Sandbox Gaming started by raising money for Children's charities through our 80-hour gaming marathon live-streams in 2010. We strongly believe in supporting charities that promote play and development for children and youth and we do just that. We have raised a total of over $120,000 for 10 different charities since our founding in 2010.
In 2016, we changed the way we select charities and are now raising money all year round. We introduced a charity application for organization to apply and from there we have our Board of Directors and Committee members vote for their choices. This year, we will select three charities which will benefit from our new program. The following proceeds go towards our charity fund. 100% of donations from our summer and winter marathons go towards the fund as does a portion of sales from our Spring and Fall events!
2022 CHARITY FUND
Easter Seals NL has developed life-changing programs and resources for persons with disabilities with the intention of engaging, inspiring, and empowering. By use of these facilities, Easter Seals hopes to create a world where persons with disabilities are able to live a full, active, and healthy life.
The programs developed by Easter Seals strive to give persons with disabilities an environment where they are able to fully and accessibly participate in sports and other events. The programs are designed to give children and youth the opportunity to fulfill dreams they never thought possible. Easter Seals believes that with the right amenities and approach, there is nothing that a person with a disability cannot accomplish.
Children and youth who have had the opportunity to experience the Easter Seals programs have demonstrated improvements in social skills, self esteem, and physical strength and abilities. The programs are specifically fitted to each individual need, and thereby provide conceivable growth of their sense of ability and their confidence.
We have worked with Easter Seals NL since the summer of 2012 and are very pleased to work with them again in the coming year.
Camp Eclipse: OUT in the Woods is a four-day leadership retreat for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their allies from across Newfoundland and Labrador. The program is run annually by Planned Parenthood - NL Sexual Health Centre.
Through their participation in a variety of workshops and activities, campers, youth leaders, and mentors develop and enhance their leadership skills and their knowledge of 2SLGBTQIA+ history, activism, sexual health, healthy coping strategies, and so on. The nature of the workshops, facilitated by the mentors and youth leaders, varies from year to year, while maintaining a focus on leadership, personal growth, activism, and advocacy.
BBBS creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. Mentorship is a two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are placed at the centre.
Because young people’s brains are still developing, mentoring can support that process through back-and-forth interaction like the volley in a good game of ping-pong. Mentoring is an important way to give youth experience with these essential back-and-forth relationships, developing them into healthy young people better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.