A social enterprise is a business under the umbrella of a not-for-profit organization with primarily social objectives and an overall mission to serve the public good. In addition to providing social programs and/or support services, a social enterprise operates as a revenue generating business that reinvests its earned income into realizing the social mission of the organization.
Most social enterprises are considered “double-bottom-line” businesses – that is, a business designed to earn a profit and fulfill a social mission. There are some social enterprises that work from a “triple-bottom-line” – incorporating environmental impacts and sustainability into their overall mandate. The revenue generated from social enterprise operations provide an organization the opportunity to increase its sustainability by becoming more self-sufficient – thereby ensuring its ability to meet its social mission.
We are considered a “triple-bottom-line” social enterprise, as we divert items from the landfill, earn a profit, AND work towards the fulfillment of our organizational mandate from day to day.
‘For The Interval’ Store was started in November 1991 as a result of overwhelming support in the way of community donations that were arriving at Lloydminster Interval Home. The idea of the “store” was initially conceived and pursued by five dedicated shelter volunteers. After 20 successful years, this fundraising enterprise has evolved to include a current location of approximately 2600 square feet.
The success of this venture can be attributed to the ongoing commitment and dedication of our volunteers, combined with the ongoing generosity and support of our community.
Items donated from the community go to help women who have fled violent relationships to start over in their own violence-free homes. All other items are available for sale, with the proceeds going to support Lloydminster Interval Home Society programs and services for women and children fleeing family violence or other life crisis.
‘For The Interval’ Store is truly an amazing and inspiring place to be. Among gently used toys, books, furniture, household items, jewelry, bedding, antiques, and collectibles, you will find incredibly kind women and men committed to making a difference in the lives of families affected by family violence.
We accept new and gently used donations.
Our first priority with these items is to offer them to our current clients and for use within our programs.
Secondly, we support individuals in community with household items, clothing, and anything else they may need to live with dignity. These community referrals typically come to us as walk-ins to our store that are self-referred or referred from other community service providers.
Our third priority for items that are donated to us are to sell them in the store for profit. It is through these profits that we can fund many of our community services and initiatives that do not have core government funding.
Finally, we also receive donations that are not able to be used in any of the ways outlined above. These items are broken, damaged, worn out, unsafe, or unusable for any purpose. Since we have an obligation to divert as much as we can from the landfill, we have relationships with third party organizations that can use our unusable items in recycling programs or other repurposing initiatives. This enables us to support other sectors with items that many would just see as garbage to be disposed of.