Donate to CAWES You can make a difference in the life of someone affected by domestic violence

Whatever your means or preference, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of the women and children CAWES serves. With your support, The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter has become recognized as one of the best in Canada.  This year CAWES is doubling up on its efforts to augment trauma informed care at the Shelter and its innovative Children's Healing Centre.

CAWES is grateful for all of the caring and compassionate people that support our work. Without the resources you provide, we would simply not be able to deliver the much needed superior care, support and safe housing that women and children fleeing abuse and violence must have access to. Your contribution of time, talent and treasure has an important and critical impact in our effort to end family violence in Central Alberta and beyond. We invite you to provide hope to our vulnerable women and their children through a variety of giving options.

Ways to Donate

Donate Online:
You can chose to donate to CAWES though Paypal or Click the method you wish to use below to make your donation online. This quick, secure and efficient method will enable CAWES to put your gift to good use immediately.

By Mail:
Please make your cheque or money order payable to:
Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
Box 561
Red Deer, AB T4N 5G1

By Phone:
We are eager to hear from you! You may wish to donate with VISA or MASTERCARD by calling 403-346-5643

Become a Monthly Donor:
By giving monthly, you will ensure that families in need are receiving your support on an ongoing basis. Our convenient automatic debit donation system is comfortable and secure, and able to work in cooperation with your monthly and annual budgeting.

Click HERE to set up your online monthly donation

Shelter Santa Campaign

The Shelter Santa Campaign ensures that every woman and child staying at the Shelter this holiday season will enjoy something special under the tree this Christmas morning.  Show you care through the donation of new gifts, toys, treats, and gift cards.  We have room for 40 women and children, and have every indication that we will be at capacity this Christmas.

Click HERE to view our 2019 Christmas Wish List

Celebration or Memorial Gift

Honour a loved one with a gift to CAWES in their name.  With your donation, you will mark their legacy in the movement to end family violence in Central Alberta and bring hope to the women and children we support and care for..

Gift of Stocks and Securities

Take advantage of important Capital Gains tax savings with your donation of stocks and/or securities. Your gift will make a significant difference in the lives of families affected by domestic violence at a lower after-tax cost to you. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the value of the stock on the day the donation was made.

Legacy Giving

Your bequest to CAWES will be an important legacy gift for the future. Your donation could be a gift of funds, stocks and securities, art, property or other marketable assets.  Bequests offer many attractive tax advantages.

Click HERE for more information on how to make a Charitable Bequest.

Life Insurance

Donate a "paid up" policy to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter and receive a tax receipt for the cash "payout" value.  Name CAWES as the owner and beneficiary of a new policy and receive tax receipts for every premium you pay.

RRSPs, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Other Giving Options

If you and your advisor are interested in learning more about other ways to give, please call us and we will make arrangements to provide more information or set up a meeting.

In-Kind Donations

For some families at CAWES, there is no time to pack before seeking the safety of the shelter.  Some are forced to flee with only the clothing on their backs.  It is a small comfort to have access to brand new clothing, toiletries and other necessities during their stay.

CAWES also accepts donations of items such as bathroom tissue and paper towels, fresh and frozen foods, canned goods, fresh produce, beverages, cleaning cloths, towels and dish cloths. These kinds of items all help to reduce our significant cost of delivering daily services to our clientele.

Due to health and safety regulations and a lack of space and resources we are only able to accept the donation of new and unused items.  We do however work closely with other organizations and businesses whose mandate is to accept gently used items so that our clients have access to them at no extra charge.  For more information on donating in-kind to CAWES, please call 403-346-5643 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fresh Start Program

Our Fresh Start Hampers help women and children moving into their new home by reducing their initial costs. You can help ease the stress of this life-changing event through our Hamper Program. Ideally, we would like to have a hamper available for each family taking the brave step towards freedom this year. *Each family's needs are assessed individually*

Click here for our Fresh Start Suggestion List

Charitable Tax Receipts

As a Registered Charity (Charitable Status Number: 10688 5437 RR0001) we are authorized to issue receipts to be used to claim a charitable tax credit (individual donations) or tax deduction (corporate donations). All donations of $20 or over will be issued a charitable tax receipt. We are not able to issue charitable tax receipts for in-kind donations.

For more information on charitable tax benefits visit

For other ways to contribute to CAWES, learn about available Volunteer Opportunities.