The first year of our RANA Cares initiative closed out at 631 total staff volunteer hours, 91 hours over our goal of 540. For exceeding this goal, RANA contributed an extra $5,000 for a total of $20,000 to the corporate giving fund. Staff were encouraged to nominate not-for-profits in need to receive donations from this fund.
While there were many worthy not-for-profits nominated, the RANA Cares committee awarded the donation to three outstanding organizations across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba—each to receive a third of the $20,000 fund. We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s RANA Cares donations as follows:
PULMONARY FIBROSIS SOCIETY OF CALGARY
Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes scarred and thickened, making it more difficult for oxygen to pass into the bloodstream. As this worsens, sufferers become progressively shorter of breath. This condition affects over 30,000 Canadians and it causes 5,000 deaths every year—roughly the same number as breast cancer—yet it remains largely unknown to many Canadians.
Formed in 2015, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Society of Calgary (PFSC) provides support, awareness, research, and education related to Pulmonary Fibrosis. Their commitment to this very important initiative and its alignment to RANA’s pulmonary function testing and respiratory care services made PFSC a very worthy recipient of this year’s RANA Cares donation.
CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION – REGINA BRANCH
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. They facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
CMHA Regina offers programming for over 1,000 members managing life with a mental illness. Through their services, members enjoy improved access to meaningful work, adequate income, good housing, accessible education and training, enjoyable recreational activities, friendship, and fun with others.
For their commitment to improving the quality of life for those suffering from a mental illness in Regina, RANA is thrilled to announce CMHA Regina as a recipient of this year’s RANA Cares donation.
MAIN STREET PROJECT
Since 1972, Main Street Project (MSP) has been helping Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents. They provide safe spaces, essentials for life, and work with the individuals they support to build personal stability. Their programs and services—ranging from basic food and shelter to crisis support to transitional housing—are built around harm reduction and a “housing-first” philosophy in which they believe that “people are better able to make positive life choices and move forward if they are first housed.”
MSP’s work has a significant impact on the community — they annually provide over 31,000 overnight shelter intakes, 72,000 clean needle & harm reduction kits, 127,000 meals, and more. For their tireless work to support vulnerable and marginalized Winnipeggers, RANA is excited to announce Main Street Project as a recipient of this year’s RANA Cares donation.