Our Heart

We have big hearts here at Digital Chaos.

Each and every one of the team members have a cause near and dear to their heart. We decided to put a focus on the way that we give back; be it in either our local or global community. We wish to find a way to contribute and move the positivity needle!

Once per month we will feature a member of our team and the charity of their choice. That charity will be either a Canadian or international charity, but will be one that is registered in Canada as such. Our donation can either be money, or our time; whatever fills the need.

It is our way, however small, to help make our world a better place.


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April 2019:

This month's act of giving comes from Zak!

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Charity of choice:

Lutherwood

Waterloo, Ontario

Zak's Connection:

Throughout my life, I have been aware of the seriousness of mental health as a necessary priority. Everyone knows someone who has been through tough times, and hopefully they have someone in their corner fighting to help them out. We are fortunate in KW to have an organization that is able and willing to help when people need assistance: Lutherwood.

Lutherwood offers many different types of support for families, unemployed people, and seniors; but I am particularly grateful for the help and support that they provide to children with mental health issues. They run shelters for vulnerable youth, and services to assist families with emotionally challenged children. Far too often sensitive children are stigmatized for mental health struggles, even though they are not alone and can be helped. I am keenly aware of the need for services in the area and I am happy to sponsor Lutherwood’s StepsForKids fundraiser this May 5th, 2019.

March 2019:

This month's act of giving comes from Greg!

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Charity of choice:

The Centre In The Square

Kitchener, Ontario

Greg's Connection:

For my donation this time around, I chose to support the Community Ticket Program for The Centre In The Square. This program, as stated on the venue's website, "provides complimentary tickets to local social service agencies, charities and youth organizations ... to introduce the performing arts to young people and individuals who might otherwise not have the opportunity to attend one of our performances."

Music is a major part of who I am. Throughout my life, I've been extremely lucky to have crossed-off the majority of my "bucket list" artists in my concert-going life. I've even met a lot of my personal musical heroes. Overall, I've had phenomenal life experiences involving live performances with my friends and it has enriched my life so much. If I can help extend that richness to another individual that may not get to do so otherwise, then, that is absolutely heart-warming to me!

Kudos to a great venue, in a great city, for extending this opportunity to ensure that people in the local community get the chance to attend. It is programs like this that help create a vibrant community, and one wherein everyone can take part in that vibrance. I take great pride in the ability to help someone experience some of the amazing moments that I have in my life surrounding live music and performance.

February 2019:

This month's act of giving comes from Colin!

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Charity of choice:

The Working Centre

Kitchener, Ontario

Colin's Connection:

I chose The Working Centre to donate to this time around. Our team here at Digital Chaos has been visiting The Queen Street Commons Café regularly since our office moved to Kitchener. They are always serving up delicious vegetarian food that everyone in the community can afford and enjoy.

The Working Centre is much more than just the Café; they have many other awesome projects that they offer that help out the community. Their main projects give people access to tools to create their own work combined with continuous ways of learning and co-operating. The Working Centre organizes its projects into six areas: The Job Search Resource Centre, St. John’s Kitchen, Community Tools, Access to Technology, Affordable Supportive Housing, and the Waterloo School for Community Development.

January 2019:

This month's act of giving comes from Paolo!

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Charity of choice:

Paolo's Connection:

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre is an organization that fosters diversity, promotes the expression of different cultures, and helps new Canadians settling in the K-W area. They help people find jobs, learn to communicate and even help families settle into the community. They also help refugees and other disenfranchised people by connecting them to other organizations that provide advice, healthcare, and other services that they need to survive and thrive in the community.

As an immigrant myself, I empathize with the challenges, difficulties, and feeling of uncertainty that moving to a new country and community entail. For refugees fleeing persecution and war from other parts of the world, those feelings are amplified further and that fear and uncertainty can be difficult to overcome. The people and organizations that help immigrants and refugees are heroes in my book because they take the time and effort remove that fear and uncertainty in people; they make them feel welcome, as well as give them much needed hope for the future.

That is why I am glad to have the opportunity to help this organization help others in our community. The more hope and security they bring to people, the better our community will grow and prosper.

December 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Beth!

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Charity of choice:

Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

Waterloo Region, Ontario

Beth's Connection:

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is a hard working community and safe-haven for animal friends in need. They care not only about the roof over their animals' heads, but also for their safety and well-being. Whether it be fostering friendships, raising awareness, or saving lives — you can count on them.

I believe everyone (including our furry friends) should have shelter, comfort, and a warm place to sleep this holiday season. Therefore, I have chosen the Kitchener-Waterloo SPCA this December. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an interest in caring for animals — whether it be out furry friends at home, farm animals, or the ones in the outdoors. Thus, choosing the KW SPCA only felt natural.

Raising awareness and being a voice for those who can not be heard is extremely important. The Kitchener-Waterloo SPCA offers education and training to educate individuals of all ages on animal welfare. They also offer camps, birthday parties, as well as school visitations and tours. They are extremely involved in the community.

I’m extremely impressed with the care they put into their organization and I’m very happy to be apart of this opportunity this holiday season.

October 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Meghan!

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Charity of choice:

Meghan's Connection:

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a Canadian organization that provides resources, education, and support for families and individuals with Down syndrome. In addition, they provide advocacy and work toward ensuring that Canadians with Down syndrome are seen as valuable citizens and have equal access to opportunities.

I chose this charity because I believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to thrive, and because I have a personal connection to this charity: My youngest sister lives with Down syndrome, and her and my family have been involved with and received support from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

I have always been extremely impressed with the organization and their values. They emphasize self-advocacy, and individuals with Down syndrome fully participate across different levels of the organization. They have a great video series in which self-advocates answer frequently asked questions. They also provide support on a local community level, with a network of local support groups operating across Canada.

I’m very excited to have this opportunity to give back to the organization.

September 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Adrian!

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Charity of choice:

Adrian's Connection:

I've chosen to help Eradicate Child Hunger with my donation to World Vision Canada. The goal of this charity seeks to provide aid towards a hunger-free world and to eradicate poverty for children in need. I had no second thoughts about choosing this the second it caught my eye, because tears literally come to my eyes when I see a video or photo of a child in need.

As someone who strongly believes in the saying the "Children are our future," I have always been fully onboard with supporting children around the world in any way possible. Seeing and knowing that there are children out there who don’t have a meal first thing in the morning hurts my heart and being a Jamaican only reminds me of what my parents and elders always say: Never waste food — because a lot of us are fortunate enough to have it while others around and in many countries do not.

My wish is for every child to have a proper meal every day just the same as everyone else does. No one deserves to feel this — especially our future leaders — and by choosing to "Eradicate Child Hunger" I know we can make a difference in the well-being of children around the world.

August 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Cynthia!

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Charity of choice:

Strong Start

Waterloo Region, Ontario

Cynthia's Connection:

Strong Start is a charitable organization in the Kitchener/Waterloo community that aims to help young children develop strong literacy skills. So far, more than 34 thousand children have benefited from their educational programs.

As someone who immigrated from a non-English speaking country just few years ago, I can’t agree enough with what they are doing. Back when I was a kid, my mom would read me bedtime stories every night, which has inspired my hobby of reading English books and newspapers as I grow up. Having a good foundation in the language has really helped me blend into society and make new friends since I arrived in Canada.

By choosing Strong Start, I wish to help them help young children in the community reach their potential and succeed in the life.

June 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Kate!

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Charity of choice:

Pride Stables

Kitchener, Ontario

Kate's Connection:

I work around computers all day, but my heart is outside in nature — preferably with my dogs and family. And if I can squeeze in a ride on a horse, all the better. I am a firm believer that “animals make us human.” Remaining in touch with nature and animals keeps me grounded, clears my head, and it reminds me of the important things in life.

I want everyone, regardless of means or ability to experience riding horses, so this month we are giving money to Pride Stables: a local barn who has been providing therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for people with disabilities for over 40 years. They not only provide riding opportunities for those with disabilities; they have summer camps for kids, with or without special needs. I hope these kids benefit from riding the way I know I have; there is something amazing about being able to slow down and focus on communicating with animals. When you make the connection, it is absolute magic.

By the way, June is a great month to give to your favourite charity! If they are listed on the GivingChallenge.ca website, they can win $10,000!

May 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Sarah!

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Charity of choice:

OK2BME

Kitchener, Ontario

Sarah's Connection:

The OK2BME project is operated by KW Counselling Services. OK2BME is a set of free services including: confidential counselling services, an OK2BME Youth Group for individuals 12-18 as well as public education, consulting and training around LGBTQ2+ issues.

I was invited by the OK2BEME youth group to be a guest performer at their first talent show. The whole experience blew me away. I wish I had had a program like this when I was a teen. These kids had a sense of self that took me much longer to develop. Having a safe environment to make friends and be heard while being respected makes a huge difference to a child’s happiness and development.

I chose OK2BE because they are a local program that is helping our community through counselling, engaging youth and education. The teenage years are hard enough without worrying about what will happen if other people learn about your sexual orientation or gender identity. This incredible program -- with its talented and approachable staff -- are helping kids know they are not alone.

April 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Zak!

Close up of Zak

Charity of choice:

House of Friendship

Kitchener, Ontario

Zak's Connection:

The tech industry is changing Waterloo region. I see new condos being built, businesses expanding, and lots of new people coming to the area for well-paid tech jobs. As in most cities, a side effect of this gentrification is a cost of living increase. This can cause many long term residents to struggle or be displaced.

House of Friendship is a great organization that helps strengthen people and communities by offering many services including addiction treatment, food and supportive housing. They even have a program where they offer reduced cost appliance repair for families living on low income; great idea. They work with lots of other community organizations to offer support in their efforts as well. The impacts of their initiatives are demonstrated throughout their long history.

As a local business owner, I feel it is important to contribute to the community we are operating in, so I'm happy to help House of Friendship help others.

March 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Gregory!

Close up of Greg

Charity of choice:

KidSport

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Greg's Connection:

Sports have always been a big part of my life. As much as computers and gaming have inspired me throughout my life, sports have also had an immense impact on me. I'm an ardent fan of hockey, baseball, and basketball, as well as having been lucky enough to play all of those sports. I also trained in martial arts, am an avid runner, and refuse to acknowledge my age by continuing to skateboard

That said, I also know how hard it is to find the money to engage in sports. Whether it's buying new running shoes or finding the money to stay signed up in one's favorite sport, it can be really tough to set aside the money to keep it going month-to-month, year-over-year.

I recently saw a feature on CTV News Kitchener entitled: Price To Play. The news piece highlighted the increasing costs of participating in sport, but also focused on the organizations trying to help mitigate those costs for people in need. KidSport was one of the featured organizations.

I ultimately chose to donate to KidSport not only because of their focus on helping people engage in sport, but also because of their focus on local communities. Through a network of 11 provincial/territorial chapters and 166 community chapters, KidSport has helped over 750,000 kids across the country have the chance to play sports since its inception in 1993.

I'm hoping that my choice here has helped make a difference and I certainly encourage you to help out KidSport if this speaks to you as well! Sports are a great way to bring us all together and are a great way to stay healthy — in both body and mind.

February 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Colin!

Close up of Colin

Charity of choice:

Duke’s Fund

Guelph, Ontario

Colin's Connection:

In the fall of 1995 Duke’s Fund was established to provide specialized veterinary care for shelter animals in need.

The fund’s namesake — a 6-year-old pug named Duke — was surrendered to the shelter suffering from a chronic respiratory problem that made it difficult for him to breathe. In order to alleviate this condition and adopt him into a new home, a costly surgical procedure was necessary. A group of dedicated staff and volunteers got together to raise funds for Duke, and Duke’s Fund was born!

Today, Duke’s Fund continues to give animals their own happy tail. For example, The Guelph Humane Society cares for over 3000 animals per year and many, like Duke, have special needs that require costly medical treatment. Thus, donations to Duke’s Fund makes it possible to provide extensive medical care for the animals who need it most.

I really like that 100% of the fund goes towards the animals and their well-being. Ultimately, I chose Duke's Fund not only because I love animals, but because I wanted to help out the less fortunate animals that have no one to support the necessary treatments they require.

January 2018:

This month's act of giving comes from Jamie!

Jamie

Charity of choice:

NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

Waterloo Region, Ontario

Jamie's Connection:

Nutrition for Learning is a non-profit organization that operates in the Waterloo Region, from Elmira to Cambridge. They currently support over 20,000 children and youth in 142 schools. With the help of over 2,500 volunteers and community donations, they’re able to run breakfast and lunch programs that provide essential nutrition to kids who need it the most.

I chose this charity because I believe hunger in schools is an issue that often goes unnoticed, but when addressed the positive impacts are huge. It goes deeper than filling empty stomachs; it improves a child’s cognitive and physical development, allowing them to focus and learn to the fullest. As a result, this improves their lives and creates a positive impact for the entire community.

I had the pleasure of working with Nutrition for Learning in the past, where I learned about their programs and dedicated team of volunteers who work extremely hard every day. A donation of $100 goes a long way, feeding a student for 3 months.

December 2017:

This month's act of giving comes from Katie!

Katie

Charity of choice:

Katie's Connection:

Y.C.A. — not to be confused with YMCA — is an after-school program for children from elementary to high school. It is designed to educate, inspire, and empower youth. The program is run by a group of passionate volunteers — whom with patience, compassion, and benevolence — aimed to bring out the best in every student. The program is "pay as you can" and thus children from all financial situations are welcomed.

My family stumbled upon this program when I was 10 years old. As new immigrants to the country, the director of Y.C.A. (Mr. Kenny Gbadebo) voluntarily reduced my program fee by half. For the next 7-8 years, I was a student, a volunteer, and a teacher for the program.

Two things resided with me from those years. First, it was a sign on the entrance door...tiny words that read "no one owes you a living." Since then, every time I feel defeated, overwhelmed, or on the verge of "giving up" I think of these words. Second, it was everyone's devotion and determination to keep the program alive; even through the toughest financial situations and the overwhelming number of kids, the program always found a way to survive. Volunteers loved what they did, and truly believed in the cause.

The program was a “guide” to me as a child, perhaps only to the extent of extra courses, swimming sessions, science shows, and pizza every week. But over the years, I came to realize the true significance of what they have done. I can now refer many life choices back to what I have learned unconsciously at the program: be kind, be determined, be generous, be accepting, be strong, have a "yes I can" attitude, and be a piece of malleable clay.

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