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Community Foundation pledges support to desperate charities in response to COVID-19 crisis


Red Deer & District Community Foundation

From The Red Deer and District Community Foundation

$50,000.00 towards immediate support for front line charities in Central Alberta.

A little update regarding Friday’s announcement.

Posted by Erin Peden on Tuesday, 24 March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Deer & District Community Foundation announced on Friday they are committing a minimum of $50,000.00 towards immediate support for front line charities in Central Alberta.

“Our charitable sector is being presented with obstacles they could never have imagined,” Erin Peden, Executive Director said. “As a Community Foundation, we pledge to provide supports wherever possible.”

Earlier this week the Foundation suspended their spring grants in anticipation of greater immediate needs. At present $50,000 has been committed in response to the COVID crisis; however Peden says the Foundation will address needs as they are presented above and beyond the initial commitment.

“In the meantime, we ask our friends, colleagues and donors to consider contributing to the Red Deer & District Community Foundation COVID Response Fund to help us effectively provide supports where it is needed,” Peden said. “We will be looking at all areas of need so by donating to the fund, you are putting your support exactly where it is needed.”

According to Peden the Red Deer & District Community Foundation will be working collaboratively with other community funders including the United Way and FCSS to ensure the community as a whole is well supported.

“Never has there ever been a greater need for collaboration,” Peden said. “We will be communicating openly and regularly with our colleagues to ensure we are creating a blanket of support for Central Alberta.”

Those wishing to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund can do so online at

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation has granted over $11.5 million dollars to local charities in the last 30 years and remains dedicated to strengthen the quality of life in Central Alberta.

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And Money Flowed in the Streets….



It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Charles Dickens was a masterful writer with a superb grasp of the human psyche. In his Christmas Carol, which has been retold thousands of time since its original publication, he captured the penultimate human tragedy and richness: gratitude and thankfulness leads to an overflowing heart.

However, in this time in our world while every medical officer and professional is running the Covid 19 marathon, internet and news channel surfers are digesting every chart and update hungrily, and business men and women are looking to an uncertain future post crisis, people are discovering what is truly valuable.

We have witnessed the dismantling of sports empires worldwide-the NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA tours and other professional sports are now on pause for the 2020 season. Our entertainment industry, in addition to seeing Harvey Weinstein charged with sexual assault is also shut down worldwide. Business empires, so powerful in previous months are now powerless to resist falling sales and changing trend.

The gods of this world are now neutered, powerless, crownless and less significant everyday.

While public gatherings have been outlawed in numbers over 15, and social distancing has replaced conversation and relationships, families are spending more time together and hobbies are on the rise. I would venture to say that more people have never read so many books, or cooked so many cookies, or binged on Netflix or have been engaged with video entertainment than ever before.

On the positive side, crime rates are down. People are home so thieves are less likely to find empty homes.

The porn industry has shut down.

Houses are cleaneMoney flowed in the stretsr, and early spring cleaning is occurring.

Income tax season, while lengthened, will be less stressful for people.

Afternoon naps are now fashionable again.

People of faith can now find (or make) time to pray, read, and watch sermons and seminars online.

Music is more likely being played from all decades more often.

And then we consider the plight of the rich and entitled, when Covid 19 or any disease/condition enters their homes and robs them of health and a sense of well being…

Earlier today on whatsapp, a picture was posted with a quote from Sidhu, but it could also be from Ecclesiastes as well…

The richest people in Italy threw the money on the road and said, “This did not work in our bad times, we cannot save our loved ones, we cannot save our children, what is the use of this wealth? There is a lesson for those who value money more than humanity …. humbleness

Ecclesiastes 1: 1-4 states that, in the words of the teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem that”

 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.”

In Italy, where Covid 19 has claimed thousands of victims, where a country is held hostage by something so small and insignificant, they have realized that no matter how much money they have, no matter now much power they have, that it cannot save their lives.

Their money, once a symbol of wealth and stature, now blows down empty city streets, rolling and curling in response to slight breezes and great gusts. Passers by walk by, pick up Euro every now and then and gaze upon the piles of powerless and valueless currency that pales in comparison to the greatest treasure of all: faith, humanity, health and humility.

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-New home purchases
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How has COVID-19 affected you?

In many ways, its still too early to say exactly how my business will be affected. In the last couple of weeks since we’ve gone into serious isolation mode, many of my customer’s jobs have been affected. Many have either been laid off, or had their hours reduced. My husband has also lost his job. As you can imagine, uncertainty around income and employment, can really throw a wrench into finalizing your mortgage.

Many people have put off their plans to buy a home this year, even if they are still working, simply because they’re scared. If you’re one of those people, I don’t blame you one bit! Some people who have been thinking about refinancing or renewing early, have been frantically trying to close their new mortgage, before their employment is potentially affected.

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What are you doing to adapt?

I have always conducted a lot of my business over the phone, as well as through text and e-mail. Before Covid-19, I was having face-to-face meetings about 30% of the time, which I’ve had to discontinue for the time being.
I’ve always tried to be more of a support or a teacher to potential customers, so I have really been focusing more on that lately. I’m here for you!

What kind of help do you need?

My business thrives on positive word of mouth and referrals from friends, family, and happy customers! If you hear of someone who is still planning to purchase a home, needs mortgage advice for an upcoming renewal, or needs to consolidate some debt through a mortgage refinance, I would be honoured to help.

What do you want the community to know?

I’m here to help you! If you have been struggling financially up to this point, a catastrophic event can leave you feeling incredibly stressed and anxious. If there is something that I can do to help you, let me know. I’m always more than happy to provide you with advice and resources, even if I can’t help you with your mortgage.

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