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Easter Seals Alberta Receives Two Generous Donations to Help Clients with Disabilities

 

Edmonton, AB –  Easter Seals Alberta is pleased to announce that the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) and the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) have each donated $40,000 for the Equipment and Support Services Program, totaling $80,000 to help clients of all ages with disabilities receive the equipment they need in the Edmonton area.

“$80,000 will go a long way, said Jodi Zabludowski, Director of Operations.  There are so many clients on our waiting list.  It will be great to help as many clients as possible with the funds received.  Clients in the Edmonton area who are waiting will be able to receive mobility scooters, power wheelchairs, home adaptations, lift assist chairs, and other devices with the money from both donations”.

The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) has been around since 1941 and almost 11,000 employees contribute one-quarter of one percent of their pay cheque, which adds up and allows them to make a real difference in the community.  The civic employees members from different unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union #569, Edmonton Firefighters Union #209, CUPE Local #30, City of Edmonton Management Association, United Nurses of Alberta #196, Sr. Police Officers Association, Unifor and Association of Management and Non-Union Affiliates-AHS.

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), which just celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2014, connects donors to timely and innovative projects in the community.   Donations to ECF are invested and the income from the investments allows the Foundation to respond to community needs.  Through permanent endowment funds, the Foundation currently disburses 4% of the income to charities in Edmonton and the world beyond.

Since 1951, Easter Seals Alberta works hard to make a difference for Albertans and their families with disabilities and special needs by providing direct services, programs, advocacy and public education. Some of the programs include:  the Equipment and Support Services Program where much needed equipment is provided to people of all ages, such as scooters, power wheelchairs and home adaptation systems; Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Bragg Creek, where 1,200 kids engage in a one week camp experience; and Easter Seals McQueen Residence in Edmonton, where nine adults with physical disabilities reside in a 24 hour care group home.

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