Hands Up Canada has a vision of every Canadian getting the help he or she needs to have the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing and education. We embrace the importance of of a shared community of values and traditions and a feeling of belonging and being part of a larger caring community. This sense of community expands beyond the smallest hamlet of a few hundred Canadians living near the Arctic Circle to the largest metropolitan centre of several million Canadians.
Our current initiatives:
Emergency Diaper Bags It is often when a woman is pregnant or has a newborn child that she flees an abusive relationship and ends up in a woman's shelter without even the basic necessities for her young baby. These diaper backpacks are filled with sleepers, blankets, diapers, baby wipes, towels and toiletries to help her get started on her new life. We work with women's shelters and local agencies to identify those in need.
Emergency Backpacks give a child who is suddenly entering a foster or emergency shelter basic necessities, including clothes and toiletries and a soft teddy bear to call their own. Emergency Backpacks help to relieve stress and uncertainty and provide comfort and reassurance to help them navigate through their changing life. At the moment our kids backpacks range from ages 1-4 but with the help of generous donors we will expand this age group right up to teens.
Student Backpacks Some children from impoverished families just don’t have the tools to succeed at school. Hands Up Canada supplies Student Backpacks in the fall and Head Start Backpacks in the spring for pre-schoolers to help kids achieve success at school and encourage pride and commitment to education. In 2018 we gave over 400 student backpacks to local Toronto children in need and sent another 100 up to young pre-schoolers in Taloyoak Nunavut.
Inuit Women's Shelters Hands Up Canada has been involved with women's shelters and support groups in Nunavut. Currently we send supplies to The Kataujaq Women's Shelter's The Safe Haven Group.Inuit Outreach Programme Inukshuk Guardian Society in Iqaluit helps homeless and impoverished people in the capital of Nunavut especially when temperatures in winter drop as low as -60C. Hands Up Canada has sent boxes of supplies with thermal socks, hats, gloves, food, flashlights, etc.
Food Banks and Soup Kitchens in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. In remote fly-in only Canadian communities it is a challenge to get affordable food to feed impoverished people. Hands Up Canada has supported food banks and soup kitchens in many Inuit communities including Hall Beach, Sanikiluaq, Whale Cove, Ulukhaktok.
Community and School Programmes in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Hands Up Canada has sent boxes ranging from basic supplies to gifts for students and elders to items for community sales that support efforts to bring affordable items to some of the most remote areas of Canada and provide funds for students to prepare holiday food boxes and communal meals to be shared with the elders in the communities.
Our vision includes all of Canada.
Canadians helping Canadians.