UPDATE noon on December 20, 2017:We are so close! So far we’ve raised $3650. That means we only need $1350 more to get us to $5000 so that we can reach our match goal.
It’s our biggest fundraising challenge ever and we’re counting on you to help us reach this goal.
HSA Alberta and the Alberta Federation of Labour have pledged to match donations up to $5000 by midnight December 20th and all of the money will go toward our new Accessibility in Action fund. So now is the time to pitch in!
NU does its best to keep the cost of programs low, but there’s a growing need for additional money to support parents with subsidies for childcare, rural residents with travel subsides to NU program cities, and to support participants who require language translation or ASL interpretation or assistance for visual impairment, and other accessibility supports. In addition to running a variety of programs, we all want NU to be accessible. Your contribution today will help get us to our goal.
Kamil Burnat, a future participant in Next Up Edmonton, has this to say about what accessibility to Next Up means to him:
When I heard about the Next Up program it started a fire in my heart because I knew this program could help me to use tools to build bridges with other communities outside of the Deaf community. I am motivated to participate in this program because I believe it will allow me to make a big difference in my community by learning and dialoguing about other folks working to support their own communities. However, to fully participate and ensure that communication is clear, I would prefer to use ASL interpreters to translate between English and ASL for me. I think this will not only benefit me, but also be an important learning opportunity for other participants in the program to learn more about how tools such as ASL interpreters are beneficial for accessibility of Deaf folks in many settings. I hope this will create stronger relationships between the hearing and Deaf community within the Next Up community.
You can help make this and more happen by donating to Next Up through our site on CanadaHelps. Every dollar you give between now and December 20th will be doubled (up to $5000) and you'll not only receive our heartfelt thanks, but a tax receipt too.
Here are some of the ways your donation can make a difference:
Consider becoming a monthly donor:
$10 monthly donation supports one participant in a 3-day intensive program
$20 monthly donation contributes to one participant who requests additional support for childcare, travel, interpretation services, etc.
$40 monthly donation pays for the lunch costs for a 3-day long program
$50 monthly donation pays for the venue costs for a 3-day long program
$70 monthly donation pays for one hour of ASL/language interpretation per month
Or if you choose to give a one-time donation:
$200 pays for three hours of ASL/language interpretation for a workshop
$150 contributes to a childcare subsidy for a participant in a 3-day long program
$100 contributes to travel costs for a participant to get from their home community to a program city
$85 pays for one participant’s registration fee to a 3-day intensive program
$75 provides an honorarium for a guest speaker who shares their knowledge with the group
$50 contributes to a childcare subsidy for a participant in a workshop
$20 buys a flipchart pad, markers, and other miscellaneous workshop supplies
Thank you for your support.
Every dollar counts double from now to December 20!