As we head into the holiday season this year, some things feel “back to normal” with fewer restrictions and mandates in place… but nothing is normal about what has come in the wake of the pandemic and global cultural and political climate.
Seeing our highest inflation rate in years, people are feeling financial pressure in everything from food and fuel, to housing and basic living necessities. This is a double-edged sword as need grows and supports conversely dwindle.
“We know that Canadians across the country are feeling the impact of rising interest rates and the high cost of living, but it’s staggering to see that two in ten Canadians will need support from charities to meet their basic needs in the next six months. Adding to the problem, many Canadian charities are facing significant shortfalls in funding which is making it very difficult to meet such high demand,” said Jane Ricciardelli, Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO of CanadaHelps.
The holiday season is a reminder – as always – to focus on the things that matter. And right now, what matters is that we take care of each other, and look out for those in need in our community. A recent IPSOS study found that:
Over 20% of Canadians plan on accessing charitable services to meet essential needs.
But 20% of Canadians plan to reduce their charitable giving this year.
The good news is, 20% of Canadians would rather receive a charitable donation in their name this holiday season, versus a physical gift.
Maybe it all adds up?
Canada Helps and many others are leaning in, and with the upcoming Giving Tuesday, there are countless ways to contribute and do our part to support those who cannot right now. You can even join us at Women’s Habitat through our online silent auction and many other activities this season. Be sure to visit our events page to learn more and to stay up to date on our happenings – or, our volunteer page for other opportunities to give back.
You can also read the full report and get some ideas on how give back here.