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OSSTF/FEESO annual designated charity—Kids Help Phone

OSSTF/FEESO annual designated charity – Kids Help Phone

OSSTF/FEESO is continuing its support for Kids Help Phone as the designated charity for 2021–2022. Kids Help Phone continues to fill an important niche in advocating for and giving assistance to our students and their families.

For over thirty years, Kids Help Phone has greatly expanded its outreach as a bilingual national organization serving children and teens in need of counselling, advice, and intervention. Kids Help Phone has provided direct phone and online support to over 4 million requests for help over the past year, including young people living in rural and remote communities across Canada where supports are not readily available. The Kids Help Phone website also provides access to resources on a wide variety of issues including sexuality, harassment and bullying, drugs and alcohol, dating, and family relationships. Youth awareness materials are provided free of charge to schools to build awareness of Kids Help Phone services and how to access them.

Kids Help Phone is also one of four organizations working together in partnership to provide Good2Talk, a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary students aged 17-25 in Ontario, 24/7/365.

As a designated charity of OSSTF/FEESO, Kids Help Phone will receive a donation of $20,000 to help sustain their work. Members are encouraged to provide local support during the 2021–2022 school year through direct donations and/or by participating in fundraising activities. Supporting Kids Help Phone is more important than ever as demand for their services has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations can be made online or mailed to:

Kids Help Phone, Ontario Regional Office

439 University Avenue, Suite 300

Toronto, ON  M5G 1Y8

Phone: (416) 581-8956

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