At Ranch Ehrlo, we envision communities where all individuals and families achieve their full potential. But we also know that we cannot do that alone, and so we rely on community partnerships to ensure that we can have as much of a positive impact on our communities as possible! Our community partnerships take many forms: donations, volunteer opportunities, or service agreements with other organizations within our areas.
There are endless fantastic examples, but we have chosen a few to highlight the importance of these partnerships and to illustrate the way they help us expand our impact.
Ehrlo Sport Venture and Canadian Tire JumpStart were a natural fit – both programs focus on giving children opportunities to get involved in active play! Earlier this year, JumpStart offered to sponsor Sport Venture’s leagues, which provide all the equipment and are free of charge for participants. They began by providing a generous donation of hockey equipment, and earlier this month provided over 40 kids in Sport Venture’s Monday Night Football League with brand new shoes!
Our Buckland campus has a unique relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Prince Albert which is mutually beneficial for both the club and our clients. Each year, youth from our houses join Kiwanis Club members to volunteer their clean-up services at events like the city’s annual Relay For Life, and in return, the Kiwanis Club has supported the campus’ Outdoor Sports Program and purchased an enclosed trailer for youth to use on camping trips.
Recently, Ehrlo Counselling Services entered into a community partnership with Regina’s Autism Resource Centre (ARC). Ehrlo Counselling will be sending one counsellor to ARC for six hours every two weeks to provide their clients with counselling on-site, thus removing some barriers that ARC’s clientele may face in receiving these services. Additionally, Ehrlo’s Dave Wiebe will be providing psychoeducation sessions for parents of ARC clients during their monthly support meetings.
We have many more examples just like this, but all serve to prove a very important point – no one community agency is an island, we all must work together to make our communities a better place for all.