Its our one year anniversary!
The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted all people, places and things. What we couldn’t have predicted, was that it is also impacting things that didn’t quite exist yet. The idea for re:give was born in February 2020, about one and a half months before Calgary shut down and closed its doors. It was at this same point (mid-March), we were in full force trying to launch by April 30. COVID-19 brought that all to a screaming halt and like most things, all work stopped for about a month. We were confused, we were stressed, and there were a lot of other things happening in our lives that prevented us from working on our project.
As with most things, we adjusted. We realized that this “new normal” everyone kept talking about was going to be around for a while. This seemed to refocus us; we started looking at our concept for re:give as an idea that was desperately needed in a time when the average person had a lot less than they are used to, and those who were struggling to make ends meet before, well, they likely weren’t doing any better. What would be better for our community than to introduce them to a way to give back, without dipping into their already tight resources?
Sure, we had to make some adjustments – many of our initial fundraising ideas wouldn’t be feasible in a pandemic. We quickly had to pivot to providing free postage for donors – easy for donors, easy for us to ‘quarantine’ packages for a few days and the best donation method for re:give during a pandemic. It definitely makes more of a dent in our bottom line, but it makes giving that much easier.
Fast forward to our first birthday- we have an incredibly talented team of 9 women, and have been able to partner with a few great social service organizations in the city. The world is cautiously opening back up, and we can start revisiting all the awesome ideas we had for our organization prior to the pandemic. We have an incredible network of local businesses who supported us by donating products for fundraising efforts, and amplifying our vision and mission on their platforms. We can’t wait to see who we will meet and what we will do this year.