To Serve Canadian First Nations, People in Haiti and youth soccer worldwide
As an example of synergistic partnerships between business and philanthropy, Communication Associates, a local marketing and communications firm and Chamber of Commerce member, has teamed with:
- a local business, SayIT First Inc., to support First Nation communities
- a local NGO, Welcome Home Children's Centre supporting orphans in Haiti
- a local non-profit, Chance to Play fostering youth soccer worldwide
Eric Doubt, President, Communication Associates, at orphanage in Haiti.
Eric Doubt, president and Creative Director of Communication Associates says, "networking for strategic opportunities can create quick and simple ways to get needed services and materials to those who can benefit the most."
Donated clothing is distributed to the Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick, for the Elders and children to stay warm through winter.
An anonymous retailer offered to donate a large supply of end-of-line clothing for all ages to Eric Doubt, who contacted Georgetown residents Camille and Sam Otum, founders of an orphanage in Cabaret, Haiti, who brought their Welcome Home Children's Centre volunteers to the Haitian town for public distribution of summer clothes. Additional winter stock was offered to another Georgetown friend, Mike Parkkhill, founder of the native language revitalization project, SayITFirst Inc., who delivered boxes of warm gear to First Nation leaders in New Brunswick for distribution to community groups and families.
Mike Parkhill, founder, SayITFirst, at native leaders conference, Saskatoon.
Camille Otum, founder, Welcome Home Children's Centre, at construction site, Haiti.
The Georgetown founder of A Chance to Play, which empowers children worldwide through soccer playing, Antita Bergsma, contacted Eric to offer donated soccer equipment and uniforms to Haiti. Eric, who has worked and volunteered in Haiti since 2006, connected with Pazapa, a Canadian founded school for children with special needs in Jacmel, Haiti, and will be delivering the sports gift early in 2015. Anita also received a supply of donated protective medical wear, which Eric is transferring to Mike for distribution to First nation clinics in New Brunswick and Ontario this month.
Anita Bergsma, founder, Chance to Play and African soccer stars.
Many individuals involved in business are looking for ways to help; many non-profits are searching for sources of support for their beneficiaries. Through volunteering, networking and involvement in community, natural partnerships can develop by simply communicating one's availability and resources - personally, across social networks and through the media. Keeping kids and families clothed, warm, healthy and active at home and abroad was a result of this awareness and the synergy explored by local business and philanthropy working together.
Chief George Ginnish, of Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick, wearing the donated protective eye wear, graciously accepted the medical supplies for his First Nation's health care unit.
When shopping locally, also remember that giving locally goes a long way – as far as Eel Ground First Nation (N.B.), Africa and Haiti. Can you imagine more possibilities?
For further information and to partner, contact:
Anita Bergsma, A Chance to Play
Mike Parkhill, SayITFirst, Inc.
Camille Otum, Welcome Home Children's Centre
Eric Doubt, Communication Associates