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Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) is a public, charitable foundation created for and by the people of Centre Wellington. Our mission is to strengthen the Centre Wellington community by helping donors to achieve their giving goals, and by helping local non-profit organizations find resources to support their important work. We welcome your donation. All amounts, small or large, increase our ability to improve our local community of Centre Wellington.

The Centre Wellington Community Foundation is re-activating the Emergency Community Support Fund alongside Community Foundations of Canada

 The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic.

With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Centre Wellington, Wellington North, Minto and Mapleton to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing [an additional] $58,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020.

Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply go HERE

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Learn more about how CW Men Who Care are helping their community during these difficult times. Become a part of the solution.

Centre Wellington Community Foundation supports 32 local projects with COVID-19 Granting programs, See who we supported

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Want to know more about what has been done so far?

All funds have been allocated. Check back as we continue to announce grant recipients.

We are proud to take part in the Emergency Community Support Fund alongside Community Foundations across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The CWCF will be investing $111,000 in local organizations (Centre Wellington, North Wellington, Minto and Mapleton) to help in the emergency response efforts to support vulnerable populations in our community. Learn more HERE

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CW COVID-19 Community Response Fund [for Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), see above item]

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See our latest grant announcement

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Three new grants from CW COVID-19 Community Response fund

Each of the $1,000 grants focuses on supporting food needs in Centre Wellington. The first is to the Children’s Foundation’s “Fresh Food for Kids” program. The program provides healthy snacks usually delivered through the schools. They are now providing a week’s worth of snacks with home delivery. As an added benefit, the food is sourced locally in Centre Wellington. The second grant is to the Community Resource Centre to provide grocery gift cards to those in food emergencies who cannot access the Food Bank. The third grant is in support of the Centre Wellington Food Bank who have seen increasing demands for their services.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

CWCF launches CW COVID-19 Community Response Fund

In response to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) has created the CW COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This Fund is a rapid response fund, pooling community donations big or small. “Responding to the urgent need to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe and healthy, we established this Fund to enable rapid response granting to support the work of our front-line organizations and charities,” said Randall Howard, CWCF Chair.

The Fund was created with $10,000 in contributions from CWCF and generous local donors. Anyone wishing to support the CW Community Response Fund can make an immediate tax-deductible donation by clicking HERE. “Even before we could officially announce the Fund, donations have already started coming in, which shows the type of caring community we live in” said Raymond Soucy, CWCF Executive Director.

Further, the Fund will be a resource allowing the community to search and find additional funding sources.

We are also announcing the first grant from the Fund of $1,500, which is supplying Video Conferencing software capabilities to affected local charitable organizations. The purchase was made possible with a generous subsidy from Callbridge.com and is intended to help organizations continue to function during these times of social isolation and beyond.

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Given public health’s recommendations to reduce risk of community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centre Wellington Community Foundation has decided to postpone the Lost Luggage Auction scheduled for May 23rd.

We thank you for your continued support over the years and look forward to working with you and the Centre Wellington community for many more.

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy rest of the year during these turbulent, uncertain times.

Sincerely,

CWCF Board of Directors

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Project Grants open March 1, 2020, and Close April 1st, 2020 @ 5:00 PM. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, grants@cwcfoundation.ca or call  1.888.713.4083.

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CWCF Project Grants Public Information Session February 19th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Thinking of applying for a CWCF Project Grant, formerly called Mini Grants? Whether you’re a new applicant to Centre Wellington Community Foundation or want to learn more about making your application the best it can be, please join us at our upcoming information session. We’ll cover timelines, application tips and answer any questions you may have.

For detail to this free event & to register HERE

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Support your community with Giving Tuesday

Read our just published Vital Signs 2019 Report HERE.

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New Jack R. MacDonald Community Fund Granting Program Launched

More details HERE

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Vital Signs 2019 Launch

We are excited to announce a special launch event on Tuesday, October 1st for our Vital Signs 2019 Report and would love to see you there. The 2019 report doubled the number of themes we covered in the 2015 report! There is no charge to attend, but since space is limited (no really) we ask that you sign up  HERE.

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RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

Bold youth-led initiatives address local needs as Centre Wellington Community Foundation joins national community challenge

Centre Wellington Community Foundation is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to make up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects in Centre Wellington that will respond to one central question:

What is your boldest idea to respond to an urgent local need?

Click HERE for more details

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Provide your personal input  to our Vital Signs 2019 report.  Take our Community Survey HERE. Then enter your name for a chance to win 2 Riverfest Elora Saturday Tickets. Last day to take the survey is June 30th, 2019.

For support in filling in the Vital Signs survey over the phone, please call CRC, 519-843-7000, press 0 to leave a message and someone will call you back.

Enter for a chance to win TWO Saturday tickets to Riverfest Elora.

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We must admit we’re more used to giving out grants then receiving an award. A very big thank you to Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce for presenting us with the Not for Profit award at The 2019 Awards of Excellence Gala. Feels wonderful.

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Where Passion meets Results

Come celebrate with us 10 years of Centre Wellington Community Foundation.  Our annual Public Update and Project Grant Event has become known as a great way to energize your passion for community. You will not only hear about what CWCF has been up to and our plans for Community Building in 2019-20, but you’ll hear from our 2019 Project Grant recipients about how they are making notable contributions to our community.

Come energize your passion for community.

Place:  Aboyne Hall
Wellington County Museum & Archives
0536 Wellington Road 18, Fergus

Date:   Monday, May 13th, 2019

Time:   Doors open at 6:30 PM for Meet and Mingle with the program starting at 7:00 PM.

We’ll even have yummy homebaked snacks!
All are welcome. If you have any questions, email raymond@cwcfoundation.ca or call 888.713.4083.

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Application for Project Grants is now open. You can download the application HERE. You should read over the FAQ first which you can find HERE.

Project Grants open March 1, 2019, and Close April 1st, 2019 @ 5:00 PM. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, grants@cwcfoundation.ca or call     1.888.713.4083.

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CWCF Project Grants Public Information Session

February 19th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Thinking of applying for a CWCF Project Grant, formerly called Mini Grants? Whether you’re a new applicant to Centre Wellington Community Foundation or want to learn more about making your application the best it can be, please join us at our upcoming information session. We’ll cover timelines, application tips and answer any questions you may have.

For detail to this free event & to register http://bit.ly/2EEcY2H

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Let’s join together and give back today, GivingTuesday. This Canadian movement marks the “opening day of the giving season,” when charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favorite causes and think about others. Take the time today to celebrate the non-profit organizations that support our community in so many ways. Everyone is encouraged to support them with your time, talent and/or treasure. If you’d like to support CWCF go to www.GivingTuesday.cwcfoundation.ca, the team of Athol & Jason will match the first $2,000 in donations. This will DOUBLE your IMPACT.

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Read the latest newsletter HERE

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LATEST NEWS: Project Grants Opened April 1st and Closed May 1st

Congratulations to all those that received a Project Grant in 2018.

What’s your project?

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Past Events

Nov 2nd

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY – Sign up TODAY

On November 2nd our community will be celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day®. Centre Wellington Community Foundation is encouraging local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals to get involved by promoting the day within their own offices, classrooms, boardrooms, and networks. Join the fun by signing up HERE to participate and to receive a free Kindness Kit

Quesstions? Contact Raymond raymond@cwcfoundation.ca, 1.888.713.4083.

You can follow Random Act of Kindness Day Centre Wellington on Twitter by searching #RAKDayCW and on Facebook at facebook.com/CWCFdn

Oct 13th

safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps

safeTALK Workshop June 23rd

Saturday October 13th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Elora Public Library-Community Room downstairs.

You can find full details and buy tickets ($10 each), CLICK HERE.

June 23rd

safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps

safeTALK Workshop June 23rd

Saturday June 23rd 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Elora Public Library-Community Room downstairs.

You can find full details and buy tickets ($10 each) at http://bit.ly/2sZFaFB.

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Come join us on June 6th for our Public Update and Project Grant Event.  It’s a great opportunity for us and the Centre Wellington Community to share successes from the past year and talk about our plans for Community Building in 2018-19. We will also present our 2018 Project Grant recipients, come see what they are planning to do with their CWCF Project Grants. Plus, we are working hard on several new initiatives we plan to present on June 6th.

The event is open to all, free and no registration is required. Meet and Mingle at 7:00 PM with the program starting shortly there after. and Being held at Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum. You can get more details HERE.

We would love to see you there.

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GREATEST HITS FUNdraiser is Back!

Come out for a great night of fun, food, music and dancing all in support of our local community and the Centre Wellington  Community Foundation.

There will be something for everyone:

  • Delicious Local catering
  • Live Auction with auctioneer Scott Bessey.
  • Silent Auction.
  • Music by the incomparable DJ Spenny of Riverfest Elora

Saturday, April 28th 6:30 PM–Midnight  @ Elora Legion

Tickets for this gala evening are available for $30 from  any Board member, or by emailing tickets@cwcfoundation.ca or online at:

CWCFGreatestHits.EventBrite.ca_