Through GIVEOakville, The Foundation is committed to supporting and enabling more localized granting for charities in our community. This has never been more important than right now.
The following organizations have submitted a request for funding through our GIVEOakville process. We welcome donations of any size to assist our charitable sector during this incredibly challenging time. To learn more about each organization, a link to their website has been provided. For questions related to the catalogue, contact The Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your funding would be used to upgrade the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in the Overnight Respite area of the new dementia care centre to healthcare facility standards. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the tragedies that unfolded in long term care homes as a result, we must ensure that we are taking all reasonable precautions to safeguard indoor air quality for our vulnerable overnight guests. The upgraded system would allow us to meet healthcare facility standards and include features that have been proven to reduce the spread of infectious viruses and bacteria.
ArtHouse's Whole Child Project is 100% a result of COVID. Programs will align with our Whole Child Goals, supporting them creatively, physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, educationally and nutritionally.
The Project will centre on: Weekly Fresh Meals Deliveries; Virtual/Live Art of Cooking Program; Virtual/Live Programming; Environmental Programs; Creative Arts Programming including Musical Theatre & Outdoor Winter Ice Sculpturing; and, Developing a Measurement Process focusing on Engagement and Covid-PostCovid outcomes relating to mental well-being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton work predominantly with children who are experiencing challenges in life that can create a hinderance to their success. Through mentoring, we are working to create resiliency, empowerment and self confidence. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the notion of in-person mentoring, leading Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton to explore alternative forms of mentoring, including virtual. New programming requires more training for volunteers and the hiring of more staff.
CCAH programming is delivered through interactive activities - performances, workshops by professional or community based-performers, artists, historians, taking place virtually since the pandemic.
Responding to COVID, the funding will assist with assessing and managing the transition from virtual programming towards live activities within the status of COVID-19 and regulations allowed. The funding will also help support CCAH staffing to address strategic planning, program development, evaluation, management, partnerships, outreach, funding and basic operational needs. Over the past 43 years the CCAH has operated without permanent staff.
While providing free counselling is not the result of COVID, delivering the service by phone is a response to COVID that continues to make the service available during the pandemic, a time when many people are experiencing stress and uncertainty and reporting negative impacts on their mental health.
The Children's Aid Foundation of Halton funds programs that are planned and implemented by the Halton Children's Aid Society that do not receive government funding. The funds requested will be used towards the staff responsible for partnership and program development at the CAFH. Responsibilities include: assessing, reviewing and coordinating the Seasonal program at Halton CAS/CAFH which determines the needs of families, children and youth beyond child protection services.
More than 1 in 4 youth exiting our child welfare system are not in employment, education or training. This program provides guidance and support to these youth aged 18 – 24 who are supported by the Halton Children's Aid Society. The youth are connected to a caring adult / mentor who will assist in navigating through any barriers that may exist to becoming self-sufficient and satisfied with their education, employment and/or training.
Community Living Oakville provides services to people with developmental disabilities. During this pandemic, we have witnessed people requiring increased supports in relation to education (health and safety, wearing PPE, COVID protocols), as well as support around mental health due to the pandemic.
In addition, people we support have required increased staffing to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Moreover, as per public health guidelines, people are not able to participate in activities with larger groups. This has resulted in smaller ratios; increased staff needed to support.
For nearly 50 years, Distress Centre Halton has been helping people in our community better cope with crisis, isolation and emotional stress by connecting callers with a caring voice and a compassionate ear. Our Distress Line and our outbound call service TeleCheck had over 18,000 connections last year and support during these uncertain times is more important than ever.
As Halton's Help Line, anyone, anywhere and anytime can reach out - we do not have a wait list. Please help us keep our lines open so anyone living in isolation or crisis can have immediate support.
Easter Seals Ontario supports children and youth with physical disabilities, all of whom require specific equipment. Easter Seals helps provide equipment urgently needed for families who are struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Help fund urgent requests for equipment needed for Oakville families with children and youth that have physical disabilities and are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19. Three categories of equipment are provided: mobility, bathroom and toileting and accessibility.
The Saturday Day Respite Program is our most popular program with a one year waiting list that continues to grow and expand as a result of the impact of COVID.
The program serves clients with challenging behaviour needs, autism, and other development disabilities that make it difficult for them to access community-based programs. Each child is supported with 1:1 staffing, with additional resources depending on need. ErinoakKids goal is to eliminate the wait list.
Fare Share Food Bank feeds more than 700 households in the Oakville community and relies entirely on volunteers. Help them replace their cardboard non-perishable food bins with wire food bank carts. These carts last longer, can be cleaned and are on wheels to make driver pickups easier and faster.
We provide packages of healthy food for children aged 4-17 years with limited or no access to food each weekend and during the summer months.
The pandemic has greatly impacted our Weekends without Hunger food bag program. Not only have we seen an increase in requests for service, our staff and volunteers have required additional training to ensure that new protocols are being met so that food can continue to be delivered to these needy families.
We rescue quality foods from the food industry, 85% fresh fruits, vegetables, meat/ dairy and distribute these foods to those in our community who are food insecure. We will use these funds towards the hiring of packing leads who will maintain the operations of our organization over the next year. While specific to Covid-19, the new method of packing has proven efficient and effective and will continue to be an integral part of our operation.
Our organization has offered a deconstruction and salvage program for the community at large for many years. This program provides the free services of our experienced crew to the local community to provide a sustainable and affordable option for homeowners who are doing renovations, specifically kitchens, to make improvements to their home.
Habitat Halton Mississauga provides a skilled crew to remove and deconstruct a kitchen with no cost to the homeowner. Since 2016, we have provided this service to over 375 homeowners in Oakville alone.
Oakville continues to be the location of the majority of kitchen donations. As a result of Covid-19 and the pause to this service, we were unable to make this same impact and support to the community as we have in prior years.
The Student Guardian program helps low-income students in the Halton Catholic School Board overcome challenges like their connection to school, learning and peers when dealing with financial barriers.
Your assistance would allow the families to purchase basic necessities like food, clothing, back to school supplies, eye glasses and personal hygiene products.
Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) provides access to nutritious breakfasts, snacks and lunches that are a reliable source of healthy food during the school day. COVID-19 related challenges mean Halton students will not have access to these traditional Halton Food for Thought Student Nutrition Programs this school year.
Modified Grab & Go in-school programming will provide students in attendance a nutritious snack, while NEW HFFT Healthy Pop Up Hubs within the community will provide students access to nutritious snacks on their way to / from class or during their at-home school day. These new Hubs will be within walking distance for our Halton students to access them.
The Halton Learning Foundation aims to eliminate economic barriers to learning for Halton District School Board schools. After schools closed, their ability to support students with gift cards was impacted, requiring staff and teachers to make home deliveries so students and their families can purchase groceries, clothing, school supplies and more.
Halton Women’s Place provides shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children. We have had to change service delivery, staffing and programs to adhere to Public Health guidelines with physical distancing and cleaning protocols. Most specifically we have had to adapt creative solutions with our current living spaces to provide women with the ability to properly distance.
Heartache2Hope is the only Halton area organization dedicated to providing trauma and grief support services to individuals bereaved by a suicide death. Funds are required to support essential technology and staffing as we have had to move to providing virtual services as result of the pandemic.
This technology will allow us to handle the 60% increase in clients over the past year as people seek connection and support during a time of physical isolation.
HIPPY Halton provides a free preschool education for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old children of vulnerable families. COVID has had a direct affect on our program delivery. We transformed into a virtual agency in March and will continue as such.
Home Visitors deliver the books, activity packages and supplies to door steps wearing PPE and then conduct their training with mothers on the platform of the mother's choice.
This new delivery method has meant that it takes longer to deliver the curriculum. At times, weekly sessions are delivered over two virtual visits. The isolated mothers also request more frequent contacts as they face more mental health challenges.
Homeward Bound Halton (HBH) is a program for homeless and precariously housed single mothers, designed to aid participants on their journey to self sufficiency through education and employment.
The HBH program is an up to 4 year program with a full scholarship to complete a two-year diploma program at Sheridan College, intensive case management, a housing rental subsidy, life skills and professional development training and wrap around support, just to name a few.
Ian Anderson House is Ontario's first residential cancer hospice providing end of life palliative care by healthcare professionals in a home-like setting, without charge. Additional staffing hours are required to keep up with cleaning supplies and sanitation demands due to COVID-19.
Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre (JCHAC) serves as a gathering place for exhibitions, meetings, lectures, musical events, art making workshops, youth and seniors programming, health and wellness workshops and walking labyrinth, community events, community gardens and much more. Our goal is to ensure continued success and growth of the organization with careful and focused planning utilizing updated technology to upgrade the facility needs and run programming.
Due to increased demands and requirements since COVID-19, there is an evident need for additional support with establishing new procedures, network infrastructure, virtual programming and virtual exhibitions for the Centre to continue our work in the community.
We are seeking support for two initiatives:
The Community Deliveries: The seniors and other participants are contacted weekly. During the call they choose the items to be delivered, as they would if at the KSM Market. The calls also provide an opportunity for conversation and a well-being check.
Family Situation reviews: KSM has restructured staffing so that our Family Care coordinator can focus on meeting and reviewing client needs. Our clients struggle to identify and access available resources. With a more intentional effort to understand their situation we can improve outcomes.
Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton provides advocacy, education, and services for individuals with learning disabilities to empower them to reach their full potential. Parents who have a child with learning disabilities already have the challenge of navigating the special education system and advocating for their children. Now that students are back to school in a new learning environment, parents are in need of extra support, requiring additional staffing and infrastructure.
This project will assist children and youth in traumatic situations, which is one of the seven Dog Guide programs. With funding, we will provide a Facility Support Dog Guide to Radius Child and Youth Services in Oakville.
A Dog Guide can prove invaluable in assisting with the assessment and clinical interviews of children and youth, crisis intervention, individual and family therapy sessions, assistance with disclosures and assisting with keeping the child/youth in the therapy room when they wish to leave. In turn, they can help improve the lives of children and youth and their families. Funding will assist with the training and placement of this special dog with a primary and secondary handler at Radius.
Literacy South Halton's clients are among the most vulnerable in society. As adults (19+), they function with lowest literacy levels, have been diagnosed with more severe learning disabilities than the rest of the population, experience significantly higher unemployment, less independence, and greater instability in their lives. This operational funding will support the development of an inaugural creative writing for mental health program.
This first, of an annual program, will consist of four components: a series of professionally facilitated creative writing workshops; a creative writing contest open to all past and present adult learners in local area literacy programs; a published book of adult learners' work; and a book launch featuring readings by the contest finalists.
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. The entire building has fully accessible entrances, elevators, hallways and common areas.
In 2017, we began a multi-year kitchen renovation project at the Apartments to bring them fully up to modern accessibility standards. Improvements include further lowering countertops, installing pull-out shelving to allow easier access by the residents, and rearranging the layout to better accommodate residents in wheelchairs.
The Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre provides welcoming community supports through diverse programs and resources. We would like to restart our Seniors program after many requests from seniors themselves who have been shut in for sometime. We would like to provide chair exercise, light lunch and speakers twice a week. In order to continue safely, we would divide the group over 2 days to allow for social distancing and the use increased sanitizing supplies. The funds will allow us to provide the program for 40 weeks and will cover the cost of increased sanitizing suppies.
Community Classroom brings arts, culture, heritage and environmental programs to Oakville's publicly funded elementary students free of charge.
Each year, every student from JK – grade 8 has the opportunity to participate in a program so "No Child is left behind". With COVID restrictions and the impact in schools, this programming has moved to virtual and live stream offerings.
As we focus on living with and mitigating the risk of COVID-19, there is an ongoing need for medical equipment at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Donations fund clinical and non-clinical equipment and technology that directly enhances the patient experience, including replacement equipment and new state-of-the-art technology that enables healthcare providers to better care for patients.
Current priorities include supporting the surgical program with medical equipment for our new orthopedic, ENT and urology surgeons including the purchase of a new operating room table.
Oakville Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to residents of Oakvillewho are unable to attend to their own nutritional needs, but wish to continue living independently in their community. This request for funding would allow us to expand our existing meal subsidy program for clients who are struggling to pay their bills and require nutritious meals.
Due to COVID-19 Oakville Meals On Wheels has experienced a significant rise in the number of subsidized meals being requested. In fact, this number has increased over four times since COVID-19 started. Typically these meals would be funded through our fundraising campaigns which we have been put on hold for the foreseeable future.
Although public access has been restricted, initiatives to make the shelter safe for staff and members of the public have increased our costs. This funding will enable us to enhance our ability to clean and disinfect, maximize space for physical distancing protocols and improve the environment to better care for the animals and the people we serve.
Funds will be used to purchase: 2 under counter commercial dishwashers as they benefit the health of our animals by reliably controlling pathogens from lingering in the environment; 2 air purifiers with HEPA filters; and, 18 storage cabinets to be used for programming equipment.
The Oakville Suzuki Association provides music education and training using the Suzuki method that all children can develop musical ability in a positive environment.
COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of programs and summer camp and in turn a downturn in registrations, putting the Association in jeopardy. Funding would help continue running the association and retain teachers.
Radius Child and Youth Services provides clinical assessment and counselling services to children, youth and families affected by interpersonal abuse: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, or who have witnessed domestic violence. Radius recognizes that family violence has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to increasing instances of maltreatment, the need for self-isolation has decreased children's contact with adults outside of the home.
We have already seen an increased need for our services. Relative to this time last year, our waitlist is approximately three months longer for services with our current wait list at 9 months versus 6 months in July 2019. Given the growing wait time for services and the increased costs of providing remote services, it will be a challenge for Radius to meet the needs of the communities we serve without additional funding.
ROCK aims to improve the lives and relationships of families with children who are having social, emotional and behavioural concerns. The safety of all ROCK staff and clients who require in-person services is essential. A staff member is required to keep up with the increased demands of COVID workplace health and safety, including cleaning, reporting and monitoring.
Safetynet Children and Youth Charities alleviates financial stress faced by those living in poverty by providing free access to material needs, as well as providing services to address educational needs. The funds will be used to assist with operational costs as we recover from the interruption of self-sustaining recycling revenue that resulted when acceptance of clothing and textile donations was suspended in the early months of the pandemic.
Prior to the pandemic, sorting of donations, repair of donated furniture and inventory management were performed by volunteers. The funding will be used to continue support of a full time employee as demand by clients increases.
The Salvation Army Halton Lighthouse aims to meet basic needs and provide housing-focused emergency shelter to men and women experiencing homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious and longstanding effects for those experiencing homelessness and the system that serves them.
The increased and compounding risk for those living in congregate settings required an immediate and resource-intensive response to meet Public Health guidelines and prioritize the health and safety of those experiencing homelessness.
The Halton Lighthouse emergency shelter is asking for $25,000 to alleviate the increase in costs incurred and reduction in revenues from annual fundraising efforts that will need to be canceled due to gathering limitations.
Our mission is to provide free confidential, and non-judgmental 24-hour support to all survivors of violence in the Halton Region, including women, men, non-binary, two-spirit, and members of the transgender community. Due COVID-19 and social distancing, survivors of sexual and/or gender-based violence are vulnerable for re-traumatization, and are increasingly isolated from their support systems.
Isolation measures exacerbate domestic violence and sexual violence, and youths witness and experience more violence in the home. Many folks where forced to isolate in abusive homes, or in places where previous sexual violence may had taken place.
Due to this reality, SAVIS of Halton is experiencing an unprecedented demand for support.
Our mission at Shifra Homes is to ensure that we provide a safe haven for young, homeless, pregnant women and their babies. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our Residential Program has been impacted in several ways.
We have had to cancel all of our fundraising events which bring in 30% of our operating budget. The most significant impact is the substantial increase in requests we have received for access to our supports. This includes access to our mental health services, addictions counselling and therapy services. As a result of the quarantine and isolation we have seen a significant rise in the reporting of adverse mental health impacts. This includes a rise in the number of reported substance abuse concerns and ability to cope with addictions.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - St. Matthew Conference is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is to serve those in need regardless of creed, religious or political affiliation. We care for our neighbours in the Glen Abbey community who are single mothers, vulnerable seniors, newcomers to Canada, individuals with restrictive health issues and low-income working families.
The Angel Tree program provides grocery cards and gift cards during Christmas to these community members. This funding will assist with the grocery gift card part of the program
Our mission is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada's at-risk children throughout their school years. Funds will be used to re-imagine the delivery of our programs to a virtual model to meet our beneficiaries' needs. COVID has increased the instance of trauma among children, especially those from low-income/racialized communities, causing "collateral damage" to their physical and mental health.
The philosophy of Brainworx! is to prepare Grade 1-6 children to develop a lifelong love of learning, setting them up for lifelong success. The 30-week program will accomplish this through a cohesive online framework focused on literacy, physical activity/movement, social emotional learning, growth mindset development, mentorship and parent engagement. Brainworx! is a cost-free solution that makes learning accessible to children who've been hardest hit by COVID.
St. Luke’s is filling the need for a community gathering space in north west Oakville. St. Luke’s Community Centre serves as a hub where people meet in both structured and casual ways to engage in social, recreational, educational, artistic, cultural, and community building opportunities. It also serves as a resource centre where people can access a variety of services.
These funds will let our weekly food program, Nourishing Neighbours, meet the increased need for food support in our community during this pandemic, as well as continue operating with less financial strain. Since 2016, users of Nourishing Neighbours have reported improved financial stability; better economic, educational and social opportunities for themselves and their families; and a better ability to pay rent and other essential expenses.
STRIDE is committed to providing person centered support to empower peopleliving with mental health and/or addiction challenges to gain and maintain meaningful employment. Studies have shown a link between stress & mental health problems; now more than ever, during the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals are facing unprecedented challenges & stress in their lives.STRIDE would like to put together & distribute Stress Survival Kits for clients. These kits will be a collection of tools & products to provide clients with quick relief from their stressors.
Some of the items STRIDE will include in our Stress Survival Kit:
• Stress Ball: squeezing a stress ball is a classic stress relief tactic
• Pen: for many people clicking a pen is soothing & helps relieve tension when you're stressed out
• Ear plugs: act as noise cancellation devise to help cut down on noises
• Sleep Mask: helps to provide a restful sleep by blocking out natural & artificial light
• Fidget Spinner: soothes sensitive sensory nerves
• Chewing gum helps reduce stress & anxiety
• Affirmation Card: a few words of inspiration provides a dose of positivity
The Darling Home for Kids provides professional, holistic, high quality, and personalized hospice, respite and residential care for children with medical complexities and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened stress levels for this vulnerable population. Community closures mean there is no break or support for parents who rely on these services for their livelihood.
Our programs have been adapted to serve our clients and families virtually, and offer programming on a more frequent basis while our support is needed now, more than ever. We want our children to feel care for and supported, and to do that, we must support the entire family.
The Lighthouse offers peer support for grieving children, youth and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges and changes to the way we deliver services. GIVE Oakville support will help fund our operation of both virtual and in-person support groups once we are able to reconvene in-person groups at our centre.
As the online groups have been successful and served families who would not otherwise have been able to access groups at our centre, we foresee the need to continue the online group offering as an ongoing program post-pandemic, so that no child has to grieve alone.
Transitioning back to in-person groups will require groups to run at significantly reduced capacity in order to accommodate ongoing needs for physical distancing.
The performing arts sector has been extremely hard hit by the global pandemic. COVID has put a full stop to all of the Oakville Symphony's usual activities and funding streams. Half of our 19/20 subscription season was cancelled due to COVID, and the outlook for live performance in our 20/21 season is unclear.
The Oakville Symphony requests your support while we are unable to stage large-scale symphonic performances with a paying audience.
The Tempus Choral Society is a non-auditioned choir that provides choral learning and performance opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of concerts and in-person rehearsals. Funding will go towards new technology, the purchase of music to make up for the reduced membership cost.
The Willow Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of older adults residing in Halton Region’s three Long Term Care Homes and participants in the three Adult Day Programs. We are seeking support for our operations and our Virtual Music Therapy program for seniors residing at Post Inn Village, a long-term care facility in Oakville.
Music therapy existed before COVID and was necessary due to the significant benefits that were seen by staff. In the current environment, our facilities have been closed. Life enrichment activities that took place inside the homes have been significantly altered which has limited their connection with the outside world and the therapeutic recreational activities that were once offered.
The Women's Centre of Halton supports women in crisis, distress or transition through peer support, counselling, education, seminars and more. Support has moved virtual due to COVID-19 and needs expanded hours to keep up with the increased demand.
As nearly 30,000 Canadians diagnosed with cancer awaited life-saving surgeries that were postponed or cancelled during the first peak of the pandemic crisis, many were left aimlessly trying to re-calibrate their lives.
As Wellspring moves from those initial challenges experienced during the first peak of the pandemic crisis, it’s facing new ones.
"Well on the Web" platform is a wide-ranging, comprehensive online Centre that encompasses highly specialized and professionally led group programs, educational webinars, personal one-on-one peer support and downloadable resources that serve a diverse community.
The Halton Sport Leadership Program (HSLP) is a development program focused on providing low-income, at-risk youth with free opportunities to develop sport leadership training, improved self-efficacy and sense of belonging in their community.
It puts emphasis on community engagement in Oakville, designed to exponentially involve more at-risk youth. Using sports leadership training as a vehicle to foster healthy adolescent development and well being, HSLP is changing the trajectory of underserved youth and addressing the growing issue of youth unemployment/underemployment in Halton. HSLP is our best solution to tackle this social issue while bridging the gap for marginalized youth facing barriers.
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