Advisory - Small Towns: Big Impact

    Volunteers and community organizations the lifeline in Ontario small

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - In Goderich, Haliburton, Hawkesbury,
Kapuskasing, Kenora and Port Colborne, local not-for-profit organizations are
charged by the energy of their volunteers and are transforming challenges in
their communities into opportunities.
    A recent study on the impact of Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grants
in small towns has unveiled a new synergy that is helping communities become
healthier and more vibrant.
    For this study, OTF interviewed 104 individuals, including local
beneficiaries of grants, local grant recipients and local key informants.

    What did we learn?

    -   Small towns are facing economic, demographic and education challenges
        and a lack of access to services and amenities.
    -   The voluntary sector in those towns is rallying to address these
        challenges with innovation, passion and optimism.
    -   A little funding can go a long way.
    -   Local leadership, existing networks and volunteer involvement are
    -   OTF grants have brought unexpected benefits to communities.

           View the interactive Small Towns: Big Impact report at

               Report features photos and video interviews with
           representatives of each organization and OTF officials

For further information:

For further information: or to talk to study participants: Renée
Ouellet, Senior Communications Officer, Ontario Trillium Foundation,, (416) 963-7965 or 1-800-263-2887 ext. 265

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