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Support Independent Living for All!

$1,495 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 4 months
Created August 29, 2018
Community of Hearts
on behalf of Shera Mekhail
What is Independent Hearts and who is it for?

Independent Hearts is a two-month or five-month program through Community of Hearts for people with developmental exceptionalities to experience living independently and build independent living skills. We offer one-on-one support and a safe space for participants to learn and practice skills they need to live independently.

We customize the program to each participant, helping you learn skills you need the most so you can feel empowered and confident living independently. Some common skills learned in the house include:

Menu Planning
Taking the Bus
Finding housing
Cleaning Skills
Hygiene Routines
Confidence Building 
Community Safety Skills
Grocery Shopping
Learning adult responsibilities
First Aid
Fire Safety
Hosting Guests
Accessing Community Resources
Job Searching

Who is Community of Hearts?

Community of Hearts Lifelong Learning Centre fosters independence by providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for adults with developmental exceptionalities while enhancing the participants’ social, emotional, physical and cognitive development by building confidence and promoting self-reliance. Community of Hearts envisions an inclusive community that embraces and supports the independence of every citizen.

Why Support this Program?

We believe in advocacy, opportunity and independence for all our participants and all people with developmental exceptionalities. We hope you do too!

This is the first program of its kind in Guelph and the surrounding area. The skills learned through this program are integral to empowering those with developmental exceptionalities. And we need community support to get this program off the ground!  

By supporting this program, we are showing the community at large that this kind of support is needed and important to our community and everyone who represents it.

What will your donation be used for?

The costs of renting the house, keeping it safe, clean and in good repair, hiring the right  Life Skills Educators to support all participants, advancing our resources within the home and sharing this program all add up! We strongly believe this program is a community asset, and we plan to be running it for years to come.

Our goal for this campaign is $30,000  so we can continue this program and benefit the members of our communityA program like life skills educators to work alongside participants, along with typical costs of rent and utilities. 

We appreciate all the support we get at any level! Independent Hearts is currently seeking sponsorship-level donations at any level, with perks and recognition given at $1000+, $2500+, $5000+ and $10,000+ amounts. This may be more suitable for companies, but we welcome any alternative arrangements.

What perks/recognition will I or my company receive for donating?

$100 - Community Supporter Sponsorship Level:
Receive a handwritten thank-you card from our program participants, have your corporate name & logo advertised on our Lifelong Learning Centre window front.

$250 - Piece of our Heart Sponsorship Level:
Receive a commemorative puzzle piece signed by our program participants, to display in your business, have your corporate name & logo advertised on our Lifelong Learning Centre window front. We look forward to collaborating with you on this program! Your support makes a significant impact on the lives of adults with
developmental exceptionalities in our Guelph community.

$1 000 - GoFundMe Booster Sponsorship Level: 
Your corporate logo displayed on printed and electronic promotional material for the Independent Hearts program (including an individualized thank-you across our social media pages). Materials will be distributed widely to a charitable audience in the Guelph and the tri-cities via paid social media ads. 

$2 500 - Participant Scholarship Sponsorship Level:
Give the gift of participation in the Independent Hearts program and be a named Scholarship Sponsor on our website & social networking platforms. Also receive, a handwritten thank-you card from the program participant you support; with your corporate name & logo advertised on our Lifelong Learning Centre window front; and your corporate logo on all printed and electronic promotional material for the Independent Hearts program (including an individualized thank-you across our social media page).

$5 000 - Worth Celebrating For Sponsorship Level: 
Enjoy free admission to the Independent Hearts Celebration Event this February to receive public thanks for your generosity. We’ll also include your corporate logo on all printed and electronic promotional material for the Independent Hearts program and celebration event (including an individualized thank-you across our social media pages).

$10 000 - Leave Your Mark Sponsorship:
Name any room in the Independent Hearts program space, enjoy free admission to the Independent Hearts Celebration Event to receive public thanks for your generosity, and your corporate logo on all printed and electronic promotional material for the Independent Hearts program and the title sponsor of the celebration event (including a special thank-you across our social media page).

You will also receive a tax receipt for any donations above $25.

How can I participate in this program?

The program is currently operating and if you (or someone you know) are an adult with developmental exceptionalities who would benefit from this program, please reach out to us at independenthearts@communityofhearts.ca.

The program is customizable,  accessible and can be altered to match your schedule and your personal needs.

How long will we be raising money?

This fundraising campaign will close in February 2019, where we will celebrate our success by holding a Valentine’s Day Dance in honour of Love for our Community. More details to come.

If you’d like to remain Anonymous, please state that when making your donation!

All questions about fundraising or the Independent Hearts program can be sent to indepdendenthearts@communityofhearts.ca.     
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$1,495 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 4 months
Created August 29, 2018
Community of Hearts
on behalf of Shera Mekhail
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