Every year a growing number of our single parent member families (more than 1,700!) come through the doors of the 1Up Centre to access critically needed services, support and encouragement to carry out the most important work of all – raising healthy, happy children.
Over the coming year 1Up is reaching out to corporations, foundations and individuals like you for support to meet our fundraising goal of $150,000 needed to deliver our parenting education, counselling, mentoring and practical support services to single parent families in need.
Through the generosity of our many wonderful donors like you, 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre has been able to offer hope, empowerment and a brighter future to hundreds of parents and children for 39 years.
Now, more than ever single parents need your donor support to help them overcome the financial, emotional, educational and employment barriers they face in building strong and resilient families.
This holiday season, please give a gift that will change the lives of single parents and their children by being part of our 12 Ways of Giving.
1Up is proud of it’s Christmas Hamper Program!
Completely personalized, this unique approach to Christmas giving works by way of raffle to match between 70-80 single parents with community donors. To sponsor a family this Christmas, contact Marianne Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 385-1114 ext.222
There are 3 main ways to support 1Up’s single parent families in need for Christmas:
- We have our incredibly popular Christmas Hamper Program, where each year, thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide beautiful, personalized hampers for our single-parent members and their children. Once a community sponsor registers, we match you with a family as soon as possible (late October); you are provided with a family profile that tells you a little bit about who they are, what their Christmas wish lists are, and recommends spending guidelines.
- And as always, Financial Gifts are incredibly welcome. CLICK HERE to donate securely and easily, online.
- 1Up relies almost entirely on community support such as yours to provide single parents with services like: 10 free sessions of counselling, 6 free sessions of parent coaching, and of course, our practical support program which allows the Centre to purchase items such as food vouchers from local grocery stores.
The Greater Victoria area is a beautiful place to raise children, but is increasingly more expensive as well. Single-parent family trying to stretch their budget to meet their daily needs (housing, food, transportation) are often left with very little to spend on extras such as clothing, school supplies, or food. Very quickly, the Christmas season, meant to be a time of family, joy and celebration, can end up becoming a time of stress, both financially and emotionally, for a single mom or single dad trying to provide for his/her children.
Over 50% of single parents access our services while they are in a state of crisis. Practical support fulfills three main purposes:
- It helps to make ends meet. Going from two incomes to one, or going from providing for one home to two is a shock for anyone and often impossible for lower income families.
- It takes some of the immediate stress off the parent so that they can focus on counselling, parenting skills and making the connections that they need.
- It gives hope. As parent Kristi said about receiving a Christmas hamper for her and her daughter, Alexus “It makes me feel like there is goodness in the world, makes me feel supported to make changes”
Practical support is part of 1Up’s mandate, along with education and empowerment.
Help us, help our members. Donate now.
Our MOMentum Series, Moms and Mentors program matches volunteer mentors with isolated single moms who would like extra support, guidance, information, and friendship.
Who are the Mentors?
The Mentors are life-experienced mothers who volunteer a few hours of their time each week for a year to a single mom, sharing in the good times and offering support and an ear in the more challenging times. They are compassionate, interested in learning more about mentoring, accepting of others, and they are good listeners.
Who are the Moms?
The Moms are women who reach out and take a risk to to find the support they need to improve their lives. There are no age restrictions; their child may be an infant or they may have teenage children. They may have full custody, shared custody, or may be working toward gaining custody of their child/ren.
“I’ve benefited most from my relationship with my mentor, as I think we were perfectlymatched. She gives me inspiration when I need it, she’s always a great listener of all my worries and stresses being a single mom, she’s got this natural connection with my son and she’s just great to spend time with in general. I think every mom should be a part of this group” – Moon Merrell
Help fund this incredible program, Donate now.