A good time was had by all!
Our purpose has always been to enhance the well-being of families and the communities in which they live. That’s why Foresters regularly offers opportunities for members to enjoy fun events with their loved ones, and to volunteer to help others.
Members just want to have fun!
Our lives are busy and can sometimes be stressful. It’s important to kick back and have a little fun every now and then. Each year there are tons of fantastic sponsored events that give our members a chance to relax and connect with each other and their families without the hassle of planning or the burden of high costs.
Last year was no exception! Among the events held in 2015, members enjoyed:
- Hockey Night with Foresters, November 28: A great evening with 128 Foresters members and their families who enjoyed watching Tampa Bay Lighting play the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena.
- Foresters at Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, November 23: Forty-eight members and their families loved watching “Curious George – The Golden Meatball” in Brantford, Ontario.
- Foresters Afternoon at the Movies, September 13: A theatre in Abbotsford, BC was filled with 236 Foresters members and guests who watched the animated family movie, “Shaun the Sheep.”
- Foresters Day at Santa’s Village, August 13: Because it’s never too early to see the big guy in red, 120 Foresters members and their families spent the day at Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, ON enjoying amusement rides and visiting with Santa himself.
- Annual Foresters Family Picnic Park, August 2: Kenwood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, PA was host to 353 members and their loved ones.
Members are always ready to lend a hand
Our members are known for the generosity of spirit and their dedication to helping others in their communities. Foresters Community Grants allow members to plan local activities for their families and other Foresters members, creating exciting volunteer opportunities and family activities. We provide up to $2,500 in funding, as well as tools and resources to help ensure that member activities are successful.
In 2015 our members organized some incredible volunteer events in support of organizations right in their own communities, including:
- Women’s Refuge Emergency Packages, December 5: 38 Foresters members and their families from Cheltenham, UK prepared 150 care kits containing hygiene items for women who are being supported by the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Service.
- Thanksgiving Care Kits for Needy Families, November 20: Determined to give 25 families a happier Thanksgiving, 14 Foresters members gathered to put together Thanksgiving food baskets containing a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls and pies.
- Foresters Day at Build-A-Bear Workshop, August 22: Everyone knows that teddy bears bring comfort, so 42 Foresters members in Ontario, CA made 149 bears for children being treated at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center.
- Foresters Cookies, Dinner, and Cleaning Day at Ronald McDonald House, February 7: Members in Calgary, AB spent a Saturday baking cookies, making dinner and cleaning their local Ronald McDonald House.
- Care Kit Assembly for the Cincinnati VA Medical Centre, February 7: Just 10 members managed to put together 200 personal care kits to be sent to homeless veterans. Kits contained hygiene items and personalized thank-you cards.
To learn more about Foresters Community Grants, find out what the grants are used for, how to access grants, what volunteer activities members are organizing, and where to access program tools and resources visit MyForesters.com.
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
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