Archive for December, 2013

Solidarity through Action: Fundraising Guides

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Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Over the years, we have been so lucky to benefit from the awesome fundraising support of our community. From cocktails to student bake sales to a little dance party that could, third party fundraisers have a big impact on our budget, and that’s why we’re hoping to make it even easier for people to get involved with our Solidarity through Action fundraising guide!

We’ve created two third-party fundraising guides: one for the general public and one for students and student groups. Click the links to see the full guides.

Public: We often have people asking how they can help out and since we know that each person has something unique to offer, we hope that this guide can be used by anyone and everyone who wants to lend a hand, be more involved with philanthropy, and show their support in their own ways.

Schools and student groups: This guide offers support for any student who wants to hold a fundraiser at their school! Whether you are from a high-school, CEGEP, university, or other school-setting, we encourage all students to get involved and become advocates for youth services!

We can’t express enough how important peer-to-peer fundraisers are to us, especially the volunteers who organize them! When Head & Hands supporters take the time to put together an event for the benefit of other youth, to introduce who we are to new communities, to show solidarity  for the services we offer and for making sure youth have the support they deserve, we fall in love with this work all over again. We hope that this guide will make it even easier for you to get involved, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Speaking of Solidarity through Action, the guides were designed by local youth, Katelyn Bishop.  How could it get any better?

Winter Closure

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Winter is here! As usual, all Head & Hands locations and services will be shutting down for two weeks in order to rest up and prepare for the year ahead. We will be completely closed from December 21st through January 5th inclusive.

As of January 6th, our teen drop-in centre will re-open. Youth ages 12 to 17 are welcome to stop by J2K at 3770 Decarie, 3:00 – 8:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturdays.

Our Street Work program will also be starting up again that week. From January 6th onwards, Sara can be reached every weekday by calling or texting 514-377-9858. She’s happy to set up a meeting anywhere in the neighbourhood that works for you!

Our Young Parents Program and main office, including legal clinics, counseling, and medical clinics will stay closed one week longer. They will open again the week of January 13th.

We wish you all a very happy New Year!

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More ethical giving ideas… Head & Hands merchandise!!

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For the past couple weeks, we’ve been building a buzz around our new “Give the Gift” online campaign.  People from all over the place have already donated hundreds of dollars in the names of friends and loved ones, printing out and personalizing our cute little cards for gifts that make a difference.  We’re so grateful!

Meanwhile, though – what about those of us who prefer something a little more tangible?  A gift we can touch with our hands, and not just our hearts?  For these more traditional gift-givers, Head & Hands has lots of great options in the form of our beautiful merchandise!

Whether you’re interested in T-shirts, posters, booklets, or buttons, our main office has a wide range of beautiful objects that make for great gifts and all contribute to making our services possible. Come on down to take a look, and choose from:

H&H t-shirts in various sizes and styles

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NDG Arts Week tote bags

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Vulva posters

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Buttons representing support for our different services

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‘Trippin’ – our comprehensive and harm-reductive drug guide

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Give the Gift!!

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Did you know that since street work re-launched in October, demand for our emergency food pantry has more than doubled? The need for our medical, legal, and social services is growing, and so we put on our thinking caps to increase financial support this winter. Allow us to introduce our new fundraising campaign, Give the Gift!

When you donate online through Give the Gift, you’ll receive a package of custom-designed cards, ready to print at home and give to friends and family on behalf of each donation. Give the Gift was made possible thanks to two talented local Head & Hands supporters: web programmer, Danielle Bakhazi, and youth artist, J’VLYN.

No matter the occasion, we’ve got you covered in English and French, with cards for celebrating gratitude, birthdays, anniversaries, congratulatory moments, incredible friendships, a new life, or just because! 

Give the Gift cards are perfect for the person who says they don’t need anything, who doesn’t want more stuff, who wishes they had more time to volunteer, who believes in buying local, who believes in homemade gifts, who believes in ethical giving, who you have no idea what to buy, for the person who loves Head & Hands, and for the person that you love. 

No matter who is on the receiving end, they can’t deny the wicked awesome goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour to support youth in our community.

Okay, so we’ve explained why it’s amazing. But how does it WORK?!

1. Go to our Give the Gift page by clicking here

2. Decide how much you want to donate via your credit card or PayPal account

3. Receive a PDF file with a ton of beautiful cards

4. Pick the card you like

5. Print the card you like

6. Personalize it and send it!

7. Enjoy being the best gift giver ever.

It’s easy and fabulous.

Have any questions? No problem! Call Juniper or Jen at 514-481-0277!