Who We Support
CPC Halifax Cornwallis members are committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community in which we live, most notably for women and children. Since 1989, we have supported Phoenix Youth Programs annually from the proceeds of Progress Women of Excellence Awards. Phoenix Youth offers homeless youth an opportunity to break the cycle of hopelessness.
We help foster the cause of the physically, mentally and socially handicapped through Special Olympics and currently assist other community needs such as Alice Housing, Adsum House, and Homebridge Youth Society.
As a club we are mandated to do a collective 300 hours of community service a year – but we exceed that every year and this year we’ll do over 1000!
The volunteering is a big part of the reason many of us join the club as we want to be directly involved with the people we support.
We have a committee that coordinates volunteer opportunities for the club, and it’s incredible the variety of things we get to participate in. Some examples of things we’ve done this year include:
Phoenix – Variety from bowling with the youth, to some of us who go into the home and cook with the youth once a month
Habitat for Humanity – A number of us spent a Saturday helping to build a home in East Preston.
ARK Sunday suppers – We both cook dinners for the Sunday suppers and help serve food to the homeless
At Christmas we have a number of events including:
- We bring in Christmas cards and stamps to the ARK Sunday supper for the homeless or less fortunate so that they can send cards to their loved ones
- We make stockings for the Phoenix youth
- Wrapping presents for Feed NS
- We sing carols at the Veteran’s memorial hospital
- We deliver turkeys to families in need
- Collect toys for children who will be spending Christmas in half-way houses
And a variety of others:
- Special Olympics dinners
- Selling raffle tickets at charity dinners or the Mooseheads games
There’s always something for everyone and the variety of work we do makes us feel like we’re making an impact all over the community.
Phoenix Youth Programs
Phoenix is a non-profit, community based organization located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We offer at-risk and homeless youth, ages 12 – 24, the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and find a path from the street. Since its inception in 1987, we have developed an extensive variety of programs and services to address the individual needs of each client.
Their primary innovative feature is the continuum of care provided throughout our ten programs and services including: prevention, crisis assistance, emergency shelter, long-term supportive and structured living, independent living, personal skill development, education, health services, and after care services.
HomeBridge Youth Society
HomeBridge Youth Society was incorporated in 1977 and known as The Association for the Development of Children’s Residential Facilities (ADCRF) for 28 years. This charitable, non-profit organization (Charitable Registration #106728918RR0001) was established by front line social workers that identified a need for residential care in the child welfare system. The organization grew to six residential, youth caring facilities throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality and a school program. Today, 40 high-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years old can be served in community settings at one time. Approximately 180 young people reside in our facilities annually. All the young people are in the temporary or permanent care of the Minister of Community Services.
In June 2005, a new name was welcomed to further describe the work of the organization and future planned directions. HomeBridge Youth Society will continue the work of the ADCRF with the ongoing commitments of the Nova Scotia Departments of Community Services, Education and Transportation and Public Works, and St. Paul’s Home Board. An extended vision of corporate, charitable foundations and other public support is furthering our ability to offer progressive therapeutic program opportunities for young people.
The Association’s development has been the labor of love and commitment by hundreds of people since 1977. Every person has played a role and impacted the legacy of where we find ourselves so proudly today, with the vision of “All Youth and their Families living in Health, Safety and Harmony.”
Alice Housing provides safe second stage housing and supportive counseling to women and children leaving domestic abuse.
With 18 units located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Alice Housing has provided a wide range of services to over 900 families in crisis from violence since 1983 and is one the largest and oldest second stage housing organizations in Canada.
The Donner Foundation and Charity Intelligence nationally and regionally recognize the programs and services of Alice Housing. We also have received the Ethics Award for the Non-Profit Sector from the Better Business Bureau- Maritime Provinces.
By providing safe, affordable housing and counseling for up to two years, families are able to recover from abuse so that violence does not have to frame their future or define their legacy.
Special Olympics Nova Scotia
Special Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability.
Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations. Special Olympics is unique in providing sports opportunities for individuals with different levels of intellectual disabilities. Paralympics provides sports opportunities for elite athletes with a physical handicap.
Special Olympics is open to every intellectually disabled person, regardless of the level or degree of that person’s disability, and whether or not that person also has other physical disabilities.
Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation
Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation (CPCF) was registered as a Non Profit Corporation for charitable purposes in 1968 to support the charitable objectives and purposes of the Canadian Progress Club (CPC). It is recognized by CRA as a” charitable organization” pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada).
In 1986, the members of CPC, looking to find common ground and a uniting focus for all clubs across Canada to use the resources of CPCF to support Special Olympics. A goal was set to raise $1 million to be kept in an endowment fund for that purpose. From that fund periodic (now annual) donations to SOC have been and will continue to be made. Monies donated have assisted the Canadian Special Olympians to attend the International Games by helping purchase uniforms and offsetting travel costs. The $1 million goal was reached in 2005 at the CPC National Convention in Saskatoon – a very proud moment for all Progressians. CPC, through CPCF, is now not just a sponsor but has become a partner with Special Olympics, and that relationship helps to strengthen the commitment to and otherwise benefits both organizations. Currently, Special Olympics Canada holds training camps for athletes, coaches and support staff that are funded by the donation received from CPCF.
The resources of CPCF are available to assist those in need in all communities across this great country where there is a CPC presence. CPCF charitable purposes place a strong focus on persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, but other purposes are also well recognized and supported. You can be a part of all of this by contributing to Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation (CPCF).
The resources of CPCF are generated from funds raised by the chartered Canadian Progress Clubs located across Canada, and their members and sponsors. Money is also raised by individual and corporate donations.