Better Community

Build a Better Edmonton

JCI Edmonton members believe in their city and want to see it grow and develop for the better of everyone living in it. We understand that there are always those in need and that we all are very fortunate for the positions we are in. There are always opportunities for volunteering or community involvement. We want to help work towards change—and we do.

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The following are some of the local programs that JCI participates in:

Holiday Hamper Program

The Holiday Hamper Program is an annual success where we help over 150 Edmonton inner city families. JCI Edmonton members, friends & supporters of JCI assemble gift baskets and deliver the turkey dinners and holiday gifts to families that are at risk or in need.

Junior Achievement

JCI Edmonton founded Junior Achievement (Edmonton) in 1964 and continually supports this valuable organization. JA brings together educators, business people, and the community to prepare children in grades 3-12 for their business futures. Our members volunteer for the JA Company Program, Adopt a School Program, and the scholarship program for Achiever of the Year. JCI also supports JA annually with a donation to support its teaching of school business programs.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival

JCI Edmonton supports all local arts and theatre groups. The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is the one of the most exhilarating and fun theater groups in the city. Join JCI and Freewill at the park every summer for some good old fashion Theatre! Follow the link below for more details.

Freewill Shakespeare

Youth Emergency Services Shelter (YESS Edmonton)

JCI Edmonton organizes a team to participate and raise funds annually for the “Homeless for a Night” event. “Homeless for a Night” exemplifies the involvement of JCI in the community and showcases the benefits of volunteering and contributing to worthy causes.

Build a Better World

The following are some of the international programs that JCI participates in:

Nothing but Nets

Insecticide-treated bed nets are purchased at a cost of $10.00 US to be distributed – in partnership with the United Nations Foundation/Partners – to children under the age of five living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Education is provided to children and their communities on the use of the bed nets. The target is to purchase of 1,000,000 insecticide-treated bed nets by 2015.

JCI Operation Hope

Through JCI Operation Hope, JCI members unite to take action in the aftermath of tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, reaching across the globe to sustain recovery initiatives and rebuild communities. JCI officially launched JCI Operation Hope on January 1, 2005 to empower members to take action in the face of natural disasters.