Lisa Giancarlo presented Rowan’s Room with a cheque for $500 last month!
RE/MAX Banner’s Community Care Program Poll is now open! This April, we will donate $500 to assist local charities, causes and fundraising events with their work in our communities.
The voting has officially opened and the charities, causes and fundraising events listed below have been entered into the Poll on our Facebook page (click the Community Care Poll tab on the left to vote!).
Supporters of these causes should share the RE/MAX Banner Real Estate Facebook Page with as many people as possible and vote in the poll for your favourite entry! Voting runs until midnight on April 30, 2017, so make sure to get your votes in as soon as possible!
Depending on the votes, we may give the full $500 to the top finisher, or if it’s a tight race, we may divide the money up between a few different groups. We will let the votes decide!
The Community Care Program runs every month and groups who do not receive funds are encouraged to apply again. Over the past 20 years, RE/MAX Banner Real Estate has contributed more than $150,000 to various causes.
Information about each applicant follows, as submitted by the nominee in the order which they were received.
Kingston Elementary School breakfast program
Our school provides an open breakfast available to all students at no cost.
Clean Annapolis River Project
Clean Annapolis River Project is a community based environmental organization with a mission to enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership and community engagement.
Funds will be used to deliver educational enrichment programs for elementary school students through a “Scientist in the Classroom” program in June 2017. The overarching theme of this programming will be the Annapolis River watershed.
Programs will allow students to explore local ecosystems and learn about geographically relevant issues. Programming will be hands on, and take advantage of natural spaces located within close proximity to each school. Programs will be linked to curriculum objectives, and program resources will be provided for teachers to ease the burden of their required paperwork.
Providing educational opportunities and raising community awareness about environmental issues is a key component in achieving environmental sustainability. CARP is in a unique position to connect students to real environmental projects, and has access to some very specialized equipment that can be used during programs.
Cool Moves BMX
CMB is a locally organized group of BMX riders who give it their all to take both wheels off the edge to succeed at this intense, high risk sport. Each year about 20 adolescents ranging from ages 5 – 20 register to join Cool Moves BMX. Founder and Coach, Chris Hiltz of Nictaux organizes practices and shows across the Annapolis Valley. The Middleton Arena is the home to our practices in the summer, and you could find us performing at various events like Heart of The Valley Festival, Wharf Rat Rally, and Upper Clements Parks.
This year CMB is fundraising to purchase new safety equipment for each rider. Riders are required to wear protective equipment at all times including helmet, knee and shin guards. Safety and protective equipment are so important when performing. With your donation, we would be able to provide our team with the high quality equipment needed. Thank you for considering Cool Moves BMX as a nominee.
Wild Spirits Forest & Nature School
Wild Spirits Forest & Nature School is a not-for-profit society with the goal of connecting children to nature. Forest school provides children with play based, child-led, emergent curriculum completely outdoors. We are starting our programming with an open forest on earth day: April 22, 2017.
The Evangeline Recreation Society
The Evangeline Recreation Society is a not for profit organization located in Berwick, NS that assists individuals living with mental illness throughout Annapolis and Kings Counties. Our vision is to support and celebrate individuals for their uniqueness and instilling hope for the future by being the community living room where friends become family. By doing this, we aim to reduce social and emotional isolation, enabling individuals to have greater control over their lives. We strive to increase positive mental health well-being through our healthy eating and physical activity programs. The Evangeline Club is a safe and friendly environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association
The Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association provides therapeutic riding lessons to individuals of all ages (3+) that present with a wide range of exceptionalities or mental health concerns. At FSTRA riders set goals and exceed expectations with programming that focuses on life skills, fine motor skills, appropriate social interactions, self-regulation etc. while learning to ride a horse. FSTRA is volunteer run, with over 80 volunteers helping over 50 riders every session.
Valley Community Learning Association
VCLA has the ability to change people’s lives, and the lives of their families.The Literacy Mile is our one major fundraiser and this year will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 1 to 3 pm. This event raises much needed funds to help us fill in the gaps in government-funded programming, and ensure that we can continue to help Valley residents achieve their personal learning goals.For more information about us or the event, please go to: http://vcla.ca/literacy-mile or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vclakentville/ .
WHO ARE WE? VCLA is a non-profit organization that helps Annapolis Valley adults reach their personal learning goals. We work with individuals and groups to provide educational programs, advocacy, and information. We believe we can build stronger communities through adult learning. Our programs include: GED classes, one-on-one tutoring, helping immigrants in the Valley with their English, family literacy programs at various schools in the region, health literacy supports for seniors, and employment-focused programs in such fields as trucking and human services to give our learners every opportunity to support their families and participate in our communities.