Charity

Canada Credit Cares Aids Displaced Fort McMurray Families, Donates to Red Cross

Canada Credit Cares makes sizable donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts for the Fort McMurray wildfire

CEO Sheldon Wolf opens his various portfolio of homes to families displaced by the emergency

On May 3rd, a wildfire reached the economic hub of the Alberta oil patch region. The entire city of Fort McMurray was evacuated. Over 80,000 people were forced to leave as the fire consumed over 10,000 hectares of prairie and forest land. It destroyed over 1600 buildings. Some neighborhoods lost up to 80 per cent of their homes, causing millions of dollars in damage. Entire neighborhoods are no longer there.

For now, residents of Fort McMurray resettle in nearby towns, industrial camps, and make their way to Edmonton and Calgary. An appeal by local government called in an emergency response and aid from the provincial and national government. This resulted in the gathering of firefighters, police and armed forces to the disaster area. An outpour of support and donations from the public followed.

Canada Credit Cares lives up to its name

In response to this appeal, CEO of Canada Credit, Sheldon Wolf, made a sizable donation. He chose the Red Cross relief program for the victims of the fire. The company also gave several homes rent free as temporary shelter to families.

Wolf explained, “We encourage all individuals and corporations to do whatever they can in these times of emergency. It’s mind blowing to think that a few days ago, it was just another day for those in Fort Mac. How fast things can change. Whether you know any of these people or not, please keep in mind, they are still our family. And they need our support right now.”

CEO personally gives aid

Wolf also owns a successful real estate company, Empire Citi Properties. It serves Calgary, Okotoks and Airdrie. The company has also been donating the temporary usage of several homes in the greater Calgary area.

“As a proud Albertan. We have also offered up all of our vacant homes free of charge as temporary relief to the homeless,” Wolf stated.

Wolf has made these offers during past times of disaster. During the 2012 Calgary flood, he offered his vacant properties to families forced out of their homes.The Bow River flooded large portions of Calgary and High River. Also he personally donated money to help with flood disaster assistance. Even volunteering his own time and physical efforts to aid in the cleanup.

Ongoing aid from the company

The donation of money and living space is being made on behalf of the Canada Credit Cares program. The social responsibility initiative is an extension of the Canada Credit Improvement System & Trade, and Canada Credit programs. They have led many charitable efforts in the past. This includes Kids Up Front, the Calgary Humane Society, Inn from the Cold, and Little Mutts. They have also made donations to local families and individuals in need.

Thanksgiving is no exception. Canada Credit Cares’ food drive provided donations and turkeys to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Beyond that, their Adopt-a-Family program provides for a family during the holiday season. Another initiative in January was providing financial help to an individual who could not work due to surgery.

Their veterans program also aids active Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans by offering their services pro bono. Also veterans and current CAF members receive discounted setup fees for their credit repair and credit rebuilding programs.

All of this is done through the Canada Credit Cares program. As a natural extension of Canada Credit’s mission, to help those in need. Not only in matters of financial, credit and debt, but also basic human necessity. Reaching out when hardship strikes and helping the vulnerable affected.

The job is not done

The efforts of one company, however, is not enough for a disaster of this magnitude. As natural disaster strikes the oil patch capital, Wolf calls on the corporate and business community. Calgary and beyond should do more. He encourages all corporations and communities to give generously. To give back to the communities that support and make not only this province, but nation strong.

Wolf encourages everyone to help. Businesses, communities and individuals with time and money to spare. Go to the Canadian Red Cross website. Send charitable donations to help aid victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire. Even notify Canada Credit Cares through their website to call attention to community based charitable needs. Raise awareness for worthwhile causes.

At this time, Fort McMurray is in desperate need of help. Canada Credit Cares has answered that call, and hopes others will do the same.

Contact:

9625 MacLeod Trail SW

Calgary AB, T2J 0P6

Canada Credit Cares & Kids up Front Help Underprivileged Children Attend Games & Events

Canada Credit Cares donates front row Calgary Flames tickets to Kids Up Front, a charitable organization that dedicates itself to giving underprivileged children a chance to see live events.

Canada Credit Cares, charitable initiative of Canada Credit and its affiliated companies, have teamed up again for a noble cause. Kids Up Front gives underprivileged and deserving kids the chance to see live sports, including the Calgary Flames, concerts and more. Together, this team-up will win more than games. It’ll also win the hearts of the kids who get to attend the events.

Director of the Canada Credit Cares program, Sheldon Wolf, is a long-time Calgary Flames fan. Wolf chose to donate seats to multiple games during the 2015-2016 season to KUF. This gave underprivileged children a once in a lifetime chance to see the Calgary Flames in action. On home ice, nonetheless. Up front is literally where the children sit, thanks to Canada Credit Cares, as the donated tickets are front row.

Canada Credit Cares for multiple causes

The Canada Credit Cares program dates back to late 2015. Also from the mind of Canada Credit CEO Sheldon Wolf, to raise awareness for charitable causes. More so, to encourage charitable participation from his companies, and the corporate community as a whole. Canada Credit Cares charitable drives include volunteer time with the organization Inn from the Cold. Beyond that, monetary donations to family and animal causes, including Little Mutts Society, Calgary Humane Society, and Adopt-a-Family. This program in particular helps families hit hard with job loss and unforeseen circumstances get through tough times. Even food donations to the Calgary Food Bank, and much more.

Their latest program is designed to help veterans of the Canadian Armed forces hit financially by hard times. It offers our veterans pro bono services for their credit repair, and credit improvement programs.

The best Calgary Flames seats!

Being a long time fan of the Flames, company president Wolf chose to share the experience of live games with kids. Wolf donated front row tickets to KUP, so that underprivileged and deserving children can now see NHL stars play live. Thanks to Wolf, they’ll have the best seats in the stadium during home games! Seated next to the visitor’s bench, first row, to watch Calgary’s star players light up the lamp.

As an experienced philanthropist, Wolf found his passion for the Flames, and desire to help others, a winning formula. To bring smiles, and even maybe help inspire future champions.

How Kids Up Front began

The organization was founded by former Calgary businessman John Dalziel. After attending an event at the Calgary Saddledome, and seeing empty seats all around. His tickets were complimentary, and it made him think about other complimentary tickets. Many of the vacant seats were also complimentary seating bought up by businesses and organizations. But, were sadly being unused.

Dalziel had the sudden idea for those seats to go to families in need. To let underprivileged children see a world class sporting event. Then, he comes up with the Kids Up Front charity, with the expressed goal of those seats being used. Also, getting the corporate community to better use their gratuity tickets. Bringing kids to live events they normally would not be able to attend, due to circumstances beyond their control.

Kids Up Front is expanding

Since 1999, KUF has provided over one million tickets to deserving children and families. With chapters in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton, for events such as arts, culture, sport and recreational events. New chapters are currently developing in Ottawa and Halifax.

KUF is no small charity. Over 30,000 tickets per year distributed, and a total approximate value of tickets distributed at 13 million. The organization has also attracted national sponsors, such as Corus Entertainment, CIBC and TD Financial. All the while, garnering local partnerships with local businesses. Calgary teams such as the Stampeders (CFL), Flames (NHL), and Hitmen (WHL) are a huge support. Beyond those, the BC Lions (CFL), the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), and the Vancouver Giants (WHL). Even the Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment and much more are helping and playing a big part in this worthwhile cause. They also team up with charities and philanthropic organizations to help find local event tickets for those who deserve it.

Children shouldn’t be denied the chance to see the big game because it’s out of their reach, or too expensive. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime chance. Thanks Sheldon Wolf’s generosity through Canada Credit Cares and KUF, kids have a special chance to see their hometown heroes play.

Canada Credit Cares about Veterans, Waives Setup Fees for Credit Rebuilding Services

Canada Credit Cares launched its latest program for current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. All CAF and Canadian veterans will have their veterans credit repair setup fees waived. Veterans and CAF members are also automatically approved for any Canada Credit and Canada Credit Fix programs.

Veterans Credit Repair Initiative

Canada Credit Cares launches its latest charitable initiative today. Offering CAF veterans special discounts for its veterans credit repair and credit score rebuilding services. This new drive to help CAF veterans waives setup fees as well as automatically approves veterans for program membership. Helping Canada’s peacekeeping veterans is part of Canada Credit Cares’ drive to help. Canada Credit Cares recognizes the sacrifices veterans make in their lives in order to serve their country.

Veteran Hardships

It is not uncommon to hear stories about financial hardships for Canadian veterans. The National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman released a report in 2013. It was titled “On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada’s Military Families in the New Millennium.”
In the report, key issues were identified as contributing to financial hardships for Canadian forces families. These issues included separation and hardship caused by overseas deployments. Employment issues for families due to geographical relocation were also mentioned. Other obstacles included off-base housing costs, suitable housing, accessing social benefits and health care and raising families.

Veterans wounded in the line of duty have to handle a variety of issues. This includes health care costs, loss of employment and insufficient benefits to handle financial hardship. Not to mention the physical and psychological effects of their wounds. These issues have become more pronounced since Canada’s deployment to Afghanistan and the effects are not exclusively physical. It is not uncommon to hear about veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression both during and after deployment. Difficulties in acquiring proper treatment and sufficient benefits to cover costs compound these issues.

Financial Struggles

Canadian forces members are proud of their service and receive more support than in the past. But, there are veterans and serving CAF members that fall under financial hardships. This can be due to the rigors and trials of military life and post military civilian life. Under these conditions it’s difficult to maintain a positive financial record and credit score. Hence the need for veterans credit repair. These problems are compounded when extended to their spouses. Whom also have to share in the burdens involved with military life. Relocation, loss of work, injury, delays in benefits and difficulty finding gainful, stable employment result in late payments. These can affect their credit reports, dragging down a healthy Equifax and Transunion credit score and rating.

Canada Credit and Canada Credit Fix; Here to Help

Canada Credit and Canada Credit Fix CEO Sheldon Wolf extended an offer to waive the veterans credit repair setup fees. This is for the Canada Credit, Canada Credit Fix, and Credit Advise programs. These are available to all CAF members and veterans. Veterans are granted automatic approval to these programs just for applying. It is Canada Credit Cares’ way of contributing to the well-being of all past and present members of the CAF. Acknowledging their sacrifice and the financial issues facing hard working and loyal armed forces personnel. Wolf has also announced that in some cases his firm will be offering veterans credit repair restoration pro-bono. This is to help veterans acquire the accurate credit that they deserve.

Sheldon Wolf wants to give back to our veterans and armed forces personnel. Their loyalty, hard work and service to their country is incredible. Current and past members of the armed forces will also receive automatic approval for veterans credit repair. And credit improvement programs through Canada Credit Cares. The armed forces lifestyle includes sacrifices and hardship. But, it should not come at the expense of their financial record. Armed forces members both past and present deserve financial solvency like anyone else.

Canada Credit Cares is proud to help alleviate financial pressures for our veterans. And our current serving members of the armed forces through their latest charitable initiative.

Talkin’ Turkey

Holiday Food Drive for the Calgary Food Bank.

From a small seed grows an opportunity. An opportunity for us to celebrate our success and give back to the very communities that we live in. I would like to personally thank each and every one that contributed into making our Holiday Sharing Food Drive so wonderful. These are the same people that come into the office each and every day and give 110% of themselves to our causes!

Many people are amazed at how fast our company has grown but, I can assure you that I am not surprised at all! We have created a positive office culture and assembled so many incredible and talented people together under one roof. I have never been more proud of my group and I wish each of them success and prosperity in the New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Movember Charity 2015

Just for fun, this month the employees of Canada Credit will be having a Movember competition. A mystery prize will go to the person with the Best ‘Stache for November. This contest will be open to BOTH men and women.

Also, this month we will be having a 50/50 Draw for Cancer Charity. Everyone in the office can put in $20 dollars. Half will go to the winner of the draw, and the other half will be donated to a Cancer Foundation.