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“To all the people at Distress Centre, your telephone line can be at times a real source of encouragement, strength and hope. A valuable resource made possible by a bunch of wonderful people. Thank you. Thank you.”

– Caller

The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and distress for our community. Now more than ever, Distress Centre needs to be available 24/7 to support those in crisis. When we closed our office on March 17th, our staff continued to provide 24 hour crisis and 211 support, and daily chat and text support, remotely from home. On June 20th we began Phase 1 of a re-entry strategy into our Contact Centre and now have a small number of volunteers and staff providing support on site. The majority of our staff are still working from home. Our counsellors are providing counselling sessions by phone and online.

Because our volunteer numbers are low in the Contact Centre and volunteers are not supporting people remotely, a large majority of our responders are staff, which has caused our costs to increase exponentially. We need your support during COVID-19. Please DONATE. Thank you.

There are many ways you can give to Distress Centre. You can become a volunteer, donate money, donate your bottles and cans through SkipTheDepot, or you can donate Aeroplan miles. In 2016 the social return on investment for Distress Centre was $7.42 for every $1 donated.


Ways to Donate

Donate by phone, mail, or online

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Donate online here.

Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call 403.266.1601.

We are available to take your call Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Please note, we are closed for lunch from 12 – 1 pm.

To donate by mail, please make cheques payable to Distress Centre and send to:

Distress Centre Calgary
Suite 500, 999 8th Street SW
Calgary Alberta


If you have questions about donations or would like more information, please contact Roxanne Cote, Resource Development Manager, at or call 403.266.1600.

Charitable Registration Number: 107021024RR0001

We want you to know that your donation is supporting someone in crisis right now.  Thank you.

In-Kind Gifts

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In Kind Gifts

We use our In Kind Gifts to support our fundraising events, Basic Need Fund, and reward our volunteers for a job well done. We gratefully accept the following:

  • Gift cards to restaurants, salons/spas, coffee shops, cinemas
  • Gift cards to support those clients in need – food, transit, toiletries, clothing (i.e. Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers, etc.)
  • Event tickets – CPO, theatre, concerts, Alberta Ballet, etc.)
  • Amusement Parks – Calaway Park, Heritage Park, Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark, Fort Calgary, Calgary Tower
  • Printing
  • Marketing/Advertising support
  • Photography services


Please contact Roxanne Cote if you would like to make an in kind donation. You can also mail an in kind donation to:

Roxanne Cote
Manager, Resource Development
Distress Centre Calgary
#300 1010 8 Ave, SW
Calgary, AB
T2P 1J2

We really appreciate your generous donation.  Thank you.

Donate Bottles and Cans

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Support Distress Centre with SkipTheDepot

Distress Centre is signed up with SkipTheDepot! SkipTheDepot will collect your bottles and cans from your house, bring them to the depot and then donate the returns to Distress Centre. A nearly effortless way to support our work!

Get started by filling out the registration form.

Donate Aeroplan Miles

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Aeroplan’s Charitable Pooling Program

When you donate your Aeroplan Miles to Distress Centre, you are helping us in many ways:

  • Purchasing recognition items for the volunteers who give their time to answer the 24 hour crisis lines;
  • Purchasing items for third party fundraisers and silent auctions, with all proceeds going to support the 24 hour crisis lines or ConnecTeen program
  • Helping with travel expenses for Distress Centre staff to present at, or attend conferences and events that support and positively impact our services.

To donate your Aeroplan Points, please click here to download and complete the Aeroplan Pledge Form.

Donate a Car

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How can I donate my car to support Distress Centre?

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the Distress Centre.

To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to the Distress Centre simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at

Donate a Car Canada can provide you with free towing in many areas across Canada.

When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. A representative will contact you after you submit your vehicle to confirm the appropriate processing method.

Donate a Car Canada takes care of everything so your donation is easy.

DONATE NOW at and Distress Centre will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete.

Host a Community Event

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Host a fundraising event with proceeds supporting Distress Centre.  By hosting a community event, you will be not only raising funds but you’ll also be an advocate and bring awareness to Distress Centre’s crisis services.

Step 1: Decide what kind of event you want to host. Some ideas are: sporting events, golf tournaments, car wash, garage sale, concert, etc. You could host a fundraiser at your work or school, such as a bake sale, picnic, jeans day. Get creative!

Step 2: Submit your Community Event Proposal.

Step 3: Once approved, we will contact you.

Donate Securities

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By donating securities, including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds directly to us, as opposed to selling them and donating the proceeds, you can make a bigger impact and eliminate capital gains tax. This means more for the charity and a greater charitable tax credit and tax-efficient way for you.

Donate Securities

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