We have lots of love for Vancouver; we always appreciate anyone putting in the effort to improve our community. Having the honour to work with several charities and non-profits over the last few years, we recognize that we also benefit from the experience. Meeting the hard-working people involved with these groups and seeing their determination and compassion inspires us. Living here it’s easy to overlook challenges within our community. The opportunity to work with nonprofits has been a humbling experience reminding us to take a deeper look at our own neighbourhoods.
Below are a few nonprofits we’ve worked with for marketing and social media, such as creating digital advertising, producing photography and video content, and managing Facebook and Instagram accounts. Take a moment to read up on their causes and give them a follow!
Vancouver Police Foundation
The VPF was founded 40 years ago to support various initiatives to prevent crime, save lives, and improve the community. Over the years, this group has granted over $7.5 million for over 150 programs involving youth outreach, mental health and addiction, community outreach and engagement, and technology and special equipment.
Some of our team joined the VPF for a fundraiser event with local businesses that support them. We took part in police, riot and SWAT training. It included riding a police boat, a simulated hostage situation and physical endurance tests. We also walked with police in East Van, learning how they observe and respond in the real world. We even looked at the paperwork side of things with a crime-solving exercise. [vancouverpolicefoundation.org]
“Just getting a taste of the intense experience that comes with being part of the VPD made for an unforgettable day. It really brought our team together and grew our appreciation for all the hard work the VPD puts in every day.” – Alex Chan, AntiSocial Solutions Co-Founder
Breakfast Club of Canada
Do you know 1 in 5 children are at risk of starting a school day on an empty stomach because they don’t have access to nutritious food? Hunger affects children in many ways ranging from their health, to their ability to learn, to social exclusion, and more. The Breakfast Club of Canada works to help ensure students don’t go to school hungry. Founded over 20 years ago and operating across the country, they help feed over 200,000 students in 1,600 schools every morning.
One exceptional Breakfast Club project involved sending our team to Montreal. Sales director Geordie Flannigan and the AntiSocial Media Team accompanied young contest winners to a meet and greet with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. Our videographers documented the young fans’ experience, from flying to meeting the NHL star on the ice, to how much this emotional opportunity inspired them. [breakfastclubcanada.org]
Rotary Ride for Rescue
This annual charity bike ride sees recreational and competitive riders tour around Cypress Mountain. All funds raised go to support the North Shore Rescue and other Rotary humanitarian projects. This benefits anyone out enjoying the beautiful North Shore who might need assistance with a no-charge mountain or helicopter search and rescue. They also offer public education. Last year we created several videos for them, including filming the live event for a recap video. [rotaryrideforrescue.org]
When seeking out mental health support often it’s hardest to make the first step of finding and talking to someone. Talk2Me’s goal is to connect anyone needing support with a counsellor, therapist, or other mental health professional. Finding help is often hard or confusing, Talk2Me matches people with a professional that personally suits them best. They take factors into account such as theoretical approach, gender, sexual orientation, and more.
One memorable video we produced was the collaboration between Talk2Me and beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi (@lilmoonchildd) for her #InsideOutChallenge. Inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out, she used makeup to externally represent the internal conditions and challenges people have, such as anxiety and depression. Three of our team members joined in, having their faces painted and sharing their stories. Through people joining in this challenge, they want to inspire others to take the first step and talk to someone. [talk2mebc.com]
Red Shoe Society
We donated this video to the Ronald McDonald House, BC on behalf of the Red Shoe Society. The Red Shoe Society engages, empowers and inspires people to join philanthropic missions and build awareness for The Ronald McDonald House. [facebook.com/redshoebc]
Little Black Dress Gala
The LBDG is a bi-annual formal evening of fashion, music and art, showcasing both established and upcoming artists and designers. The proceeds go to support the Help Change My City Alliance (HCMC Alliance) which provides mentorship to troubled and underprivileged youth in the Vancouver community, helping them find employment and educational support. The gala also gifts tickets and little black dresses to women in need from local shelters and women’s centres. [littleblackdressgala.ca]
Over a billion people live in slums, meaning 1 in 7 people live in dire conditions without the basic needs that we often take for granted. World Housing provides homes to families living in slums in the developing world, employing locals to help and fostering communities. Their hard work has built over 31 communities with 576 homes that house over 2840 people. [worldhousing.org]
Part of our team joined them on a trip to Cambodia to document the final phase of their community in the Steung Meanchey slum. Click here to watch our World Housing Cambodia mini-documentary.