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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 & tech 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 survivor support programs saw a 38% percent jump in participation. 

This year's B.A.D. Ride wasn't as successful as 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 about 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!

     
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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!