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Toronto fundraising event a big success!!

The 2017 Rally for Hope – an evening of fun, food and hope to help provide a home, an education, and a brighter future for the children of El Hogar in Honduras – was a big success!

The fundraising evening was held at the Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, where guests enjoyed a selection of in-house beers, a scrumptious dinner from Grill Time, and were entertained by live music.

The feature activity was the ‘Give and Go,’ where guests could purchase a spot at one of 17 unique experiential events.

Spots at some of the experiences are still available; click here to view the Give and Go Catalogue, then consult the following list of available spots.

If you wish to purchase one of these spot, please click here for information.

Give and Go experiences still available (as of Tuesday, October 3)

  • Event #2: Baking for Christmas (Nov. 29) – 6 spots available – $35 each
  • Event #5: Champagne and Chocolate cocktail hour (Dec. 3) – 21 spots – $25  each
  • Event #6: Golf at St. George’s Golf Club (2018 date TBD) – 1 spot – $250
  • Event #10: Walking Tour of Cabbagetown (April 21, 2018) – 19 spots – $35 each
  • Event # 11: Wine Tasting Tour of Niagara – $145 each (Nov. 14 – 4 spots; April 7 or 14 – 6 spots)
  • Event #13: Beamsville Bench Wine Tour (June 9) – 12 spots – $90 each
  • Event #14: Writing and publishing workshop (Jan. 13 – Toronto; Jan. 20 – Burlington) – 15 spots – $50 each

Thanks to our many supporters for their contributions!


About El Hogar Projects

El Hogar Projects (Canada) is an incorporated and registered Canadian charity that exists to support the work of the El Hogar organization in Honduras. Our Canada Revenue Agency charitable registration number is 82912-1110-RR0001.

To learn more about the mission of El Hogar, its history and how it serves desperate children and youth in Honduras through its four centres, click here.

El Hogar Projects (Canada) is an all-volunteer organization; we issue tax receipts for donations made by Canadian supporters. To learn about our leadership structure, please click here.

This website describes the different ways you can financially support El Hogar, how you can support El Hogar when you shop, as well as how you can get directly involved by joining a Service Team that travels to Honduras and works directly in helping children and assisting with hands-on improvement projects.


How you can financially support El Hogar

Sponsor a child

El Hogar’s sponsorship program gives you the opportunity to directly support and establish a relationship with an individual child. Your sponsored child will write to you several times throughout the year, and you are encouraged to write to them. Your child will deeply value the interest, love and caring you show to them as their sponsor; they know someone far away cares enough about them to support them on their journey at El Hogar.

Four levels of sponsorship are available, each contributing a different proportion to the actual $5,400 cost of caring for the child:

  • $75 per month / $900 annually – provides one-sixth of the annual cost
  • $150 per month / $1,800 annually – provides one-third of the annual cost
  • $200 per month / $2,400 annually – provides almost half of the annual cost
  • $450 per month / $5,400 annually – provides 100 percent of the annual cost

You will receive a Canadian tax receipt for the full value of your contribution.

Have questions about sponsorships? Visit our Sponsorship FAQs page.

Considering sponsoring a child? Contact the Chair of El Hogar Projects (Canada), Margo Mingay, by clicking here.


Academic Essentials

This program provides funding for academic materials, facilities upkeep, learning technology, and teacher support. Three levels of financial support are available:

  • Level 1: $25 per month / $300 per year
    This level pays for textbooks and program materials for students in our classrooms, as well as student enrichment activities such as music and art. At our agricultural school, it helps pay for animal feed, seeds for planting, and veterinary services.
  • Level 2: $40 per month / $480 per year
    This level pays for computers and other technology equipment used in our classrooms, as well as maintenance and repairs to our vehicles and equipment (including those that transport children to school and programs). At our technical school, it helps pay for machinery and supplies such as wood and metal.
  • Level 3: $65 per month / $780 per year
    This level helps pay the salaries of our classroom teachers and counselors (an average of $8,000 per year), as well as the costs of ongoing teacher training.

Considering the Academic Essentials program? Contact the Chair of El Hogar Projects (Canada), Margo Mingay, by clicking here.


Partners for the Future

This is our monthly giving program that’s geared to supporters of any age or budget; there is no minimum contribution. You can donate using your credit card at the secure online donation service, CanadaHelps.org, or by setting up monthly withdrawals from a bank account. Click here if you wish to use your bank account.


Gift Catalogue

Our Gift Catalogue enables you to honour someone on your gift list with a donation to El Hogar, making an impact that will touch generations of families. We will send a beautiful card to the honoree telling them that you have made a donation to El Hogar. Visit the gift catalogue for some ideas, then purchase your gift using the CanadaHelps.org website.


Other financial gifts

El Hogar Projects (Canada) welcomes gifts of securities or mutual funds. You can do this directly from the CanadaHelps.org website or by contacting our Treasurer to obtain the appropriate forms. We also invite you to consider including us in your estate planning. Donors are advised to consult with their accountant or financial advisor before making such gifts.

If you wish to make financial contributions by cheque, please make them payable to El Hogar Projects (Canada) and mail to:

El Hogar Projects (Canada)
454 Heath Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4G 1B7

All monetary donations receive a tax receipt.


Supporting El Hogar when you shop

Here are several ways you can support El Hogar when you do your shopping.

Amazon.ca

Every time you use the link below to connect with the Amazon.ca website, El Hogar Projects (Canada) receives at least four percent of the value of your purchase. This donation option from the Amazon Associates Program costs you nothing and can add up to a significant contribution that benefits El Hogar. Share this link with your friends and family members who shop with Amazon.ca – it’s a simple way to make a difference.

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points

You can donate your Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points to El Hogar Projects (Canada); we will use the points to purchase products for the children, such as children’s Tylenol, toothpaste, shampoo, talc, and craft supplies.

Click here for the Shoppers Drug Mart link, then enter your Optimum Card Number and select El Hogar Projects (Canada) from the list of charities to complete your donation. The value of every point donated benefits the children, and there are no overhead costs. It’s a great way to help!

All point donations are anonymous but we would love to thank you, so please let us know when you donate!

Save 10% on Magic Mats and support El Hogar

Magic Mats are super-absorbent floor mats that provide a safe, dry and clean entrance to your home, cottage, camper, or business. They are made from soft, absorbent cotton that is blended with a dirt-grabbing microfiber, then bonded to a 100 percent rubber backing, making them non-slip and skid-proof. They will not curl up or crack over time.

Magic Mats are ideal for people who use wheelchairs, transports, walkers or similar assisted equipment because they absorb the dirt and moisture from the wheels or legs.

Magic Mats are easy to clean: you can vacuum them, throw them in the washing machine, or simply hose them off. Backed with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, they come in three sizes, two great colours, and will provide years of protection to your home.

To order, visit www.magicmats.net. At the checkout section, enter Coupon Code ‘EHPC10’ to automatically save 10 percent on the value of your order (before taxes and shipping). The great news is that Magic Mats donates 20 percent of the value of your net order to the El Hogar Projects (Canada)!


Get involved with El Hogar

Work at El Hogar on a Service Team

Joining a Service Team is an excellent way to experience the profound impact of El Hogar first-hand while helping contribute to the betterment of our facilities.

Whether you are a church group, community group, or youth group, you can put together a Service Team. Teams can travel to Honduras at most times of the year (except from mid-November to February, when the children are out of school). You will be helping with physical projects such as landscaping, construction, or painting. Click here to learn more.

Hold a fundraising event
We invite you to put together an event, whether large or small, to raise money that supports the work of El Hogar.

Supporters of El Hogar in the Toronto area have held major events, such as the October 2015 Rally for Hope, a ‘four wheel scavenger hunt’ around mid-town Toronto that was followed by a reception, dinner, plus plus a silent and live auction. Some other examples include ‘Adopt-A-Child’ events held by churches during Lent, Flea Markets, as well as sales of decorated Easter Eggs and decorated Gingerbread churches for Christmas.

If you wish to hold a fundraising event, please get in touch with the Chair of El Hogar Projects (Canada), Margo Mingay, by clicking here.


El Hogar Projects (Canada)’s leadership

El Hogar Projects (Canada) is governed by a Board of Directors that is chaired by Margo Mingay. The other board members are: Kim Echlin, Susan Franklin, Brenda French, Neal Kelly, Graham Lute, Bill Meeker, Tim Morawetz, Rick Reycraft, and Kate Roscoe.

Rev. Dr. David Winsor, Director of Pastoral Care at Kingsway-Lambton United Church in Toronto, is responsible for Development at El Hogar Projects (Canada), and spreads the word about El Hogar through speaking engagements at churches and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you are interested in contacting Rev. Winsor to arrange a speaking event, click here.

Several churches in the Greater Toronto Area are active supporters of El Hogar by raising funds, sending service teams, and maintaining El Hogar’s profile within their communities. We are profoundly grateful for the ongoing commitment of:

  • Beach United Church, Toronto
  • Eastminster United Church, Toronto
  • Forest Grove United Church, Toronto
  • Leaside United Church, Toronto
  • Kingsway-Lambton United Church, Toronto
  • The Parish of St. Luke Anglican Church, Burlington
  • Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto

We have also received significant support from individuals in the Vancouver area.

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