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As you know each day we come together as volunteers and staff to provide emotional support and crisis intervention to individuals in our community who are trying to navigate their most at-risk and vulnerable moments by reaching out to us. 

Whether they connect to us via crisis line, online chat & text or through our survivor support programs - They trust us to help.

We're having a difficult time keeping up.

In 2017, crisis calls increased over 30%, ONTX (online chat & text) messages increased by almost 60% and our suicide loss and homicide loss survivor support programs saw a 38% percent increase in participation. 

This year's B.A.D. Ride wasn't as successful as We would have hoped. 

Without the funding we had anticipated to receive we're left trying to stretch each dollar further than we ever have before. We're doing all that we can but, we urgently need your help.

You make a difference every day.

We genuinely appreciate all that you do for callers and program participants. Many of you brave transit while juggling school, work and family life to make time for your shifts to help the community's most vulnerable. We couldn't be more grateful. There aren't words for the life-sustaining impact that you've made on thousands of people in our community as volunteers at Distress Centres.

please HELP US to CONTINUE to be able to save lives.

We can't do this without you. If each volunteer raised $500 or more each (whether by donation or fundraising), we would be able to fund 1/2 of the year's needs for our crisis lines and survivor support programs.

If each volunteer signed up as a monthly donor at $35 per month it would provide sustainable funding that would reduce our overall costs and ensure our ability to continue to be able to provide emotional support and crisis intervention services to our community's most vulnerable people. 

Please join us this year for the #Connect2HOPE Campaign

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    HERE ARE 3 ways that you can participate: 

    1. Donate NOW

    2. Become a Monthly Donor 

    3. Create YOUR Fundraising Page!

     
     

    Each donation enables Distress Centres to provide life-sustaining support to individuals at risk and their most vulnerable in our community. 

    Your generous contribution will make an incredible impact on not only our callers and program participants but also their friends, families and colleagues. You can donate now through our secure online donation form by:

    1. Click on the button to the left of this message
    2. Click the "Donate Now" button on #Connect2HOPE Campaign page!
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    Monthly donors ensure a continued source of funding that allows us to make long-term plans for Distress Centres programs & services!

    You can begin to donate monthly now through our secure online form by:

    1. Click on the button to the left of this message
    2. Click the "Donate Now" button on the #Connect2HOPE Campaign page
    3. Click "Monthly" once in the secure online donation form opens!
     

    FOUR (4) CRISIS LINE VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    FOUR (4) SUICIDE LOSS/HOMICIDE LOSS SURVIVOR SUPPORT GRIEF FACILITATORS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    PROVIDES SIX (6) HOURS OF CRISIS LINE SERVICE = 100+ CRISIS LINE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED US EACH YEAR.

    EIGHT (8) CRISIS LINE VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    EIGHT (8) SUICIDE LOSS/HOMICIDE LOSS SURVIVOR SUPPORT GRIEF FACILITATORS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    PROVIDES TWELVE (12) HOURS OF CRISIS LINE SERVICE = 200+ CRISIS LINE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED US EACH YEAR.

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    TWELVE (12) CRISIS LINE VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    TWELVE (12) SUICIDE LOSS/HOMICIDE LOSS SURVIVOR SUPPORT GRIEF FACILITATORS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    SERVICE FOR 300+ CRISIS LINE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED US EACH YEAR.

    THIRTY (30) CRISIS LINE VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    THIRTY (30) SUICIDE LOSS/HOMICIDE LOSS SURVIVOR SUPPORT GRIEF FACILITATORS TRAINED EACH YEAR.

    OR

    SERVICE FOR 500+ CRISIS LINE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED US EACH YEAR.

    Fundraising is a fun & interactive way to put your skills in action! 

    It can get you out of your comfort zone and connect you to those around you while raising money for those who are navigating their most vulnerable moments with Distress Centres. You can easily create your personal #Connect2HOPE fundraising page by: 

    1. Click the button on the left of this message
    2. Click the "Start Fundraising Now" button on the #Connect2HOPE Campaign page
    3. Following the page creation instructions 

    We have been fortunate to receive proceeds from events inclusive of golf tournaments to bowling parties, marathons to birthday celebrations, and wedding designations to art auctions. All ideas are good ideas when they're put in motion for a good cause!

    If you're planning a fundraising event our team would be happy to work with and support your efforts - We've added a pledge form & posters below to get you started!

    You can also fill out the third party event form below or connect with us by sending an email to connect2hope@torontodistresscentre.com - we'd be happy to help!

    Looking for suggestions on how you can funDraise for Distress Centres? Look no further!

    Baked Goods Sale

    How It Raises Money: SALES OF BAKED GOODS
    Cost: X   
    Difficulty: XX   
    Outcome: X  

    Sell baked goods for a “goods” cause.

    Considerations: Pair your sale up with a parade or another event that brings your community together to get in front of as many people as possible.

    Art Sale

    How It Raises Money: SALES OF ART PIECES
    Cost: X   
    Difficulty: XX   
    Outcome: X    

    Do you have budding and professional artists in your community? Ask them to donate their art to the cause and have a gallery sale.

    Considerations: Think of this event as an exclusive, swanky craft fair. Rent space from a local gallery (or set up a gallery in your office), institute a semi-formal dress code, and serve champagne!

    School Clothes Challenge

    How It Raises Money: ENTRY FEE TO PARTICIPATE
    Cost: X   
    Difficulty: X   
    Outcome: X

    This one’s great for schools! Ask students, faculty, and staff to wear something fun or funky for a week to raise funds for your cause.

    Considerations: If you’re at a loss for wacky clothes ideas, try a theme week! Each day of the week can correspond with a different decade (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s), environment (jungle, space, desert, north pole, beach), etc

    Talent Auction (Legal Services, Accounting, Housekeeping)

    How It Raises Money: Online fundraising, Pay per activity
    Cost: X
    Difficulty: XX
    Outcome:  XX

    Your supporters hold a variety of jobs, from lawyers and doctors to accountants and estheticians. Ask them to donate a coupon or voucher for their services in-kind that can be auctioned off for your cause.

    Considerations: You can choose to host an online auction or hold an in-person event.

    HEAD SHAVING, PIE IN THE FACE, OR Grow a Beard

    How It Raises Money: Sponsorship, Online fundraising
    Cost: X   
    Difficulty: XX   
    Outcome: XX  

    Maybe you want to go the opposite route of head shaving and instead delve into the world of facial hair growth. Like other similar events, participants will collect sponsorships to support their beard-growing efforts. Not looking to grow or cut? Allow participants to throw a pie at a favourite teacher or leadership team member.

    Considerations: Again, this is a fundraising idea that is as much about awareness as it is about raising money. People are going to want to know WHY others are willing to grow beards for your cause. Think ahead and give participants pamphlets or elevator speeches to share with inquisitive friends and family.

    Karaoke

    How It Raises Money: Entry fee, Sponsorship
    Cost: X  
    Difficulty: XXX   
    Outcome: X  

    While it’s not for the faint at heart, karaoke definitely has the potential to lift the spirits and wallets of your donors. Along the way, everyone will be making a fool of themselves for your organization.

    Considerations: Before you rent high-quality karaoke equipment, ask around to see if you can borrow a set.

    “Are You Smarter Than A…” Trivia Night OR WORK HOUR

    How It Raises Money: Entry fee, Sponsorship
    Cost: X   
    Difficulty: XXX   
    Outcome: X  

    If your company or organization works with kids, then this is the fundraiser for you. Host a trivia night or dedicate an hour to awesome facts, such as one mirroring the popular show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader…”.

    Considerations: You’ll need to plan way in advance, hopefully with the support of the kids and the families that you work with. If your audience is of the millennial generation, talk with a local bar to take over their trivia night for your cause.

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    PLEASE FILL OUT THE third-party event form below

    Once you tell us about your fundraising plans by filling out the below, we will reach out to you to help support you in any way that we can!

    Your Name *
    Your Name
    First & Last please!
    Your Phone # *
    Your Phone #
    Date
    Date
    I'd like an online campaign page! *
    We're able to create a fundraiser page for you that can accept online donations & shows a thermometer of where you are towards reaching your goal. Offline donations can also be added to show the grand total. Fundraising pages are easy & great to share with your family, friends and coworkers!