Streets Alive Mission Launches Men’s Clothing Drive in Lethbridge
Streets Alive Mission are in desperate need and are asking the Lethbridge community to support their PIN Bank with Men’s Clothing donations. Currently there is little to no stock on the shelves. People living on the street have no place to keep a second set of clothes or a place to do laundry. The P.I.N. (People In Need) Bank acts as a closet for these people. The P.I.N. Bank is the workhorse of the Mission. Acting as the closet for the street population, it provides, free of charge, the things that people require for basic survival, employment, or setting up a new household. The result is that once a week (more often in bad weather) they are able to come and get clean clothes in exchange for the clothes they are wearing. Those clothes are laundered and re-enter the bank.
Walkers, Community Groups, and Businesses Start Their Mission For Lethbridge’s ‘Coldest Night Of The Year’
Streets Alive Mission is encouraging Lethbridge residents, community groups and businesses to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for ‘The Coldest Night of the Year’ taking place this year on February 25. This is a family-friendly winter fundraising event for Lethbridge’s hungry, hurting and less-fortunate. Walkers and teams from local businesses, churches, and other community groups are encouraged to sign up now to start gaining support to help reach their fundraising goal. This is Streets Alive Mission’s sixth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they are aiming to raise $40,000 to aid their work with the less-fortunate in Lethbridge. An expected 200 walkers on 40 teams, including staff, friends of Streets Alive Mission, and local businesses are expected to participate in this charity walk to brave the cold winter’s night.
Streets Alive Mission Delivers Christmas “Goodie Bags of Love” in Lethbridge
Local Lethbridge businesses shared the true spirit of Christmas by donating items and stuffing 400 “Goodie Bags of Love” for people in need this holiday season. On December 14th, 25 volunteers from Zero Gravity Cranes & Rigging Inc., My Automotive, Lealta Building Supplies, Russell Grain & Cattle, Lone Pine Embroidery, and Sun Dental Group donated the “goodies” and gave back to the community by volunteering their time to assemble 400 Christmas goodie bags for Streets Alive Mission clients. Hayley Feter from Zero Gravity Cranes & Rigging Inc. says, “Each year we try and find an organization here in town that inspires us. A while back I had a chance to volunteer on the Streets Alive bus and it sparked my interest in Streets Alive. This organization is inspiring, important to our community and the work they do is so incredibly hard.” She added, “ We want to give back to this community and this organization that works tirelessly behind the scenes.”
Lethbridge Community Network Receives $325K to Create 29 Technology Internships for Youth Across Alberta
Lethbridge Community Network entered into an agreement announced on October 7, 2016 valued at $325,000 to create 29 paid youth internships in technology and digital skill roles throughout Alberta, with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The ISEDC’s Youth Internships Program allows youth to acquire technical and soft skills using digital technologies and supports a range of host organizations and businesses that are looking to engage in online activities. Internships are integral to Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy; pairing youth with Information Communication and Technology (ICT) related job opportunities, for over 1000 young Canadians each year. The 29 intern positions are based on 600 hours of work. The hosting organizations are eligible to receive up to $15 per hour to subsidize youth intern wages.
Do You Know an Indigenous Youth Who is Making a Difference in Southern Alberta? Nominate them for a SAIYAward
The SAIYAwards recognize Indigenous youth in Southern Alberta who demonstrates a strong desire and commitment to achieve their goals. These awards are to encourage confidence and help create Indigenous youth ambassadors for the future. For the first time ever in Southern Alberta these awards will recognize and support indigenous youth 13 – 21 years who are contributing to a solution. Recipients will be given an award as well as $1,000 towards future goals and ideas. They will represent themselves and the SAIYAwards as ambassadors for the year. The SAIYAwards theme will be “The Elders are Watching” and will celebrate Indigenous youth who are making a difference in their communities, developing healthy solutions and growing into successful leaders and ambassadors for Canada. The goal of the SAIYAwards is to recognize the amazing contributions Indigenous youth are making to the community.