Charity of the Month

In an effort to promote the “Humanism” aspect of HAAM, we support a charitable cause or group at each of our monthly meetings. Usually this involves collecting donations of money or needed goods, but occasionally it may consist of or include volunteer work.

We select a variety of organizations in order to support different needs, including food, housing/shelter, animal welfare, children’s programs, and social/peer support.

Criteria for inclusion:

  • Preference is given to charities active in our local community, i.e. providing services to Manitobans. However, occasionally we broaden our scope to national or international organizations.
  • Preference is given to grassroots organizations run by small groups or individuals.
  • We try to promote fledgling or struggling groups that may not be widely known to the public.
  • The charity or service must either be secular, or if associated with a religious denomination, its services must be provided without proselytization of clients.

The “Charity of the Month” is always featured in our current newsletter and on our Home page. Donations can be made to HAAM and will be forwarded to the charity. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Contact us for further information or if you have questions.

Below is a list of organizations that HAAM has assisted in the past. If you are looking for a worthy charity to support either financially or through volunteering, perhaps this list will provide some ideas.

Animal Welfare:

Canadian Animal Blood Bank Provides blood products for animals who require transfusions.
CARE Cat Rescue Cat Advocacy, Rescue, and Education, focusing on stray and feral cats.
Darcy’s ARC Dedicated to rescuing cats and dogs from situations of abandonment, homelessness, neglect and abuse.
Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre Rehabilitates injured, sick and orphaned wildlife for their return to the wild.
Winnipeg Humane Society The oldest animal shelter and welfare organization in Manitoba.

Children:

Camp Wannakumbac A non-profit residential coed camp located at Clear Lake, for campers aged 8 – 15. It has no religious affiliation.
Kidsport Manitoba Kidsport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
Sistema An inclusive after-school program of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra that uses the power of music to dramatically change the trajectory of children’s lives.
YMCA camps Donations to the Send a Kid to Camp program provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford to pay the full camping fee.

Disadvantaged/Homeless:

Christmas Cheer Board The Cheer Board provides food hampers and holiday gifts to families receiving Employment Income Assistance as well as many of the working poor.
North Point Douglas Women’s Centre Promotes a safe, healthy, vibrant community for women and families providing support, training, resources, and opportunities to women in the area.
Resource Assistance for Youth RAY is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29.
Sage House As a branch of Mount Carmel Clinic, Sage House provides health, outreach, and resource centre services to street-involved women, including transgender women.
Shoebox Project Collects and distributes gifts, in the form of shoeboxes, to women in shelters.
Spence Neighbourhood Association Creating a West End 24/7 Safe Space for youth.
Willow Place Formerly Osborne House, this is a short term emergency shelter for women and their children who have been involved in a physically, mentally, or emotionally abusive relationship.

Environment:

Lake Winnipeg Foundation An environmental non-governmental organization seeking solutions to ensure a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed now and for future generations.
Nocturnal Owl Survey Information on distribution, abundance, and population trends of Manitoba owls is required to monitor their conservation status.

Food Assistance:

Agape Table Offers a variety of emergency and low-cost meal and grocery programs to assist low-income residents of Winnipeg.
Food Matters Food Matters partners with northerners, newcomers, farmers and families to harvest, prepare and share good food.
Got Bannock? This is a a grassroots cause to feed the hungry, the homeless, the less fortunate on the cold streets of Winnipeg.
Lunches With Love Supports Winnipeg’s homeless shelters by providing nutritious paper bag lunches for those in need. (Unfortunately this charity ceased operation in 2015.)
Winnipeg Harvest A non-profit, community based organization that is a food distribution & training centre. Visit site

National and International Outreach:

Kasese Humanist Primary School A secular, science-based primary school for children ages 3-11, located in Uganda.
Recovering From Religion Connecting people with support, resources, community, and most of all, hope.
Syrian Refugee Resettlement Assistance to the BC Humanist Association to sponsor a Syrian refugee family.

Medical:

Klinic Offer primary health care, mental health care and community health services.
Partners for Life HAAM is a member of the Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life program. For information on how to participate, please click here.

Science/Education:

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre This museum in Morden features the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada and is involved in education and research.
University of Winnipeg Opportunity Fund Provides financial assistance to disadvantaged students

Social Justice:

Pride Winnipeg Pride Winnipeg is a non-profit, volunteer organization that operates an annual festival celebrating the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, and queer people.
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