Why did you choose to live where you are now? Was it the unique and vibrant Culture? Local eateries and shops? Nearby schools and friendly neighbours? Communities play an important role in every part of our lives and having a sense of community unites us. We share a community at work, in the sports teams we support or the artists we listen to, in our friends and families, our neighbourhoods and even the eateries we go to on a regular basis. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves.
Through our community connections program GetintheLoop has partnered with over 90 local associations and nonprofits supporting their grassroots efforts across Canada. Check out some of them you can find on the app today.
Burlington, Ontario: Smilezone Foundation believes that every child deserves to smile, no matter what circumstances they face. Over a single weekend, their team transforms an existing waiting room, treatment room or patient care room into a Smilezone! A Smilezone provides a bright, comforting, and engaging space for children and their families while spending time in a hospital or medical facility. Their Smilezones are custom designed with features such as fresh paint, murals, furniture, cabinetry and storage, sensory items, interactive technology such as iPads/Televisions/Projectors/Video Games, and much more!
Airdrie, Alberta: Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. (Protecting Our Women with Emergency Resources) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide women in Airdrie and District with the means to leave an abusive environment through emergency resources, education and empowerment, thus creating a safe and sustainable community.
Brockville, Ontario: As Ontario’s oldest police service, the men and women of the Brockville Police Service take pride in their profession and are there to assist you. While responding to the needs of their multi-racial and multi-cultural society, they maintain a standard of excellence in professional conduct and community service. Find after school programs and support for the Special Olympics by the Brockville Police Service on the GetintheLoop app.
Squamish, British Columbia: The West Coast Railway Association is a charitable organization committed to preserving British Columbia’s railway heritage. It’s a 12-acre site replicating a turn-of-the-century railway town including multiple historic buildings, train station, mini-rail, and the CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre.
Dauphin, Manitoba: Countryfest Community Cinema is a community-owner, non-profit business that was built by the people in the Dauphin and Parkland area. The community fully supported the project with over $1 million raised by community residents, organizations and businesses. The business model for Countryfest Community Cinema is to put profits back into other community projects so all donations will continue to help kick-start other initiatives in the community.
Burnaby, British Columbia: Burnaby Hospice Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to individuals and families during the end-of-life journey. They are committed to improving palliative and grief support by fostering a culture of learning, and sharing their knowledge through community education and training programs.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Business Women of Moose Jaw is a growing group of professional women who welcome guests and new members. Their focus is to assist each other to become more successful in business, all the while continuing to give back to the Moose Jaw community.
Kelowna Branch, Sea to Sky Branch, Fort McMurray Branch: The SPCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals across Canada. They are the largest animal welfare organization of their kind in North America and the largest animal sheltering society in the world. Funded by compassionate animal lovers, they assist more than 41,806 animals in need every year!
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The Power of Unstoppable Women is proud to stand behind a mission to inspire people in the community, create space for healing and growth while sharing tools and strategies that will empower them to achieve more and experience greater success.
Calgary, Alberta: Reel in the fun with the whole family. Explore hands-on exhibits in their Discovery Centre, go finishing in their Trout Pong, or enjoy a stroll through their Interpretive Wetland. The experience will leave you hooked! Located east of downtown Calgary in the vibrant community of Inglewood, Bow Habitat Station is a unique destination that is fun – and educational – for all ages! Open year-round, the facility is completely wheelchair accessible with free parking is available in the main lot for Pearce Estate Park.
Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate for understanding and experiencing art and art-making, and their vital place in our lives, work and society. Founded in 1912, the WAG is Canada’s first civic art gallery. Housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, the WAG has grown into one of the country’s leading visual art museums with an international reputation.
Sherwood Park, Alberta: The Sherwood Park Farmers Market has been in operation since 1975. This is where you will find fresh local produce, meats, baking, crafts, live music and more. At their market you are guaranteed to find local products made or grown by local producers. They are open every Wednesday 4 – 8PM year round.
Burnaby, British Columbia: Charlford House offers you a warm and caring place to start your new journey, where you can learn more about your substance use, its consequences, and how to get onto a path of healing and hope. Each of their program staff have experienced similar problems to you, but has come through the recovery process and has been clean and sober for a long time.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: The YMCA Yarmouth is a charitable organization, open to all, dedicated to the lifelong enrichment of their community by fostering the growth and development of people in body, mind, and spirit.