Guided by the international co-operative principle of Concern for Community, Manitoba credit unions are strong supporters of a wide range of community organizations and events throughout the province.
Over the past decade, credit unions have contributed more than $26 million in charitable donations and sponsorships. In 2016, that giving equated to more than $2.3 million in donations and $1.7 million in sponsorships. Credit unions also provide community support through paid volunteer hours for employees and reduced service fees for nearly 9,000 organizations in Manitoba.
In addition to the donations and sponsorships made by individual credit unions, the Manitoba credit union system as a whole also sponsors several worthy causes on a collective basis, based on a set of shared criteria. Last year, four new sponsorship opportunities received funding from Manitoba’s credit unions.
Siloam Mission Make Room Capital Campaign
Since 1987, Winnipeg’s Siloam Mission has provided essential services for those experiencing homelessness. In that time, the need for those services has grown steadily. In recent years, Siloam has identified several critical issues that need to be addressed: Demand for meals has risen by 24 per cent since 2011, with as many as 350 people regularly left waiting outside for meals; ‘Hannah’s Place’ emergency shelter has been turning away 20 to 40 people most nights, regardless of the weather; and the current facility requires women to share the shelter with men. With space at a premium, the Mission has found itself having to move people out to allow more to come in — which reduces opportunities to build relationships and trust among staff, volunteers, donors and clients.
To address these challenges, Siloam has purchased land and buildings around its existing location and embarked on a campaign to raise $19 million, in order to expand its kitchen and dining room, add 50 shelter beds to increase capacity from 110 to 160 (including separate areas for women and men), add new showers, lockers, day beds and barber services, expand space to accommodate more transition programs, services, case managers and volunteers, and create a larger reception area and space for volunteers, including youth and family groups and school tours.
Manitoba’s credit unions contributed to a $100,000 gift to the Make Room campaign and, as thanks, will receive naming recognition of the Student Classroom in Siloam’s expanded facility.
2017 Canada Summer Games
Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Summer Games welcomed over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors to Manitoba. The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, and the 2017 Games celebrated the event’s 50th anniversary, and acknowledged Canada’s 150th birthday. They left a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, and volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come.
Manitoba’s credit unions provided $150,000 in sponsorship funds for the Games.
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba
With the help of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families.
Manitoba’s credit unions provided $25,000 in sponsorship funds.
Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) Aquanty Project
Recent flood events in the Assiniboine River Basin have resulted in significant crop losses, property and infrastructure damage, leading to unprecedented Agri-Recovery claims above and beyond crop insurance. The mfga Aquanty Project seeks to develop new risk management tools to reduce the impact of extreme flood or drought events for the agricultural industry within the Basin by identifying preventative measures, implementing risk prevention and mitigation activities, all with the intention of lessening the need for government disaster relief in response to such events.
Manitoba’s credit unions have committed $38,000 in support of this project over the next five years.
- Wasagaming Foundation Camp Wannakumbac
- Curl Manitoba Masters Championships
- Manitoba High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Awards
- Manitoba 55-Plus Games