Foundation and Grants 2018 - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Foundation and Grants 2018


       Astley Family Foundation

The Astley Family Foundation contributed $50,000 to the Newcomer Youth Pathways Program, creating intentional coordinated pathways for newcomer youth to feel a sense of belonging, discovering the value in community contributions

 BenefAction Foundation The BenefAction Foundation contributed $5,000 to support the new expansion at the Stork Family YMCA.
 Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation

The Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation contributed:

$2,250 through the Nina Suttie's Children's Summer Camp Fund to sponsor kids applying to attend camp Ki-Wa-Y.

$700 through 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 2017, Jumpstart provided 225 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 99 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.

 The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation contributed:

$70,914 through the Smart & Caring - Communiy Grants program for the Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging project enhancement to create intentional coordinated pathways for newcomer youth to feel a sense of belonging, discovering the value in community contributions.  Enhancement to this project will provide a female navigator to work alongside the male navigator to build belonging through shared experiences and authentic connections.  The addition of a mentoring component will provide additional connectivity and networking for these newcomer youth.

The McMurtry Family Fund supported the YMCA Outdoor Centre.

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.

Manulife has made a $150,000 investment in the YMCAs of Cambriidge & Kitchener-Waterloo's Physical Literacy and Recreation Project over the next three years.  With the support of Manulife the YMCA will work to develop program curriculuum, build fundamental movement skills and physical literacy for children and youth in our community providing the tools and support this generation needs to be active for life. 


United Way Waterloo Region Communities has supported the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo to deliver critical programs and services to vulnerable youth in Waterloo Region and Newcomer Women in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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 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 funds 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 funds 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!