December 1, 2020, is GivingTuesday; described by this organization as “a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada and in our community”.
GivingTuesday started in 2012 in the United States by the UN Foundation and the 92nd Street Y. CanadaHelps and The GIV3 Foundation are co-founders of GivingTuesday in Canada, and are joined by thousands of Canadian charities, businesses and communities to call on all Canadians to support charities of their choice.
As we enter into the season of giving, rounding out a very difficult pandemic-ridden 2020, the Peachland Wellness Centre launches their 12 Donors of Christmas campaign. During the month of December PWC hopes to find 12 philanthropists willing to make on-going monthly donations to PWC and support their vision to ensure that people living in our community are supported to embrace a happy, healthy, and independent life.
Giving is personal; it is important to give to a charity that you are compassionate about, have a personal connection with, or know that it is important to the community. You can make a difference. Your monthly donation can go a long way to help where help is needed.
Our Success Story
In 2020, as the pandemic concerns took hold, the PWC acted quickly and created a Volunteer Grocery Shopping & Delivery Service, allowing people in our community or those the ability to limit their exposure to others.
By providing volunteer transportation drivers and participants with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves, PWC was able to continue their transportation service so that Peachlanders could safely make it to their doctor appointments or other necessary medical appointments.
Our Friendly Visitor service got a make-over; switching to weekly phone calls versus in-person visits. This service continues to provide companionship, friendship and specialized support to seniors and adults who feel lonely or isolated in their homes.
We Zoomed into programs, offering our Sunshine Singers and Death Café participants the opportunity to meet virtually. Our successful Tablet campaign secured donations and technology to ensure that participants of all ages could remain connected to the groups and activities they enjoy.
Social distancing protocols allowed us to continue our Better at Home service, offering light housekeeping, home repair and yard work so that older adults can continue to live independently at home. These protocols also allowed us to continue offering Tai Chi, Social Coffee Events, and Bereavement meetups to our participants. A big thank-you for the 50+ Activity Centre for opening their doors to us!
We will reopen the PWC Adult Day service; providing part-of-the-day supervised social and recreational programming in a group setting for dependent adults, such as the frail elderly, individuals with dementia, chronic health issues, or disabilities; while also providing respite to unpaid caregivers.
Our Need for Help
PWC fundraising efforts have been severely affected this year as a result of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. We are thankful for those of you who have donated this year, either through monetary contributions and/or volunteering your time to assist in the PWC programs and services offered. We are also very grateful to be recognized as one of the recipients of the Virtual Light-up Gala, hosted by the Peachland Recovery Task Force.
Donations are needed now more than ever; with the loss of our “End of Summer Gala”, Sunday Breakfast, and Christmas Market on hold. Let us continue to support each other through this extraordinary time. Your gift will be used wisely to support our community.
Go to the PWC donation page at CanadaHelps.org, select the Donate Monthly option and then continue with your much appreciated on-going donation. You can also arrange for E-transfer to email@example.com, or call the Peachland Wellness Centre at (250) 767-0141 for assistance.