GUELPH, ON, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators announced
$258,440 in funding to 14 Canadian community organizations across
Canada, each of which works to help disadvantaged people achieve
greater self-reliance. The funding comes from The Co-operators
Foundation Community Economic Development Fund (CED) and Co-operators
Fiftieth Anniversary Community Fund. These funds support organizations
from St. John's to Vancouver that assist people who face barriers to
employment in finding meaningful work that socially, economically and
environmentally benefits them and their communities.
The following nine organizations have been approved to receive grants
Comité de revitalisation urbaine intégrée de Saint-Pierre (CRUISP),
Lachine, Quebec ($20,000)
CRUISP is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2003 to aid in the
City of Montreal's mission to revitalize disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The grant money will go toward providing residents in the Saint-Pierre
neighbourhood with hands-on food preparation training at the
Saint-Pierre Market, which CRUISP established to promote food security
in the neighbourhood.
Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CSC), St. John's,
Newfoundland and Labrador ($19,492)
The CSC works to support the volunteer sector in St. John's, helping to
build a strong community by encouraging self-reliance and leadership
skills in participants. CSC will use the grant money to fund their new
Community Skills Cluster project, which matches participants with
community opportunities, allowing them to develop their entrepreneurial
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-operative (CNYC), Saskatoon ($15,000)
Established in 1996, CNYC helps youth, predominantly of aboriginal
origin, gain skills and education outside of the regular school system
and workforce, through hands-on programming. The $15,000 grant supports
"Growing Our Future," a project that will teach young people in
inner-city Saskatoon, raised-bed gardening, aquaponics, composting,
canning and preserving.
Evergreen, Toronto ($20,000)
Evergreen is a national charity dedicated to making cities more
environmentally friendly. Its Bike Works program encourages
Torontonians to adopt cycling as their mode of transportation. The
grant will support "Building Sustainable Communities," a program that
teaches youth from underserved Toronto neighbourhoods practical
mechanical skills, allowing them to run their own bike repair clinics
and community events.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), Vancouver ($20,000)
A community-based not-for-profit, FSGV provides social services to lower
mainland Vancouver families. Grant money will be used to support
Keeners Car Wash, a new car wash social enterprise that provides paid
employment to street youth.
Mission Possible Compassionate Ministries Society, Vancouver ($15,000)
Mission Possible, a humanitarian organization, helps residents of
Vancouver's downtown eastside who face personal challenges develop
valuable skills, allowing them to find employment. Grant money will
allow Mission Possible to expand its six-month employment program, the
Work Readiness Course.
Open Sky Co-operative, Sackville, New Brunswick ($20,000)
Located on an 11-acre farm, Open Sky provides residential support and
skills training for adults with social or mental health challenges.
Open Sky will use the grant money to support their Farming and
Gardening Program, which teaches residents farm-based vocational
Street Corner Media Foundation, Vancouver ($15,000)
Street Corner Media publishes the bi-weekly magazine Megaphone, which is
sold on street corners by homeless and low-income people in Vancouver.
The grant will be put toward expanding the number of vendors,
increasing vendor retention, and providing sales training.
Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research, Calgary ($20,000)
Vecova provides community living, education and employment for people
with developmental disabilities in Calgary. It will be using its
$20,000 grant to set up a social enterprise that will employ
participants as well as generate revenue for Vecova's operations.
Also announced today are three organizations who will be receiving
Eastside movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society (EMBERS),
Vancouver ($60,000 over three years)
EMBERS is a community economic development organization in downtown
eastside Vancouver. It creates employment opportunities for
marginalized people to help them become self-reliant. This year's grant
of $20,000 will support the expansion of EMBERS's programs and allow
the organization to hire more workers.
Les Jardins de la Terre, St-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Quebec ($55,500 over
Les Jardins de la Terre helps disadvantaged youth from Montérégie find
employment by teaching them horticulture and organic
agriculture-related skills. This year's grant of $16,698 will help Les
Jardins de la Terre expand its internship program and train more local
Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), Winnipeg ($60,000 over three
LITE supports inner-city Winnipeg initiatives such as the Social
Purchasing Portal (SPP), an online network connecting worker co-ops and
other socially mandated businesses to larger purchasers. LITE will use
this year's grant of $20,000 to support SPP, which will create local
employment opportunities for those who face barriers to acquiring work.
An additional $37,250 announced today will continue to support two
organizations, approved for multi-year funding last year:
Saint John Community Loan Fund (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)
First Work: Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres
"All of these remarkable organizations strengthen their communities by
providing support and employment opportunities to people who might not
have otherwise have them," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of
The Co-operators. "With our support, these organizations will be able
to continue their invaluable work, strengthening Canadian communities."
Developed in 1995 to mark The Co-operators 50th anniversary, the CED Funds have granted over $4.1 million to 99
organizations. The CED Funds are part of The Co-operators Foundation,
which supports community-based social and economic enterprises
throughout Canada. For more information on the CED Fund, please visit: www.cooperators.ca/en/About-Us/Foundation/CED.
About The Co-operators:
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more than $34 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers
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