FAQ

When I give a donation, how is my money used?

We use your donation to support and deliver programs and partners in Jamaica and Canada. Jamaican Self-Help currently supports five projects in inner-city Kingston, Jamaica. Each project is developed and carried out by a local organization or school, supported by JSH. Our partners focus on two program initiatives; firstly through education and training by supporting youth and families by providing remedial literacy classes, vocational training, parenting seminars and recreational and arts classes and secondly, through training and capacity building of JSH partner organizations and staff. Donations to JSH enable our partners to focus on either initiative, helping them empower people and build stronger communities.

What payment methods does Jamaican Self-Help accept?

Jamaican Self-Help accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard), cheque, cash, money order  or online through Pay Pal as well as some direct payment options at major banks (contact for details).Donations can be made online by clicking here. They can also be made by Phone, Mail or In Person.

Phone: (705) 743-1671
Mail: Jamaican Self-Help
P.O. Box 1992
Peterborough, ON
K9J 7X7
In Person: Drop by our office, upstairs at 129 ½ Hunter Street, Unit 9, Peterborough, ON.
Office Hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm (please call first to confirm).

Can I request my donation be used in a particular way?

Absolutely, if there is a cause that you feel particularly special about please let us know and we will ensure your donation supports your choice.  We have specific campaigns such as Campaign Literacy and Campaign Performing Arts, also the Ganley Fund for Innovation. 

Can I make a donation in memory of a loved one to Jamaican Self-Help?

We feel incredibly honoured to accept a donation in memory of a loved one. If you choose to make a donation under these circumstances, a card with a drawing from a student from one of our partners in Jamaica will be sent to the family acknowledging your kind contribution. If donating online, there is a section where you can mention if you are choosing to donate in honour or memory of someone. Please provide the family’s name and contact information. If you are having difficulties, please feel free to contact Heather at the office.

Are gift-in-kind services eligible for charitable tax receipts?

Unfortunately, gift certificates for products or services are ineligible for charitable tax receipts due to donation receipt regulations (Canadian Revenue Agency).

When are tax receipts issued?

Tax receipts are issued annually in February.  Please note that tax receipts are available for donations of $20 or more.

How do I get my tax receipt?

We distribute tax receipts by email as the most economical delivery method. If we don’t have your email address, we will mail it to you.

 I’ve lost my charitable receipt(s).  Can they be reissued?

Yes, charitable receipts can be reissued. Please contact Heather or call 705-743-1671 to request a replacement receipt.

 I am an American resident.  Can I get a tax receipt issued?

We issue tax receipts for all eligible donations.

 Why do you collect my email address?

We collect email addresses to reduce our impact on the environment and to communicate with you. We use your address to email tax receipts and to keep our donors informed of any news and events that occur throughout the year.

 How can I ensure you have my email address?

Drop a quick email to Heather, including your name & mailing address. 

 Can I donate every month?

You can sign up for monthly giving either by contacting a staff member at the office, or online by clicking here.  A monthly donation of $10 will provide a child with access to remedial reading groups, drama and music classes, sport and recreational activities, or with vocational training skills. You can change the monthly donation amount at any time. Once you have made the initial donation, your credit card will automatically be charged in the middle of each month, you don’t have to worry about anything-it’s all taken care of for you!

 When is your next public event in Peterborough?

We have a few public events that are held throughout the year. For more information regarding our events, please visit our events page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about upcoming events and news. In addition, we are always looking for volunteers so if you see an event that you would like to participate in, please feel free to contact the office.

 What is your contact information?

Mail us at: Jamaican Self-Help
P.O. Box 1992
Peterborough,
Ontario,
Canada
K9J 7X7

Phone: 705-743-1671
Fax:     705-743-4020
Email:  info@jshcanada.org
Cathie Morrisey, President

Who are your partners in Jamaica?

Jamaican Self-Help supports 5 partner programmes in Jamaica. Our partners are St. Anne’s Primary School, St. Margaret’s Human Resources Centre, and Tavares Gardens Primary School. We work in partnership with these community organizations and schools by fostering self-sustaining programs such as literacy, skills training, community development, health care and institutional strengthening. Working together, this alliance of Canadians and Jamaicans contributes to building the capacities of marginalized women, men and children to work towards self-reliance and an end to poverty. Other partners with whom we have recently worked include: S-Corner Community Development Organization and St. Peter Claver Primary School.

To view more information about our Jamaican programmes, please click here. 

 Where can I find a copy of your latest Annual Report?

Our Annual Reports are available online here. We provide an annual summary of our projects, our donors and supporters, the financial statement and highlights of the successes for the year.

 How can I volunteer with Jamaican Self-Help?

We are always looking for volunteers and there are numerous ways that you can help depending on both your interest and time commitment. The organization has a Board of Directors, for which there is usually a three year tenure. In addition, we have numerous committees that are always looking for volunteers including Jamaican Programme Committee, the Financial Committee, Jamaican Me Shine Committee, Global Education Committee and a Caribbean Street Festival Committee. Some of these committees require a year-round commitment, while others are event specific so they have a much shorter time frame. If you would like to help but don’t have a lot of time to provide, we are always looking for people to volunteer on specific days that we have events. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding volunteering with us, please contact the JSH Team

 Tell me more about the Youth Group.

Jamaican Self-Help supports a Youth Group within Peterborough. This Youth Group is a collection of youth who are committed to addressing global challenges in their community, among their peers and community based organizations.  They have recently been involved in several campaigns including Global Youth Day, BAM, Immigration Detention and local workshops within the community. For more information, click here or visit their Facebook page.