|Donations are always welcomed to this Fund. The June Evangeline Anne Horton Fund was established to grant forever in the areas of ballet, animal welfare and kidney disease.
To donate now, click here and choose the June Evangeline Anne Horton Fund.
|As communities across Canada welcome Syrian refugees displaced from their homes, Elgin County volunteers are working to support the resettlement of privately sponsored refugee families in our own community.
St. Thomas-Elgin has a long history of private refugee sponsorship and is well-prepared to welcome and integrate refugees into the community. Several local churches, and agencies such as the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, have committed to sponsor families.
With the support of the YWCA Settlement Services and the St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership, a coalition of volunteers called “Unite For Refugees” has formed and is committed to sharing resources and strengths to support the refugee families as they start their new life. Training has been provided to the many caring individuals in how to address needs for newcomers. A website has also been developed www.uniteforrefugees.org that has many valuable resources for the community.
In support of local efforts the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation has established the ‘Elgin Welcome Fund’ and is accepting donations that will grant to charities providing support for refugees settling in Elgin County. Generous donations from ESCF Board Member Kathy Collier and from Doug Tarry Homes have helped to grow this fund. “The ongoing community support from Kathy and Doug Tarry Homes is unmatched,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Terry Carroll.
ESCF will issue charitable receipts for any donation of $10 or more. Please make cheques payable to Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation, or simply ESCF,
or click here to choose Elgin Welcome Fund and donate now.
| Looking for a fun, quick and exciting way to make a positive impact in St. Thomas and across Elgin County? Join ‘100 People Who Care’, a donor circle established by the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation.
How does it work? The answer is simple: 100 People contribute $100 each. The Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation collects the funds and provide charitable donation receipts.
Once we have reached our 100 member pledges, local charities are invited to submit brief funding proposals to the Foundation. A short list of charities present project ideas to the ‘100 People Who Care’ at a special granting event. Each charitable organization has the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation to the membership to pitch what they would do with $10,000 to foster positive change in the Elgin-St. Thomas community. At the end of the evening, the 100 People Who Care vote, and the winning charity receives $10,000 that night!
“I was very happy to be one of the founding members of the ‘100 People Who Care’ in our community,” said Andrew Gunn, a member of the planning committee. “We have a lot of extremely talented people locally who are interested in supporting great causes, but may not have a lot of time to get involved with traditional service clubs. The ‘100 People Who Care’ approach solves this problem by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and then make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”
Watch for details as we get closer to this exciting evening.
|The campaign started with modest intentions – support of paramedic colleagues Stephanie Romano and Denise Laing, and a pledge to print some t-shirts and donate the proceeds to programs that support first responders’ mental health initiatives. Very quickly news of their project spread and grew into an international call for support. They built a website with resource links, have sold mountains of merchandise through their online store and donated the proceeds – many tens of thousands of dollars – to those organizations who support first responders’ mental health.
Their website http://www.ivegotyourback911.com/ reads: “First Responders are twice as likely to suffer PTSD. There’s no need to suffer in silence. The help you need is here. This website offers resources and services for the First Responder community to understand the various steps of a PTSD program from managing a crisis through to implementing best practices into an existing program.” “Our granting has supported many worthy programs from therapy dogs to front line suicide prevention initiatives like TEMA’s documentary ‘The other side of the hero,” says Jill Foster co-founder of #IVEGOTYOURBACK911.
“We wanted to ensure we could continue to support these and other charities, and working with the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation allows us to take this to the next level.” The #I’vegotyourback911 Fund supports charities with a focus on first responders’ mental health, and builds a legacy that will continue granting each year in perpetuity.