COVID-19 Relief

Rotary COVID-19 Relief Fund


During this unprecedented public health emergency, many of our local families, businesses and those at risk in our community are being adversely affected. Your local Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation will accept donations, carry out a community needs assessment then distribute funds to community organizations and agencies serving Canmore, MD of Bighorn, Kananaskis and Morley.

You may donate online here, or by cheque to:
Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 8025, Canmore, AB T1W 2T8.

*Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25.00 or more when mailing address is provided.

For more information please email Canmore Rotary Club Foundation

LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE COVID-19 RELIEF FUND:

First Goal Surpassed - New Goal Set! 
Thank you to EVERYONE for the overwhelming donations to our Rotary Covid -19 Relief Fund!  Working together we have been able to support local front-line charities, making a significant impact on their ability to support those in our community who need it most. A very special thank you to an anonymous family fund for an extraordinarily generous donation which propelled us well over our original goal of $50,000, bringing us to a total raised of $93,815.00. Added to the generosity of so many local supporters, this gift means that we are able to continue to support local needs as they emerge.  
 
As we all learn that this crisis will provide challenges over the longer term, we are working hard to be ready to help.  
 
We have set a new goal of $150,000. This will enable us to continue to meet urgent and emerging needs in our community. All donations help us continue to support organizations in our Bow Valley Community hard hit with the impact of COVID -19.
 

Press Release - May 5, 2020

The Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation launched the Rotary COVID -19  Relief Fund back on March 21st, 2020 in response to this unprecedented public health emergency which has adversely affected so many of our local families, most of our business community and placed vulnerable populations at higher risk.  

On April 9th, we teamed up with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation and the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation to coordinate Bow Valley grantmaking. This collaboration provides a streamlined response for organizations in need. One online application avoids duplication of effort in grant writing. The Bow Valley Emergency Grant committee reviews applications weekly with decisions and funding usually completed within the week. The dollars just stretch further when we work together. Through on going consultation with local agencies, we continue to see, food security as the top priority. Some of the organizations that be been supported to date are: The Food Alliance, The Filipino Canadian Association, Bow Valley Learning Center and Bow Valley Specialized Transportation.

We invite charitable organizations and those partnered with a charitable organization TO APPLY at www.banffcanmore@org/in-this-together/

Although we are proudly working within coordinated effort of the Bow Valley Emergency Grant Committee, The Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation (CRCCF) and the Rotary Club of Canmore (RCC) have funded other organizations independent of our collaboration with Banff Canmore Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation (Pauw). In mid-April CRCCF donated $5000.00 to the Bow Valley Food Bank and $5000.00 from RCC annual community grants was funded to Food and Friends. Food and Friends is now serving up to 400 meals per week out of the Iron Goat with other inkind donations from local business. Today CRCCF presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Primary Care Network and The Good Food Box for the provision of subsidies for low income families buying low-cost healthy food, fresh fruits and vegetables complimenting the predominantly processed foods available from other sources.

The CRCCF and RCC would like to thank everyone in the Bow Valley who has  supported the Rotary COVID -19 Relief Fund. Without that support we simply could not do the work we are doing to support current circumstances in the Bow Valley. Thank you also to Banff Canmore Community Foundation and the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation. This is a small group of well connected, community oriented and compassionate folks in the Bow Valley.

Donate now to the COVID-19 Relief Fund

Putting Your Money Where it Counts...
April 20, 2020
 
Food security continues to be a priority in the Bow Valley.
With that in mind, the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable foundation proudly donated $5000 to the Bow Valley Food Bank on Friday April 17th. This will help keep the food stocks up for giving to those are in need at this time.
 
To date, the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation (CRCCF) has raised $28,485 through the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
 
Caring for Our Community
April 16, 2020
 
We're already at over $25,000! Thank you for helping us care for our community. 
 
Every little bit helps.
People helping People...that what this Club does best.
April 13, 2020
 
Our COVID-19 Relief Fund is not at $23,385. Let's keep it up to help the helpers of COVID-19.
 
 
Caring for our Community

Bow Valley Foundations Team Up to Coordinate Funding in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 9, 2020

The Banff Canmore Community Foundation, the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation and the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation are teaming up to coordinate emergency grant-making in the Bow Valley.  “All three foundations are receiving requests for funding from a variety of organizations and we are confident that by working together, we can coordinate our response and reduce the burden on groups having to prepare multiple grant applications”, says Community Foundation Executive Director, Bill Fisher.  The foundations are also in touch with municipal officials and front-line agencies in the Bow Valley to ensure they are up to date on where the most important and pressing needs are in the community.
 
Registered charities and front-line organizations that are partnering with registered charities or government agencies can submit grant applications on-line by following the links on each foundation’s website or by visiting:  https://www.banffcanmorecf.org/in-this-together/
Applications will be reviewed daily and a response will be provided back to the applicants within seven days.
 
In swift response to this public health emergency, on March 21st, the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation launched the Rotary COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Foundation Chair, Donna Potter stated, “Our intent is to support the most affected in our local community.  This coordinated funding will allow our three foundations to work together efficiently with key local organizations to identify critical needs and direct funds quickly.”
 
Cathy Geisler, Executive Director, Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation notes, “We know there will be overlapping needs across the Valley, and it makes sense that they are addressed jointly. From a solutions standpoint, to a resource standpoint, to a funding standpoint - the dollars will stretch further if we work together.”
 
The Banff Canmore Community Foundation recently deferred funding a number of Community Grants in order to make some funding available for emergency purposes.  “We know that this COVID-19 crisis will take many months to overcome.  Our current granting priorities focus on keeping Bow Valley residents fed, sheltered, safe and connected - especially vulnerable residents”, stated Fisher.  “Our priorities later in the summer may be different, perhaps with a greater focus on recovery efforts and dealing with mental health challenges.”
 
The foundations have all set aside funds that are dedicated to immediately support the COVID-19 emergency. 
 
 
Individuals interested in donating can do so by following the links here: 
The three foundations urge all Bow Valley residents to respect the direction from federal, provincial and local authorities concerning social distancing and self-isolating.  
 
We are all in this together.
 
 

March 21, 2020

COVID-19 is altering lives in our community.

During this unprecedented public health emergency, many of our local families, businesses and those at risk in our community are being adversely affected.

The Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation and the Rotary Club of Canmore are announcing the launch of the "Rotary COVID-19 Relief Fund".

"Our local Rotary Club of Canmore is a group of more than 100 passionate individuals. We’re always looking for opportunities to make a difference here at home and around the world." Donna Potter, Chair of Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation.

Your local Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation is accepting donations now.
 
We are beginning to assess the community needs now. Collaboration will begin with stakeholder community organizations and agencies serving Canmore, MD of Bighorn, Kananaskis and Morley to determine where best to allocate funds received.
 
Once we have determined community priorities, we will be making announcements to the public.

We are now accepting donations for the Rotary COVID-19 Relief.

 

You may by also donate by cheque to: Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 8025, Canmore, AB T1W 2T8.

*Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25.00 or more when mailing address is provided.

For more information please email Canmore Rotary Club Foundation