Prairie Post (East Edition)
SaskEnergy is helping community groups “Share the Warmth” this winter
One of SaskEnergy’s flagship community programs—Share the Warmth—is back to support Saskatchewan people in need this winter.
The program offers cash grants of up to $1,000 for grassroots community initiatives that provide food, clothing, and shelter support to families, children, seniors, homeless persons, and others who may need a hand.
“What started nearly 30 years ago as a sweater recycling project to provide warm clothing to people in need has grown into one of SaskEnergy’s signature programs in communities across the province,” SaskEnergy’s Acting President and CEO Mark Guillet said. “Share the Warmth taps into the passion of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping others, empowering them to come up with creative, effective ways to help Saskatchewan people during the coldest months.”
This year, the program will provide $1,000 grants to as many as 40 non-profit organizations, based on the merit of their project proposals.
Projects that received Share the Warmth funding in the past have ranged from providing people in need with slow cookers and freezer-ready meals, warm blankets and sheets for shelters, weekly deliveries of homemade soup, as well as boots and other winterwear—including socks, toques, gloves, mitts, and scarves. One creative project involved a group of volunteers who knitted warm articles of clothing that were left in the park for anyone in need to take and use.
Last year, Share the Warmth expanded to include projects that help people coping with mental health challenges.
Community organizations can submit their project proposals to this year’s program starting today. The application deadline is October 31. Grant recipients are required to implement their projects between November 2022 and March 2023.
Since 2013, SaskEnergy has provided more than $320,000 to support more than 280 Share the Warmth projects across Saskatchewan.