GUELPH, ON, March 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Ten organizations across Canada have
received funding to support and strengthen the vital services they
provide to their communities. The Co-operators announced grants
totalling $194,057 to 10 organizations that provide training and
employment opportunities to help local residents overcome barriers to
employment and become more self-reliant.
The funding provided through The Co-operators Foundation Community
Economic Development (CED) Funds, will go to support the following
Eco Equitable Inc., Ottawa ($20,000)
EcoEquitable is a charitable social enterprise that provides the sewing
skills and experience needed for immigrant and underemployed women to
join the Canadian workforce, while at the same reducing textile waste
destined for landfills. The grant of $20,000 will support graduates of
the "Sowing for Jobs" program with mentoring and co-op placements.
Community Opportunity and Innovation Network Inc. - Peterborough, Ont.
Community Opportunity and Innovation Network Inc. (COIN) is a family of
social enterprises that support and train people who face barriers to
employment. The grant of $14,750 will be used to increase the number of
eligible participants beyond those on government assistance, to develop
six training modules, and to expand its services to businesses in the
Fred Victor - Toronto ($20,000)
Fred Victor fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of
homeless and low-income people living in Toronto. It operates Friends
Catering, a social enterprise that assists people who are experiencing
significant, life-limiting barriers to employment such as mental
instability and addiction, by providing six-months of training and work
experience in food services. A grant of $20,000 will allow Friends
Catering to increase its sales and to train 12 people in 2014.
Scadding Court Community Centre - Toronto ($19,307)
Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) is a community-based organization
with programs and services geared toward under-serviced, culturally
diverse groups. SCCC seeks to offer an intensive one-year program to
ten at-risk youth living at Atkinson Housing Co-operative. The youth
will be hired part-time, either at the centre or with other community
partners, and will receive a range of supports. A grant of $19,307 will
allow SCCC to hire one of these young people at the centre.
Working for Change - Toronto ($20,000)
The mandate of Working for Change is to provide employment and training
opportunities to people who have been marginalized by mental health and
addiction issues, poverty, homelessness, violence and
newcomer/immigration challenges. It operates four social enterprises
and recently opened a café. The $20,000 grant will be put toward the
salary of a Lead Hand of the project as well as to the training budget.
Reaching our Outdoor Friends (ROOF) - Kitchener, Ont. ($20,000)
Reaching our Outdoor Friends (ROOF) is committed to providing for the safety and well-being of homeless or
at-risk youth, aged 12 to 25, in the Waterloo Region. It provides them
with job skills and employment opportunities through two social
enterprise programs: the Lunchbox, which provides catering; and Street
Designs, which designs and heat-presses t-shirts. A grant of $20,000
will support the programs' administration costs.
Regina Work Preparation Centre - Regina ($20,000)
Regina Work Preparation Centre provides employment services and training
to communities that are under-represented in the workforce. A $20,000
grant will support a new training program that targets the hospitality
sector. This program will provide 20 participants with various
certificates suitable to the industry, as well as group-based
employment skills, and facilitated connections to employers.
Momentum Community Economic Development Society - Calgary ($20,000)
Momentum is an award-winning Community Economic Development organization
formed in 1991 to provide programs to Calgarians living on low incomes.
Given that many new businesses struggle to achieve stability,
especially in the first year, Momentum will use its $20,000 grant to
strengthen the delivery of "post-launch" supports for the entrepreneurs
who participate in its Business Development programs.
Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg Inc -
SEED's mission is "to reduce poverty and assist in the renewal of
primarily inner city communities by providing capacity building
services that help low-income individuals, groups, organizations and
economically distressed neighbourhoods improve their social and
economic vitality". This year's funding of $20,000 supports the
Business Development Services program, which aims to increase the
number of businesses launched or sustained, to continue to contribute
to job creation and retention, and to market and increase services to
at-risk groups in Winnipeg.
Common Thread Cooperative - Vancouver ($20,000)
Common Thread is a non-profit co-op of organizations that offers sewing
programs and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people living
in Vancouver. This year's funding of $20,000 will support a project
called "Stretching Our Fabric: New Products and New Skills", through
which the co-op will provide training and expand its product line.
"These 10 organizations provide vital services that help make their
communities stronger," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The
Co-operators. "Their programs help residents find meaningful work and
in turn their communities benefit socially, economically and
The CED Funds were developed in 1995 to commemorate The Co-operators 50th anniversary, and through it, The Co-operators has granted $4.3 million
to 105 organizations. The CED Funds are part of The Co-operators
Foundation, which supports community-based organizations and other
worthy causes throughout Canada. For more information on the Fund and
its recipients, please visit:
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
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
in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens
in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada
by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
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