For 20 years Aunt Leah’s Tree Lots have been raising money to fund programs that help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and young mothers from losing custody of their children. Last year nearly $100,000 was raised thanks to generous sponsors, buyers and countless volunteer hours. This Christmas season join the tradition and help foster youth and mothers in need.
TREE LOT LOCATIONS & HOURS
Vancouver Christmas Tree Lot – STATUS: CLOSED
Coquitlam Christmas Tree Lot - STATUS: CLOSED
Burnaby Christmas Tree Lot – STATUS: CLOSED
North Vancouver Christmas Tree Lot – STATUS: CLOSED
Lonsdale Quay – East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court – Map
November 28th-December 21st, 2014
Monday to Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday & Saturday 10 AM- 7 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
We pride ourselves on having a fabulous range of Christmas Trees and other products and on being able to provide an excellent level of customer service. We have 17 years of experience in tree sales and four locations to serve you! Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots are the only business enterprises in the Lower Mainland that dedicate 100% of their profits to fund programs that help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and young mothers from losing custody of their children.
US VS. THE COMPETITION
Yes. There are ‘big box’ stores such as IKEA and SuperStore which sell Christmas Trees. Also, there are other non-profit tree lots run by organizations such as the Rotary Club or various highschools. Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots are the only business enterprises in the Lower Mainland that dedicate 100% of their profits to fund programs that help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and young mothers from losing custody of their children. Aunt Leah’s distinguishes itself from its competition in four ways: efficiency, marketing, product line, and customer service.
- Large-scale use of volunteers cut labor costs while improving customer service and word-of-mouth sales (236 volunteers in 2010);
- electronic point of sale machines have increased convenience, accountability and professionalism;
- an increased variety of trees solidified a higher-end niche market while avoiding competition with ‘big box’ stores selling mono-crop trees as ‘loss leaders’;
- personalized service (description of tree qualities, tree bagging, car roof tie down, tree care advice) increased customer satisfaction;
- and highlighting the charitable portion of the tree purchase with an info package increased awareness of Aunt Leah’s social mission.
This year, as profits increased by 18% from the previous year, new innovations included intense use of social media marketing; an onsite showroom/demonstration forest; and handouts describing features and benefits of tree varieties.
TRAINING FOR TEENS
Your tree purchase also helps us provide our Retail Training Program, giving at-risk youth early experience in sales and service that will remain on their resume for years to come. Our business enterprises also act as ‘real-world’ training situations for at-risk youth, who often have no previous employment experience. Last year, one of our past ‘Support Link’ graduates was hired on as Manager for our Burnaby Christmas Tree Lot. We also run Retail Training through our other long-running social enterprise: Aunt Leah’s Thrift Store. Students leave the program with experience in customer service, cash handling, sales, advertising, promotion, inventory, pricing, display and stocking.
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Aunt Leah’s has operated a Christmas Tree Lot in Vancouver as a social enterprise since 1994, while using profits to fund its training and residential programs that help youth throughout the Lower Mainland. In 2004, a second lot was opened in Burnaby and tree sale profits have risen consistently. We will expand the franchise in November 2011 by opening a two additional lots (Coquitlam and North Vancouver), increasing the long-term financial independence and sustainability of Aunt Leah’s programming. Last year our two Christmas tree lots – situated in Vancouver and Burnaby – raised a net profit of $80,000. Net profits from tree sales have increased ten-fold over the past decade and represent an ever-increasing portion of the society’s overall revenue. Ten years ago, tree sales represented 2% of the society’s net revenue; today these sales account for 7% of our funding. By opening an additional Christmas tree lot, a goal has been set for tree sales to represent 10% of annual revenue by 2012 and 15% by 2015 – furthering the objectives of financial independence and long-term stability. These self-generated channels of financing protect Aunt Leah’s vital programming from the vagaries of governmental or charitable funding.
VOLUNTEERING AT AUNT LEAH’S TREE LOTS
This is a great holiday activity to do with family and friends. Sign up with your own group or if you sign up as an individual volunteer, we will pair you up with some of our other great volunteers. Volunteer jobs are in customer service/sales, cashier, lot maintenance and set-up and clean-up. Not everyone has to do heavy lifting! If this is a concern for you, we can make sure you are signed up to work as cashier or providing customer service. More physical work on the lots includes holding trees to show families, helping load trees to their vehicle and trimming trunks and lower branches. There will staff and other volunteers there to help you! Shifts are four hours long and we like to sign volunteers up in groups of four for busy days and 2-3 for less busy days. We have four Tree Lot Locations where you can volunteer. It’s never too early to get more information and get on the waiting list. Please contact Chloe Dunn, our Volunteer Coordinator, at (604) 525-1204 x224 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up!
TREE LOT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Promote your business by sponsoring Aunt Leah’s Charity Tree Lots. Sponsorship will be customized to meet your needs.
Contact Drew Stewart for more information: 604-525-1204 ext 225 or email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS PRICE LIST
|Cultured Douglas Fir||3′-9′||$7/foot|
|Interior Douglas Fir||3-10′||$5/foot|
|Delivery is $40 per tree|
|Tree Stands||table top||$10|
|Table Top Trees||small||$20|
|Table Top Trees||large||$35|
|Aunt Leah’s Chocolates||$2|
|Aunt Leah’s Ornaments||$10|
|Loose Greenery||by donation|