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Keep watching this space for resources from the Community Innovation Hub and other communities of faith  about social entrepreneuship, community hubs, and other socially innovative movements! Let Sarah know about resources that you think should be on the page by emailing info@communityinnovationhub.org.

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Community Innovation Hub co-founder Peter Miller interviews the social innovators making a difference in the world with their work. Social enterprise changes lives!

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Seeds with Janneke Vorsteveld. Air Date: May 14, 2021
Janneke is a part-time teacher and social entrepreneur. Her company, Seeds, provides impactful, experiential learning in natural spaces. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Simply Cards with Maria Vanderform. Air Date: January 5, 2021
After over 30 years in nursing and nursing education, Maria learned about the art of stamping and now makes and sells greeting cards, with great plans for the future! Check out her work at Crafty Maria’s Stamping World. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Corporate Social Responsibility

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Coworking Organizers

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Small Economy Works with Ajmal Sataar. Air Date: May 13, 2020
Ajmal talks about Small Economy Works, his ‘university in the  field’ experience, and seeing innovation everywhere. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

Diana Award Winners

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Food Security

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Indigenous Organizations

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Individual Stories

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Sam: An Immigrant's Story. Air Date; September 12, 2020
Sam came to Canada and became a very successful entrepreneur: He started 3 businesses and sold 2, does financial services training, and co-wrote a book with royalties going to the Sick Children’s Hospital. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

Initiatives for Youth

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Innovative Organizations

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Servo Annex with Sulemann Ahmed. Air Date: August 18, 2021
Sulemann is Co-Founder of Servo Annex, where he and his wife Khadija Cajee provide hands-on coaching to senior executives on how to use all digital platforms, social media and mobile tools. They are also involved with Companion ChampionsNo-Fly List Kids, and other initiatives that give back to community. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church with Rev Lynne Donovan. Air Date: August 18, 2021
Rev Lynne Donovan is the minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Picton, Ontario, which has a unique approach to ministry and church programs. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle podcasts, and Spotify.

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Shanta Sundarason, Social Innovator. Air Date: May 7, 2020
Shanta talks about how The Giving Tree gives young leaders the resources to dive into service learning through the causes that spark their interest. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

Stone Soup Network with Rev Alexa Gilmour. Air Date: June 25, 2020
The Stone Soup Network, founded by Alexa, pairs people in need with people who can help them. Alexa is a Social Innovation Challenge winner! Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Products and Services

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Has your organization considered giving back to community by developing and implementing a social innovation innovation? Here are some ideas that others have tried and had success with!

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Has the Giveback Podcast made you think wonder how you or your your organization can make your community a better place by giving back and working to connect people? Here are even more ideas that have been successful for others! 

Submit your ideas using the link at the bottom of the chart!

Innovative Ideas

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Sacred Space
Teach interested community members about the importance of sacred space and how to create sacred space in their own homes. Read more information about creating sacred spaces at home from First United Methodist Church. (Texas)
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Science Experiments
Show interested community members how to do science experiments that they can do at home. Read about science experiments that teach Bible truth.
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Second Language Learning
Offer classing in how to speak another language to interested community members, or give/rent space to a language school in your building. Read about French Academy DC, which uses the Chevy Chase Baptist Church of Washington. (Washington, DC)
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Seniors Call Network
Start a network within your organization of people calling vulnerable community members each week who may be lonely or need a check-in. Read about Triad Baptist Church's Project Silver Lining.
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Seniors Helping Seniors
Start a program where seniors help seniors to meet their needs. Read about Grace Avenue United Methodist Church's Seniors Helping Seniors program. (Texas)
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Sewing Club
Provide sewing lessons for interested community members and opportunities to improve skills. Donate the results - masks, clothing, etc - to the community. Read about Center Pointe Church's Sewing Ministry. (Mississippi)
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Shuffleboard
Start a Shuffleboard League for interested community members. Read about St. Margaret's United Church's Shuffleboard Club.
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Silent auction
Hold a silent auction of donated items, in person or virtually, to raise funds for your organization or another worthy cause. Read about Eagle Ridge United Church's Christmas Virtual Silent Auction.
Submitted by: Christmas Virtual Silent Auction - Eagle Ridge United Church

Silent Retreat
Hold a silent retreat to provide community members with an opportunity for a spiritual experience, relaxation, and quiet community-building with others. Read about the Illuminate Church's Women's Silent Retreat. (Florida)
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Singing Hub
Create an area within your organization that supports community members wanting to learn more about singing through workshops/webinars and to have opportunities to use their skills (choirs, musical productions, etc.) Read about the Sheffield Music Hub.
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Skating Rink
Create and maintain a skating rink for individuals, family, and clubs in the community to use. Read about the Bethany Community Church Ice Rink. (Ontario)
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Snow Clearing
Gather volunteers to assist with snow removal from driveways and walks for seniors and disabled people. Read about the Snow Angels snow removal program (Canada)
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Soccer
Start a Soccer League for interested community members. Read about the Elgin Missionary Church's Elgin Kids Soccer program. (Ontario)
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Social Innovation Challenge
Invite social enterprises to present their solutions to social issues, in person or virtually, with a monetary and/or mentoring/coaching prize for the best entry. Great opportunity for startups! Read about EDGE's Social Innovation Challenges (United Church of Canada)
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Social Innovation Jam
Hold an informal gathering where teams compete to develop the best strategy to address a social issue. Keep it fun and positive, with lots of opportunities to network! Read about the Social Innovation Jam hosted by George Brown College, startGBC, and EDGE (United Church of Canada). (Ontario)
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Sound Meditation
Hold sound meditation events (inside, outside, or online) for interested community members. Read about All Saints' Episcopal Church's Sound Bath Evensong. (New York)
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Sponsor a School or Classroom
Work with community organizations to provide financial support to schools or classrooms to buy needed supplies and/or equipment. Read about Hillside Church's outreach to schools. (British Columbia)
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Spring Fair
Hold a Spring Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the All Souls Church Spring Fair.  (Vermont)
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Start a Business
Use Small Business Solver to learn how to start and grow a business.
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Storytelling
Start a group for people interested in exploring storytelling through theatre arts and performance. Read about Grandview Calvary Baptist Church's Eastside Story Guild. (British Columbia)
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Summer Fair
Hold a Summer Fair for your community outdoors on your property or someone else's (with permission.) Read about the United Congregational Church of Little Compton's Summer Fair. (Rhode Island)
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