As a neighbour to inner city agencies in downtown Edmonton, Capital Power is proud to support these important community organizations.
For the second year in a row, Capital Power was excited to participate in the Bissell Centre’s 2017 Festive Giveaway program byproviding 600 holiday gift bags for the adult clients of the inner city agency. Over 70 Capital Power employees volunteered over lunch hours to stuff the gift bags with essential and “nice to have” items. Additional volunteers committed their time at the Bissell Centre to help decorate the Festive Giveaway space and prepare the gifts for the event. Bags not used during the Festive Giveaway are distributed to Bissell Centre clients during other holiday events at the facility.
Over 70 Capital Power employees volunteered during four lunch hours to prepare items and stuff the gift bags
with essential and “nice to have” items.
“We are so impressed Capital Power makes such an effort to educate, encourage and support their employees to become involved in their community. (The holiday gift bag assembly) was a remarkable event and we are so thrilled that we were asked to be a part of it, engaging directly with Capital Power employees.” Kelly Sysak, Fund Development Officer, Bissell Centre
In 2016, employees stepped up and donated over 250 pairs of new underwear to the Bissell Centre's "Drop Your Gonch" campaign.
After suffering a devastating fire in its Thrift Shoppe clothing centre in September 2013, Capital Power employees rallied together to donate their own gently used items to the facility, collecting over 7 huge boxes of clothing for the inner city agency.
In 2012, Capital Power was proud to present the Bissell Centre Memorial Round Dance, a traditional Aboriginal ceremonial event held as a memorial for those who have passed on. To many Plains First Nations, this sacred spiritual ceremony is one of the few opportunities to honour the lives that are no longer with us. Nearly 700 Aboriginal people came together to celebrate the lives of approximately 50 community members.
The Bissell Centre's vision is to eliminate poverty in the community. The Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope, and trust, and is led by passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual.With a mission of working with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity, they enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods while feeling hope for the future.
Since 2016, Capital Power has regularly supported Homeless Connect by providing care kits for guests at Edmonton’s Homeless Connect events. Supplies for these kits include hygienic items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and socks. Capital Power purchases the required items and employees volunteer during their lunch hours to prepare and assemble the kits. Since 2016, over 1,500 kits have been prepared and donated to three separate Homeless Connect events.
Homeless Connect Edmonton is a community-inspired initiative, providing free services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, on one day and at one location, two times every year.
Capital Power and its employees have been working together with the Hope Mission for many years. Every month, a team of Capital Power employees volunteer their time to serve dinner to the patrons at Hope Mission and through our EmPowering Communities program, employees have directed nearly $17,000 to the organization since 2011.
Employees also contribute in a number of other ways including donations of bottled water, new socks for a sock drive as well as financial donations during an annual summer pancake breakfast. Each year, our Clover Bar Energy Centre facility holds BBQs through the summer months and collects funds for Hope Mission’s Tegler Youth Centre.
Hope Mission has been serving Edmonton’s homeless and vulnerable since 1929. Today, Hope Mission has grown into a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta.
In addition to volunteering at the McCauley’s Senior’s Drop-In Centre, Capital Power employees united to collect used coffee mugs, board games and books for the residents of the Centre. The Drop-in Centre is a welcoming and safe gathering place for inner-city seniors providing free meals and coffee, social activities, as well as health services.
Operation Friendship Seniors Society and Pioneer Place offer services without judgement to improve the quality of life for seniors in need over 55 years of age. We believe our clients have a right to live their own lifestyles within legal bounds. Services are offered in a non-judgmental way without expectation of rehabilitation.
Last reviewed: April 2018