Opus Donations 2010

November 25, 2010

This year, Opus continues the tradition of giving back to our communities by working with our customers to raise money for local arts charities. Each of our sales areas will be fundraising for a local community group chosen by our staff. We encourage you to take part by making a donation next time you visit or make a purchase. Opus will match all donations. Please help us make this year even more successful than last, and in turn provide generous support to arts programs in need.

Opus Downtown is supporting Directions Youth Services
Directions Youth Services Centre provides homeless youth and youth living in at-risk situations with access to an extensive range of services designed to assist them in taking the next steps with their life. Daily necessities, such as hot meals, showers and laundry facilities are readily available alongside a wide range of resources and supports such as educational, recreational and artistic programs. Directions doors are always open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All donations will go towards the artistic programs offered at Directions. To learn more please visit www.inourshoes.ca

Opus Granville Island is supporting DAREarts
DAREarts has offered Canadian elementary schools a unique way to supplement their arts education for 15 years and have recently begun developing programs in Vancouver. Their vision is to inspire young Canadians with a lifelong motivation for creative thinking and excellence, in their own lives and communities, through educational experiences in the arts. Please visit www.darearts.com/darearts_vancouver.shtml for further information.

Opus Mail Order is supporting BC Children’s Hospital Child Life Program
BC Children’s Hospital, the only specialized pediatric acute care centre for BC, provides expert care for the provinces’ most seriously ill or injured children. The Child Life Department of BC Children’s Hospital strives to make hospitalization for children, youth and families a more positive experience during life-altering, stressful events. Child Life offers several services to help encourage the coping process such as through creative art making activities the children are able to express their emotions with various art supplies. For more information please visit www.bcchildrens.ca

Volunteer for the Hospital
When you give your time to BC Children’s Hospital you make a difference in the lives of more than 72,000 kids each year. It’s also a great way to discover hidden talents, develop skills, meet new people and have lots of fun. To volunteer at BC Children’s Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, please visit www.bcchildrens.ca or contact Volunteer Resources at 604-875-2143 or email volunteer@cw.bc.ca for volunteer opportunities.

Opus Kelowna is supporting 4 South - Children’s Health Centre
The Children’s Health Centre at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) aims to care for the children of our community and make their hospital stay as positive an experience as possible, by providing them with opportunities for distraction and alleviating stress. It is the hope of KGH that they advocate for the families they care for and provide them with opportunities that allow the hospitalized child to explore, gain control and cope with their illness and changing health status. Please visit www.kghfoundation.com for further information. Opus Kelowna will be raising money, as well as giving customers the option to purchase products to be donated.

Opus Langley is supporting Surrey Art Gallery Family Days
“I can’t believe I met a real artist! He told me to keep drawing and I could grow up to be an artist too.”  — Surrey Art Gallery Family Day participant
Developed to enhance and enrich visitors’ experiences and understandings of Surrey Art Gallery exhibitions, Family Days are by-donation, drop-in events that provide an affordable, accessible opportunity for shared collaborative learning and interactive, art-based experiences for participants from diverse backgrounds. Typical activities include hands-on art workshops; interactive, discovery-focused guided tours of current exhibitions; art-making demonstrations; literary arts activities and an exhibition-related performance. Everyone is welcome regardless of his or her socio-economic circumstances.

Opus North Vancouver is supporting North Vancouver community Arts Council - After School Kid’s Program
The After School Art Program is a unique in-school program designed to build the school community and make the arts more accessible for elementary school students. The program provides trained art instructors to students in their own schools offering new and exciting opportunities within a safe, familiar environment. After School Art is incredibly flexible and accessible, working closely with the schools to ensure that the students’ needs are met. Please visit www.nvartscouncil.ca for more information.

Opus Victoria is supporting Power of Hope
Power of Hope believes that everyone is an artist and strives to unleash the positive potential of youth through arts-centered, multicultural and intergenerational learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, community and social change. The arts-based programs offer youth an alternative-learning venue, encouraging self-exploration and self-expression through creativity. Over 65% of participants receive financial aid to attend the fee-based, multi-day, residential programs. All donations will support more youth access to programs at Power of Hope. For more information please visit www.powerofhope.org

Let’s join together and see if we can beat last year’s record — did you know that you donated over $18,828.00 last year across all areas? This meant that together we were able to donate over $37,657.00 to arts charities in our province. Now that is something to be proud of!