Volunteering at the Red Deer Food Bank!
With Christmas right around the corner, food banks are about to experience an increase of people that require assistance. Alberta has always been known as a province with abundant resources, but because of the recent economic developments, more people are beginning to rely on food banks and similar support groups in order to supplement their needs. We need to work together to ensure that no one will have to worry about how they'll feed themselves and their families; one way that the Kinsmen have been able to help is by volunteering at the Red Deer Food Bank. We've spoken about how important they are to Red Deer before, but we recently visited their facility to give them a hand.
Teaming up with the Red Deer Action Group Society!
As a club that is built on the motto of "serving the communities greatest need," part of the Kinsmen's duty is to assist each and every person in Red Deer and the surrounding area. We do this through volunteering and financial contributions and we've been able to meet and make friends with people from all kinds of backgrounds. One of those groups we've been able to help out is the Red Deer Action Group Society. We've been a longtime supporter and we're proud to be recognized as a major contributor.
Following Up with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery!
Last month, we told you a bit about the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and how their services are an important part of Red Deer and Central Alberta's history (if you missed that post, read it here before proceeding). Besides organizing a multitude of programs and events, the nonprofit has been able to showcase the talents of many artists and creatives. In order to help the Museum + Art Gallery gain a better insight into their members, the Kinsmen donated the funds required to purchase SUMAC, a new program that helps nonprofits with their duties.
Now that the Museum + Art Gallery has been able to use the new software, we thought we'd follow up with them to see how SUMAC is making their job easier and ask them about their current exhibits.
Member of the Month: Leonard Sisco
Over the years, the Kinsmen have gained a reputation for providing assistance to Red Deer and the surrounding community as well as being a great opportunity for men to socialize and make lifelong friendships.
But who make up the Kinsmen? What are they like on a personal level? To answer these questions, we've created a new series called Member of the Month. Each month, we'll speak with one of the Kin to learn more about them and to highlight their accomplishments in relation to the Kinsmen's efforts.
To start things off, we've spoken to Leonard Sisco. As a longtime member of the Kinsmen and this year's Dream Home Chair, we wanted to ask him a few questions including how he became a member and his favourite parts about the club.
5 Ways That Children Can Benefit From Sports!
If there's one thing we love seeing in Red Deer and the surrounding area, it's kids playing sports.
Many members of the Kinsmen have fond memories of playing sports from a young age. In fact, it's so important that we've been known to get together throughout the week and get together for a few games. It's helped us with almost every part of our own lives. Because of this, we want to make sure today's kids have the same opportunity to have fun that we had when we were their age.
Besides having fun, sports have many applications that impact people later on in life.Today, we wanted to highlight the efforts of two organizations we've supported in the past: Red Deer Pond Hockey and the Red Deer City Soccer Association. Because of their initiatives, these organizations are helping today's youth in ways that impact their lives that go beyond the ice/field.Read More
Need Funding? Apply for the Kinsmen Community Grant!
As a service club, the Kinsmen exist to improve the lives of Canadians and their communities throughout the country. Our own chapter has had a long history of helping people in Red Deer and has gotten attention thanks to events like the Dream Home Lottery, but one aspect of our organization that some people might not be aware of is the Kinsmen Community Grant. Thanks to this fund, we have the opportunity to contribute and follow our motto of "serving the community's greatest need."
7 Facts About Kin Canada!
Now in it's 95th year, Kin Canada has had a rich relationship with Canadians from all over the country. While the club began as a way for men to meet and make their communities a better place, it's expanded to involved women and those in post secondary (The Kinettes and Kin Campus, respectively).
But what do you really know about the Kin? Here are 7 facts about our organization. If you're interested in learning more about what Kin Canada is all about, head to their website. You'll find all kinds of resources, including a few ways you can get involved with your own community and meet other leaders in the community
A Sneak Peek Into This Year's Dream Home!
Who else is is counting down the days until the Dream Home grand opening? Last week, we showed you a few pictures of the lighting fixtures from our friends over at Red Deer Lighting. This week, we're giving a huge Kinsmen thank you to the various businesses that have contributed to the home by showing you a few more shots of the highly anticipated interior. Before we get rolling, we wanted to thank everyone that helped in creating this fantastic grand prize. Now in it's 34th year, the Dream Home Lottery is only possible because of all the tradesmen, prize sponsors and ticket buyers who have participated in making the community a better place. Thanks to you, the Kinsmen can continue to run this event year after year.
Supporter Spotlight: Red Deer Lighting
We're less than two weeks away from the Dream Home grand opening! Over the past months, Larkaun Homes, this year's home builder, and the various tradesmen have been hard at work in getting this grand prize ready for the Dream Home Lottery. We cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions and we're proud to be associated to these fantastic sponsors. Seeing so many different organizations working together to build something that will impact the community makes us appreciate everything Red Deer has to offer. Not only will this home put a giant smile on the face of one lucky ticket owner, but it will lead to the funding of many groups in Red Deer and Central Alberta
Today, we wanted to put the spotlight (pun intended) and say thanks to a longtime supporter of the Kinsmen Dream Home: Red Deer Lighting.Read More
Community Spotlight: Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Alberta
Dealing with a sick child is never an enjoyable experience, especially when you're coming from out of town. Besides the fact that you need to make the actual trip to a place you might not be familiar with, most hospitals aren't designed to accommodate parents and other family members. Because of this, families feel pressured to get their basic needs taken care of while their son or daughter receives medical care. Instead of having panicked families who will worry about where they'll be able to sleep, there's a fantastic non-profit right here in Red Deer that's changing lives: the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Alberta.Read More