Our colourful new partner: Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts


After much deliberation, we’re so pleased to announce that we’ll be partnering with the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts for the 2016/17 year!

Now in our third partnership year, narrowing down this year’s charity of choice was difficult!

We put the call out for submissions this fall and received nearly 20 applications from various Edmonton not-for-profit organizations, all doing amazing work with immense passion. Again, thank you to all of those who applied!

In the end, we decided on the Nina with its uniquely creative services and community connections. To the Nina: We can’t wait to see where this year’s partnership takes us, as we amplify your cause.

About the Nina

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts – or “the Nina” – is home to a unique art collective made up of more than 170 artists with developmental disabilities. Driven by the belief that everyone has a right to creative expression, the Nina strives to make art and exhibition accessible to everyone.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about the Nina and how you can support them!

And, the grand total is…

That’s right – after a year of fundraising and other community support, we’re so happy to announce that our 2015/16 partner, Boyle Street Community ServicesH.E.R. Pregnancy Program, will receive more than $26,000 towards its program and services.

A partner program of Streetworks, the H.E.R. program provides prenatal and postpartum services to at-risk women living on the streets of Edmonton to help them become as safe and healthy as possible.

From establishing the H.E.R. Fund to biking our buts off at YEG Cycle to celebrating the H.E.R. Program at the Edmonton Community Foundation, this past year partnering with the H.E.R. program was both fun and extremely rewarding.

The staff, women and children of the H.E.R. program are truly inspiring and touched our hearts with their unwavering courage and resilience. The staff go above and beyond in so many ways to ensure each client receives the care and support she needs. And to the women who access the program – thank you for allowing us into your space, and we wish you all the best in achieving healthy, happy lives.

You are the reason we do what we do. Thank you for the beautiful partnership and letting us amplify your cause.

For a full look at our partnership with the H.E.R. program, read:
What it looks like to partner with us: H.E.R. Pregnancy Program

What it looks like to partner with us: H.E.R. Pregnancy Program

This year’s partnership has been one for the books… or should we say, babies.

Starting last fall, we partnered with our second organization, Boyle Street Community ServicesH.E.R. Pregnancy Program. As part of Streetworks, the program provides prenatal and postpartum services to at-risk women living on the streets of Edmonton to help them become as safe and healthy as possible.

From baby bumps to baby bums, we spent the year helping the H.E.R. program amplify their cause. Here’s how:

The H.E.R. Fund

We established an endowment fund — the H.E.R. Fund — through the Edmonton Community Foundation to provide ongoing support to the program forever. With a goal of $10,000, you helped us beat that and raise more than $24,000 (and counting!) for the program to date.

Community support

  • Crystal Glass, Boston Pizza, Kinsmen Club and community supporter, Krista Ference, each made generous donations to kick off our giving.
  • YEG Cycle donated the proceeds from a series of GIVE’R classes in the spring.
  • TD welcomed us at their annual volunteer fair and later made a $3,000 donation!
  • YOU came together in a big way to donate boxes and boxes of diapers and other baby items in a community diaper drive hosted out of SVPT Fitness.
  • Jody Bailey donated his time and services as a photographer to capture some beautiful shots of H.E.R. clients and their children for a special photo project.
  • BRLN donated their marketing and design services on many occasions, most notably on the creation of a donation package the H.E.R. program can use moving forward.

Still to come…

  • Join us on October 15 as we join forces with Nest in the City. A portion of admission proceeds will go to the H.E.R program, and 5 local vendors will each create diaper cakes to be raffled off both online and at the market.
  • From October 17 to 23, $1 from every pizza you buy at Love Pizza will go to support Boyle Street and the H.E.R. program.
  • Voice Your Vote to Bully Food Truck now until October 31 and the H.E.R. program could win all of Bully Food Truck’s tips from the 2016 food truck season.

An Evening in Support of the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program

We held a private event at the Edmonton Community Foundation in August to thank sponsors and help raise awareness and funds for the H.E.R. program one last time. View photos from the event, courtesy of FM Photo Studios. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated, as well as to all of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the evening such a success:

Edmonton Community Foundation
Production World
Love Pizza
Steam Whistle
Sherbrooke Liquor
Plum Home + Design
Lift Interactive
DJ Alize from HOT 107
Dress My Day
Pinnacle (Kyle Nichols)
Hillberg & Berk
FM Photo Studios
Suman Sandhu
West Canadian Digital Imaging

Last but not least...

Much love and thanks to Boyle Street and the H.E.R. program for the beautiful partnership this past year! It’s been an absolute joy to work alongside you and amplify your cause.

Like what you see? Apply to be our next partner organization for the 2016-17 year. Today is the last day to apply! Visit our Get Involved page for more information.

Partner with us: apply now until Sept. 30

Calling all Edmonton area not-for-profit organizations!

Each year, Apricity chooses an Edmonton area not-for-profit organization to amplify the cause that is most important to them.

Well, it’s that time of year again! We are now accepting applications for our next partner organization for the 2016-17 year.

Why partner with Apricity?

Becoming an Apricity partner means working together to create active relationships that allow us both to achieve a greater outcome.

We bring our drive, skills and connections. You bring the cause that matters to you most. Since every organization has unique needs, no partnership is the same but the goal remains constant: amplify your cause.

In the end, any funds raised or new initiatives created go directly to support your organization. Take a look at our previous partnerships.

How to apply

  1. Visit our Get Involved page.
  2. Under “For Edmonton Not-For-Profits,” click on the “Apply Now” button.
  3. Fill out the application form and hit “Submit” to enter your organization.

The deadline to apply is September 30.

Once our application period closes, we’ll choose the 3 organizations we think would be the best fit as our next partner and follow up with those candidates directly on next steps.

Together, we can be part of something bigger.

Thank you for your interest in Apricity, and good luck to all of those who apply!

By the numbers: the cost of a newborn baby

Cute. Cuddly. Loving. A newborn baby truly is a little bundle of joy.

But, as any parent will tell you, your little bundle of joy also comes with a big bundle of expenses.

How much?

Keeping up with the costs of a newborn baby can be hard to manage, even for parents of average means. That challenge increases tenfold for expectant moms with Boyle Street Community ServicesH.E.R. Pregnancy Program, who only have Edmonton’s city streets to call home.

That’s where you can help.

Donate to the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program

At Apricity, we believe that every woman and child should have access to basic human needs. So, we partnered with the Edmonton Community Foundation to create the H.E.R. Fund, an endowment fund that provides direct funding and support to clients with the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program.

What is an endowment fund?

Donations to an endowment fund are permanently invested for long-term growth. So, when you donate to the H.E.R. Fund, it’s not just a one-time gift — your initial donation will grow through investment to provide ongoing support to the program forever.

Where does your money go?

Each dollar of your donation to the H.E.R. Fund will directly provide services to women accessing the H.E.R. program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Health supplies for clients and their babies;
  • Baby essentials (e.g. formula, diapers, etc.);
  • Hygiene supplies;
  • Vital equipment;
  • Transportation supports to get expectant moms to and from prenatal appointments;
  • Educational materials; and
  • An emergency fund for clients in times of dire need.

Boyle Street works very hard to triage all service requests, and you can rest easy with the certainty that your funds will be used in the best possible way to drive positive outcomes.

3 ways to keep the giving going

From June to August, our hearts filled with gratitude, as the donation bin at our collection site SVPT Fitness filled with boxes (...upon boxes, upon boxes...) of diapers and other baby items, all for Boyle Street Community Services and its H.E.R. Pregnancy Program.

Thank you to everyone who contributed! Your donations have already made their way to the staff and moms at the H.E.R. program office, who were thrilled to put the items to use:

Missed out?

Here are 3 ways you can still help the H.E.R. program:

  1. The H.E.R. program is always accepting donations. Call 780-423-3122 (ext. 279) and a staff member will arrange a time for you to bring your donations to the program office at Boyle Street Community Services (10116 105 Ave.). Office hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The office is closed everyday from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.) The most-needed items are:
    • Diapers (preferably size 1)
    • Baby wipes
    • Baby formula
    • Feminine hygiene products (e.g. tampons, pads)
  2. Have a ladies night, book club meeting, or baby or bridal shower coming up? Consider adding a charitable component and hosting a diaper drive.
  3. Make a cash donation to the H.E.R. program’s endowment fund set up through the Edmonton Community Foundation.  

For a limited time…

Voice Your Vote to Bully Food Truck and the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program could receive all of Bully Food Truck’s tips from the 2016 food truck season. Contest closes October 31. See our blog for more details and to cast your vote!

Voice your Vote to Bully Food Truck

One of Edmonton's most well-known food trucks, Bully Food Truck, is donating their tips to a local charity — and we want that charity to be the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program! All you have to do is Tweet, Facebook, text or email your vote. There is no limit, so we encourage you to vote as often as possible. 

To vote, copy and paste:

  • TwitterTweet, retweet or direct message Bully Food Truck  "I vote for the H.E.R Pregnancy Program to win @BullyTruck's tip donations! #yeg #weloveboylestreet"
  • Facebook: Post to Bully Food Truck's wall – "I vote for the H.E.R Pregnancy Program to win Bully Food Truck's tip donations!" 
  • Text: 780-695-9292  "I vote for the H.E.R Pregnancy Program to win Bully Food Truck's tip donations!"
  • Email: wendy@bullyfoodtruckinc.ca  "I vote for the H.E.R Pregnancy Program to win Bully Food Truck's tip donations!"

Contest closes October, 31. Happy voting! 

Helping women find their voice: meet Morgan

You have a voice. Know that. And, know that it’s OK to use it. That’s the message Morgan Chalifoux hopes to inspire in the women she works with everyday.

Morgan is the senior staff member with the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program, a partner program of Streetworks at Boyle Street Community Services.

Healthy, Empowered, Resilient — H.E.R. supports pregnant, street-involved women throughout their pregnancies and up to six months postpartum, creating the healthiest possible environment for them and their children.

Morgan has been with H.E.R. since its inception six years ago. It was inspired by another program called “Women in the Shadows” that, from 2008 to 2010, worked with pregnant, street-involved women to help them access vital healthcare services, particularly STI testing.

It’s OK to be empowered. It’s OK to be independent. It’s OK to have a voice and ask for help. They didn’t even know that they could do that, or how.
— Morgan Chalifoux

“Within that two years, there was a greater need shown not only medically, but with everything else — socially, housing, family, mental health, even just knowing how to have a voice and knowing that it is possible,” explained Morgan.

And so, H.E.R. was formed. Now, support staff like Morgan work one-on-one with moms to help them become as safe and healthy as possible, whether that’s navigating child services by their side, coordinating transportation to prenatal appointments or simply listening.

“For me, it’s just seeing the moms and them bonding with their kids,” said Morgan. “Seeing that light, even after they have been broken, battered, abused, depleted, their power taken away from them.”

“Yes, maybe they’re lost in every sense, but it’s still OK. If anything, that makes you a better person because it’s not easy to go through trauma like that and to come back and still be a bright, shining person.”

Support the H.E.R. Pregnancy Program. Donate to the endowment fund set up through the Edmonton Community Foundation.