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Community Impact Stories2019-01-25T13:58:26-04:00

YWCA Cambridge – The W
Camp with the Art
Amount Granted: $480

The Camp with the Art was a week-long camp for youth aged 8-12, that provided a safe space for youth to learn, through the creation of media-arts projects, how gender inequality affect us all.  Participating youth were introduced to traditional and non-traditional forms of art to help them unleash their creative side and become social-justice warriors!

“The t-shirt video really impacted me because as guys, we don’t have to deal with that pressure. Girls have a lot of pressure put on them to be pretty and perfect and it’s not fair.  Not all boys think those things about girls either – I certainly don’t.  I want my t-shirt to show that.”
– Camper A, 12yrs old

This was after an activity that provided a more in-depth look at gender and how slogans on clothing perpetuate harmful and limiting gender stereotypes. This camper was truly impacted by the discussion and, when creating his stencils for t-shirt design, fashioned the slogan “I am a boy, not a bully.” He proudly wore his shirt throughout the week!

SHORE Centre
Pregnancy Options Support Program – Cambridge Expansion
Amount Granted: $1,450

The Pregnancy Options Support Program provides non-judgemental support and accurate information to empower clients to make informed decisions about their pregnancy options and sexual health needs.

“I came to the SHORE Centre terrified and I was immediately put at ease. The counsellor was so amazing, comforting and beyond helpful. I am so happy I came here today and thankful for all the amazing help I was given. Thank you so much for getting me through this.” – Participant.

Kinbridge Community Association
Discovery & Young Explorers
Amount Granted: $2,400

Two separate camps held in the Southwood neighborhood of Galt, Cambridge, in area school gymnasiums. This camp provides an outstanding  low-cost camp experience to youngsters living at or under the Low Income Cut Off. Weekly swimming outings, pizza day, off-site trips (Lion Safari, Museum, Bingemans etc), outdoor activities, camaradery and a safe space for all to have fun and be active.

“Every summer I spend a week with my dad. This year dad signed me up for We R Travellers summer camp. I was so excited to go and meet new friends and go swimming. Our camp leaders, Potato and Matrix were so much fun. Every day my dad would drop me off and I could not wait to play games, go to the park and hang out with my friends. When my dad picked me up on the third day of camp we went to the community centre to let them know how much fun I was having and to thank them for helping me go to camp. I like spending time with my dad, every summer but this summer was the best. I can’t wait to go to camp again next year.”
– Parent of a participant.

Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
Preston Community Garden
Amount Granted: $3000

From field to Food Bank to fork, our gardens are about more than food. This is our community growing food for our community. We see our gardens not only as a source of fresh, organic, healthy, and local food, but also as places of opportunity to gain new skills, achieve greater physical, mental, and spiritual health, and to build new relationships that break down social barriers.

“It has been wonderful to be a volunteer in the food bank gardens at Preston Community Garden. I love giving back to my community and knowing that the food bank is getting fresh produce that it so desperately needs.  It has also been a great experience for my whole family and my kids love planting seeds and picking food, knowing another child in their community will be given such a wonderful gift” -Ryan Wilbur, Volunteer