#HistoricaHelps was created as an avenue to support causes close to the heart of Historica employees. Every year, Historica works with several local charitable groups, initiatives, and causes to support the following causes:
- Local at-risk youth
- Community improvement and beautification
If you work with groups that support any of these causes, please feel free to reach out to to discuss further.
Some of the wonderful organizations we have worked with
The Saint John Boys and Girls Club
The Saint John Food Basket
The Historica Helps Committee would like to start by saying a HUGE THANK YOU to the Saint John Community Food Basket Inc. for all they do for our community! Today we are proud to say we dropped off a large food donation from our amazing tenants and staff! In December, we ran our 12 days of Christmas giveaway and each day of the giveaway, we provided a $100 donation in the winner’s name to make a $1200 cash donation!
Again, Thank You Saint John Community Food Basket Inc.
Historica makes an annual donation to JA Canada. Since 1955, JA Canada has educated and inspired over 5 million Canadian youth. Each year, over 200,000 Canadian students participate in their financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs.
Participating in JA programs transforms students and gives them the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in school, business, and life. Studies have shown that today’s most in-demand jobs didn’t exist ten years ago. JA prepares students to succeed in tomorrow’s careers, solve tomorrow’s challenges and launch businesses that create tomorrow’s jobs.
Learn more at https://jacanada.org/who-we-are/
The Saint John Rotary Gala
- School lunch programs
- Isolated senior holiday (December) gift bags
- Saint John Y camp donations
- Ukraine refugee relief
- Contributions to school enrichment programs (transportation of students to Imperial Theatre programming)
- Community sports jerseys
The Historica Helps committee partnered with P.U.L.S.E Inc to help fund their neighborhood cleanup and BBQ happening Saturday, April 30th. PULSE Inc is a neighborhood action group that was established in 2008. The group supports community policing initiatives and quality of life issues that impact the neighborhood. To learn more about P.U.L.S.E INC visit https://pulsesj.ca/
We partnered with the first steps to join Adopt A Room Program! We have adopted a room to be completely renovated for a mother and child. We can not wait to see the room once it is finished.
More information about First Steps:
First Steps provides a safe and healthy environment for pregnant and parenting young women and their children who have no safe place to live. As the only organization of our kind, we are partially funded by the Province of New Brunswick, serving all of Atlantic Canada, and are active partners in New Brunswick’s Poverty Reduction plan.
First Steps programs and services support both pregnant and/or parenting young women and include mental health services, education, addiction services, childcare, and support programs. Young women are encouraged to further develop parenting skills, financial management, and complete their high school education or a training program.
You can find out more about First Steps on their Facebook Page linked below.
Next time you drive down Princess Street stop and take a look at the beautiful mural on the wall at 89 Princess Street. This Mural was done by Michele Mique from Festival Inspire focusing on community beautification.
For more information about Festival Inspire check out their website http://www.festivalinspire.com/saint-john/
Operation Feed SJ
In February of 2021, Gordon started his goal to feed 50 families per month using food bags, beginning at St. John the Baptist School and a connection he made through a friend there. Prince Charles School was the second in March, with the organization now working on helping the third school.
Each bag consists of groceries to feed three people with three meals daily for a week. Each focuses on non-perishable food items while following Canada’s Food Guide as much as possible.
To learn more about Operation Feed SJ check out https://www.operationfeedsaintjohn.com/
Brown Bag Lunch Program
This team is composed of over 100 volunteers that provide over 400 lunches weekly to local students in the Saint John region. We are extremely grateful for the work done by Joan, Kathy, and the rest of their team. We look forward to watching the program continue to grow!
For more information on the Brown Bag Lunch Program, you can contact Joan Shillington (Joan.Shillington@bellaliant.net) or Kathy Dumouchel (email@example.com)
The Saint John Tool Library
The Saint John Tool Library & DIY Centre is the first piece of the sharing economy in New Brunswick that was founded here. Aiming to provide an affordable option to our city to access the tools and space needed for renovations and projects.
For more information https://sjtl.ca
The Annual Spring-Cleaning Initiative
Partnering with Uptown Saint John on Earth Day to help clean our city to keep it beautiful. Our entire team takes part in this event and looks forward to the clean-up each year.
Recycling Program with the Joshua Group
Historica donates all recyclables from each building to the Joshua group. The Joshua Group is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization serving at-risk children in the Greater Saint John area. For more information
Check out https://greg9341.wixsite.com/joshuagroup.
Keith & Margot (Owners of Historica) host an annual toy drive during the Christmas Holidays in support of the IWK. To honor the memory of Margot’s sister, Mary Jane McLaughlin. On September 15th, 2006, Dr. Mary-Jane McLaughlin passed away. Mary-Jane was continuing her medical training in Cleveland, Ohio, and had planned to return to Halifax to work at the IWK Hospital. Each year the team collects new, unwrapped toys and cash donations. These donations, along with others, allow Santa Claus to make a special visit to the hospital to give out toys to the young patients who can’t go home for Christmas. Several of these toys will be used in the psychiatric ward at the IWK. This wonderful group of individuals received an IWK Board Award of Community Excellence for this extremely successful fundraiser. The Historica Helps Community is proud to support this wonderful cause.