Foundation and Grants 2016 - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Foundation and Grants 2016

The Bridgeway Foundation invested $5,000 in the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone to purchase equipment and furnishings for the Wednesday Night Food 4U and Recreation program, providing an opportunity for teens to meet and share a weekly meal together "family style".

 Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation

The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation contributed:

$1,000 through the Community Grant to replace recreation equipment at the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone.  This grant was made possible by the Barrie Family Fund, General Youth Endowment Fund, LeBrun Family Fund, and the Jan and Ron Woynarski Family Fund.

$5,000 to the YMCA of Cambridge Endowment Foundation through and annonymous donor in support of the Jim Chaplin Membership Fund to support individuals with the greatest need to participate in YMCA membership programs.

The Nina Suttie's Children's Summer Camp Fund to sponsor kids applying to attend camp Ki-Wa-Y.

The Ray and Wendy Miske Fund to support the work at Camp Wabanaki.

       Canadian Tire Jumpstart The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo is fortunate to be a chapter member with Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  In 2016, Jumpstart provided 303 children and youth an opportunity to attend programs at the A.R Kaufman Family YMCA, the Chaplin Family YMCA, and the Stork Family YMCA through assisted memberships.


Canadian Tire Jumpstart also provided physical activity equipment for 89 Syrian refugee youth participating in the summer session of the YMCA Newcomer Youth program, ensuring these youth were able to participate in physical activities at the YMCA and in the community.
 Government of Canada The YMCA of Cambridge received a $5,000 grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage Multiculturalism Program in support of the fourth annual Cambridge International Festival.  The Cambridge International Festival promotes inter-cultural understanding and supports the exchange of culture, history and traditions by showcasing stories, artwork, dance, drama and music of many cultural groups in Cambridge.
         The YMCA of Cambridge and the KW YMCA received funding through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Waterloo Region to support the winter session of the Newcomer Youth programs offered in Cambridge and Kitchener.  Funding was used to enhace physical activity for newcomer children 6-12 by teaching them to run, jump, and play every day, and taught participants how to play outside safely during the winter months.
 Immigration Partnership The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received a $25,000 grant through the Immigration
Partnership Syrian Newcomer Fund in support of the Host program helpig refugees and immigrants belong to their community by building friendships and creating social support networks through matches made with local volunteers.
The Kitchener-Wateloo YMCA received $1,000 from the Kitchener Pioneer Lions Club to purchase leg stabelizers for the Step One machine located in the Wellness Centre at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA.  The leg stabelizers are designed to provide comfort and stabilization for users with leg weakness and spasms.  THe leg stabelizers help ensure safety and stability during exercise. 
        The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation contributed:

The Alex and Trish Brown Family Fund provided investment to the Roger Pownall Education Fund within the KW YMCA Endowment Fund.  The award is available annually to part time staff members of the YMCA's of Cambridge & KItchener-Waterloo who have demonstrated the core values of the YMCA and are enrolled or accepted into post-secodary education.

The McMurtry Family Fund supported the YMCA Outdoor Centre to purchase interior infrastructure and equipment for the greenhouse.  The greenhouse and gardens will provide an opportunity for youth to learn first-hand what is involved in growing and harvesting food.

The Paul Kuntz Legacy Fund and George Cluthe Fund provided support to the Neurological Wellness Program at the A.R. Kafman Family YMCA.  The purpose of the Neurological Wellness program is to provide customized exercise in a supportive environment for individuals who have neurological conditions.  The neuro programs provide opportunities for approximately 100 older adults to become active and engaged in maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviours and increasing social support networks

  The YMCA of Cambridge received a Loblaw Healthy Kids Grant in support of the YMCA Teen Drop-In Zone:  Nurturing Healthy Eating Habits Initative to help youth improve their eating habits by providing a healthy snack / meal option as youth arrive at the Teen Drop-In Zone every day after school/  
 Lyle S Hallman Foundation The Lyle S Hallman Foundation has invested $635,100 over four years in the First 2000 Days Strategy; an intentional strategy that increases knowledge of the importance of the first 2000 days of a child's life by connecting with mother post birth linking them with programs such as Parenting My Baby which provide information, early intervention and continued supports throughout the parenting journey.
 Government of Ontario

The YMCA of Camrbidge received a $4,167 Seniors Community Grant in support of
the Neurological Wellness Program at the Chaplin Family YMCA, bringing seniors and adults with similar health conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, stroke and spinal cord injury) together in a community based setting to build confidence and knowledge to exercise safety.


The Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA received $88,847 over two years

Trillium Mutual Insurance Roots Community Fund donated $3,000 to help rennovate the interior of one of Camp Belwood's original camper cabins.  The cabin received an interior makeover including new pine siding and Mennonite-made bunk beds.  This cabin transformation will be enjoyed and appreciated by current and future campers and staff who call Camp Belwood their second home.

The United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries has supported the YMCA of Cambridge with a 2014-16 Community Investment to deliver critical programs and services to teens and newcomer youth in Cambridge.  

The 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, like skills coaching and mentoring, improving the socio-emotional functioning and health of teens in Cambridge.


The United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area has supported the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA to deliver critical programs and services to vulnerable youth in Waterloo Region and Newcomer Women in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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

The 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 Healthy Lifestyles Program is a series of drop-in workshops using the social support model (Self, Family, Community).  Welcomes and supports women through learning, sharing and networking to help women to overcome isolation as they form connections with one another.

         Weston Seeding Stronger Communities Weston Foods Inc. and George Weston's Limited's Weston - Seeding Strong Communities campaign raised $9,082 to support kids attending YMCA Summer Camps where they learn new skills, make new friends, and grow to reach their full potential.
 Zehrs Markets Zehrs Markets, as part of Loblaw Companies Limited national "Give a Little, Help a Lot Campaign", the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo received $18,427 to provide kids from low income families the opportunity to attend summer camp.  Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to become more active, learn healthy lifestyle habits, gain independence, learn new skills, make friends and have fun!