Grades 1-6 (Ages 6-12) These informative and educational presentation will be hosted in your classroom. The School Team Lead will come to your classroom to talk to your class about the DI, misconceptions the public have around homelessness and what we can do to help change the world!
Contact Person: Engagement Coordinator
Contact Phone: (403) 699-8272
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The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) is positioned to be the most effective housing-focused shelter in North America, but we can't do it alone. Partnering with local agencies, the DI is committed to community education and empowerment particularly with youth. By having open and educational conversation about homelessness and poverty, the DI is optimistic that our community's young people will grow up compassionate, inclusive and solutions-based in regards to homelessness. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for this Guide on Creating Kindness, please contact the Specialist, Community Education & Outreachcommunity@thedi.caThis curriculum was created in partnership with the Phoenix Foundation.Funding made possible by the Calgary Foundation.
To receive the Homeless Awareness Project information please sign up for this opportunity. Upon signing up, the information will be sent to you via email.About the project:The Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) aims to provide educators with holistic tools to teach all grade levels about homelessness and empathy. To meet this need, the DI partnered with the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) to provides resources for Grades 9-12. Book programming directly through the Calgary Homeless Foundation; they will provide in-class support and then refer you back to Creating Kindness YYC to register for a hands-on experience, such as a tour or action project with the DI. About the Calgary Homeless Awareness Project:The Calgary Homeless Awareness Project (CHA) aims to educate youth on issues of homelessness, poverty and disparity. Through education, the CHA hopes to combat stigma and change attitudes surrounding homelessness in the community. For students, it is an opportunity for early exposure to social issues to develop critical thinking, citizenship and empathy. In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, CHF has created multiple education module pilots for junior and senior high schools across Calgary. CHA hopes that by investing in the future population, a more socially conscious population can be fostered to create sustainable change.The Calgary Drop-in Centre is very proud to partner with the Homeless Awareness project, and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
Grades 5-12 have the opportunity to come to the Calgary Drop-In Centre''s (the DI) offsite Donation Centre (36440 11 A ST NE). During this 2-hour opportunity students will be engaged in conversations about what the DI does, and how we as a community can support those experiencing homelessness. Students will also play a key role in supporting the sorting and organizing of donations.The Donation Centre provides many different items to those in our community ranging from clothing to furniture and everything in-between. Volunteer support is an integral piece to ensuring we can continue to support those needed the services the Donation Centre offers
Backpacks are a very important resource to our clients, they provide a safe place to carry around personal and valued items. Fill a backpack is a great way to support the daily needs our clients have. This is an offsite opportunity. Schools can get together and collect items that are extremely beneficial to our clients and put together backpacks! The Drop off locations for these donations are:1 Dermot Baldwin Way SE | Calgary, AB | T2G 0P8OROur Donation Centre-3640 11A Street NE
Help us prevent frost bite!With winter finally blowing into our city, there is potential for our clients to get frostbitten. In order to tackle this, at the DI, we create Frosty Bite Kits. Frosty Bites Poster
Contact Person: School Program Team Lead
Did you know that the Drop-In's Donation Centre serves as a hub for a variety of needs of both DI guests and Calgarians receiving support from a variety of non-profits throughout the city? Unlike our other volunteer opportunities, the Donation Centre is perfect for all ages. You and your group will sort through community donations and ensure that vulnerable Calgarians get the items needed for a chance to break the cycle of homelessness.
Contact Person: Volunteer Coordinator
The DI provides people with 500 bagged lunches every day. You can help by participating in this off-site activity with family, friends or colleagues.