We did it again!
For more than a dozen years through our Backpacks for Shelters project,
ETFO-WR and our members have made the holiday season brighter for families seeking shelter in our region.
Teachers are creative and generous people who use backpacks purchased for them by ETFO-WR to fill with gift items for the children, women and men.
We’ve distributed over 200 backpacks to schools this year. ETFO-Waterloo teachers are responsible for the donation of thousands of items each year, and for the smiles on the faces of hundreds of children during the holiday season.
Some teachers work with their colleagues to fill the backpacks, some fill them as a class project with their students, and some enlist the support of their whole school community.
Once filled, the backpacks come back to the ETFO office to be distributed to the region’s crisis shelters according to need. Anselma House, Haven House, Mary’s Place, The Bridges and St. Monica House are very happy that we will be working with them once again this season to support families in Waterloo Region.
Thanks, teachers! You do great work!
Part of the mandate of the ETFO-WR is to assist community organizations in their support of children and their families.
For many years, ETFO-Waterloo’s Political Action/Public Relations Committee and Executive have supported community organizations such as United Way, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, the Woolwich Family Violence Prevention Program and numerous shelters across the region.
These organizations support families in Waterloo Region. Their services are crucial to families in crisis and are in high demand in these difficult economic times. We know that these services are necessary to many of the children we teach each day.
Supporting our community through donations is just one more way ETFO-WR and our teachers do to improve the lives of children and families in Waterloo Region.