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

Canada Credit Cares, in response to the wildfire that’s ravaged Fort McMurray and made hundreds homeless, made a sizable donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts while 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, Fort McMurray, resulting in a total town evacuation displacing at least 80,000 people, consuming over 10,000 hectares of prairie and forest land, destroying approximately 1600 buildings while some neighbourhood have lost up to 80% of its homes and causing millions of dollars in damage as entire neighbourhoods were laid to waste. As residents of Fort Mac temporarily resettle in surrounding towns, industrial camps and make their way to Edmonton and Calgary, an appeal by municipal government has called in an emergency response and aid from the provincial and national government, mobilization of firefighters, police and armed forces personnel to the disaster area, and has prompted an outpouring of support and donations.

In response to this appeal for aid, Canada Credit Cares, headed by Canada Credit CEO Sheldon Wolf, has just made a sizable donation to the Red Cross relief program for the victims of the Fort McMurray fire, as well as offering several homes rent free, as temporary shelter to families in need as they flee the disaster area.

In a statement about this recent generous act of charity, Canada Credit CEO Sheldon Wolf explains, “We have just made a donation to the Red Cross and encourage all individuals and corporations to do whatever they can in these times of emergency. It is absolutely mind blowing to think that that only a few days ago it was just another day for most of these people in Fort Mac. How fast things can change and whether you know any of these people or not, please keep in mind that they are still our family and they need our support right now.”

With inspired foresight, Sheldon Wolf, whom also owns a successful real estate company Empire Citi Properties which serves Calgary, Okotoks and Airdrie, is personally 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 those that are homeless.” He states as his contribution in response to the exodus that is making its way south caused by the mass evacuation of Fort McMurray’s over 80,000 residents.

Unprecedented, Sheldon Wolf has also made this offer in the past during times of disaster. During the Calgary flood of 2012 he offered his vacant properties in a similar manner, opening up for families forced out of their homes when the Bow River flooded large portions of Calgary and High River. He had also personally donated money to help with flood disaster assistance and even volunteered his own time and physical efforts to aid in the cleanup thereafter.

The donation of money and living space was made on behalf of the Canada Credit Cares program, the social responsibility initiative that’s an extension of the Canada Credit Improvement System™ and Canada Credit programs that have in the past led multiple charitable and philanthropic efforts including donations to Kids Up Front, the Calgary Humane Society, Inn from the Cold, Little Mutts, as well as donations and support to local families and individuals in need. During Thanksgiving their food drive saw huge donations of non-perishable items and turkeys to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Their Adopt-a-Family program saw to the needs of a family during the holiday season while another initiative in January was given financial help while he missed work due to surgery. Their veterans program aided active Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans by offering pro-bono service and dropped setup fees for their credit repair and credit rebuilding programs.

All this and more has been done through the Canada Credit Cares program as a natural extension of Canada Credit’s mission to help those in need; not just in matters of financial literacy and credit and debt related issues, but also basic human necessity and reaching out when hardship strikes and the vulnerable are affected.

The efforts of one company, however, is not enough for a disaster of this magnitude. As natural disaster strikes the oil patch capital, Sheldon Wolf calls on the corporate and business community in Calgary and beyond to do more to help the victims of the Fort Mac fire. The Canada Credit CEO encourages all corporations and communities to give generously and give back to the communities that support us and make Alberta and the nation strong.

He encourages anyone, from businesses to communities and individuals with time and money to spare, to go to the Canadian Red Cross and send their charitable donations to help aid victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire, as well as notify Canada Credit Cares through their website to call attention to community based charitable needs and raise awareness for worthwhile causes.

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

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

Canada Credit Cares donated front row Calgary Flames tickets to Kids up Front, a charitable organization dedicated to giving underprivileged children a chance to see live sporting events, shows, concerts and more.

Canada Credit Cares, the flagship charitable initiative of Canada Credit and its affiliated companies, has once again teamed up with Kids up Front, a charitable organization dedicated to giving underprivileged and deserving kids the chance to see live events. It is a team-up that’s destined to win more than games; it’ll also win the hearts of the kids who get to attend the events.

Sheldon Wolf, the director of the Canada Credit Cares program and long-time Calgary Flames fan has donated seats to multiple games during the 2015-2016 season to the Kids up Front organization, giving underprivileged children a once in a lifetime chance to see the Calgary Flames in action on home ice. Up front is literally where the children get to sit since Canada Credit Cares provides the seats which happen to be in the front row.

Started in late 2015, the Canada Credit Cares program was created by Canada Credit CEO Sheldon Wolf to raise awareness for charitable causes and to encourage charitable participation from his companies and the corporate community at large. Canada Credit Cares charitable drives include volunteer time with Inn from the Cold, donations to animal causes such as the Little Mutts Society and the Calgary Humane Society, food donations to the Calgary Food Bank, the adopt-a-family program which helps families hit hard with job loss and unforeseen circumstances get through tough times with donations of food and basic needs, and much more. Their latest program, designed to help veterans of the Canadian Armed forces hit financially by hard times, offered our veterans pro bono services for their credit repair and credit improvement programs.

But now it’s the kids turn to get boost from Canada Credit Cares as company president Sheldon Wolf donated front row tickets to the Kids up Front organization so that underprivileged children can see their favorite NHL stars play live and up close during Calgary Flames home games. So close that they’ll have the best seats in the stadium! They’ll be seated next to the visitor’s bench, first row, to watch Calgary’s star players light up the lamp.

As a long-time fan of the Flames, Sheldon wanted to share the experience of a live Flames game with deserving kids by giving them the best spot to watch all the action. And as an experienced philanthropist Sheldon found his passion for the Calgary Flames and his desire to help others was a winning formula to bring smiles and help inspire future champions.

Kids up Front was founded by former Calgary businessman John Dalziel, whom got the idea when attending an event at the Calgary Saddledome and seeing empty seats. His tickets were complimentary, and it occurred to him that many of the vacant seats were also complimentary seating bought up by businesses and organizations, but were sadly being unused. With the sudden idea that those seats would be better used by families in need to let underprivileged children see a world class sporting event, he founded the Kids up Front charity with the expressed goal of putting those unused seats to use, getting the corporate community to better use their gratuity tickets and of course bringing kids to live events that they normally would not be able to attend due to circumstances beyond their control.

With chapters in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton and new chapters being developed in Ottawa and Halifax, the Kids up Front organization has, since its founding in 1999, provided over one million tickets to deserving children and families for arts, culture, sporting and recreational events. With over 30,000 tickets per year distributed and a total approximate value of tickets distributed at 13 million over the years, Kids up Front is no small charity. Kids up Front has also attracted such national sponsors as Corus Entertainment, CIBC and TD Financial, while garnering local partnerships with local businesses. Sports teams like the BC Lions and the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks of the NHL, The Calgary Hitmen and the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, and much more have also supported this worthwhile cause. They also team up with local charities and philanthropic organizations to help find deserving children in need of a ticket to a local event.

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 would be a once in a lifetime chance. Thanks to Sheldon Wolf’s generosity through Canada Credit Cares and the Kids up Front organization, now these kids have that once in a lifetime 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.

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Holiday Food Drive for the Calgary Food Bank.

From a small seed grows an opportunity. An opportunity for us to spread our success and give back right into the very communities that we live. I would like to personally thank each and every one that pitched in to make our Holiday Sharing so wonderful. These are the same people that come into our office each and every day and give 110%!

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

Happy Holidays!