Social with a Purpose

Social with a Purpose encourages people to host an event or fundraiser and raise money in support of York Region residents impacted by dementia.

Logo for Social with a Purpose, a do-it-yourself fundraiser for AS York

Host a virtual cooking or painting class. Encourage your friends to donate for every kilometre walked or competition won. Whatever you do, make it Social with a Purpose, and raise money to support programs and services hosted by AS York.

Want to be Social with a Purpose and host an event? Contact the fund development team at 905-726-3477 or [email protected] 

What is Social with a Purpose?

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.

That’s why we created Social with a Purpose, a do-it-yourself fundraising program 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 stay connected to our friends and family and at the same time, raise funds to support important services to help ensure people living with dementia are not isolated.

How to host a virtual fundraiser?

From an online card game with friends, virtual book club, or spicing up your Zoom meetings with a game of BINGO, you can support people living with dementia in your community by turning your next virtual social gathering into a fundraiser or use your fundraiser as a way to get together.

Date Night for beginners

Date Night for Intermediate 

Modern Art Collage

Paint Night for beginners

Paint Night for Intermediate

Singalong 1

Singalong 2

Choose your hosting platform, send invites, prepare

Choose your hosting platform

There are many different video conferencing technologies available for you to choose from like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts!

Send out your invites

Once you have chosen your fundraiser activity, your hosting platform, and determined how you’ll fundraise, invite your friends, family, neighbours, and whoever else you’d like to attend!


Prepare for your fundraiser by purchasing what you need (depending on your activity), send your meeting invite/link to join the video call, and get ready to have some fun.


Have fun

When the day of your Social with a Purpose fundraiser arrives, remember to have fun and the reason why you’re gathering virtually - to stay connected, to be together, and to support people living with dementia.

Share your fundraiser on social media and don't forget to tag AS York on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Need help? Connect with Karen Bond, Fund Development Team Lead, at [email protected].

Social with a Purpose has replaced Coffee Break.

Who does Social with a Purpose support?

Programs and services to help York Region residents impacted by dementia including DAY programs - in-person and virtually - support groups, healthcare navigation, social workers, Minds in Motion and public education.