Although child poverty seems overwhelming it can be eliminated if we all take our part!
There are many things that we can do individually or as a group, both large and small. CPAN really appreciates each and every effort, no matter if it is big or small, and it all counts. We all have something that we can be doing to improve the lives of our local low income children.
Whether it is donating items, time, and/or money your help is always needed and very much appreciated. We need help to raise awareness; people can do this by talking to others, joining CPAN and forwarding the emails, ‘Liking’ the CPAN page on Facebook, and/or distributing information in other ways. Our community is generous and caring we know that once our community knows that there is a need they will always help.
As CPAN receives no government funding we rely totally on grants fundraisers and donations to continue the work that we do. If you would like to financially support us there are several ways that you can make a financial contribution:
Cash can be dropped off at CPAN office (inside The Phoenix Centre Pembroke), or at either Pembroke or Renfrew Phoenix Centre locations (please mark envelope for CPAN)
Cheques can be made payable to CPAN and mailed to:
c/o The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
130 Pembroke Street West,
Pembroke ON K8A 5M8
There are many opportunities to volunteer. As CPAN only has one paid staff member (to keep overheads low) we need many volunteers, including administration support. We are not government funded so we need help to fundraise. We also have need for graphic design support for our many programs and communication tools. Here are just some of the opportunities that exist:
Administration: Able to work in office environment, file, communicate, take enquiries, etc.
Program Coordinators (we have 5 programs)
- Gardening (Good EGG)
- Music & the Arts (Harmony)
- School Inclusion
- Operation Snowsuit
- Tools for School (Backpack Program)
- Grant Writer: Able to find, match, and write proposals.
- Fundraiser: We have many projects underway that need certain skills, such as decorating, media relations, recruitment, sales, etc
- Researcher: To help us stay current on poverty issues and statistics.
- We often need transportation for items (snowsuits etc.) throughout the county.
There are many other ways in which we can use your skills and abilities. If you would like to help, please contact us
Contribute to a CPAN program
Please take a moment to learn about some of CPAN’s current and on-going program.
There are many ways in which you can help CPAN. Please know that every donation reaches and improves the life of a local child living in poverty! You can make a difference!
Here are Some Creative Things That Have Already Happened Thanks to Our Wonderful Community
- One-time cash donations
- Monthly scheduled donations
- Restaurants offering a portion of sale of item/s to specific programs
- Business cards, certificate, and voucher printing
- Website design and hosting
- Annual events with funds donated to CPAN
- Firefighters hosted chili-fest
- Poster creation
- Employees asking for corporate donation for CPAN from their employers
- Graphic design work (for posters and office sign)
- Donations of funds raised at certain events
- Donation of racks for Operation Snowsuit
- Storage space for Operation Snowsuit
- Framing of pictures for silent auction
- Car wash
- Signed memorabilia for silent auction
- Music night, cover charge, and auction donated to CPAN
- Cleaning dirty snowsuits
- Office space and administrative support
- All supplies including chilli and space for CPAN annual Chili cook-off
- Room and food for business luncheon
- Activity funding assistance
- Liam’s Hair Challenge
- Proceeds raised at local trivia night donated to CPAN
- Donations collected at office parties (in lieu of gift exchange)
- Donations were given in the name of others (as wedding presents and Christmas Gifts)
- Gift cards collected by one local store to buy gifts for low income children
- One 11 year old collected $1,100 in pennies
- Dinosaur raffled off, proceeds to CPAN (make poverty extinct)
- ‘Classic Rock’ Party held to raise funds and awareness
- Every office worker committing to a cash donation once a year
- In lieu of birthday presents children have asked for hats and mitts to donate to Operation Snowsuit
- “Helping Hands” fundraiser, Massage Therapists donate their earnings for one day
- Dress down Friday funds given to CPAN
- Win a ‘$5,000 room makeover’
- A “Knit-a-Thon” was held, people could learn to knit, mitts and hats were donated to Operation Snowsuit, and donations for Operation Snowsuit were also accepted
- The Tim Horton’s “Smile Cookie” Promotion (Pembroke)
- All company employees committing to providing one snowsuit
- Money collected at cash-point in various stores
- Money donated in memory of a loved one
- TV raffled off and proceeds given to CPAN
- Hat day at school, students helping other students
- Donations of funds from 50/50 draw
- Annual BBQ
- Sales of discount cards (golf, food, etc.)
- Famine day “Hunger for Hope” High School raised funds for Backpack Plus
- Radio-Thon to raise awareness and funds
- Celebrity (Jason Blaine) chose CPAN as his charity of choice for the reality show “Employee of the Week” (CMT)