Women In Need Society

Helping women and their families help themselves.
Member Since 2015
Employees 80
Locations 6
Local Suppliers 100%
Contact Us
#1 3525 26th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2B 2M9
403-255-5102
info@winsyyc.ca
6432 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, Alberta None
403-288-4825
info@winsyyc.ca
134 71st Ave. SE
Calgary, Alberta None
403-255-7514
info@winsyyc.ca
2907 Richmond Road SW
Calgary, Alberta None
403-242-4969
info@winsyyc.ca
180 94 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta None
1005 11 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta None
Affiliations
Awards
  • Charity Intelligence
  • Trico Foundation Social EnterPrize Award 2015
  • Business In Calgary Leadership Award 2016
Environmental Initiatives
  • Recycling
  • Energy efficiency programs
  • Waste reduction
Commitment to Employees
  • Benefit package
  • Staff discount
  • Flexible hours
  • Recognition program
  • Awareness and measurement of accident-free days
  • Education reimbursement
  • Professional development, mentorship and training
  • Team building
  • Living wage
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SUSTAINABILITY PROFILE (2015)

CO2 Emissions Saved (kg)
Waste Diverted (kg)
453,592
Dollars Donated ($)
2,500
Hours Volunteered

COVID-19 UPDATE: The safety of their customers, employees, and volunteers is a top priority at WINS, you can shop knowing they are taking additional measures to provide a safe environment. They have increased sanitation and disinfecting routines with extra focus on high-touch and high traffic areas, along with wearing face coverings, social distancing, following customer limits set by the province of Alberta.

Women In Need Society is a social enterprise operating six thrift stores in Calgary. WINS invests its profits in programs that help local women and families to acquire the skills, knowledge, and resources to improve confidence and self-reliance. In 2020 they launched a bulk thrift store, MORE! along with an online thrift box service, TwiceNEW. The revenue from our thrift operations supports our programs, like House to Home, Retail Ready, Warehouse Ready and our five Community Resource Hubs. Today, people from all walks of life frequent our thrift stores knowing that their purchases and donations make a difference - right here, right now.

WINS’ four thrift stores operate on the basis of donated goods. Goods not sold or that are unsaleable are recycled. WINS invests its profits in the local community in programs that help women in need and their families. These women are newcomers to Canada, single mothers, women escaping domestic violence situations and women in transition looking to create a better life for themselves and their families. Through WINS’ six Family Resource Centres and Free Goods Referral Program, women have access to free basic needs items and opportunities to build their own skills and knowledge to increase self-reliance.

WINS is an environmentally conscious organization dedicated to repurposing, upcycling and recycling gently used items into social good. They are proud of their commitment to the environment and being able to divert over 1 million pounds of waste from landfills in 2015 alone. WINS uses BluPlanet Recycling to divert waste generated through its own store operations.