Canada Weidner Cares 2017

Edmonton

This year, we held two Weidner Cares events in The Great White North, one in Saskatoon, SK, and one in Edmonton, AB. With these two Canadian teams, we were able to complete a variety of projects for two very deserving organizations.

In Edmonton, we partnered with the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch. This facility is a long-term treatment center focused on helping children who have been sexually abused, as well as their families. The program offers these children a place to heal, and increase their chances of growing into healthy adults.

deck - before and after
wood shed - before and after

They currently have a number of houses where the children reside while in treatment, in addition to a main office facility where much of their programming happens, all of which was previously a center for delinquent youth. Our team spent much of the day completely removing and rebuilding three of the large decks on the houses, all of which badly needed to be replaced for the children’s safety.

We also organized several storage closets, prepped an area around a fire pit for seating, and undertook lots of landscaping. We also built several large shelving units in a garage space to store some of the clothing and supply donations they have received over the years. One of our teams even braved the woods and mosquitos to remove an entire shed’s worth of old firewood in order to make room for more outdoor storage!

storage room - before and after

“As a charitable organization, we rely on volunteers to help us maintain the property and buildings at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch. When 80 amazing people from the Weidner team arrived at the Ranch to volunteer their time and expertise for a day of work this was invaluable. It would have taken us many months to complete this work. We are very thankful for their time and effort to help us have a safe place for children to come to receive treatment,” said Laurie Szymanski, Executive Director, Little Warriors.

Saskatoon

Our team in Saskatoon partnered with the Saskatoon Food Bank Garden Patch. This is our third consecutive year volunteering at the Garden Patch, and our associates love being able to come back and see how their hard work is being put to good use year after year! The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative of the Saskatoon Food Bank, and since its inception seven years ago they have harvested more than 110,000 pounds of produce for distribution through the food bank.

We spent the day painting, weeding, harvesting, and building in nearly 100 degree heat. Our largest project of the day was framing, constructing, and painting two gigantic sheds and a fence! The Garden Patch previously had a small greenhouse shed made out of plastic and posts as one of their storage areas, but there was no way to guarantee the safety of the many supplies they kept inside due to its derelict condition. As the Garden Patch continues to grow, their need for storage has grown as well, and these new sheds are sure to help them keep their supplies safe and secure for years to come.

old shed - new shed

We also spent much of the day painting nearly everything in the garden with bright fresh paint! Their goal is to make the garden a happy, colorful, exciting place for the community to enjoy, and with this new coat of paint they’re sure to make that happen. Some of our team members were also taught how to build a “willow fence” where willow tree branches are woven between posts to create a small barrier in the garden.

Both of our Canadian events this year made such a huge impact to their communities, and our team’s efforts are sure to be appreciated by both of these terrific organizations. Thank you to all of our associates who participated in these volunteer days – without your help none of this would be possible!

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