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4 Ideas Friday: Promote with purpose—ideas to help you succeedDeciding how to make promotional products work for your organization can be difficult. Sometimes it helps to see how other people are using them.

In 2015, we gave away nearly $450,000 in $500 onebyone® grants to various charitable organizations, and the ways these organizations were able to use logo-printed items to make the world a better place might spark some ideas you can put into motion to help your business.

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St. John AmbulanceSt. John Ambulance’s mission is to improve the health, safety and quality of life for Alberta residents by providing training and community services. The funds that the nonprofit organization receives from teaching first aid and CPR courses go right back into numerous community service programs. One such program is the St. John Babysitting Basics Course that teaches children, age 11 and older, how to properly care for infants and children as well as how to provide first aid when necessary. Lessons include safety awareness, injury prevention, how to handle emergencies, first aid and CPR training, and more. A subset of this program, the summer Babysitter Advantage©, offers the same course at a discount to those who require it. ”The families we reach with this initiative are very appreciative,” said Patty Wright, business development administrative and research associate for St. John. “We empower these kids and give them confidence to take care of themselves and the children they watch.” The classes are offered at all seven Alberta St. John locations. St. John also partners with local schools and other community organizations to extend course offerings to offsite locations. By mid-summer, St. John Ambulance had reached more than 150 students with its Babysitter course.

St. John Ambulance was a recipient of a onebyone from promotional products retailer 4imprint®. It used the grant to purchase logo’d totes that were filled with chalk, crayons and other items to make a babysitting kit for the new babysitters to take with them to the job. “We were so thrilled. Every bit helps and goes right to the kids,” Wright said. “We’re very grateful for 4imprint’s contribution”

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Canadian Hemophilia Society, Manitoba Chapter
The Canadian Hemophilia Society, Manitoba Chapter provides education, programs and direct services to members managing inherited bleeding disorders. The nonprofit organization, now celebrating its 50th year, started as a grass roots organization with no physical location. Today, it operates a small office and, with the help of its staff and several volunteers, serves more than 200 families in Manitoba and the surrounding Northwest Ontario region. It does so through several direct services, including hospital parking and emergency taxi service, courier service of medication from Canadian Blood Services, mobility aids, financial assistance and more. It also provides countless programs like sports bursaries, family support, family camp, healthy aging and Code Rogue—a program that promotes women’s bleeding disorder awareness.The Canadian Hemophilia Society, Manitoba Chapter was the recipient of a onebyone grant from promotional products retailer 4imprint. It used the grant to purchase golf towels and imprinted thermos bags for its fourth annual golf tournament—one of two special fundraisers the organization holds each year. “It is a growing event, which is what made 4imprint’s gift so significant,” said Executive Director Christine Keilback. “It really helped us provide our golfers with something of value. Our community was overjoyed!”Keep It Cool Towel
Wings of Phoenix Association of Ottawa, Ontario
In September, 1984, Ottawa Police Officer Robin Easey, was shot in the line of duty. He sustained a severe head wound resulting in a brain injury. Sargent Easey and his wife Glennis discovered there were little resources in the community for the costly physical, psychological and vocational rehabilitation services so critical to victims of acquired brain injuries.Glennis and her husband never gave up hope, and in 2001, the Wings of Phoenix Association took flight to provide brain injury rehabilitation to individuals and their families who are otherwise unable to access treatment due to financial limitations. Service offerings include individual and family counseling, group psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and in-home services/life skills support.

“The Wings of Phoenix is staffed completely by volunteers and that is why fundraising is so vital to this organization,” comments Mia Pascoe, secretary/treasurer. The non profit’s primary fundraiser is the Sargent Robin Easey Golf Tournament.

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Glennis Easey was thrilled to stumble upon 4imprint’s onebyone program when she was searching their website as a current customer for promotional products. She was pleasantly surprised to find many other Canadian companies had benefited from the program. She applied and was notified quickly via email that they had been selected to receive a onebyone grant. “We ordered blue water bottles which were placed in the golf carts. They looked very impressive and striking,” stated Glennis. “Because of 4imprint, we were able to take the money that would’ve been used to buy golfer gifts and put it straight towards rehab. There was much celebration about it!”For more information about Wings of Phoenix Association, please visit

http://www.thewingsofphoenix.ca/default.aspx

National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA of Ottawa, Ontario
The National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Job Connect Program is under the larger umbrella of the Employment, Enterprise and Newcomer Service unit at the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa.This close-knit staff often put in long hours while graciously lending their time and expertise to those in need. Through various programs, the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA offers everything from computers and Internet access in its resource room, to workshops, one-on-one career counseling and job fairs, to community members of all ages with varying backgrounds, languages and levels of experience.

Assisting thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers each year can be emotionally and physically exhausting, but this group is always upbeat and happy to help. Their wherewithal is valued not only by the community they are helping, but by each other. To show staff that they are appreciated, the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA hosts a yearly luncheon in their honor.

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They received a onebyone grant from 4imprint, which helped with thank-you gifts. On the day of the event, the staff had a great time enjoying the multicultural lunch, belly dancing lessons, a speech from the CEO, and team building activities — including a relay based on the reality television series, “The Amazing Race.””We offered insulated lunch bags with our logo on them as a prize for completion of the game. Staff just loved them and were pleasantly surprised!” said Gendron. “Because of 4imprint’s onebyone program, staff were still able to walk away with a gift for their hard work and a memento of the day.”

For more information about National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA , please visit

http://www.ymcaywca.ca/

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4imprint accepts applications for its onebyone program online at http://onebyone.4imprint.ca. Any 501(c)3 organization, registered Canadian charity, school or religious organization is encouraged to apply. Interested organizations are asked to submit applications a minimum of two months before items will be used, to allow time for application processing and product delivery.

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