Mercator Financial Inc. – Our Community
April 2017 the Mercator Financial Inc. Charity Spotlight is on the Swift Current Branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
The Saskatchewan Abilities Council works with people of varying abilities to enhance their independence and participation in the community through vocational, rehabilitation and recreational services.
Vocational Programming includes: Partners in Employment, YEP (Youth Employment Program), VIC (Volunteers in Community Program) Sewing, RecyclAbility Enterprises (confidential shredding), Vocational Services including: vocational evaluations, work experience, skill development, and job coaching.
Rehabilitation Programming Includes: Special Needs Equipment, Parking program for people with disabilities.
Recreational Programming Includes: Day Program, Summer Fun, Camp Easter Seal
Community Services: City of Swift Current Recycle Depot, Swift Transit, and Access Transit ran in partnership with the City of Swift Current. SARCAN Recycling.
The Saskatchewan Abilities Council Swift Current Branch will be hosting different activities and events to celebrate community support and the many individuals that are assisted in the community.
Ability Bowl – April 22nd 2017:
Ability Bowl is a fun, one-day family oriented event where teams of five raise funds to support the programs and services offered at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Swift Current Branch. This year the goal is $75,000!
This year’s theme is Rock ‘n’ Bowl! Grab a team, dress as your favorite rock star and get ready to Rock ‘n’ Bowl. Registration is free with lots of great prizes! This years’ grand prize is a ticket package to Guns N’ Roses in Regina!
To take part in this “rockin” event, you can register a fundraising team of 5 by contacting Jessica Sauder at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 307-773-2076 or on line at www.abilitybowl.ca
On July 12, 2017, join the Abilities group at Boston Pizza and help them celebrate the fundraiser for Camp Easter Seal!
The annual Community BBQ will once again take place this September during the Abilities Council Awareness week. On September 7, 2017 make your way down to Market Square at lunch while enjoying live entertainment, and also learn more about the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. The group would love to see you there!
Be sure to follow their Facebook page at Saskatchewan Abilities Council-Swift Current Regions for up to date info on fun events including concert fundraisers, raffle ticket draws, family events and more!
Programs and Services:
The Training Centre provides valuable work experience and specific skill training for individuals with disabilities in areas that suits their abilities, goals and interests. The Training Centre is a functioning business that manufactures products and provides commercial services to businesses around the Province, across Canada and into the United States. Some of the products include, but are not limited to:
– Hopper canvas for BATCO,
– canvas newspaper carrier bags, seed bags,
– sportswear, clothing, a wide variety of promotion items and much more!
– Carrier bag – one of many products made in the Sewing Department
RecyclAbility Enterprises is a convenient, affordable, flexible and locally bonded, confidential shredding service. Our industrial chip shredder has the ability to process up to 250 pounds of paper every 30 minutes. Once paper is shredded, it is baled and sent for recycling.
Recycle Depot open Monday to Saturday 9:30 – 5:30 the Saskatchewan abilities Council operates the services of the Recycle Depot in partnership with the City of Swift Current.
Swift Transit: Saskatchewan Abilities Council has partnered with the City of Swift Current in providing community members public transportation. Access Transit provides transportation to individuals in our community with limited mobility.
SARCAN – Saskatchewan Abilities Council operates the local SARCAN facility in partnership with SARC. Sarcan recycles beverage containers, paint and electronics as 1 of 71 depots across Saskatchewan.
Day Program is participants of the day program can choose community opportunities, personal development, social and recreational activities, and/or work readiness programs they would like to become involved with. Individuals can also become involved in pre-vocational skills classes, or can apply for exciting volunteer and employment placements in the community. Individuals can also participate in fun, creative activities such as health and fitness, music and art therapy classes.
Summer Fun is offered to children and youth with varying abilities between the ages of 6-22 during the summer months of July and August. It provides opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and participate in activities and events that challenge their growth and development
Youth Employment Program (YEP): The Youth Employment Program assists youth aged 14-22 in preparing for employment. It also provides support to youth in finding and acquiring employment and volunteer opportunities. This program develops and builds linkages between service providers, parents and key education professionals to ensure that youth can transition smoothly to suitable programs and employment services once they leave the school system.
Partners in Employment this is a supportive employment service that assists individuals in securing and maintaining employment in our community. Offered through funding received from the Ministry of Economy and Service Canada.
Ways to Become Involved:
Saskatchewan Abilities Council invites you to “Make Your Mark”! We have five exciting and fun ways to get involved and build friendships with individuals with varying abilities in our programs.
Mutual Mentors: Tell us about your interests and we will match you with a participant in our program who has a similar interest. Enjoy spending time and having fun in the community at your shared interests whether it be sporting or community events, going for coffee or whatever your interest may be! Mutual Mentors volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and are typically committed to meeting once a month. Mutual Mentors can meet at any time that suits their interest whether it be during business ours, or evenings/weekends.
Day Program: Volunteers in our day program enjoy working as part of a bigger team. Day program volunteers assist our support worker in providing recreational and life-enhancing activities to people with varying abilities whether it be learning at our public libraries and museums, attending community events, exercising and playing games in our centre, or job-coaching individuals in other non-profit community volunteer roles, amoung many other meaningful activities. Our day program runs Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Specialized Volunteering: Do you have a special skill or interest you would like to share? Specialized volunteering is perfect for anyone who enjoys teaching or sharing their passion. Examples of specialized volunteering opportunities may include art classes, pet therapy, music lessons, yoga and Zumba, compter/iPads, etc.
Summer Fun: Volunteers who love working with children are a perfect fit for our Summer Fun program. Summer Fun volunteers assist the Summer Fun coordinators in providing children 6-22 in fun and meaningful activities around Swift Current as well as trips outside of the city during the summer months of July and August.
Fundraising Events: Fundraising events and efforts occur throughout the year and we are always looking for volunteers to help us make these events a success! Whether it is at our annual Ability Bowl (bowling fundraiser) or our other community events, we would love to have you and/or your business or organization, be a part.
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