Support Local BC Charities with Purchase Of A Mills’ Deskpad Calendar
Support Local BC Charities With Mills’ Deskpad Calendar
Get organized and support local BC Charities through Mills’ Charity Deskpad Calendar! As a Certified B Corp, Mills believes in using our business as a force for good by supporting our local communities and causes that our employees are passionate about.
Each calendar costs only $3.00, and 100% of the proceeds from this calendar will be used to support the 9 local BC Charities near each of our office locations. The causes focus on animal welfare, child development, support services for women and children & end of life care. Help make a lasting difference for as little as pocket change and support your local charity with the Mills 12 Month Charity Calendar.
See which of our many supported philanthropies is spotlighted by the Mills office local to you!
Children Have A Right To Education
Skool-Aid is a project of Holy Trinity Parish, Trail BC. Raising funds annually to purchase new school supplies for children of low-income families in Trail and surrounding communities, the parish is dedicated to enhancing the learning opportunities of every child. Hold Trinity Parish believes that proper tools for learning help children to experience a sense of excitement, pride and confidence.
The goal of Skool-Aid: To ensure that no child feels left behind before the teaching even begins.
Fort St. John: On Our Way Home Animal Rescue
Save Our Animals
On Our Way Home Animal Rescue (EST. 2012) is based out of Fort St. John, B.C. and serves the Peace Region as a non-profit organisation. In 2016, the rescue took in 238 animals, and completed 212 adoptions! Since then On Our Way Home has found loving furever homes for countless animals, but there is always more work to be done to protect and care for these wonderful four-legged creatures.
To find out more about becoming a foster home or adoption inquiries, please visit the On Our Way Home Animal Rescue Society’s Facebook page.
Support Children’s Development
Starbright Children’s Development Centre, located in Kelowna, is a not-for-profit and registered charity that has been providing early intervention services in the Central Okanagan for babies, toddlers, and preschool children with developmental challenges for over 50 years. The Centre works to provide a range of therapies (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy), as well as programming (infant development, supported child development in the community, and an Autism program). In addition, clinical counseling is available to both the children and their families as they make adjustments.
Starbright staff, which number over 80 strong, are passionate about supporting a child within their family, and work hard to build relationships with their clients. A Board of Directors that made up of volunteer members, one of whom is the founding pediatrician Dr. Cliff Henderson, provides stewardship and oversight to the operation of the agency.
Kamloops: Interior Community Services
Support Our Community And Its Potential
Interior Community Services (ICS) is a non-profit accredited multi-service agency providing supported programming to people of all ages. For over 45 years, ICS has been dedicated to meeting the community needs in Kamloops and the Interior region.
“At ICS our greatest asset is our staff, volunteers and board members all committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families by providing integrated family support, individual life skills development and safe nurturing home environments designed to assist people to live to their potential in community.”
Penticton/South Okanagan: SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society)
Help Women & Youths In Crises
Since 1981, SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society) has been serving the South Okanagan. Today it continues to strive to provide the best care possible for all of those in need in our community by growing and matching the needs of the community over time.
Services included: 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, long term and second stage housing, counseling and information, and outreach services which provide specific counseling for children who witness abuse, and pre-employment/life skills training.
Last year, SOWINS had more than 4500 bed stays at their Transition House for women, youth and children. The house is often full with children and their mothers seeking safety. Our youth bed continues to be full and always in need. Although, we only have funding to provide shelter for one youth, we have 2-3 youths at any given time!
What else happened last year?
- More than 1400 crisis calls answered
- More than 500 counseling sessions were provided to help children who have witnessed abuse
- Over 850 counseling session were provided to the women we serve
Smithers: Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter
Protect Our Wildlife And Environment
The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter’s mission is to provide young injured and/or orphaned wildlife with a safe and healthy environment to mature into adulthood, upon which they are released back to the wild. They strive educate the public about wildlife needs, what threatens them, and how we can take steps to avoid conflict and assist in peaceful coexistence. Furthermore, the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter is dedicated to compiling on-going research and sharing their findings with the public, educational facilities/students, government policy makers and other professionals. The careful collection of scientific data and its availability to all interested parties ensures better knowledge and provides a platform for future projects and studies.
Northern Lights’ Philosophy:
In today’s world, our wildlife faces ever-increasing challenges in their daily quest for survival as they share the space with humans. The immediate and obvious threats arise from death or injury due to such things as cars, trains, barbwire fencing, and poaching. Furthermore, the continuous loss of habitat, ignorance of wildlife needs, public reactions and resulting government actions are detrimental to their welfare. What spurs on the danger for these animals is a general lack of data to assist in the creation of rules and laws that secure wildlife survival.
By providing shelter, food, and medical care, we can help injured and/or orphaned wildlife until they can be rehabilitated in their natural habitat. Not only does this supply a moral solution to the question of “what to do with such animals,” but it offers an excellent opportunity for educating and involving the public. With our efforts and public awareness, we can create a better understanding and respect for the animals we live with.
Prince George: Prince George Hospice Society
Give Families Hope And A Smile In A Loved One’s Last Days
The Prince George Hospice Society was founded in 1987 after a need for quality, comfortable End of Life Care was realized. Upon establishment, the Society instituted a program to provide support to the terminally ill by matching volunteers with the referred patient and their family.
In 1993, a generous donation from the Downtown Rotary Club of Prince George allowed the Society to purchase a house on Clapperon Street, which, after receiving a grant from the government, opened for admissions in May 1995 as the Hospice House of Prince George. With the generous help of Integris Credit Union the adjacent property was purchased in 1999, and the BC 2000 program along with the Vancouver Foundation provided funds to renovate the house into the Bereavement Center.
In 2009, the Prince George Hospice House was expanded to 10 beds, with an increase in size to 10,000 square feet. The Hospice Society property includes the Guest accommodating Hospice House and the administrative Forest Expo House.
Mission: Our compassionate staff and volunteers provide specialized end-of-life care in a warm home-like atmosphere. We meet the individual needs of our guests, families and community through bedside care, grief support and education.
Terrace: Dare to Dream
Support The Arts For Young Minds
“Working to keep Elementary Band Alive”
The Dare to Dream Foundation is a registered (provincially – S41696, and federally – 86370 5729 RR0001), not for profit, voluntary community organization funded by private contributions from Corporations and Individuals and a Community Gaming Grant. It believes that music is an international language, touching the soul, and is an instrumental part of our learning process.
There are many studies that show that children who have been introduced to music at a young age perform better in spatial and temporal reasoning ability, have a marked improvement in reading and math skills, and show significant increase in overall self-concept. It is said that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. As Plato stated “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education”.
Founded in June of 2000 by five concerned citizens after budget cuts resulted in the loss of the community’s award-winning elementary band program and the grade 6-7 classroom music program, the Foundation’s mission is to provide a Fine Arts Program for the purpose of education and advancing the public’s appreciation of fine arts. In particular, it is to ensure that all young children who are the age to be in grades 6 and 7 in the Terrace and Thornhill area have access to a band program.
Vancouver: HAVE Café
Support The Arts For Young Minds
HAVE provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry. They empower each individual to achieve their highest potential by restoring hope, giving respect, nurturing self-confidence, granting trust, and creating opportunity.