When SAIT first had the idea to encourage the community to complete 100 charitable acts during our centennial year, we worried it couldn’t be done. We were even told by others that it was impossible.
They were wrong.
The 100 Projects Project rallied students, alumni, employees and friends to complete 100 Projects by June 30, 2017. By February of that year, we knew we were going to meet that goal so we stepped up our efforts and aimed to complete 150 projects in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Thanks to your efforts, we have doubled our initial goal and have completed 203 PROJECTS!
The projects range from cooking for those in need and building houses, to collecting cash and donations for groups like the SAITSA Food Bank and PAWS Animal Rescue, to creating opportunities for students such as mentoring and learning trips. The projects are as varied as the groups who participated, and they were completed across the campus, across the city, and across the globe.
SAIT Cares – the ripple effect
While the 100 Projects Project was initially started to encourage the SAIT community to give back during our centennial year, it became so much more. Volunteers were brought together with organizations that needed them. Some of the volunteers who spent time winterizing the garden at Agape Hospice in September offered to come back and became regular volunteer gardeners in the spring. During our first SAIT-led Made by Momma event in November, one volunteer immediately felt a connection to the organization and joined their group as a board member. When we came back to Made by Momma in January, she was the group kitchen coordinator. And in March, after the Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids project, one of the volunteers signed up to become a weekly volunteer for the organization.
It also became clear that giving back is a large part of the SAIT culture. Staff and faculty were among the many who volunteered, raised money and organized projects for students. It’s no wonder SAIT was named the Best Workplace in Alberta for Volunteerism and Community Involvement by Alberta Venture Magazine.
Way to go!