Staying connected, even while staying physically apart.

As social distancing and physical isolation became a part of our daily routines, we began to understand the overwhelming feelings of loss and loneliness being separated from the community can bring us—feelings that people living with dementia experience in their normal, day-to-day lives.

At the Alzheimer Society, we strive to do everything we can to minimize those feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing people living with dementia and their care partners access to our social and recreation programming. We have continued to offer many of our programs and services virtually, but we need your help to continue. That’s why we created Social with a Purpose - a do-it-yourself fundraiser that promotes the importance of socializing, staying in touch, and building strong, positive relationships with your friends, family, and community.

Now more than ever, it is important to find new, creative ways to feel close to each other, even while staying physically apart.

From an online card game with friends, spicing up your Zoom meeting with a game of BINGO, or creating your own way to virtually get together with your friends and family, you can support people living with dementia by turning your virtual social gathering into a fundraiser! Have an idea and want to get started? Register your fundraiser and receive a customized web page with a unique link to help promote your event.  Download our step-by-step guide on setting up an online Social with a Purpose event.

If you'd like to learn more about Zoom and hosting an online Zoom event, register for one of our Zoom training sessions today!


Are you interested in hosting a Social with a Purpose but don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you covered with our easy to use Social with a Purpose digital activities! Ranging from how-to host your own Paint Night, wine tasting with a Sommelier, to game nights, our downloadable fundraising activities and resources will make planning your fundraiser that much easier!


By coming together and hosting a Social with a Purpose fundraiser, you will be providing those living with dementia and their care partners needed social recreation programming.  All money raised stays locally in the Niagara Region to support the efforts of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. 

Check out all our virtual social and support options we offer our clients and the general community:


Thank you to our generous supporters!

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When can I host a Social with a Purpose fundraiser?

Social with a Purpose runs from September to December.  Some people decide to host it on or around September 21 which is World Alzheimer Awareness day, but you can choose to host your event at any time that is convenient for you.

How do I register?

You can sign up on our Anything for Alzheimer's platform to host your Social with a Purpose event.  Most hosts will choose to "create a personal fundraising event".  This will create a unique web page for your event and allow people to donate towards your event.


Social with a Purpose - formerly Coffee Break

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Are you looking for our Coffee Break campaign?  Social with a Purpose (formerly Coffee Break) is a more inclusive fundraising campaign which promotes virtual events of all kinds, not just a Coffee Break.  You can continue to host a virtual "coffee break" with your friends, family, colleagues or community, but we also encourage you to check out our other fundraising options.  Our fundraising kits will help you organize and run different virtual events!


Shirley Dekker hosted her first Coffee Break in 2019. She loved how easy it was to organize, and enjoyed hosting her friends for coffee and chitchat! Read why Shirley chooses to support the Alzheimer Society.

The ASNR Advisory Group has been a strong supporter of our Coffee Break campaign. This group of individuals living with dementia want to help fight the stigma of dementia. Read more about why the Advisory Group supports the Alzheimer Society.

How can I get more information?

Contact Cassandra Best, Manager of Fund Development at (905) 687-6856, ext. 556 or by email at [email protected]

Last Updated: 09/02/2020