Serving the digital community has been rewarding, but with some changes to the team that’s brought you HoHoTO over the past four years and helped carry on the legacy of this amazing community event for the past decade, we’ve made the difficult decision to not host in 2018 the annual HoHoTO celebration.
For almost a decade HoHoTO has been many things: it’s been a holiday party in support of a great cause. It’s been a dance, a raffle, a tweet storm, and a photojam of Toronto’s digital community. It’s been about meeting new friends and old. And in doing so we’ve raised almost $500,000 for local charities to date!
We’re looking towards 2019 with some amazing youth programming and professional events, and are open to ideas, collaborators, leaders, and volunteers to bring together our amazing community at a holiday party next year. Would you like to build and continue the annual holiday party? If you want to help bring this community together, we have some great ideas on how to transition the event for the next generation. Please get in touch.
With the festive season upon us, it’s a time for giving, connecting and improving community, and acknowledging the things we’re grateful for.
Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism. Learn more from the #GivingTuesday website. It’s about taking action where you find it’s most needed. It’s about donation, volunteering, and community service. In our case it’s all these and having a party!
Please see some of the inspiring work our partners past and present engage in. And discover more below.
YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre
YWCA Toronto has created a space for girls to speak openly about how to treat themselves, and how to treat each other, in an effort to challenge gender stereotypes in media and more. Here, older girls get a chance to lead. And younger girls get role models they can relate with. Current programs include mentoring, media creation, and Summer and March Break camps about life skills and self-esteem. The YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre also partners with schools, community agencies and organizations to offer girls support, help and guidance.
HoHoTO has raised over $350,000 for the Daily Bread in the last six years, as well as gave four tonnes of food. In fact we’re there today helping out! Make a gift on Giving Tuesday to Daily Bread Food Bank and they’ll be able to continue to provide nutritious food to people struggling with hunger through a network of almost 200 food programs across Toronto.
Canada Helps is a one-stop shop for Canadians to donate and fundraise online for any registered Canadian charity.
If you’re looking for a fun, low-stress, and holiday themed way to fundraise for HoHoTO in your office, we’ve got you covered with this week’s fundraising idea: a costume contest.
Now, before you totally write off this idea as silly, this kind of costume contest might be a little different from the kind you’re used to seeing at Halloween.
First, pick a festive costume (like a full-on Santa suit, pillow belly and all!) and round up mangers who would be willing to wear the costume around the office for a full day in the name of charity.
Next, set up collection tins in your break room labelled with each participating manager’s name, and encourage employees to vote on which manager they want to see wear the costume by tossing cash into the tin. Whichever jar has the most money at the end of the week “wins” – and come Monday, the lucky “winner” will get to walk around in full-on festive garb for the duration of the work day. Be sure to also pin a sign to them to raise awareness about the event wherever they go – for example, “I’m wearing this outfit to support HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank!”
PS – If you run a fundraiser like this in your office, we’d LOVE to see the photos!