In 2012, LinkNow Media’s staff decided they would prefer to give back in some way rather than go about the usual company gift exchange. After some research, we discovered the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres.
The Batshaw Centres’ mission is:
- to provide psychosocial, rehabilitation, and social integration services;
- to ensure the provision of services related to child placement, adoption, adoption disclosure, reunification, expertise to the Superior Court, and mediation.
Provided in accordance with the Youth Protection Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and An Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services, Batshaw Centres provide much needed care and services for thousands of youth in need.
A Good Start
Once we decided to put our efforts into helping the Batshaw Centres, we met with some of the amazing people who are there all year around providing compassion and support—and what we heard on our visit was heart-wrenching. Stories of abuse, neglect, sexual assault, violence, and death. We were shocked to learn how many suffering children there are in our very own province.
In our first year, our staff of 50 donated 120 gifts. But knowing that there are literally thousands of children that are helped by the Batshaw Centres, it was tough knowing that many kids were going without.
In 2015, we donated $10,000 and 250 gifts, and in 2016 we raised $33,000 and donated $550 gifts.
Every year we double down on our efforts, and 2017 is no different.
For 2017, we have a goal to raise $40,000 and donate 650 gifts to the Batshaw Centres. While in past years most of our monetary and physical donations came from members of our own family of LinkNow owners and employees, we’d like to branch out and include you as well!
When you participate in our gift drive, all the proceeds (money and gifts) go directly to the kids. Every member of LinkNow Media who is creating websites, making phone calls, and more, are all doing this on a volunteer basis.
We feel a duty to give back to our community and hope that you feel the same. So, what are the steps you can take?
- Contribute financially through the donation page on our website
- Read through the letters from Batshaw kids and purchase gifts
- Share our gift drive on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+
And, if you want to get even more involved we won’t say no. You can get in touch with us via phone or e-mail and we’d be happy to discuss any idea you may have.
You Can Make a Difference
Do you really want to make a difference this Holiday season? Many of the children at the Batshaw Centres have endured hardships we can’t even imagine. It’s hard for them to think about the future when they feel they have no future to look forward to.
While some kids want toys, Xboxes and cameras, others are teenage mothers asking for cribs, clothing, and diapers for their soon to be born children.
You can make a real difference in all of their lives. Won’t you join us?