UJAMAA GRANDMAS members have many creative and lucrative ideas for new and ongoing fundraisers. To contribute to the success of our events, the Sales and Finance Committee, with direction from the Board, has created a framework for use in planning fundraisers.

This set of NEW FORMS will assist in the successful planning of future UJAMAA GRANDMAS fundraising events.

  • The first of these forms must be completed and submitted 8 to 10 weeks prior to any upcoming event.
  • Following the first forms, there are additional forms to guide you through the planning process.
  • These additional forms should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to your event.
  • Once we are all familiarized with the process, these forms will be a great help in the planning of our events!

A reminder that in keeping up with these unusual times, the UJAMAA GRANDMAS Board has developed COVID-19 Risk Management forms, including the AHS Screening Questionnaire for any UJAMAA GRANDMAS in-person and on-line events. These were designed to make it easier for anyone planning an event and laying the foundation to keep everyone safe.



This initiative was originally part of  2016 Grandmothers to Grandmothers 10th Anniversary Committee. Its purpose is to create awareness of the Campaign as well as its support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Colourful red and white bags that hold instructions for simple knitting projects, the needles and the yarn to complete them along with our brochure, business cards, a SLF postcard and a donation envelope are left in public places. The message suggests that the person picking it up can make the project to keep or return it to be part of BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND in the Fall.

Usually held in conjunction with Knit in Public Day, the bags are distributed to libraries, and knitting shops.Several of the knitted items were given to us for the sale as well as at least one donation envelope. The scope of the awareness is never fully known as it reaches a wider demographic and donations are sometimes sent directly to the foundation. The committee is small but enthusiastic in promoting the work of Ujamaa, the Campaign and SLF.

A batch of tea cozies ready to go to partners The Banff Tea Company.

Between 2014 and early 2018, a small group of knitters supplied the Banff Tea Company with knitted and felted mountain-themed tea cozies. Cozies have been adorned with hikers, skiers, climbers, paddlers, mountain goats, bears, elk, big-horned sheep, beavers, chipmunks, lynx, rabbits, grey jays, wolves, flowers and skunks.

There is no way of knowing how far these cozies have traveled but it is certain that they can be found round the globe. This partnership raised more than $4800 from the sale of more than 150 cozies. That’s a lot of hot tea!


Over the years, Stephen Lewis Foundation has encouraged grandmother groups to participate in an annual group Stride in solidarity with our African sisters. Our own UJAMAA GRANDMAS Stride spin-off originated in 2014 as Walk In The Park. Since then rain, shine or snow, a group gathers in a Calgary park twice weekly at 9:30 AM for a one-hour walk which includes the benefits of exercise, camaraderie, fresh air and occasional bird or toddler gazing. Inclement weather walking is at Market Mall.
Cost of each walk is a toonie which is donated to SLF and credited to our UJAMAA GRANDMAS group. To the end of 2016, the group has collectively walked 3300 Km. and donated $1,900 to the Foundation. There are 3-6 loyal walkers but any and all members are welcome to join in! If interested please contact us at message@ujamaagrandmas.com and you will be contacted with more details. Come on out!


Every year, Villages Calgary hosts a sale event for which they share the proceeds with UJAMAA GRANDMAS. This year, the annual event made $1662.40 for Villages and our share was $250. It was a fun time as usual: we visited with old friends and had many conversations with lovely people.

Laura, the manager, has been a constant support to UJAMAA GRANDMAS. She will be moving back to Ontario in April to be closer to her family. Join us in wishing her a successful transition. We are sure she will make more valuable contributions to Fair Trade.

Villages is now looking to hire several people. Please share with your friends if you know anyone who might be interested in a meaningful career please contact Villages at https://www.villagescalgary.ca/service/careers/