Thanks for your support ... all year long!

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Moncton, January 19, 2021 - Like every year, this holiday season was a time when we felt and received a lot of support from our community. We are immensely grateful to our many allies who have supported us in various ways: by participating in our “Sponsor a Family” program, by preparing meals for the residents of our shelter, or by offering us generous financial donations.

Impacts of COVID-19


Although 2020 is behind us, Crossroads for Women still has financial, material and volunteer needs. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many additional expenses for our shelter. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Additional staff required to safely deliver services;
  • Consultation costs for specialized advice in emergency measures;
  • Cleaning supplies;
  • Infection control/COVID-19 prevention (i.e. protective equipment, Plexiglas barriers);
  • Digital and telephone-based resources;
  • Rental fees for additional spaces;
  • Increased food costs.

 

In addition to generating additional expenses, COVID-19 has also reduced our ability to fundraise. Therefore, we are counting on you to continue to show your support in the months to come, as you did so well in 2020.

How can you contribute?


Here are various ways to contribute, within your means and time at your disposal.

 

Monetary donation

The contributions that are most helpful to us are financial donations. There is no gift that is too small (nor too excessive!). We issue tax receipts for all donations over $ 20.

 

We have seen groups of creative people raising donations through their “30 Day Challenge” Facebook group, asking for donations for our organization for their birthday, or donating the profit from their sales on Market Place.

 

You can donate online on our website or by mail (P.O. Box 1247 Moncton, NB E1C 8P9).

 

Donation of Items

Amid Covid-19 and because of our limited storage space, we are only accepting a small list of items at this moment. Please contact us beforehand to ensure that we are able to accept your donation. You can contact us at 506-857-2080 x2, by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on our Facebook page.


Here are the items we are currently accepting (as of January 19, 2021):

  • Grocery gift cards;
  • Food;
  • Toilet paper and paper towels;
  • Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.

We would like to specify that you do not have to purchase these items in order to donate them to us. We have agreements with certain companies in order to obtain products at lower costs, so it is advantageous for us to receive a monetary donation.


Volunteering

We are always looking for volunteers who are ready to get involved in the short or medium-term. Here is the type of volunteer work we are looking for:

  • Meal preparation (we provide food and cooking equipment);
  • Getting food donations (Wednesday, during work hours);
  • Renovation and maintenance of our refuge (eg. painting, assembling furniture, etc.).

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form on our website. You can contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on our Facebook page for any questions.


Spread the word

You have limited resources and time? You can still contribute! Follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and share our posts. It is important for us to make ourselves known among our potential allies, but also with the people who require our services.


You can start spreading the word right now, by sharing this blog post and leaving a comment on our post;)



We would like to end this first blog post by reiterating our gratitude to the community of Greater Moncton and adjacent regions. While we are still experiencing ups and downs as a result of the pandemic, your support has been vital to us. Without you, we could not have survived the last 8 months. THANK YOU!


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Crossroads for Women’s mandate is to empower domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families break the cycle of abuse by providing shelter and on-going support services, as well as public awareness and prevention programs.


Information on the author of this blog post:

Geneviève L. Latour, Program Development officer

Crossroads for Women

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