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Funding the Squadron - Essential Parent Support

 

There is no cost for membership or registration fees and no cost for uniforms. The basic training is only partially funded through the Department of National Defense.

Costs not covered by the Department of National Defense must be funded through the Sponsoring Committee: The Guardians of 810 Squadron. “The Guardians” (for short) is an organization that includes all parents and guardians of registered cadets within 810 Squadron.

The Guardians are collectively responsible to raise funds to cover the costs of the program not funded by the Department of National Defense.

  • Currently, this amount is $100,000 per year. Given our current enrollment, this works out to be $650 per cadet we need to fundraise for.

Without the participation of parents and guardians, many activities would not be possible and the cadets will not be able to enjoy the high level of programing we provide.

We ask that all parents commit to volunteering at least 20 hours throughout the year.

If you are unable to commit your time and talent, serious consideration should be given to a financial commitment through The Guardians.  You may send your voluntary contribution via e-transfer to payments(at)810air.ca. Please include your cadet’s name and voluntary contribution in the e-transfer memo.

 

How can I help?

We encourage all parents to give their time, talent, and treasures in support of the program. We have many ways to support and are confident you will find one that fits for you.

Not sure how to participate? Have questions about the fundraisers? What to help coordinate? Have a good idea for a fundraiser?

  • Email fundraising(at)810air.ca and one of our Fundraising Team Members will assist you.

 

Bingos

We run a monthly Bingo at Castledowns Bingo. Bingos are very important to our fundraising program and give our group a monthly boost. By participating in Bingos, we can earn a Casino date.

Upcoming Dates: May 18, June 8, July 6.

CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up to fulfill your Bingo volunteer requirement.

 

Voluntary Contribution

We understand that not everyone has the time to volunteer. If you are unable to commit your time and talent, serious consideration should be given to a financial commitment through The Guardians.  The Guardians are collectively responsible to raise funds to cover the costs of the program not funded by the Department of National Defense. Currently, this amount is $100,000 per year. Given our current enrollment, this works out to be $650 per cadet we need to fundraise for.

You may send your voluntary contribution via e-transfer to payments(at)810air.ca. Please include your cadet’s name and voluntary contribution in the e-transfer memo.

 

Employer Sponsored Giving

We recognize many of our parents and guardians work for employers who have volunteer and donation matching programs to support community organizations – organizations just like 810 Air.

If your employer has a program in place, please consider selecting 810 Air as a recipient for your donation.

Our legal name is “Guardians of 810 Air Cadet Squadron Society”.

We are an approved recipient for Benevity.

If your employer has a similar volunteer/ donation program and would like to explore adding 810 Air, please contact the 810 SSC Chair to discuss further.

 

Casinos

As part of Charitable Gaming sanctioned by Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commissioning (AGLC), 810 Air has been granted the opportunity to volunteer at a casino in Edmonton. AGLC provides organizations with a 2-day session at a local casino where volunteers are required to help facilitate the operations. Each organization is provided with a casino every 18-24 months which provides significant fundraising for the organization. 

Our next casino dates are expected to be in November 2026.

 

Mother's Day Spring Flowers Fundraiser

We are excited to offer this fundraising activity just in time for Mother’s Day and Spring 2024!

Sales are now closed for the year. Thank you for your participation in this fundraising activity to support our 810 Air Cadet Program!

We plan to host this event again next year in February/ March 2025 due to its success. Details will be posted at that time.

 

Cash Calendar Sales

Each year, we participate in the Alberta Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada Cash Calendar Campaign.

Sales for this cadet year have ended. Next year sales will begin in September 2024.

Each 810 Air Cadet Family is required to sell a minimum of 2 calendars per cadet. The more we sell the more we raise. We highly encourage our cadet families to sell more.

What is this?

  • This is a highly successful annual fundraising event.
  • 810 Air keeps 75% of our sales making this a very good fundraiser.
  • The purchaser will have 68 chances to win: weekly, monthly, and quarterly draws and the Grand prize draw and get a cool calendar too!
  • Up to $40,000 available to win!
  • Selling cost: $20 each.

 

Targeted Bottle Drives

NEXT Bottle Drive: May 29, 2024!

Bring all your bottles to training night by 6:50 pm

We host 2-3 bottle drives per year. Usually in September, January, and June. Dates are posted to our homepage and communicated via social media and email.

Feel free to ask your friends, families, and close neighbors if they have some bottles they would like to donate to 810 Air. No need to ask your whole street, just your closest neighbors you are comfortable asking. We keep it simple. On the day of the bottle drive, simply bring your bottles to training night.

 

Stawnichy’s Mundare Sausage Sales

Sales for this cadet year have ended. Next year sales will begin in December 2024.

Thank you for your participation in this fundraiser!

 

Drop&Go Ongoing Bottle Drive

Thank you for your support on our September 13 Bottle Drive. We collected 85 bags of bottles for a total of $448.90 to support cadet activities this year.

Every little bit adds up quickly to ensure we can continue to fund the amazing cadet activities!


Did you know?

You can donate your bottles at any time of the year at a time and place that is convenient for you. Here’s how to do it.

STEP 1: Create a SkipTheDepot account first. Then follow the Drop&Go service Process.

 

810 Air Cadet Referral Link. Use the following link to make the processes easier to complete:

https://app.skipthedepot.com/810air

 

How to Use the Drop&Go Process

(https://skipthedepot.com/services/drop-and-go)

STEP 2: Download the app or register online

Download SkipTheDepot from the App Store or Google Play, or visit our web app. Sign up by entering your address (used to find the closest location) and donation preference. The app will take you through the easy process step by step.

STEP 3: Put your ID on your bags and Drop&Go

Find the closest drop location to you in the app or website (it's marked on the map). Write your 4-digit customer ID on your bags and go to the drop location. Use the APP or Website to snap a quick picture of your bags (for security purposes) and drop the bags into the designated area! NOTE: All the available drop-off locations are located in the app when you initiate a new drop-off.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • FOLLOW the step-by-step instructions on the SkiptheDepot mobile app. It walks you through each step.
  • All the available drop-off locations are located in the app when you start a new drop-off.
  • Label your bags with your 4-digit customer number at home before going to the bottle depot.
  • When you are at the drop-off location inside the bottle depot, you will see the option on your phone that asks where to donate:
  • Search for Guardians of 810 Air Cadet Squadron Society.
  • Select it.

STEP 4: That’s it!

Bottle Depot staff will count your bags and credit your account within 48 hours after pickup. We even show you what we counted! Cash out to donate the refund to 810 Air.

 

Other Fundraisers

From time to time we run other fundraisers that support the squadron. If you have a fundraising initiative that you'd like the board to consider, please feel free to bring it up at a meeting. Parents should plan on volunteering additional time for fundraisers throughout the year.