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Turn Down the Heat Week and Warm Clothing Drive

The Strathcona BIA is taking part in the BIA BC 5th annual Turn Down the Heat Week happening November 4 – 10, 2017.

Turn Down the Heat Week is the annual initiative that brings BIAs together across to province to raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of reducing energy consumption in the workplace and to help those in need of warm winter clothing.

From November 4 – 10, 2017, participate by turning down the heat at work and encourage staff to put on an extra layer instead. For more resources from Fortis BC on how to improve energy efficiency at your business, check out their energy saving tips for industry, or their rebate program for upgrades.

Warm Clothing Drive

As part of this event we are facilitating a warm clothing drive for First United Church, located at 320 East Hastings St.

First United is a 60-bed overnight shelter and outreach organization. They provide daytime drop-in services and programs as well as hundreds of meals each day for people experiencing homelessness or the need for basic care. First United has been in operation for over 130 years, committed to their values of dignity, respect, trust, social justice, and empowerment. The clothing donations collected will be used in their emergency clothing program.

This is a great initiative for your entire staff to take part in. Your contributions will make a meaningful difference to those in need in our community. Leading up to November 9th, you can encourage your staff to collect and bring warm clothing donations to your workplace.

The SBIA will facilitate the pick-up of donations from participating SBIA members on Thursday, November 9th . We will drop donations off to First United that same day. Sign-up your business here to participate in the clothing drive or email info@strathconabia.com.

The following items are needed most for the First United emergency clothing program:

  • Jackets
  • Toques
  • Gloves
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Elastic waist pants
  • Sweaters and hoodies

Please note the sizes that are most in demand are extra small to medium, but they are happy to receive all sizes. Generally the mix of their clothing requests are 70% men and 30% ladies.

Other cold weather items that are very useful (that are given out on overnight shifts) include:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tarps

We hope your business will participate!