An organization based in Kitchener and Guelph is looking to raise cash to support Indigenous people in our community.
And they are willing to work for it.
Anishnabeg Outreach is in the process of launching their new Family and Child drop-in centre in Kitchener, but still need funding for vital materials such as diapers, formula and toys.
To pay for that, in comes AO Home - a window washing business started back in May that boasts 100 per cent of its profits going towards supporting the centre, which will in turn support indigenous people and programs in our community.
Executive Director Stephen Jackson says they are looking to employ post-secondary aged indigenous people in an effort to help train Indigenous youth and help them gain business skills. Spirit building would also be a part of that service.
So excited. Truck is ready and team is trained. Window washing starts on Monday.— Stephen Jackson (@aohome) May 11, 2018
Currently have two weeks of bookings. And growing. Time to start raising money for our Indigenous Anishnabeg Outreach charity. pic.twitter.com/yqcCsyP2gr
He adds the community is responding really well to the service.
"If people want to support indigenous people this is an opportunity to do it and get value for their money back ... Unlike other businesses that make money for themselves, this one raises money for the charity ... The people that we talk to or that we do work for, they love the model and they do a lot to promote us."
Jackson says they are looking to expand the business to cover whatever homes happen to need - including painting, deck building and landscaping. They also provide siding and gutter cleaning services.
"Our business model is basically a social enterprise, so we literally are using this business to raise money for the Indigenous organizations that we support."
They service homes in Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener, Guelph, Stratford and Elora. You can reach out to them here.