At our annual Community Gathering on 10 June 2014 at Aboyne Hall, we unveiled our third contingent of 9 projects that received Mini-Grants this year. Also, we shared stories about the impact of past grants, had a panel discussing the breadth of community needs and gave a status update on the growth of our young Community Foundation. Grants were from Cedarcliff Fund, Community Fund and, for the first time this year, Alma and David Jack Youth Recreation Fund. We are pleased to be able to support these projects, a diverse and innovative cross section, highlighting our community at its best. =
ELMA AND DAVID JACK FAMILY YOUTH RECREATION FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS:
This program provides funds to assist families in purchasing children’s sports equipment such as hockey skates, soccer cleats, baseball gloves and running shoes for gym class. Community Resource Centre outreach staff coordinate the program that provides up to $200 per child per year.
Funds will help purchase new, innovative equipment in Maple Grove Park in Belwood, a playground improvement that is being sponsored by the Township of Centre Wellington Parks and Recreation, spearheaded by a group of community volunteers working with Belwood and District Lions Club.
CEDARCLIFF FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Located in downtown Fergus, the ‘Kissing Stane” sign will tell the sweet story about the local legend of this green space which has it that a boy was allowed to kiss his girl if she was sitting on the kissing stane. Additional local history will be included on the storyboard. A handcrafted bench will encourage visitors to pause and enjoy the little park.
To showcase the profusion of local art, the Elora Centre for the Arts will produce a guide/map directing visitors to outdoor sculpture, public and private art galleries and downtown retailers which are exhibiting local art. Local cultural events will also be listed.
COMMUNITY FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Go Girls Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds is a 10-year old program, geared to girls aged 12 to 14 to help them make informed choices about healthy eating, staying active, self image, and relationships. Each group of 8 – 10 girls is led by two trained female mentors (between 18 and 30) who meet with the group for 7 to 8 weeks during the school year.
Organization: John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
Project: Bullying Prevention and COPES
Funding supports two important youth programs delivered to Centre Wellington Schools:
- Bullying Prevention Program is delivered for about 40 minutes, once a week for 5 weeks to students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. It covers topics like developing prevention strategies, social competency skills and wise use of electronic communication devices.
- Communicating our Perspectives and Emotions Successfully (COPES) is delivered to groups of 5 – 12 youth, in grades 7 to 10, once a week for 8 weeks. Participants are identified by school staff as needing support in emotional and behaviour management to improve their school success and reduce their risk of escalating difficulties.
Organization: Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington
Project: Salad Bar Program at J D Hogarth PS
Funds will purchase healthy food to boost children’s intake of fruits and vegetables and learn about the value of nutritious food, which is important in helping children focus and learn. Three school volunteers donate about 60 hours a month to this program.
Organization: Upper Grand Learning Foundation
Project: Ukulele Music Program at John Black Public School
Funds will purchase 18 ukuleles and accompanying resource books, initially offered to all 120 grades 7 and 8 students by teachers with parent volunteers. As a cost effective instruments that is easy to learn, the goal is to provide an engaging music study that will enhance students life long love of music.
The Elora Environment Centre will used funds to build a rain garden to demonstrate an innovative and effective way to mitigate storm water run off, a growing problem as climate changes brings more severe weather conditions.
Photos courtesy of Michael Chapman.