Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Benevolent Fund
Our Benevolent Fund and Committee was established in 2017.
We are excited about the opportunities before us that will lead to great things for our community as well as our members good and welfare.
The Vision, Mission and Values of the Oakville PFFA Benevolent Association
To develop and maintain a united voice for our membership with the goal to proactively improve the quality of life for both the members of our community in the Town of Oakville and also the members and families of our professional association in times of need through companionate words and deeds.
To focus the time, energy and funding that the entire membership of the Oakville PFFA accrues and respond to opportunities to connect those resources with appropriate charitable causes that require support. This could include local individuals, families, charitable organizations or even local chapters of large national and international organizations.
These opportunities are not limited to receiving benefit from direct funding and donations, but they may also receive support through having our personnel participating in events and endeavours to support their charitable organizations where our attendance may have the ability to substantiate participation and support from other like organizations in order to achieve even bigger charitable goals.
To organize and conduct the charitable and humanitarian work of the Oakville PFFA Benevolent Committee in a completely altruistic manner. A commitment to strive to help those individuals, families and charitable organizations that require our support in a compassionate, respectful and fair manner.
A Brief History Of The Oakville PFFA's Charitable Fundraising And Donations
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Since 1968 Oakville Firefighters have raised more than $155,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Canadian Firefighters are the #1 fundraising force for MDC annually.
In 2020 our Association was the #1 fundraiser amongst Ontario's fire service, and 7th overall in Canada.
We continually strive to innovate how we fundraise each year and look forward to surpassing our previous year's donations to MDC.
Annual Donations To Muscular Dystrophy Canada over the last 9 years:
2021: $12,654.25 ($6,601.39 from boot drive, $6,052.86 from association clothing order)
Learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada by visiting their website: https://muscle.ca/
Camp BUCKO (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) is a camp open to burn survivors between the ages of 7-17. The camp has grown to over 70 children attending the week long camp in August. There is no fee to attend Camp BUCKO. They are a registered charity providing the program through generous donations from Firefighters Associations, service groups, and other public and private organizations.
Donations to Camp BUCKO were raised via a car wash in 2019 and a themed challenge coin:
Learn more about Camp BUCKO by visiting their website: https://www.campbucko.ca
A 10-year-old boy waited outside the locked doors of a school breakfast program. The program was to start at 8:15 and the child stood outside at 7:15 in the dark, in the cold and alone. He explained he had not had any food on the weekend and was hungry. Could he please have some food? This child inspired the launch of the Food4Kids program.
Food4Kids Halton is an unbelievable organization that has become an integral part of our community. They provide more than 800 healthy food packages that are distributed in 97 schools across Halton.
Our members in the past have been involved with sorting days, where we pack the healthy food packages for Food4Kids Halton to distribute to the children enrolled in their program. We are looking forward to 4 sorting dates already booked in the first half of 2022.
Learn more about Food4Kids Halton by visiting their website: https://www.food4kidshalton.ca/
2020: $1,000 donation from our Benevolent Fund for grocery store gift cards
2022: $4,040 fundraising donation from 5th annual challenge coin and Association clothing proceeds.
2023: $10,131.58 fundraising from Association clothing, Christmas raffles, Charity Golf Tournament
Lions Foundation Of Canada Dog Guides
The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a local Oakville organization. In the early 1980's Lions Clubs across Canada sought to develop a national project to reflect their service to Canadians with visual impairments. The result was Lions Foundation of Canada and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, which was established in 1985. Since then the Foundation has grown to include additional Dog Guide programs:
Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and newly introduced, Facility Support.
The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides was one of four charities/organizations that our charity calendars raised money for dating back to 2012. We also made a Dog Guides themed challenge coin in 2019 where proceeds were donated to the organization.
2019: $1,110.59 donated from our challenge coin profits.
2014: $29,250.00 donated from the 2014 charity calendar.
Learn more about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides by visiting their website: https://www.dogguides.com/contact.html