Foundations and Grants 2013

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund LogoThe Region of Waterloo Arts Fund contributed $5,100 to the YMCA to facilitate the Newcomer Theatre project in Cambridge.  The Newcomer Theatre project will engage 20-25 teens new to Canada in an opportunity to explore their life experiences using theatre.  The theatre project will empower newcomer youth to voice their experiences and challenges, build self-confidence and self-awareness through creative expression.  Participants will learn how to write and perform short plays, tell their own stories to educate the audience, practice English and develop new communication skills.

The Bridgeway Foundation

Bridgeway Foundation LogoThe Bridgeway Foundation has partnered with the YMCA with a $5,000 grant to support the YMCA Teen Drop In Zone.  The YMCA Teen Drop In Zone is a public space, open and accessible to all youth 12 to 17, regardless of culture, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith or economic status.  The YMCA Teen Drop in Zone is celebrating ten years of being a safe, inclusive community for youth in Cambridge, where skilled youth workers are available to provide homework assistance, employment advice, health education, life-skills coaching and mentoring.

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation LogoThe Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation contributed $15,500 (The Jim & Sue Hallman Family Fund, The Spinnaker Fund) to the YMCA Neurological Wellness program to purchase adaptive equipment for seniors with neurological conditions and/or low mobility.

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation contributed $16,300 (The Lyle S Hallman Fund, K-W Corporate Challenge Fund, Youth Advisory Council Fund, McMurtry Family Fund) to the YMCA Newcomer Youth program to expand the program into Waterloo, providing newly arrived immigrant youth with the help they need to integrate themselves into Canadian Culture.

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation contributed $12,500 (TD Canada Trust Merv Lahn Community Development Fund) to the YMCA Entrepreneurship 101, a twelve week program to expose youth beginning their journey into the workforce and to the business world with a focus on youth ages 16 years and up who would not typically be part of a small business program.

Canadian Tire - Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart LogoThe YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener - Waterloo is fortunate to be a chapter member with Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  In 2013 we received $38,649  to provide assisted memberships to children and youth so that they could attend programs at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA, the Chaplin Family YMCA and the Stork Family YMCA.  The Chaplin Family YMCA also received $7,100 from Jumpstart to help support children to participate in a soccer camp offered in partnership with Cambridge Youth Soccer.

 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition EventOn October 17th, the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA celebrated the Ontario Trillium Foundation's three year, $220,800 investment in the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA Wellness Initiative, allowing the KW YMCA to increase its capacity to develop and deliver wellness programs.  As a result, more individuals with low fitness levels and identified health issues have increased access and opportunity for physical health.

Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program

Green Shield Canada LogoThe Green Shield Community Giving Program contributed $20,000 to the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA.  This investment will be used to created and implement the YMCA Neurological Wellness program at the A. R. Kaufman Family YMCA.  There is an identified need in Waterloo Region for supportive physical activity programs customized for adults who have neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury.

Government of Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund

Government of Ontario LogoThe Government of Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund contributed $55,970 to the YMCA of Cambridge.  This investment will be used to implement the Healthy Hearts Initiative at the Chaplin Family YMCA from 2013-2015.  The YMCA Healthy Hearts initiative will increase access and participation of 150 inactive, at risk, older adults in physical activity programs that support the adoption of routine physical activity participation.

Zehrs - Give a Little, help a lot

Zehrs Markets LogoAs part of  Loblaw Companies Limited's national "Give a Little, Help a Lot Campaign", the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo received $16,266 to provide kids from low income families the opportunity to attend summer camp.  Summer camp is a great opportunity for these kids to become more active, learn healthy lifestyle habits, to make new friends, try new things and have fun!

 

Loblaw Companies Ltd.- Afterschool Grant

Loblaw Companies Limited LogoLoblaw Afterschool Grants contributed $1,500 to the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA to purchase physical activity equipment for YMCA afterschool programs.  The equipment will allow children to participate in a variety of physical activities that will help children get the minimum physical activity required daily.

 

Wonder+ Cares Campaign

Wonder+ Cares LogoThe Wonder+ Cares Campaign raised $3189.50 to support 38 kids registering in a YMCA Summer Day Camp in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2013 where they could learn new skills, meet new friends and grow to reach their full potential!