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We created the Caring Through Crisis (CTC) grant program to support members who want to help their local communities during COVID-19. And for Mother’s Day this year, that’s exactly what Steve Careccia did. “We tried to think about people who weren’t getting as much attention during the crisis – those who may be suffering in silence.”

Steve connected with a women’s shelter in his community and learned that cases of domestic abuse have increased dramatically during the pandemic. “We told them we wanted to help and that Foresters Financial was involved,” he says. “They were amazed!”

Using the $250 member grant, Steve jumped into action and purchased the fresh fruits, vegetables and halal meat that the organization told him is in high demand. But he didn’t stop there! Mother’s Day is an emotional time for women and children affected by domestic abuse, so Steve included a red rose and a kind note for everyone living and working at the shelter.

“It was Mother’s Day, and we need to appreciate the strong women in our lives,” he said.

More than 1,000 grant applications have been approved for local initiatives like Steve’s. The program is open and accepting applications until August 31. Members now can apply for up to two CTC grants.

I’m inspired! Where do I start?

Every community’s needs are different. Here are some ideas to start off with, but there are many other unique ways to help your community.

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Boredom-buster kits for kids

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Support a food bank or shelter

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Meals or coffee for frontline workers and seniors

Share your Caring Through Crisis activities with us in our social media community.

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*Donations made until the donation period is closed will be matched by Foresters Financial up to a maximum total of $1,000,000 (CAD). Donations are limited to $1,000 CAD/USD per transaction depending on country of residence. Charities in Canada include: HelpAge Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Breakfast Club of Canada, and Food Banks Canada. Charities in the US include: American National Red Cross, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels America, Save the Children US, and GlobalGiving Foundation.

Description of member benefits that you may receive assumes you are a Foresters member. Foresters members are insureds under a life or health insurance certificate, or annuitants under an annuity certificate, issued by The Independent Order of Foresters or Foresters Life Insurance Company, or social fraternal members. Foresters Financial member benefits are non-contractual, subject to benefit specific eligibility requirements, definitions and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without notice. Foresters Financial, Foresters, and Helping Is Who We Are are trade names and/or trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries. MB583

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