Some local business owners are starting a new initiative to help improve the community.
Alan and Michelle Skoreyko, owners of the Retreat Salon, Spa & Blowbar, recently created the Retreat Assists Community Endeavors (RACE) program.
One dollar from each men's haircut, ladies' haircut and pedicure will be collected over the course of each month and distributed to a deserving group in the community.
Any not-for-profit group in Fort Saskatchewan is eligible to receive the funds. "You don't specifically have to be a registered charity or anything like that," said Alan Skoreyko.
"Every non-profit or small group has the ability to let us know that they're out there and that they could use some funding," explained Skoreyko. "And then 12 times a year, we'll get to help a different group. So, we thought that would be cool, as opposed to just selecting a couple (groups or charities) and making a larger donation."
The recipients will be selected at a staff meeting on the first Friday of every month.
"The money could be anywhere between $300 and $600 (each month), depending on how busy the month is," said Skoreyko.
"I grew up here my whole life, she's (Michelle Skoreyko) been here over 20 years, our kids are here, they go to school here. This community has just been so good to us and so supportive and we just wanted to find a way to give back continuously and help as many groups as possible."
Alan and Michelle Skoreyko hope to continue the program for the entirety of the Retreat's lifetime.
"Hopefully we inspire some other businesses to realize that it doesn't have to be huge, it doesn't have to be a massive time commitment, it doesn't have to be a really large cheque, but everything we give back to the community is just going to make it a better place for us and for our children."
The Retreat has been open in Fort Saskatchewan for 13 years, and is currently housed in its second location on 99 ave.