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Sociology of Poverty students plan and carry out successful fundraiser for the Calgary Dream Centre

Jessica, Grayson, Jessica and Erin hosting a bake sale to raise money for the Toonies for Turkeys campaign. Special thanks to the Students’ Union who provided the table at no charge.

Between September 20 and October 5, 2016 students enrolled in Sociology of Poverty set out to plan and facilitate small fundraisers to generate funding for the Calgary Dream Center’s Toonies for Turkeys campaign.

The Calgary Dream Center is a faith-based organization that provides services to those seeking to recover from addictions and transition into housing. The Toonies for Turkeys campaign called for donations in order to provide homeless and low-income Calgarians with a warm Thanksgiving dinner. Students in the class formed small teams, each in charge of developing their own fundraising strategy. In addition, we placed a donation box in the department’s main office, which generated $138.70 from faculty, staff and graduate students. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.

The students were exceptionally successful in soliciting donations over a fairly short period of time. As a group, we raised a total of $2665.75, which we delivered in person on October 6th during the Calgary Dream Centre Shine FM Radiothon. Students received a tour of the Calgary Dream Centre and had the opportunity to go on air to talk about their fundraising efforts.

The campaign was a great success and we are looking forward to collaborating with other community organizations in the near future.








Students receiving a round of applause after announcing that they raised a total of $2665.75






         Students talk about their fundraisers at the Calgary Dream Centre Shine FM Radiothon