Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Google http://grandmotherscampaign.org/ and scroll down to the Beds WithOut Breakfast program.
This note is written to encourage hosting or supporting the program when making travel plans for a weekend away or a longer cross-Canada tour.
How does it work?
Information is on the Grandmother to Grandmother website.
Link with Events at the top of the home page. Scroll down to Beds WithOut Breakfast.
There is a complete list and description of hosts on the website. Look at the variety of sites!
This program is about Grandmothers across the country opening their homes to fellow Grandmothers, volunteers, their families and travel companions for 1-3-day overnight stays. Advance planning helps. The host will discuss arrangements about arrival and departure usually leaving guests to make their own daytime plans.
Interested hosts contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on getting registered.
Would-be guests may contact Linda or the hosts directly as specified on the list.
Linda Taberner of G Force has coordinated the program and outlines key details on the website.
The host suggests the fee. Guests make their payment directly to their host. The host then submits the donation along with a donor form to the SLF in their own name to receive a tax receipt. The host gets a tax receipt as a benefit for hosting.
A tribute option:
I like to click on the large red DONATE button on the website after the guest leaves.
I make a One-time donation and send a Tribute – In – Honour card to the guest.
The Foundation sends an e-card or printed card and I get to thank the guest for making the donation on my behalf.
What are your stories? Let’s expand the dialogue!
For the last few years, there has been an annual summary for the Ujamaa Grandmas E-News about the program. Do you have a story to share? Where have you stayed with BWOB? Be in touch.
There is currently a list of 5 Calgary host homes on the website along with homes in Didsbury, Holden and Lacombe. Are you ready to host as well?
Personally, I have been thinking of a road trip from Calgary to Winnipeg. Much of the delight in planning may be to see who is hosting along the way and then try to arrange the trip accordingly.
Susan Podlog for Ujamaa Grandmas