July Community Initiative

Living our purpose by giving back to the community.

Building a Better Community | July Initiative | In Support of Backpacks For Kids

Backpacks For Kids is an annual campaign where organizations and individuals donate backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need. This summer, we’re partnering with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) to collect backpacks that will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. No child wants to feel left out, and not every family can afford the laundry-list of items that are required for their child or children to attend school. A backpack loaded with all the basic items gives students the necessary tools to complete their schoolwork in class and at home. Backpacks For Kids wants children to start the school year off right. We will be collecting backpacks from July 2nd until early August. Our team asks that you drop them off at our office, 2420 – 39th Ave NE, where we will give them a quality control check and then deliver them to the drop-off center.

How can you participate?

Supporting Backpacks For Kids is easy as making a trip to your favourite big box store or office supply retailer. Simply purchase a backpack and fill it with the necessary items (pencils, pens, erasers, etc.) that a child will need during the school year. The backpacks will be divided into three age groups, so please choose the items accordingly based on grade level:
  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 – Estimated cost $42.00
  • Grades 4 to 6 – Estimated cost $105.00
  • Junior High/Senior High – Estimated cost $155.00
For a helpful guide, simply download and print this school supply checklist  for each grade level. In the spirit of fairness, please do not add any extra items to the backpacks. We want to ensure that each child receives the same items! If you have any questions about our campaign, please email bradley.morgan@westcor.net

Past Initiatives

May Community Initiative

On May 26, Westcor will participate in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in support of the CSPD. Our team will be hitting the pavement and fundraising to help the CSPD raise the necessary funds to build two new kitchens in one of their duplex-style homes. This will have a direct positive impact on the people who rely on the CSPD and will provide massive practical and emotional value to the caretakers as well...

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Following another successful community initiative during the month of October (Men’s clothing and hygiene pack drive for the Drop-In Centre) we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to support their highly reputed program, Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child began in 1990 when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wales were watching a television report about Romanian orphans. They asked: “How can we provide some joy to the real victims—the children—who live in these situations day after day?”

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Now, imagine a part of that routine goes missing. Walking out the door wouldn’t feel the same. Unfortunately, this is a reality for hundreds of Calgarian men who lack basic clothing and hygiene products every single morning...

Returning the Favour

We believe in the strength of community. Without the support of our community, friends and families, collaborators, and industry peers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Throughout our years working to Build a Better World, we’ve learned the importance of giving back. We promote Corporate Social Responsibility, a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all. We focus our efforts on collaboration, reciprocity, and creating win-win scenarios to foster an environment of mutual understanding, growth, and fulfilment. We are proud to give back to the community that has helped shape who we are.

A few of the organizations we have proudly collaborated with over the years:

Calgary Construction Association
Canadian Construction Association
Alberta Construction Association
University of Calgary
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lean Construction Institute
Canadian Construction Innovations
Canada Green Building Council
Institute for BIM in Canada
Calgary Women in Construction
Young Construction Leaders

A selection of charities we have gratefully supported throughout the years:

Calgary Construction Associaton Education Fund
Calgary Flames Alumni Foundation
Calgary Health Trust
Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Liver Foundation
Child Find Canada
Community Drug Awareness
Heritage Christian Academy
Interfaith Food Bank
St. Joan of Arc School Playground Fund
Teen Challenge Canada
The Mustard Seed Ministry
Webber Academy Foundation
Brenda Strafford Foundation Ltd
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society
Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation
SAIT Alumni