted by family violence and abuse safe during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
Seven Generations’ Director, Community Engagement, Cindy Park (left), presents a cheque to the CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, Laura LaValley.