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SmileBacks Program

Community Partnerships

At CompuVision, we are embedded in, and connected to our local community, and are always on the lookout for opportunities to give back. The SmileBacks program is our way of doing that, partnering with local initiatives and helping to improve the place we live and work.

Our featured community partner.

The Smilebacks Program will support essential services at YESS for youth experiencing trauma and homelessness including an overnight shelter, supporting housing, and individualized wrap-around services for youth ages 15-24. The overnight and daytime program hours were recently changed to share 24/7 coverage permanently to ensure youth always have a safe place to go.

With the changes to work in the past months, CompuVision has truly been there for our staff and for our youth to ensure the technology we rely on for work, school, connection, and community is there for us when we need it.

The Smilebacks Program will support essential services at YESS for youth experiencing trauma and homelessness including an overnight shelter, supporting housing, and individualized wrap-around services for youth ages 15-24. We recently changed our overnight and daytime program hours to share 24/7 coverage permanently to ensure youth always have a safe place to go.

Edward Gots, CPA, CA | Director of Finance
YESS—Youth Empowerment & Support Services

YESS: Youth Empowerment & Support Services

YESS: Based in Edmonton, YESS provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound support for youth ages 15-24. We focus on prevention and diversion out of homelessness. Prevention means providing proactive resources for youth and their caregivers before youth become homeless. Diversion means finding appropriate housing for youth before they become entrenched or as an exit out of homelessness.

Ryan Vestby, CEO, CompuVision

By providing a safe environment youth can go to along with tools that support wellbeing, YESS is helping to cultivate a community of compassion and healing at a time when many need it most. We are proud to partner with them and excited to see the impact of their incredible work.

Past community partners.

As part of the SmileBacks program we have worked with a range of community partners in the past, helping organizations and charitable initiatives to deal with housing issues, develop pathways out of poverty, help seriously ill children and provide opportunities for adults with autism. We are proud of the work we have done, and continually amazed by the efforts of these incredible community organizations.

Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit

The Jerry Forbes Centre is an innovative co-working office and warehouse space for non-profits in Edmonton, Alberta.

A One of a Kind Home for Non-Profits. The Centre is uniquely themed on volunteerism and is a working village of charitable organizations sharing resources. The 93,000 sq. ft. centre is now open! The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit provides affordable office and warehouse space to over 20 non-profit organizations.

The Centre is primarily designed for the administration of charities and training of staff and volunteers for outreach into the community and includes state-of-the-art facilities such as a classroom, meeting rooms, and event spaces.

Learn more about the Jerry Forbes Centre.

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

 The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation advances children’s health care right in your own backyard by funding specialized care at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and in communities across Western Canada: state-of-the-art equipment and facilities; sub-specialty education to train the brightest medical minds; leading-edge research to discover new treatments and cures; and, specialized programs that improve family-centred care, child and youth mental health, and patient and family outcomes. A national leader in organ transplantation and a hub for children’s heart surgery in Western Canada, the Stollery sees about 317,000 patient visits each year with 39 percent of inpatients coming from outside Edmonton.

Learn more about Stollery.

Edmonton's Food Bank

Edmonton’s Food Bank: We envision a community where hunger does not exist, where all citizens have access to an adequate and nutritious supply of food.

As an affiliate member of Food Banks Canada, we are committed to the mantra: Relieving hunger today. Preventing hunger tomorrow. By giving to Edmonton’s Food Bank you are not only feeding people…you are giving hope and creating a kinder community.

Learn more about Edmonton’s Food Bank and how you can volunteer.

YESS

YESS: Based in Edmonton, YESS provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound support for youth ages 15-24. We focus on prevention and diversion out of homelessness. Prevention means providing proactive resources for youth and their caregivers before youth become homeless. Diversion means finding appropriate housing for youth before they become entrenched or as an exit out of homelessness.

United Way

United Way: Mobilizing collective action to create pathways out of poverty. United Way serves the Edmonton Census Metropolitan area. Over 135,000 people live in poverty in our own community. Poverty robs children of their true potential, strips people of their self-esteem and steals hope from families that struggle to build lives of stability and independence. With the largest network of partners in the region, your donation gets results – going farther and wider than any other charitable investment you can make. Together, we move beyond managing the symptoms and work towards ending poverty.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta is a place of comfort for families with seriously ill or injured children seeking medical treatment in an Edmonton facility. With hundreds of families served annually, the Ronald McDonald House provides warm beds, hot showers, laundry facilities, family-friendly kitchens, and playrooms – all the basic essentials of a home. Then the House goes beyond the basics offering numerous programs like Meals That Mend, education, recreation, shuttle, and self-care programs to provide families with a sense of normalcy.

Sinneave Family Foundation

The Sinneave Family Foundation was created in 2008 to address the challenges experienced by emerging adults with autism. We host a variety of activities and work with partners toward a vision that individuals with autism are supported in the transition to adulthood to realize their highest quality of life. Our mission is achieved by targeting our energy and resources to share promising practices, build system capacity and foster policy development in the areas of: Continuing Education, Employment, and Independent Living Our approach is to work at the individual, family, community and system levels and across our networks to improve outcomes for emerging adults with autism. We leverage our collective impact for sustainable change.

AGA

AGA: The Art Gallery of Alberta envisions a future in which we will be the creative hub of Alberta, inspiring imaginations, engaging generations and transforming people’s lives through art.