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Our Projects

Want to make a difference from right where you are? Our projects are a way you can help support community needs, demonstrate kindness and give back from your home, school, group or office!

Our 2020/21 season of kindness is coming this fall!

A stack of donated baby care products

October 2019

Provide for the wee ones

October begins our h!p season and we would like to start off where we began… supporting the needs of young children in our City. You can donate diapers, formula, baby bottles or gently used clothing. We are accepting items suitable for newborn to 2 years of age. You can also sew (or knit) nightgowns, blankets or booties for infants.

We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of October.

HIP volunteers posing with wrapped presents

November 2019

Bring the bare necessities

Awareness about men’s health is promoted during the month of November. We want to help by collecting new underwear and socks. These items are always in need and important to have for maintaining good health. You can donate a pair of underwear or socks for a man or boy or stuff a pair of socks with razors and travel size shaving cream. Also, you can sew or purchase small cloth bags to carry the items.

Donated gift cards wrapped in creative ways

December 2019

Wrap a gift card

December is the month of giving. We want to share with families the magic of the holidays by collecting gift cards. A $5 gift card is a great gift! Donated gift cards can be for a coffee, meal, movie or grocery store. You can tuck your gift card into a pair of mittens or socks or you can make holiday greeting cards or gift tags.

Don’t forget the pets! Gift cards are accepted for Rover or Fluffy.

Donated books in the HIP van

January 2020

Share the joy of reading

On January 27th we celebrate Literacy Day. We want to share this joy of reading with those who have few or no books of their own. You can donate a new or very gently used book for a teenager or child or make bookmarks or a book name plate that can be placed in the books to identify the new owner!

We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of January.

A note from a Humanity in Practice volunteer with some dog treats

February 2020

Give a dog a bone

During the month of February, the importance of spaying and neutering our pets is promoted. We want to help by collecting dog and cat treats. These items will be a pleasant treat to enjoy while they recuperate. You can donate a treat or toy for a dog or cat or bake some little treats. You can also make a postcard explaining why it is important to spay or neuter pets.

We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of February.

Carrots and a peeler, used to provide healthy snacks

March 2020

Supply a healthy snack

March highlights the importance of nutrition. We want to bring healthy snacks to the children of the agencies we serve. Donations of granola bars (nut free), pumpkin or sunflower seeds, crackers or oatmeal packets and/or veggie peelers that we share with children learning to peel vegetables for a healthy snack! We would also welcome a printed recipe card of your favorite healthy snack.

We will be collecting items for this project throughout March.

Humanity in Practice assembled kits of oral hygience supplies to support Oral Hygiene month

April 2020

Brighten a smile

April is Oral Hygiene month and it is a great time to help bring healthy smiles to the families of the agencies we help. What products do you use to keep a healthy smile? You can donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrush holder or lip balm or you can write out tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.

Don’t forget about your pet’s oral health! We will deliver any donated dental chews to one of the animal shelters we support.

Humanity in Pratice volunteers supplied art kits to support the use of art as a way to communicate and to heal

May 2020

Unleash the power of art

May is the month that brings awareness to mental health. Some of our agencies use art as a way to communicate and heal. Art is one way to support mental health. We are collecting art supplies to provide for these programs. You can donate glitter, markers, Crayola washable paint, brushes, art paper or small wooden frames. You could also make a booklet or journal for children to color or draw in by stapling colored paper together and drawing a cover for it. Also, adult coloring books can be donated because all ages need to practice good mental health.

We will be collecting items for this project throughout the month of May.

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82% of volunteers are looking for a less formal way to volunteer. They want to make a difference from where they are and when they can. We look at volunteering from this angle. We create simple and meaningful ways that you can make a difference, on your time.

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We practice humanity in Calgary. Through our programs, our volunteers have donated over 45,000 items of need. We’ve created innovative ways for community engagement and brought smiles to thousands of people. Your donation is how we can do what we do.