About Amica Helping Hands
Registered as a not-for-profit charity in 2003, Amica Helping Hands Community Program supports underprivileged Canadian seniors by: initiating and coordinating donations of money, goods and services throughout Canada for the sole benefit of these seniors; and promoting the welfare of and the relief of distress of these seniors.
Every December, we distribute baskets full of non–perishable foods; multiple gift certificates including one for a local supermarket and a drug store; and a warm blanket to seniors in need. Most recipients of these baskets live alone and in poverty. These baskets will be the only gift they will likely receive for the holidays and throughout the year. These baskets are valued at $100 each. To date, we have distributed over 17,290 baskets in partnership with local associations that provide services to these seniors.
In addition to the basket program, we support the work of not-for-profit agencies and community centres across Canada that assist seniors in need. Donations have allowed agencies in British Columbia and Ontario to: provide funds to expand health, wellness and social programs; renovate recreation rooms for wellness programs for seniors living in supportive housing; and purchase equipment including passenger vans for senior centres in impoverished neighbourhoods to improve the quality of life of the seniors they serve.
About the Event
Amica Helping Hands: Inspiring Conversations will raise funds to help support seniors in need. Guests will connect with leaders and supporters of the senior living industry, as well as residents and staff from some of our communities.
The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet sit-down dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from memory expert Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum about what happens to the brain and memory as we age; how the brain adapts to age-related changes; and lifestyle factors that can help us compensate for these changes.
Next, our keynote speaker, the visionary Frank O’Dea, will discuss how he went from living on the streets to becoming one of Canada’s most successful and celebrated entrepreneurs and philanthropists, founding numerous businesses including The Second Cup, and the land mine survivors’ charity Night of a Thousand Dinners.
Guests can purchase an autographed copy of Frank O’Dea’s bestselling book When All You Have is Hope – with a portion of the proceeds going to Amica Helping Hands – and speak with Frank about his inspiring life experiences.
If you’d like to sponsor our event or purchase tickets, please contact Sarah Santaluce at 647-248-6631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.