5 Canadian Charities to Support for Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month

For the month of February, we are highlighting charities that are crucial to supporting Black Canadians from kids and youth to entrepreneurs. It is a month to celebrate the growing legacy of Black Canadians.

In 1978, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) was created. A year later when a petition was brought to the city of Toronto proclaiming February to be Black History Month it was passed! In 1993, the OBHS brought this same petition to the Ontario government, passing again. And in 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized Black History Month.

This month we will be highlighting charities that recognize and support to Black Canadians across the country.

Pour3Points Montreal

This organization was created by a Quebec-local named Fabrice Vil who grew up in an underprivileged community. He realized the importance of coaches guiding kids and teens. He started Pour3Points to pair vulnerable youth with positive and challenging coaches to guide them in life. P3P programs are growing among schools in Quebec, and gaining national interest in school boards across the country. As the importance of a positive influence amongst growing teens is becoming recognized, Vil has stepped up to fill that role. He trains life coaches who then go and train local youth in a number of things including exercise, education and life lessons. In the last year, Vil, a Black man, has used this platform to discuss issues of racism and inequality and ways to dismantle it.

CEE Centre for Young Black ProfessionalsToronto

The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals is a Toronto based charity that is dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect Black youth ages 14 and over who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Their mission is to create a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and high quality of life for themselves and their families to contribute to the advancement of Canada.

Tropicana Community Services – Scarborough

Our mission is to offer culturally aware and supportive programs to those in need, including but not limited to counselling, settlement services, childcare, education, personal development, and employment services, with a predominant focus on the Caribbean, Black and African communities of Toronto.

 Jane and Finch Centre – Toronto 

The Jane/Finch Centre is a multi-service, community-based organization with a strong focus on poverty reduction through resident engagement, capacity building and anti-oppression. We have a long history of innovation and response to community needs and priorities. For over 40 years, the organization has been strategically building the health and well-being of Jane and Finch in collaboration with residents, community leaders, community groups, organizations and partners from within the local community and beyond. With a resident-led Board of Directors, the Centre has always been a passionate and strategic organization which has won numerous best practice awards.

RISE Edutainment – Toronto

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a flourishing community led by youth, composed of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they create safe and welcoming platforms for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE reaches and draws youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond. RISE believes in the power of youth voice to advocate, express and build community.

For more charities supporting Black Canadians see our June 2020 Blog

 

Mental Health Matters

We hope everyone is having a healthy and happy New Year! But with these trying times, it is understandable that your mental health can take the back burner sometimes. However, it is important to speak up about what you are dealing with and talk to someone if you need help.

Bell Let’s Talk Day was created in September 2010 to provide mental health opportunities to people struggling across Canada. Today, we are celebrating their 10th January running. This initiative partners with over 1,000 hospitals, research institutes and care centres to provide funding to aid Canadians in their mental health.

With COVID-19 making waves in March, this is the first Bell Let’s Talk Day since the pandemic. Which is why it is even more important to be aware of what you are capable of, and what is going on with those around you. It has been a huge year for inner-growth and understanding, and much has been made possible thanks to the endless opportunities we have in Canada. We truly are lucky, and must recognize others who may be struggling. Since starting their first Bell Let’s Talk Day in January 2011, they have raised $100,695,763.75 with over 1 billion social media messages.

On January 28th, Bell Canada will donate 5¢ for every text, call, tweet or TikTok video using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Be sure to check out our Bell Let’s Talk Instagram story and share! 

For the month of January, we have decided to highlight some charities that have made strides in providing mental health care to Canadians!

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Toronto and National

CAMH is one of Canada’s largest research centres and offers mental health teaching and educating, along with many online and in-person mental health services. They specialize in addiction and depression but also offer services for a variety of mental health disorders or anyone who may find it useful.

Stella’s Place  – Toronto, ON

Stella’s Place is located in the heart of Toronto, and provides mental health services to teens and young adults across the city! They offer peer support, mental health workshops and drop-in counselling to those struggling, in need of help. With COVID-19, affecting everyone’s mental health they have begun to offer online services including one-on-one counselling and group fitness activities like yoga!

Kid’s Help Phone  – National

Kid’s Help Phone is the only service in Canada that offers 24/7 phone/chat/text support for kids and teens dealing with any issue, whether it’s abuse, mental health, neglect, dating, etc. There is no judgement. 

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – National

The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the oldest and most established mental health associations in Canada. They provide resources to those struggling with their mental health with a goal of building support and resilience amongst their community. 

These are more amazing charities are all on our website.  You can choose any charity across Canada to support through your next party or event.  To get started visit www.wishandgive.ca and raise money for a mental health charity today.

9 Charities Supporting Black Canadians – That you can Support

You can help fight racism in Canada.

We are sad, we are moved, we are deeply disturbed by the recent events stemming from racism in the US and Canada.  Over the past week we have listened, learned and done some research.

Below is a list of 9 amazing, grass roots, Canadian charities working tirelessly  within Canada to preserve Black history, provide legal help to Black Canadians, support Black artists, Black women and Black youth.

By supporting these charities you are raising your hand to fight racism in Canada.  We believe Black lives matter and will do everything we can to raise our voice.

This is by no means exhaustive list; please share with us other organizations that should be highlight in the comments.

Harriet Tubman Community Organization

Their mission is to deliver meaningful youth-centered, sustainable, educational, culturally relevant programs and initiatives.

Nia Centre for the Arts

A Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.

Black Health Alliance

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

Ontario Black History Society

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a Registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage.

Black Legal Action Centre 

The mission of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is to educate, advocate, and litigate to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario.

Black Women in Motion

Their mission is to empower, celebrate and support the advancement of Black women.

Black Youth Help Line

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.

Hogan’s Alley Society (Vancouver)

The Hogan’s Alley Society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative.

Black Lives Matter Toronto

To forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.