The philosophy behind Local Laundry has always been about promoting and building our city and neighbourhoods. We believe that people should be proud of where they come from and help their community. We want to encourage communities by supporting local causes that matter to Calgarians.
Thats why 10% of our profits will always go back into the community to support causes that our customers believe in to build a stronger community and help those in need. Here are some of the causes we care about and have donated to thanks to our amazing customers:
The DI :: Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
In honour of selling our first 100 shirts we donated $100 to The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. After contacting them and discussing which program was the least funded and needed the most attention, we learned that the Computers for Low Income Calgarians (CLIC) program was at highest risk of being cut. This program provides home computers to individuals and families in need—for free.
Through the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program we were able to buy 20 Windows licenses to help continue this program.
The CLIC program also offers computer maintenance training to low income individuals to save time and money. This amazing program allows people in need to gain access to their own computer and training to better themselves, their situation and families.
Help this underfunded program out by donating or dropping off a used computer. More information on this program, great reasons to donate and training can be found at:
For more information on The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, CLIC, other great programs and ways to give back to the community check out their website:
The Calgary Food Bank
In honour of our 200th item sold we took to our customers on where we should donate to next. The majority of our customers voted to donate to the Calgary Food Bank. We reached out to this amazing community owned organization and asked what was the type of food they were in need of the most. They got back to us right away and reported that pasta, macaroni & cheese and pop-top soup was in the highest demand for their emergency hampers.
We hit the stores and bought as much of this type of food as we possibly could for $100. We ended up buying:
- 12 cans of pop-top soups
- 20 packets of instant noodles
- 30 boxes of pasta
- 30 macaroni & cheese boxes
- 40 packets of Sidekicks pasta and potatoes varieties
We were then given an amazing tour of the facility by one of the coordinators of the Food Bank. Absolutely incredible organization filled with the most caring people we have ever met. The most amazing fact we learned on the whole tour was the entire organization was privately funded! All their food and money for operations is 100% donated.
During these tough economic times, they have seen the demand for help rise exponentially. They are always looking for volunteers, food donations and monetary donations, no matter how big or small. They are in special need for pasta, pop-top soups and macaroni & cheese packets.
For more information check out their website: http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/
Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter
Thanks to a demand from our customers, for our third charitable donation it was chosen to donate to the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter is focused on ending family violence and abuse in the lives of women, children, youth and men. “Taking a Stand Against Family Violence” in the community for the past 42 years, the agency has helped more than 180,000 Calgarians build safe lives and healthy relationships. We are on the front lines to provide hope and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Check out more of their work at their website.
For suggestions on how Local Laundry can help build community or support and volunteer at a local cause feel free to contact us at email@example.com. What local charity would you like us to donate to next?