The following charitable organizations submitted proposals online through the GIVEOakville granting program. This intake process takes place from late summer through early fall.

For more information about GIVEOakville see the FAQs here.

Grant Requests

Oakville Community Foundation Programs

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Oakville Community Foundation
Community Classroom
Oakville Community Foundation's FREE curriculum-based arts, culture, environmental, and heritage experience for every JK - Grade 8 student in a publicly-funded Oakville school. This initiative allows for the approximately 22,000 students in Oakville’s public schools and supports 15 local organizations and institutions. Last year we provided this experience to 8,000 Oakville students This year, help us double that number.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
7,600.00
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Environmental Projects

ArtHouse for Children & Youth
ArtHouse Leans Green

Using the voices of our young people through the arts to enhance Creativity, Education and a Call for Action, we are excited to partner with Halton Environmental Network with two special projects:

Canoe Gardens - recycling "retired" canoes into colourful pollinator gardens thriving with native plants from the Six Nation's Kayanase Greenhouses. Canoe Gardens enhance the migration of bees and butterflies as well as establish deeper relationships with Six Nations, by incorporating indigenous knowledge and practices.

Waste to Art - initiatives that support the mitigation of consumption as youth navigate areas within Oakville in search of plastics and other forms of waste that will be transformed into Public Art. Single-use plastics wind up in landfill or migrate to our parks, rivers, lakes and oceans. Our message is about depletion and the over-production of products that impact our environment.

Requested
21,201.60
Funded
238.04
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Toronto Wildlife Centre
Helping Oakville's Wildlife (HOWL)

This project provides medical and rehabilitative care to sick and injured wildlife found in Oakville, with the ultimate goal of releasing healthy animals back to the wild.

Oakville is blessed with a diversity of wildlife that resides in its abundant green spaces and lakefront. But wild animals living in and around urban areas face the challenges of human activities and infrastructure - roads, garbage, reflective windows, and more, can threaten their well-being, and many become sick and/or injured. For these animals, Toronto Wildlife Centre is often their only hope.

This grant will support expert care and rehabilitation for up to 30 adult wild patients from Oakville, giving them a second chance at life in the wild. This includes diagnostic tests, medical treatment, surgery and other interventions when needed; daily monitoring and ongoing care, including nutritious food, exercise, enrichment and housing. By healing and returning healthy animals back to the wild, we will be supporting Oakville's residents to sustain healthy ecosystems and nurture inclusive communities for people and wildlife.

Requested
9,000.00
Funded
1,600.00
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Newcomer Projects

Fare Share Food Bank (Oakville) Inc
Project Halal

We are a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, and have been helping the needy families of Oakville since 1988. We currently serve 350 to 420 families (approx. 1,400 people) per month from our location at 1240 Speers Road.

With the increasing number of refugees coming from Muslim countries the need for Halal products increases everyday.

Monetary donations are vital to our existence. We need them to buy non donated perishable food such as chicken, ground beef, ham, fish, cheese and fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit. A large portion of the money pays for the vouchers we provide to families with children to obtain from local supermarkets items such as milk and eggs. We also need to pay unavoidable fixed expenses such as rent, utilities and insurance.

Requested
12,500.00
Funded
850.00
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Food For Life Canada
Speaking Each Other's Language

For the 28,355 individuals living in Oakville (Stats Can 2011) who's native language is something other than English or French, our community can be confusing, uninviting and challenging to navigate. Add in the stress and struggle of food/ financial insecurity facing many of our new Canadians and immigrant neighbours and you get a group of people who do not feel as though they belong in their new community.

Speaking Each Others Language is an initiative by Food for Life (FFL) and Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) to increase inclusion and belonging at 3 food programs across Oakville by providing translation services on site, multi- lingual signage and food program promotion as well as focused evaluation to quantify language barrier reduction's impact on a persons sense of belonging in Oakville, as this project may be a jumping off point for a host of innovative and inclusive opportunities for our multi- lingual community.

Requested
23,500.00
Funded
1,750.00
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Oakville Meals on Wheels
Comfort Food - Increasing Cultural and Dietary Meal Offerings

After 44 years, infinite kilometers and countless meals, its time for new wheels.

Our Comfort Food project will increase cultural and dietary food offerings to serve our diverse population in Oakville. We have long provided low salt meals to clients to satisfy dietary needs and have an opportunity to better serve those for whom comfort food is not North American fare, but rather diverse cuisine.

Comfort Food recognizes that culturally appropriate food is not only a significant factor of food security, but also of inclusion and belonging. Our new wheels will take us in the direction of increased inclusivity, as we identify and work with community partners to ensure that our meal selections are diverse, nutritious, reflective of our community's food tastes/dietary needs. This project is for the individual who has food sensitivities/need, for the vegetarian who wants more than mixed vegetables, for the person who longs for the smell of curry bubbling on the stove. We believe in comfort and inclusion through our meals.

Requested
24,000.00
Funded
200.00
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The Lighthouse for Grieving Children
Multicultural Outreach Project

As the communities within our catchment area continue to grow and become increasingly diverse, we recognize the need to reach out to the multicultural community to build trusting relationships with key leaders and stakeholders, learn about the values and needs within communities, and identify barriers to accessing services so that Lighthouse may serve them better. We endeavour to raise awareness of our services, increase utilization of services, and provide a safe, welcoming community where ALL families feel they belong.

The project will help fund a part-time Multicultural Outreach Coordinator to connect to and build trusting relationships with key leaders and stakeholders from the multicultural/faith communities within our catchment. As relationships are built, the Outreach Coordinator will seek opportunities to learn and build awareness through involvement with community events, activities, hosting focus groups and information sessions and engaging the multicultural community in volunteer opportunities.

Requested
10,000.00
Funded
2,440.33
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Community Projects

Acclaim Health
Build Oakville's New Dementia Care Centre

You helped us purchase our site - now help us transform the building into a state of the art dementia care centre for Oakville. With your support, what is now a warehouse will become a 15,000 sq ft dementia care centre that will house 8 short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in all of Halton); an expanded Adult Day Program for people with dementia (more clients, now 7 days/week and longer daily hours); an additional Adult Day Program for frail, isolated older adults; and increased support for family caregivers (support groups, courses, private consultations).

The new centre will transform dementia care in Oakville, supporting mental health and reducing social isolation for over 1,400 people with dementia and their families each year.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
13,477.10
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton
Girls Linking Our World (GLOW)

GLOW is an after-school mentoring program, that has been developed to promote healthy lifestyles, empower and build leadership skills of young adolescent girls (ages 12-14) from diverse backgrounds, who may be experiencing isolation or exclusion based on their identity either as a newcomer or as a member of a religious or cultural group or as a racialized young person.

The goal of the program is to provide girls with information and support to make informed choices about healthy living while developing confidence in their own identity. Girls will have the opportunity to reflect about their own culture and identity, develop leadership skills and nurture respect and acceptance for others.

Requested
20,000.00
Funded
8,000.00
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Camp Oochigeas
Gift of Camp–for 3 kids in Oakville affected by childhood cancer

Each year, thousands of kids have their lives changed forever because someone gave them the gift of Camp. Your gift will provide fun, safe and accessible Camp experiences for three Oakville children affected by childhood cancer, including medical care, around-the-clock high ratio supervision, fully accessible activities, meals, transportation and everything else needed to make Camp a safe and magical experience. We are seeking your support to give three kids with and affected by childhood cancer the chance to experience two weeks of Overnight Camp at Ooch Muskoka.

By supporting Camp Ooch, you are giving these kids the chance to be who they are, not what they have, to let their silly, wonderful selves shine, no matter what their diagnosis.

Requested
12,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Halton Region Branch
Free Walk-In Counselling in Oakville

We will provide free walk-in counselling in Oakville to adults, seniors, and youth age 16+ who are in need of mental health/addictions support and referrals to community services. Clients will meet one-on-one with qualified counsellors with no appointments or referrals required and no waiting list. Counsellors will provide sessions each Wednesday from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Counsellors will talk with clients about a wide range of concerns and vulnerabilities, including relationships, depression, anxiety, anger, sexuality and sexual orientation, childhood abuse, grief and loss, life changes, self-esteem, alcohol and drug use, gambling, family violence, parenting issues, suicidal thoughts, and any other problem that may be affecting their lives. They will work with clients to help them understand their problems and find community resources for more support.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
7,855.92
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Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Envision Oakville - Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors

For many seniors, adjusting to life with sight loss is one of the most difficult experiences they'll ever face - especially if the loss is sudden. CNIB's Peer Support program is based on evidence in reducing social isolation among people who have lost their sight.

Envision Oakville is one of our most active peer support groups. The group has doubled in less than 2 years and has demonstrated success in reducing isolation for seniors with sight loss. We want to capitalize on this momentum to help our volunteers build an Oakville that is inclusive for everyone – regardless of sight or ability. The CNIB Peer Support program is volunteer and participant-driven, empowering older adults to engage with their community and break down barriers for themselves and others impacted by blindness. Older adults with sight loss will:


• Participate in recreational activities such as art or music classes;
• Learn to use accessible technologies that make life with sight loss easier;
• Enhance their advocacy skills to make their community more accessible and inclusive; and,
• Experience all of the above in the context of social support from peers.
Requested
22,500.00
Funded
0.00
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Community Living Oakville
Raise Your Voice Council

The Raise Your Voice Council is comprised of 15 self advocates with a developmental disability. The Council's aim is to increase equitable access and participation in community life for adults with a developmental disability, who would otherwise not have access or opportunities.

Recognizing the correlation between social connectivity and affiliation with social networks based on shared interests and quality of life, the Raise Your Voice Council organizes a variety of recreational, social and educational opportunities. This schedule is developed from a survey circulated through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) and allows people with a developmental disability to have a voice in designing the activities that meet their needs and goals. Opportunities are open to all adults with a developmental disability across Halton and encourage full community participation while decreasing isolation. The Council's activities also assist families who lack support reducing family hardships.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
25,000.00
Fully
Funded!
Diabetes Canada
Light a Spark that lasts a lifetime for Oakville Children
Diabetes Camp is a medical camp where we ensure that both fun and diabetes education are woven seamlessly into the camp experience through a variety of programs for participants ages 7-17. The objectives of Diabetes Camp are to teach independent self-management of diabetes, nurture friendships, improve self-esteem, provide a safe, fun, and educational camp experience. This funding will allow for two children from the Oakville community to attend Diabetes Camp during the Summer of 2020.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
Fully
Funded!
The Community Oak Park/Durham Association For Family Resources and Support
Family Support Network for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Community Oak Park is a family network for people with loved ones with a developmental disability.

Many adults with developmental disabilities are unemployed, living in isolation in the homes of aging parents, and not participating in their community. Barriers include financial costs, not feeling comfortable in typical programs as the only participant with a disability and not wanting to participate in a program that is segregated (only for people with a developmental disability).

Working with community partners, we will develop inclusive community programs in fitness, nutrition and the arts that are accessible to those with and without disabilities. The programs will include paid leadership roles for those with disabilities actively teaching, assisting or coordinating the program. We will support Oakville organizations to be fully inclusive for those with developmental disabilities. Confidence and a sense of belonging will be achievable for our family members who want to share their gifts in our Oakville community.

Requested
18,985.00
Funded
18,985.00
Fully
Funded!
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Independent Living Program

Each July, 12 young people with disabilities, many from the Oakville area, participate in ErinoakKids Independent Living Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. Over a period of 11 days and 10 nights, these youth learn and practice independent living skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Participants reside in a university residence, with access to 24-hour attendant services, accessible apartment-style accommodations, meals and life skills programming.

This program teaches participants to set their own goals, to make choices and take responsibility for their actions. As a result, youth are able to experience the natural consequences of their decisions in a supported and safe environment and "graduate" from the program with the skills and increased confidence they need to live more independently.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
10,100.00
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Food4Kids
Weekends without Hunger for Oakville

Throughout Halton Food4Kids has experienced constant growth in the number of children needing assistance. 2 years ago we predicted that the number of children we serve would plateau at 500. However, at the end of the 2019 school year we were feeding more than 600 children every week. In Oakville our numbers increased by 10 children in the last school. But our work is not done.

We are determined that no child in Oakville should suffer from hunger on weekends and the consequences of it during the week. Every child deserves their best chance at a successful education. Our mission is to be able to confidently say that every single child who is food insecure receives a bag of healthy food every Friday.

Our goal is to personally visit each of the 16 schools not in our program, talk to the principal about our program and make sure that all children in need are referred and immediately included in the deliveries.

Requested
18,000.00
Funded
7,079.74
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Halton Catholic Children's Education Foundation (HCCEF)
School Trips for Oakville Kids Project

Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school. Opportunities for many of our youth are not equal

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom often have costs associated with them. These costs are barriers to learning for children living in low-income households (an estimated 1100 HCDSB students in Oakville).

The project will help to Bridge the Equity Gap, & will promote Inclusion opportunities. At-risk students & lower rates of academic success are the challenges the Ministry of Education's Equity & Inclusive Education Strategy addresses. The Strategy indicates academic success increases when barriers to inclusion are identified & removed. We need to support our children with Equity & Inclusion, so they can become well-adjusted adults.

HCCEF already supports students with school trips across Halton. This project will scale up this support by helping 50 low-income Oakville students from HCDSB schools, with their school multi-day trip (i.e. Grade 8 Trip; Outdoor Education Trip). 50 students will have an equitable & inclusive opportunity, the same as their peers, to learn, to grow & to succeed in school.

Requested
13,750.00
Funded
750.00
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Halton Children's Aid Foundation
Halton Youth Out of Care Success Program

Halton Youth Out of Care Success Program is an education, training and employment program for youth aged 18 - 24 who have aged out of the supports provided through the children's aid system (i.e youth out of care).

This individualized pilot program launched in the Fall of 2019 for the most vulnerable youth - youth with the highest percentage who are not in employment, education and training. The program includes intensive case management, wrap around supports, mentorship and incentives designed to aid these youth on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Halton Food For Thought
Halton Food for Thought Oakville Student Nutrition Programs

HFFT provides equitable access to healthy food for all students in a school community in a safe, reliable space for students to enjoy the social benefits of sharing a meal with friends and interact with positive adult role models. We know that students are hungry for many different reasons; in fact nearly one third of elementary school and half of secondary school students arrive at school hungry - thus not able to reach their full potential. Financial Poverty as well as Time Poverty are real - right here in Halton! HFFT firmly believes that children cannot learn and be healthy without access to nutritious food.

Your support will ensure a successful start to 3 new Oakville Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) providing an additional 1,500 students regular access to healthy snacks and meals during the school day, thus helping to ensure their readiness to learn, academic success and development of positive behaviours that last a lifetime.

Requested
15,000.00
Funded
2,250.00
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Halton Learning Foundation (HLF)
Eliminating Barriers Program for Oakville Students
All students struggle with the "need to belong"; however, this is amplified for students who do not have the basic necessities. Imagine being 15 years old and wearing the same clothes to school every day, with slippers on your feet because you don't have proper shoes. Imagine being six years old and trying to make one lunch last five days. Some families are suddenly homeless, while some students need to leave unsafe situations. We help these kids every day. One in 10 students in the Halton District School Board lives below the poverty line. These students have financial barriers that make it difficult to engage in school. When students lack the basics, such as clothing, toiletries, food or school supplies, it has a lasting impact on their ability to learn. HLF helps eliminate these barriers with emergency subsidies. By providing support within 24 hours, students-in-need can have the chance to fit in at school, participate in school activities, and explore possibilities for their future.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
4,200.00
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Heartache2Hope
First Steps To Healing After Suicide Loss (First Steps)

Heartache2Hope is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting suicide loss grievers in Oakville and surrounding areas. We create a community of support where individuals feel a sense of safety, belonging, and start their healing process.

With the help of OCF's GIVE program, our First Steps to Healing After Suicide Loss (First Steps) initiative will expand our capacity to support suicide loss grievers right from the start. The goal of the initiative is to develop advancements to our established supportive programming, which will reduce waitlists and timelines for needed supports and enhance the scope of our services.

Requested
24,802.00
Funded
2,849.57
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HIPPY Oakville
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters in Oakville

HIPPY Oakville provides a free preschool education for 3, 4 and 5 year old children of vulnerable families. The 30 week program teaches pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-math skills. HIPPY's Home Visitors, in their first job in Canada, teach parents in their own homes, parents then teach their children the skills in each week's activity package. The national curriculum is based on children's literature. All materials and supplies are free of charge. Bi-weekly group meetings provide parents with guest speakers and a peer group.

HIPPY serves three populations: Children who start school with the appropriate skills, ready to learn and succeed. Parents who develop their English literacy skills, their relationship with their children and their own pride and self-confidence. Our goal is to build community capacity, as the parents grow and develop into advocates for their children's education, become informed and engaged members and potential leaders of their community Paid Home Visitors who improve and develop their English literacy skills. They receive 100 hours of training annually and develop a Canadian work record and references.

Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Home Suite Hope
Homeward Bound Halton and Jill of all Trades
Launched in 2014, Homeward Bound Halton is an education program for homeless and precariously housed single mothers. It is designed to aid participants on their journey to self-sufficiency through education and employment. The Homeward Bound Halton program is an up to 3 year program with a full scholarship to complete a two-year diploma program at Sheridan College, intensive case management, a housing rental subsidy, and wrap around supports. Other supports include Professional Development Day workshops, networking opportunities, and access to rec and leisure programs. 
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
1,571.18
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Junior Achievement of Central Ontario
Transforming Oakville Students' Economic Future with Critical Life Skills
The support of Give Oakville would allow for a JA Financial Literacy program, to be offered during the 19/20 school year, to over 250 students in Grades 4-12. JA programs teach critical life skills that introduce students to important concepts in financial literacy skills and knowledge. These programs allow students to understand their potential, set life goals and succeed at school and in business. We partner with teachers and dedicated volunteers to bring real-world and relevant content into the classroom. JA programs allow students to build on their foundation of knowledge that will set them up for a successful future and support them to make a successful transition to adulthood.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Kerr Street Mission (KSM)
KSM Youth Development Program enhancement and expansion

The program is focused on developing at-risk youth in the Kerr Street and surrounding area and is designed to equip youth for success: in school, relationships, work and in life. Youth have a better chance of growing into healthy and capable adults when provided with a safe and stimulating environment, engaging activities, leadership experiences, positive adult mentors as well as healthy community connections.

The program's main goal is to develop youth MORE EFFECTIVELY by improving the quality and quantity of opportunities, experiences and activities, and by developing stronger relationships with adult mentors.

An additional goal is to engage MORE local youth in the program. With additional staff we will have the capacity to offer opportunities, experiences and activities and we will be able to be more intentional at reaching out in the community to engage more youth – in particular we want to identify and engage youth that may be facing increased risk.

Requested
18,700.00
Funded
3,200.00
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Kids Help Phone/Jeunesse, J'ecoute
Expanding access to virtual care for Oakville youth

More young people are reaching out to us for support than ever before, and this has strained our capacity. Young people reach out to us via phone, Live Chat, our internationally recognized website, and our confidential, volunteer-led texting service. We also connect youth to local services through the most extensive and expertly vetted national database of youth-serving programs in Canada.

We currently have 515 records of resources serving young people in Oakville that our team of Information Specialists needs to continuously update and verify each year, to ensure we are providing counsellors and youth with the most current and accurate information. We are seeking an investment to directly benefit young people in Oakville and across Canada – hundreds of whom are reaching out to our counsellors and volunteer Crisis Responders today alone.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
2,500.00
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Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton
Reading Rocks: A Motivational Reading Intervention Program for Vulnerable Readers
Reading Rocks is a literacy intervention program for children with an identified or suspected learning disability that also addresses issues of self-esteem and self-efficacy. Children work one-on-one with a trained volunteer tutor, who teaches the foundational literacy skills of sight word vocabulary, phonics, and fluency using an engaging, hands-on approach. Reading Rocks also uses motivational and self-regulation tactics such as graphing, goal setting, and monitoring to actively engage children in their own learning and allow them to recognize their own progress and achievement.
Requested
10,211.50
Funded
100.00
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March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Kitchen Renovations at Oakville's Jean & Howard Caine Apartments

The Jean and Howard Caine Apartments in Oakville is a 59-unit apartment building for residents with physical disabilities. The apartments are modified for safe and comfortable living for the residents, including wheelchair accessible showers and automatic doors.

In 2017, we began a multi-year kitchen renovation project at the Apartments, after holding tenant focus groups on the needs and limitations of the existing kitchens, to bring them fully up to modern accessibility standards.

Since the project began, we have completed 18 full renovations, covering the entire second floor, and select units on the third, fourth and fifth floors. For 2019/20, the goal is to complete the renovations on the entire third floor.

Requested
21,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Moorelands Kids
LEDGE (Learn, Experience, Deepen, Grow, Empower)

You can help us to meet kids at this critical juncture between childhood and adolescence to provide the guidance, mentorship, support and skill-building that they need to really thrive. LEDGE is a unique opportunity for 12 Oakville youth in Grade 9 to participate in an immersive, experiential learning program designed to foster and encourage leadership skills. LEDGE is offered at Moorelands Camp, in Dorset, ON.

We encourage youth to take responsibility for their own actions, to understand the importance of the choices they make and the impact that those choices have on their lives. They will learn to lead others and to apply the same skills of decision-making, goal setting, problem-solving and conflict resolution to their interactions with others.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Financial Literacy
To create a Financial Help Centre which focuses on financial counselling, year round tax filing support and low interest micro loans. To reduce dependence on money mart institutions taking 15% of pay cheques, to support opening up bank accounts, and to encourage tax filing to increase income and open up potential opportunities for benefits.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Oakville Chamber Orchestra (OCO)
OCO in the Community – Music for the Mind
The OCO's Wind Quintet and String Quartet will bring classical music to adults, seniors and people with disabilities who would not otherwise have access to live classical music; thereby increasing inclusivity, reducing inequality, improving quality of life, and leveraging community partnerships to ensure that no one is left behind.
Requested
12,400.00
Funded
0.00
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Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Families in Transition

This program was developed to assist community members who are temporarily homeless due to domestic violence, financial crisis, mental or physical health issues, and those who are temporarily hospitalized.

OMHS helps families who are in transition by providing temporary foster care, boarding, medical care, and food for pets. Temporary safe care for the pets increases the likelihood the family unit can be kept together.

OMHS works with the public as well as with hospitals, local police and social service agencies who provide referrals for clients seeking asylum and shelter for family pets. Individuals in transition can participate in this program until their issues are resolved.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Oakville Strokers
Help defer cost of facility rental
The purpose of the program is to help stroke survivors overcome the aftermath of a stroke. Each weekly program begins with socializing and light refreshment time, followed by low impact stretching exercises. A one hour pool session follows with the help of the volunteers. Participants then enjoy a group lunch, followed by card games,arts and crafts and other leisure activities. Emphasis is placed on fostering a warm, caring and cooperative environment. Above all, it is fun and rewarding for all.
Requested
2,000.00
Funded
2,000.00
Fully
Funded!
Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury (PHD)
Nutrition and Gardening Program for Brain Health and Community Wellness

We provide community based rehabilitation to survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI). ABI is damage to the brain that occurs after birth from a traumatic or non-traumatic event.

This project will create a program that increases awareness and knowledge of "brain foods" and sustainable agriculture within the community of Oakville. These services will be expanded to address the needs of those at an elevated risk and who are disenfranchised by these social determinants of health. Through teaching, rehabilitation and education, risk levels are mitigated; in turn, preventing poor nutritional choices while increasing overall awareness.

In addition, this program will provide the tools and supports to assist our clients and their families in maintaining their place in the community to the greatest degree.

Requested
22,780.00
Funded
0.00
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Radius Child & Youth Services
Increasing access to counselling and support to children and youth affected by abuse

At Radius, our goal is to ensure every child, youth and family receives timely access to the support and care they need to heal from the trauma caused by abuse, and to prevent child abuse from occurring at all.

Our proposed project will support 7 Oakville children and youth in our therapeutic programs, combining one-on-one counselling and group therapy.

Each client receives an in-depth assessment of their needs and strengths and then an individually tailored counselling plan is developed.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton
Voice of Change, Advocacy, and Leadership (VOCAL)

VOCAL is a community-based project that seeks to address the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking through a trauma-informed group counselling program that is facilitated by a survivor of human trafficking.

Over the past two years, SAVIS of Halton has supported over 100 survivors of human trafficking in the Halton region and we are committed to continuing to offer them the tools they need to build community and supports.

Staring in 2020, we will be offering the survivors who access our services the option of attending peer group programming sessions. These sessions will function as a space for survivors to work on developing life skills, sense of self and safety, and practical skills, all while building a community of support with other survivors.

The objective of this project is to dismantle the unique barriers survivors of human trafficking experience when building a life after trauma.

Requested
15,000.00
Funded
1,500.00
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Shifra Homes Inc.
Wellness Program

The Wellness program at Shifra Homes is geared toward a holistic treatment and rehabilitation structure. The treatment and rehabilitation structure will focus on three foundational areas: the emotional, mental and bodily health of each resident. Residents will work with certified and trained practitioners in each of these fields.

The psychotherapy service is the flagship of our wellness program. Art therapy and massage therapy act as supportive instruments supplementing psychotherapy. However, we recognize that each component of the Wellness program operates in confluence to bolster recovery and rehabilitation.

Requested
10,000.00
Funded
6,384.74
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Special Olympics Inc.
Special Olympics Unified Sports Oakville

Special Olympics Unified Sports is intended to address the shortage of available inclusive recreational and sport opportunities for children (8-12) and youth (both 13-15 and in transition 16-18) with intellectual disabilities.

Our goal is to run one unified basketball competition in a secondary school, one university/college intramural unified basketball competition and one unified basketball community program in Oakville. We aim to do this by creating a network of programs that embrace and promote a paradigm-shift to the inclusion of youth with and without disabilities on "unified" teams.

We'll provide support with tools, resources and training that promote success for all in three different year-round program environments that expand the range of our unified programs in schools, university/colleges and communities. We intend to create a competitive pathway for regional competitions to have the opportunity to advance to a provincial games.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Start2Finish
Oakville Running & Reading Club
Start2Finish wishes to maintain its highly successful Running & Reading Club after-school program in Oakville. Currently the program is operating in one school (Oakwood Public School) in a low-income community, providing fitness, literacy, social inclusion and character skill building opportunities to a total of 60 children and 10 junior coaches living in poverty/deprivation.
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
18,500.00
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St. Luke's Anglican Church
Reaching Out to Oakville

The "Reaching Out to Oakville" project will increase inclusion within our community by installing a static electronic message board as an upgrade to our outdoor signage.

This LED signage will advertise community programs, services and events for newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, seniors, youth and many others. St. Luke's works with more than 25 community organizations. Their programs hosted at St. Luke's address the major issues affecting quality of life in the Oakville community.

Our goal is to ensure that we are all connected and that the residents of Oakville are aware of our programs, services and events hosted at this community hub.

Requested
8,777.64
Funded
1,956.12
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The Darling Home for Kids
Therapeutic Programs

The goals of the project are to provide inclusive therapeutic programs to children with medical complexity, improving their quality of life and offering them experiences that are not available in the broader community. The benefits/results of Therapeutic Programs include:

•Improved physical and cognitive abilities
•Increased confidence and self-esteem
•Greater sense of involvement in the community
•Strengthened interpersonal skills and relationships
•Improved coping and adaptation skills, related to stress and anxiety
•Improved physical health (lowering of heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rates)
•Enhanced well-being and a sense of accomplishment

Requested
20,000.00
Funded
14,000.00
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The Oakville Choir for Children & Youth
Youth Development and Inclusion

Due to the significant challenges youth are facing today including anxiety and depression among disadvantaged high school students; we would like to provide an inclusive program that offers a place for teens to sing and participate in youth leadership workshops, social responsibility workshops, and anti-bullying workshops; as well as to build camaraderie and self esteem through healthy relationships.

The goal is for youth to gain improved self-esteem and acceptance which would be achieved through performances, mentorship, social and anti-bullying education, and artistic volunteer leadership positions.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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The Tempus Choral Society
Tempus4Us Children's Choir

Tempus Choral Society is an inclusive, welcoming non-auditioned choir which provides supported choral learning and a variety of performance opportunities.

Four years ago, we established Tempus4Us, a no-fee, non-auditioned choir for children aged 5 to 14. They are provided with a binder of sheet music, enjoyable practices, special occasion snacks, performance golf shirts, and training to foster their musical growth and sense of community. They are a welcome part of our concerts, along with the four-year-old Tempus Jazz choir.

Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
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The Women's Centre of Halton
Mental Health Promotion - Community Poetry Project
This project is perfectly aligned with the Inclusion and Belonging and the Mental Health community Identified Vital priorities, by the OCF's research. The purpose of the project is to provide awareness and health promotion about mental health and well-being. To create through artistic facilitated workshops a book that demonstrates through the community's depiction, of resilience, courage and strength. The final product developed, an E book will continue to sustain the continuation of the program, as a social enterprise opportunity.
Requested
24,987.00
Funded
500.00
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Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
Wellspring Skills and Strategies Workshop - Oakville

This project brings critical cancer coping skills to cancer survivors in Oakville, in a creative, new format which will aid organizational sustainability. Wellspring's new Skills and Strategies Workshops couple highly-effective professional expertise in the areas of emotional and mental health, with expressive therapies and other evidence-based techniques that create community within the warm, accepting and inclusive Wellspring centre. Some of the expressive therapies include writing, meditation, music and art therapy.

The workshops promote wellness, belonging and inclusion, while participants cope with their feelings of isolation, and their emotional issues, anxiety, pain and other mental and physical concerns. They have been designed to serve more people with fewer dollars than are required in Wellspring's longer-term programs, which aids in overall sustainability.

Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Zonta Club of Oakville
First Response Bags

The Zonta Club of Oakville will partner with Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton, Shifra Homes and Home Suite Hope to provide a total of 40 Dignity Baskets to their respective clients.

Women who are attempting to begin a 'new life' after escaping situations such as abuse, financial hardship and trafficking/prostitution will be provided a Dignity Basket to help meet critical first needs upon moving into their new permanent household.

The Dignity Baskets contain supplies such as housewares, bathroom supplies and personal care products for a family unit of four.

Requested
15,000.00
Funded
50.00
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United Way Halton & Hamilton
Community Support
If unsure of which charity or project to support, support The United Way Halton & Hamilton as it works with many of these local agencies.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
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