Hey Canada, GRAB A COFFEE and support a FANTASTIC organization. I had the privilege of attending an event recently at THCF and was blown away by all they do for kids in our community. I know a few kids (who are adults now) who went to THCF and the enormous impact it made on their lives.
“The mission of Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is to help break the cycle of poverty by giving economically disadvantaged children the skills and mindset to aspire for a brighter future.” ~ Dave Newnham, vice president and executive director, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
With your purchase of coffee on June 5, you can directly impact the children in your local community who are able to take part in the experience of a lifetime. You can also help send even more kids to camp by donating in the following ways:
- Text CAMP to 45678 to donate $5
- Online at sendakidtocamp.com
- Rent-a-Tent for a $1 donation in restaurant
- Rent-a-Cabin for a $5 donation in restaurant
Children attend one of three types of programs offered, including a traditional summer camp (ages 9-12), a year-round camp serving schools and youth groups (ages 8-18) in the fall, winter and spring, and a five-level youth leadership program focused on building lifelong leadership skills (ages 13-18).
‘Like’ the THCF on Facebook at facebook.com/timhortonchildrensfoundation and follow @TimHortons on Twitter to join the #CampDay and #THCF conversation.
INTERESTING FACT SHEET:
1. Tim Hortons restaurant owners donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from Camp Day coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF)
2. Across Canada and the United States, one in six children (more than 17 million)1 live in economically disadvantaged homes
· The young people served by the Foundation are often isolated and excluded from the opportunities that many take for granted2
· They are twice as likely to drop out of high school and be expelled or suspended3
· They are three times as likely to have a teenage pregnancy4
Tim Horton himself came from an economically-disadvantaged home in Cochrane, ON
4. Since 1975, the Foundation has served more than 180,000 kids through a variety of camp programs
5. More than 65 per cent of revenue generated by the Foundation comes from Camp Day activities and Tim Hortons coin boxes
There are six camps across North America that run year-round programs:
· Parry Sound, Ontario (built in 1975)
· Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia (built in 1988)
· Kananaskis, Alberta (built in 1991)
· Quyon, Quebec (built in 1994)
· Campbellsville, Kentucky (built in 2001)
· St. George, Ontario (built in 2002)
7. There are three separate programs offered:
a. The Summer Camp Program – a 10-day summer camp session for kids ages 9-12
a. The Year Round Group Program – offers kids ages 8-18 from schools and groups serving the economically disadvantaged, a three to seven day camp experience throughout the fall, winter and spring
b. The Youth Leadership Program – a five-level program for kids ages 13-18 focuses on the development of lifelong leadership skills, teamwork and independence through 10-day sessions over five successive summers
8. More than 16,000 children and youth will attend camp with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation in 2013
Local Tim Hortons restaurant owners sponsor children in their own communities to attend the Summer Camp program.
The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Carolee House Bursary Program has awarded close to $4 million in bursaries since 2002 to graduates of the Youth Leadership Program who have pursued post-secondary education.
The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was established in 1974 by Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons restaurants, in honour of Tim Horton’s love for children and his desire to help those less fortunate.
12. The first camp in Parry Sound, ON, welcomed more than 200 campers in its first summer of operation in 1975.
 Statistics Canada’s Income in Canada 2008, Low income cut-off before tax & U.S. Bureau of the Census, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2010
2 The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. In the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, December 2009, Page 29
3 Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Greg J. Duncan, “The Effects of Poverty on Children” The Future of Children No. 2 (Summer/Fall 1997), 57
4 Brooks-Gunn and Duncan, 57