Foundations and Grants 2015

Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation

Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation LogoThe YMCA of Cambridge received a $1,500 Community Grant from The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation in support of the YMCA Newcomer Youth program.  This grant was made possible by the Lebraun Family Fund, Jan and Ron Woynarski Family Fund and the General Youth Endowment Fund.

The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation contributed $2,250 through the Nina Suttie Children's Summer Camp Fund to subsidize the cost of a camp experience for children so they could attend YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y during the summer.  The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA also received $500 through the Ray and Wendy Miske Fund to support the work at Camp Wabanaki.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart LogoThe YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo is fortunate to be a chapter member with Canadian Tire Jumpstart. In 2015, we received $42,978 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 $6,000 from Jumpstart to help support children to participate in a soccer camp offered in partnership with Cambridge Youth Soccer.

 

City of Kitchener

City of Kitchener LogoThe Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received a $3,000 City of Kitchener Tier 2 Community Grant to support the YMCA Newcomer Youth program at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener. The YMCA Newcomer Youth program is designed to facilitate integration into a new system of life by breaking down cultural bariers, offering a safe place to have fun and make new friends, and share ideas and experiences with other immigrant youth while exploring a new community.

  

Corporation of the City of Cambridge

City of Cambridge LogoThe Corporation of the City of Cambridge supported the YMCA of Cambridge by investing $1,850 to help fund the Just Hangin' Out program at the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone. The Just Hangin' Out program is structured around three pillars: Character Building, Health & Well Being and Life Skills for teens with disabilities.

The YMCA of Camrbidge received a $4,000 grant from Arts Connect Camrbidge to support the 2nd Annual Cambridge International Festival at Riverside Park.  The Cambridge International Festival provides our community with an opportunity to celebrate cultural diveristy through dance, food, art, stories & music.

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation LogoThe Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received a two year community grant for $134,916 from the The Kitchener -Waterloo Community Foundation Smart and Caring Community Grants Program and the Paul Kuntz Legacy for the Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging Project.  The Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging Project will help newcomer youth by creating a startegic, coordinated pathway to grow as individuals and feel a sense of belonging that unlimately allows them to see the value of their community contribution.

The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received $7,000 from The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the McMurtry Family Fund to support the work at the YMCA Outdoor Centre and the YMCA Newcomer Youth Program.

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation LogoThe Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received a $184,566 through a Children's Initiative grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation to pilot the creation of a web-based community access to recreation portal to ease the process of applying for and accessing financial assistance for children and youth to participate in recreational activities in Waterloo Region.

The YMCA of Cambridge received a $150,000 Children's Capital Grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation to repurpose the Chaplin Family YMCA first floor (West Wing) and reloacte the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone, thereby increasing recreation for low income youth in the Cambridge community.

 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation LogoThe Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA completed a three year, $220,800 investment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA Wellness Initiative. More than 1,675 individuals benefited from participating in customized wellness programs, and more than 1,200 individuals participated in health information sessions.

United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries

United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries LogoThe United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries has supported the YMCA of Cambridge with a 2014-2016 Community Investment of $48,020 annually to deliver critical programs and services to teens and newcomer youth in Cambridge.

The YMCA Newcomer Youth program is a starting point where youth ages six to 18 can gather in a safe place and participate in recreation, social activities and community outings. The Program is designed as a launching pad into other programs and volunteer opportunities at the YMCA and in the community, increasing a sense of belonging and engagement with the community.

The YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone has been a safe, inclusive community for youth in Cambridge for more than ten years. Our skilled youth workers provide homework assistance, employment advice, health education, leadership development, life skills coaching and mentoring, improving the socio-emotional functioning and health of teens in Cambridge.

United Way Kitchener-Waterloo & Area

United Way of Kitchener Waterloo & Area LogoThe United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area has supported the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA with a 2014-2016 Community Investment of $46,000 annually to deliver critical programs and services to children, and newcomer youth in Kitchener-Waterloo.

YMCA Beyond the Bell minimizes the academic achievement gap experienced by low-income children. Emphasizing literacy, numeracy, recreation, homework help and character development, giving children the additional help they need to keep pace with their grade level and their middle class peers.

The YMCA Newcomer Youth program is a starting point where youth ages six to 18 can gather in a safe place and participate in recreation, social activities and community outings. The Program is designed as a launching pad into other programs and volunteer opportunities at the YMCA and in the community, increasing a sense of belonging and engagement with the community.

Zehrs Markets

Zehrs Markets LogoAs part of Loblaw Companies Limited national "Give a Little, Help a Lot Campaign", the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo received $22,988 to provide kids from low income families the opportunity to attend summer camp. Summer camp is a life changing experience for kids where they become more active, learn healthy lifestyle habits, gain independence, learn new skills, make friends and have fun!

 

Weston Seeding Stronger Communities

Westons Seeding Stronger Communities Logo

The Weston Seeding Stronger Communities Campaign raised $9,762 to support kids registering in YMCA Summer Day Camp in Kitchener-Waterloo where they learn new skills, make new friends, and grow to reach their full potential!