ALS Society of Canada

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease, killing nerve cells and leaving voluntary muscles paralyzed. Every day, two or three Canadians die from ALS. The ALS Society of Canada is trying to ALS change that figure to zero by supporting research for a cure, aiding provincial ALS societies, and building public awareness of ALS and its impact. Volunteers and donations are making it possible for ALS patients to see a future world ridden of this fatal disease.

If you would like to learn about how you can volunteer, or to make a donation, click here for more information.

Walk for ALS is a fun, family friendly event that occurs across the country in more than 85 walk locations across Canada. Join thousands of Canadians from across Canada for fitness, fun and the fight against ALS. Every dollar you raise goes to providing equipment, support services, education for the ALS community and fund research to find a cure.

Most of the walks are in June but they vary around the region. CTV's own Tina Simpkin is hosting the Walk in Halifax at the Seaport Market on June 14.

Click here to find out more about a walk in a community near you and to sign up online.

Pennies for Hope

Pennies for HopeWhen a kid's life is on the line, every penny counts.

You can donate your discontinued pennies at any BMO branch across Canada starting May 2013. Each bag of pennies collected through the campaign will provide $25 to Kids Help Phone.

Your gift will ensure a professional counsellor is available at any time of the day or night to help transform and maybe even save a life.

Click here to learn more.

Hugs for Mental Health

Through the generosity of others, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia aspires to provide hope, opportunity and most of all, community, to individuals who need it the most.  Standing as a champion for over 200,000 Nova Scotians living with mental illness, the Foundation is committed to empowering transformation in both their lives and the care and support provided to them.Hugs for Mental Health

Their nBackpacks for Kidseed is our mission; their voice is our calling. This is a privilege the Foundation takes very seriously. Focused on creating a sustainable network of philanthropic support, donors and volunteers allow us to fund vital programs and services in communities across the province of Nova Scotia as well as to raise awareness and to tear down the walls of stigma associated with mental illness. With your help, we are changing the way people think about mental illness.

Click here for more information.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help PhoneThe Kids Help Phone is a free service offered to children and youth whom are in need of counselling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Kids Help Phone allows youth talk about what’s on their mind or what concerns they may have in a private and confidential manner. With over 37,000 local resources, the Kids Help Phone is able to connect kids to services they may need within their local community through resilient volunteers and donors.

Click here to learn more about donating or volunteering.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the leading organization providing mentoring programs across the country for childrenBig Brothers Big Sisters and youth. Men and women give their time to become a mentor to a young person who can greatly benefit from having an adult role model to look up to. With new programs being developed every day, it is necessary to have community support allowing for these changes. Currently 27,000 children are matched with adults in one-to-one programs. The challenge – there are 10,000 children on waiting lists in need of a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Click here If you would like to become a Big Brother or Big Sister or if you would like to make a donation.

Click here to learn more about Bowl For Kids.

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Caner Society is a community-based organization of volunteers looking to eradicate cancer within Canada, and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is leading the way in cancer  control to actively prevent, cure, and manage cancer. Donor dollars aid in making cancer history each day, allowing us to Canadian Cancer Societybecome one step closer to finding the cure. Through the use of research, advocacy, prevention, information, and support, the Canadian Cancer Society is making a difference nationally.        

Click here for more information regarding donations and how to become a volunteer in your community.

Click here for more information about the Relay for Life.

Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society

As a non – profit organization, Brigadoon is looking to provide a year round camping experience or children and youth living Brigadoonwith chronic illness. Located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the camp is specially designed to allow those whom have had to grow up at a very young age the opportunity to become a kid again. The facilities and programs for the participants are unique – often requiring medical team, equipment, and specific protocols. Donations, sponsorship, and fundraisers are the elements that make Brigadoon possible here in the Maritimes.

Click here for more information on how you can become involved in allowing an ill child to become a kid again.

IWK Health Centre Foundation

The IWK Health Centre provides specialized care to families within the Maritime provinces. Being engaged in leading edge IWK Foundation research, works to promote healthy living, and education support to health professionals places the IWK Health Centre at the top for patient care. The IWK Health Centre is known for taking on special cases, as well as offering standard services. With the diverse needs for proper patient care, the IWK looks to volunteers and donors to aid in keeping those within the Maritime communities healthy and thriving.

Click here to learn more about the IWK Health Centre. Click here to learn more about the IWK Foundation.

The Children’s Wish Foundation

Children's Wish FoundationChildren have big imaginations and dreams. Although some children achieve their aspirations, some are unable to so because they are sick. The Children’s Wish Foundation brings those dreams to life for these children whom are impacted by a life threatening illness. With about three wishes granted each day, The Children’s Wish Foundation has never rejected any wish no matter how big or small. Each adventure is carefully structured to med the needs of the particular child and direct family. Every wish is different, but they all have the same impact on the child: Amazement, excitement, and happiness.

Click here to learn how you can help bring wishes to life for children in need.

Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Canada

Ronald McDonald House The Ronald McDonald House is dedicated to helping seriously ill or disabled children and their families get back  up on their feet, making it their “home away from home.” The support system and of other families and staff allow for safety, compassion, commitment, and integrity while being in a safe and stable environment. As the home of 18 families each night, the Ronald McDonald House offers an escape from the hospital, but yet availability upon a moments notice.

Click here for more information how you can help or to make a donation.


Autism Nova Scotia

Autism Nova Scotia is a non-profit association located in Halifax, N.S. It is a professionally-run centre that Provincial Autism Centre provides programs and services to the autism community, while helping families and professionals across the province access resources and qualify information about autism spectrum disorders.

Click here to learn more about Autism Nova Scotia.

Family SOS

Family SOS programs and services are all directed toward keeping kids safe and families thriving. Working with schools, other agencies and families themselves, our focus is always on allowing kids to thrive and fulfill their potential while helping to build stronger families. Their programs and services include:Family SOS

Their signature event is the Courage to Give Back Awards, honouring those individuals who have shown great courage in surmounting personal hardships and have gone on to give back to their communities and families. 

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.  Each Special Olympics year the Maritime offices of Special Olympics organize a number of events to not only fundraise, but to also showcase the sportsmanship of the Maritime participants.

Click here to learn more about the Special Olympics.

Progress Centre for Early Intervention

Progress ClubServing the Halifax Regional Municipality since 1985, the Progress Centre for Early Intervention is a non-profit resource and community outreach program for infants and young children with developmental delays.

Click here to learn more.