Innovative Nonprofits Make Calgary Thrive

Three Calgary nonprofit organizations receive innovation awards

Three local nonprofits were recognized this week for their innovation and leadership that is helping make Calgary thrive. As recipients of the 2015 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards, they are improving the lives of children, the vulnerable and the marginalized. They are making a difference in families, community agencies, landfills, green spaces and back alleys across the city. Congratulations to the following 2015 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Award winners:

  • Calgary Can – This volunteer-run organization is changing how Calgarians view bottle pickers by working with the bottle picking community to bring dignity and legitimacy to their livelihood. Often overlooked by others, bottle pickers are seen by Calgary Can as entrepreneurs who make Calgary cleaner and greener.
  • Calgary Reads – This charity is helping children develop early-literacy skills by reaching across traditional boundaries and partnering with doctors to prescribe ‘reading aloud’ to parents of newborns. Simple but effective language translation stickers mean the book-based initiative is accessible to immigrant families too.
  • Leftovers – This grassroots group is ‘rescuing food’ in Calgary and helping nourish those in need by mobilizing volunteers to pick-up unsold food from local businesses and deliver it to social services agencies. Next up for the team: educating shoppers that misshapen produce is too good to waste.

Calgarians can read the stories of these three organizations in Further magazine, a publication of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO). Free print copies of Further will be available starting next week on newsstands at all Calgary Public Library branches as well as at other select locations across the city.

The Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards are presented annually by CCVO. The Awards and Further magazine are made possible through the generous support of Cenovus Energy.

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