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Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation
Nominator : Dana Dyck
City: St.Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation is an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual release of native wildlife. They are licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry who inspects them, but does not fund them. They are volunteer run and funded by donations and fundraisers. This year, Another Chance has already taken in well over 350 animals. These animals are cared for, taken to the vet as needed (paid for out of donations), and receive housing and food (so far this year $4500 has been spent on species appropriate formula alone), and will be released when healthy and old enough. The number of animals admitted into care has grown each year due to destruction of as well as a growing awareness of wildlife rehabilitators and their role. A large part of what Another Chance does is educating the public about wildlife. Of course, these educational visits would not be complete without an appearance from the educational animals.
1 Sponsors
Stratford Arts and Culture Collective
Nominator : Ron Dodson
City: Stratford
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Stratford Arts and Culture Collective is an umbrella organization of thirty amateur, semi professional and professional groups plus several dozen individual artists. Our goal is to make the dream of an Arts and Culture Centre for Stratford citizens come true as part of the Grand Trunk Community Hub. The Centre will be a multi functional community resource, integrating with other elements of the Community Hub, such as the U of Waterloo Stratford Campus, the SLAAA and the YMCA. It will serve a wide demographic, from children to seniors. Through creative planning and collaboration, the Centre will focus on arts and culture activities which will accrue long term health and wellness benefits. The SACC will serve many community needs: a venue, a host and home for local arts and culture groups; a cultural and community developer; a presenter; and an educator. Dowler Karn funding will leverage matching funding for a feasibility study. The SACC has applied for CRA charity status.
0 Sponsors
Inn Out of the Cold St. Thomas-Elgin
Nominator : Sandra Westaway
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Inn Out of the Cold is a program designed to provide shelter seven nights a week during the winter months which strives to respond in a meaningful way to the needs of those most abandoned of our community’s poor and homeless people. These needs include the basic physical needs of the shelter, food, warm clothing and deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self worth. Move In Bins will be developed to provide our Guests with some of the basic comforts they will require when they start their new journey. When an apartment or room is found we hope to offer bins with pillows, bedding, dishes, starter food packages and other personal items. We hope to help 90 of our Guests start on their new journey this year. Each bin costs $102. This includes a food voucher.
16 Sponsors
Labourview Co-operative Homes
Nominator : KateLyn Wright
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Labourview Co operative Homes is an apartment building which houses mostly seniors and some young families. The project we are applying for a grant for is our social committee, which runs events throughout the year such as bingo, penny sales, raffles, BBQ's, Taco Tuesdays, tea time, bake sales, yard sales, etc. These funds, should we receive them, would be managed by the social committee for various projects within the co op, and would benefit the members for years to come. This is a tight knit, inclusive community with a beautiful property and a lot of respect for fellow members, and your donation would improve the social committee's ability to reach every member in the building with something they're interested in. In sum, your donation would be going towards the growth of a family by donating, you would certainly become a part of ours. We would be overjoyed to invite you to some of our events to show you what we're all about, and thank you for your consideration! Thanks
11 Sponsors
Chatham Kent Animal Rescue
Nominator : Nancy Ball
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): CK Animal Rescue, founded in October 2010, received charitable status in January 2013. Many local unwanted & neglected dogs (& cats) have entered our rescue's foster program. Our volunteers have HUGE hearts and work endless hours to find safe, loving homes for every animal. Unwanted animals is a heartbreaking reality of rescue, we ensure every dog and cat are spayed/neutered. Yearly vetting costs are well over $100,000. Our Purple Leash program was created in 2012 to provide temporary care for pets of people fleeing domestic violence and fear for the safety of their pets ; to assist people who are hospitalized to give them peace of mind while they recuperate from surgery; and we have worked with local Mental Health organizations when clients are in need of temporary care for their pets. We believe in educating children about compassion for animals by providing classroom presentations to show them how they can play a huge part in making positive changes for innocent lives.
64 Sponsors
Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Nominator : Lois Holden
City: Strathroy
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): As a new initiative, we will provide social enterprise employment skills training for Indigenous youth from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation from our rural location in Strathroy, Ontario. Youth training in our social enterprise learn how to be a good employee: punctuality, good attendance, time management, respect in the workplace, working as a team, and productivity expectations. Youth will also learn how to use equipment, and will improve numeracy (recipes, measurement, processing sales transactions), and literacy (reading and following written instructions, schematics, and procedures). They will also learn standard health and safety requirements in the workplace, and develop customer service skills. This program not only supports developing the potential of our local youth, but benefits the community by our strategic decision to focus on foods and suppliers within the community and supports local employers by providing trained young people to fill available positions.
6 Sponsors
Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary
Nominator : Kara Burrow
City: St. Williams
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Ralphy's Retreat is a unique place offering sanctuary to animals and humans alike. Founded in 2004, we provide a safe haven for abused, abandoned and neglected pot bellied pigs, horses and other animals. We offer humane education programs, as well as anthrozoological experiences to individuals and small groups. Ralphy's Retreat also provides Animal and Equine Assisted Interaction programs to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well being of individuals, families or small groups. These traditionally costly experiences are provided free of charge to those who need them. We are passionate about, and committed to working with our community and the agencies supporting those needing help. We are 100% volunteer run and all donations received go directly towards the care of the animals and providing the programs we offer. A grant from Dowler Karn will go a long way to helping us improve the infrastructure at the sanctuary to make it accessible to all.
57 Sponsors
Lambton Seniors Association
Nominator : Lambton Seniors
City: Sarnia, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Lambton Seniors came into being in 1990 when representatives from 70 seniors groups in Lambton County came together and identified concerns that affected their quality of life, including housing, health, loneliness, transportation and involvement. Achievements We administer the Handyman/Woman program for home maintenance which enables seniors to live independently in their own homes, and allows active seniors to contribute to their community. Host the annual Seniors Picnic (1999) Provide volunteers for the Annual Flu clinics conducted by the Community Health Services Department. Host annual Seniors “Information Fair” in partnership with local supporters. Promote safe medication use. Initiate workshops and focus groups for seniors in Lambton County. Instrumental in establishment of West Lambton Community Health Centre, and Rapids Family Heath Team in Sarnia and Lambton County. Our Board of Directors are elected volunteers, and are retirees 50 years of age and over.
17 Sponsors
Pearce Williams Christian Centre
Nominator : Mark Emery
City: Fingal
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Pearce Williams (PW) is seeking $10,000 from the Dowler Karn “Fueling Communities Give Away”. The money would be used to bring the main farmhouse office and dormitory building up to current fire code. PW would combine the $10,000 with the $33,000 already raised by local supporters. This work is being carried out as a result of recent fire inspection. It’s a critical time for Pearce Williams right now and your support is genuinely needed! Completion of this project will directly benefit the 500 600 summer campers who attend camp each summer. Pearce Williams also offers a variety of school programs and facilities rentals to community groups so over 8000 people will share in this benefit each year. These numbers are only expected to increase because of the unique destination and the quality outdoor experience – one of a kind in Elgin County. Dowler Karn can be assured that their financial contribution will be going to a sound community investment and they will be recognized for it.
0 Sponsors
Norfolk Musical Arts Festival
Nominator : Vicky Lachine
City: Simcoe
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The 33rd Annual Norfolk Musical Arts Festival will be held in Simcoe February 25 to March 1, 2019. In September our syllabus will be available and new and returning individuals and groups will enter classes, both competitive and non competitive, in bands, choirs, guitar, instruments, piano, strings, English and French speech arts and vocal classical and musical theatre. In 2018 we had over 1,300 individuals participate from around the region and beyond. We hire professional adjudicators and we are seeking funding for 2019 adjudicator fees. In 2018 adjudicator fees were $9,421.70. We expect the fees to be similar for 2019. Adjudicator fees include accommodation, a fee of $300 per day, mileage of 40 cents/km and a daily meal allowance of $40. These fees are in accordance with the Canadian Music Festivals Adjudicators Association. Adjudicators provide positive critique and encouragement to each competitor/group. The Festival appreciates any donation deemed appropriate. Thank you.
17 Sponsors
Purrfect Companions of Norfolk Cat Rescue & Adoption
Nominator : Vicky Lachine
City: Delhi
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): PCON has rescued over 1,218 strays and abandoned cats and kittens from being at large. The cats that have not yet been adopted or rehomed remain at the shelter until they are adopted and are not released. Currently, PCON cares for over 130 cats in its shelter and has 12 foster home placements totalling over 300 cats in our care. Programs and care provided include: trapping, in house care, vaccination and veterinary care, medication management team, cleaning/sanitation teams, foster care and adoption/rehoming. PCON has established relationships with Queensway Veterinary Hospital, Simcoe, and the Simcoe Animal Hospital for emergency care and routine medical treatments. PCON also uses the services of East Village Animal Hospital (EVAH) both at their London and Kitchener locations, the Guelph Veterinary College, Bright Mobile Vet, and the Welland and District SPCA Mobile clinic for spay/neuter and vaccination. Yearly vet expenses exceed $100,000. PCON is funded solely by donations.
70 Sponsors
On Track St. Thomas/St. Thomas Elevated Park
Nominator : Serge Lavoie
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We have purchased the abandoned Michigan Central Bridge over Kettle Creek along with 4 kilometres of railbed from King Street in St. Thomas to Lyle Sideroad in Southwold Township. The project will create Canada's first elevated park, similar to those in New York and Paris, France. It will also create a cycling and walking trail at the western end of the city which can connect to the Trans Canada Trail. So far, $250,000 has been raised in private donations in addition to $30,000 in donated public art and an additional $30,000 in landscaping work. We have just announced the Doug Tarry Homes Challenge which has added a single donation of $100,000. All project revenues come from private sources; there are no government funds involved at any level.
18 Sponsors
St. Thomas-Elgin Christmas Care
Nominator : Carrie Smith
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Since 1980 we have been assisting the lower income public of St. Thomas Elgin to register themselves and/or their family for a little support that is meant directly for the Christmas season. We provide a hamper of food which includes cereal, cookies, canned goods, apples potatoes as well as their choice of either a turkey or ham in order to make a complete Christmas dinner. We also provides toys and gifts for the children, hat, mitts and scarves and gift certificates for the older children (12 18) All children must be attending school in order for their parents to register them. .99 cents of every $1.00 donated goes directly back into the community.
5 Sponsors
St. John Ambulance
Nominator : Galynne Cini
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The primary role of this project is to provide a medical response trailer 26 28 feet in length, which is fully self–sufficient for community events. The trailer will contain options that will allow year round operation. The trailer will also afford a means of transportation and storage for our medical transport unit. Additional roles for the trailer are to respond, when requested, to municipalities within the County for a large incident or a Disaster. The trailer will be designed to be able to function at a Disaster site or act in a supporting role to a reception/evacuation centre. This provides citizens and First Responders with not only medical care, but nourishment in a climate controlled environment allowing the trailer to fulfill its role as a medical, command and rehabilitation centre. The Trailer will also be used as a training facility for the youth in our community. By taking to local schools to provide introductory first aid and CPR lessons and volunteer opportunities.
37 Sponsors
St. Thomas Youth Choir
Nominator : Kimberly
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Directed and accompanied by professional artists, the St. Thomas Youth Choir (STYC) offers an outstanding opportunity for youth in our area to learn and grow in music. Practicing weekly, we provide a comprehensive choral repertoire (musicals, hymns, Rock & Roll, etc) and perform in a variety of settings within Elgin County and surrounding areas throughout the year. To broaden the minds and expand the experiences of our members, we travels to other regions where choir members act as musical ambassadors for our community, province and country. The members of the St. Thomas Youth Choir realize the importance of self discipline, concentration, integrity, loyalty, accepting responsibility, building self confidence and a positive attitude. By sponsoring the St. Thomas Youth Choir, you are helping to ensure that any young person, regardless of personal background or socio economic status can attend rehearsals and go on tour with the choir. Thank you!
39 Sponsors
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound
Nominator : Emma Mallon
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Rebound Rocks is a program dedicated to empowering youth through Rock n Roll. Youth receive access to free music lessons, the use of state of the art equipment and are mentored by seasoned music coaches. Since launching in 2018, the youth have written a number of original songs and performed at many live shows, allowing them to build confidence and resiliency, develop motivation and engaging them in community activities and outreach. Rebound Rocks provides the creative outlet through which youth can experience the therapeutic benefit of music and develop social and community connections that will assist them throughout their lives. Rebound Rocks has proven highly successful, with enrollments growing each week; we now need help finding funding to sustain it. Please sponsor this program so we can continue to offer this amazing opportunity to the young people who need it and so that the entire community can benefit from the entertainment these talented musicians are generating!
24 Sponsors
Wallaceburg Minor Baseball Association
Nominator : Heather Dawson
City: Wallaceburg
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): WMBA would like to be able to purchase new equipment (helmets, face masks etc.) as the everyday wear and tear and years of use have certainly taken its toll. With ever changing safety regulations, helmets, face masks, ans catchers' equipment have become outdated and unsafe. WMBA has tried to remain a cost efficient sports league but with increasing insurances fees, diamond fees, and umpiring costs, raising registration fees seems to be our only option. WMBA has relied on numerous volunteers and local sponsors to maintain its ongoing operations. With the purchase of new equipment we can reassure players as well as their parents that WMBA is doing their best to promote safety in sports.
13 Sponsors
St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Transitional Residence
Nominator : Mickie Keefer
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): For 24 years, St. Thomas–Elgin Second Stage Housing (STESSH) has offered the women of St. Thomas and Elgin County, a safe place to re establish their lives. The transitional residence offers women & children, leaving abusive relationships, a secure place to stay, support services & the knowledge & tools they need to begin a new life. STESSH support the children living at the residence by providing group activities, individual counselling, recreation programs & advocacy, which are designed to increase safety skills, self esteem, confidence, coping strategies & learn social & life management skills. We have seen positive changes in their lives including the ability to trust, increased self esteem & self confidence, positive communication, understanding personal feelings, sense of belonging & identity. The children’s program receives no government funding; STESSH works with community partners to assist the program. Support from Dowler Karn Ltd. would greatly impact the children’s program.
25 Sponsors
Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse Inc.
Nominator : Leslie Chilcott
City: Port Burwell
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are currently engaged in a number of projects and wish to start new ones with your assistance.We are attempting to complete a permanent canopy to cover our main entrance, to provide our patrons and volunteers with shelter from rain, snow and sun.It will also enhance the outside appearance. We also require a new and improved basement stairway and exit. We also need to construct a proper and efficient sound booth area at the back of the theatre to improve the quality of the sound, music and special effects to enhance our performances. We currently do not have a stage curtain set up that will provide safety for our stage crew and again add more professionalism to our theatre. We use our membership and local volunteers to provide most of the labour for our projects and improvements some professional costs are also necessary. We have made great progress over the past three years of creating this theatre and cultural centre and we want to be able to continue to expand and improve.
65 Sponsors
Middlesex Centre Archives
Nominator : Linda Kaiser
City: Delaware
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): In 2013, a dedicated group of local volunteers established the Middlesex Centre Archives (MCA) to preserve Middlesex Centre’s rich history. MCA relies on private donations and grants. Project: 1. Purchase archival boxes and supplies to hold our growing collection family histories; records of agricultural businesses and organizations, communities, fall fairs, churches, schools; scrapbooks, maps. Several Middlesex County record collections include Women in Support of Agriculture, Middlesex Cattlemen’s, Middlesex Agriculture Hall of Fame photos, Middlesex Farm and Safety, Western Counties Guernsey Club and Plowing Matches. In 2017, MCA received 162 donations and to date 75 archival donations. One donation had 18 boxes of Lobo history. Archival supplies are expensive with one archival box costing $25 a typical archival order being $6,000 plus delivery charges. 2. Promote our amazing collection via new displays at events i.e., Ilderton Fair, Canada Day, Poplar Hill Picnic and MCA Heritage Fair, and by speaking to groups. Milestones include the bi centennials of London Twp. 2018, Lobo Twp. 2019, and Delaware Twp. 225 years old 2019. ($2000)
7 Sponsors
The Windsor Residence for Young Men
Nominator : Greg Goulin
City: Windsor
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our program teaches the life skills necessary to transition homeless young men off the streets with a 74% success rate in 2015, 80% in 2016 and 98% in 2017. About a third are returned to extended family and two thirds go on to independent living appropriate to their needs. We emphasize education and teach personal, social and domestic hygiene; food acquisition and preparation; social responsibility – not entitlement, work ethic, budgeting., and how to access existing services followed by aftercare to assist them in their challenges after they leave us. Our program, which models a functional family, assists an average of 50 young men each year. With all administration provided by dedicated volunteers, we function on a yearly budget of less than $400,000, $8,000 per resident, primarily funding program staff. We are the only agency providing such assistance to homeless young men in the Windsor Essex community.
15 Sponsors
CJCS/Kiwanis Christmas Basket
Nominator : David Evans
City: Stratford
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Jointly, Kiwanis Club and CJCS Radio raise funds to purchase approximately 650 food hampers at Christmas for needy families. The baskets are assembled and delivered by Stratford residents to homes in the community. Kiwanis Club has been doing this for approximately the past 40 years.
10 Sponsors
Pets Friends For Life
Nominator : Diane Downs
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Re homing abandoned and surrendered cats and kittens. Recent costs in all aspects (hydro, building costs, vet services) have increased. They do not euthanize cats. Cage free facility.
41 Sponsors
Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village
Nominator : Barb Lovell
City: Chatham Kent
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): “In Canada, 25 per cent of all ATV related deaths are among children 15 years of age or younger. Also, injury rates have gone up by 50 per cent, probably because many more Canadians are using these machines than in the past." Parachute Canada. The C K Children’s Safety Village has a solution. Because ATV deaths, injuries & disabilities are on the rise the C K Children’s Safety Village has been researching around the world to bring ATV Safety information to local farm families, teens & the communities of Chatham Kent. The C K Children’s Safety Village is currently having an ATV Simulator manufactured within Chatham Kent in partnership with Chatham Kent Ontario Provincial Police. This simulator will allow community members to sit on the ATV which is secured on the hydraulic simulator & with a helmet on & they safely experience what all terrain driving could feel like & how hard it may be to maneuver the vehicle. This demonstration does not take place of training.
19 Sponsors
Kent Havoc Rugby Club
Nominator : Ashley Buis
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Chatham Kent Havoc Rugby Club is dedicated to growing the sport of rugby in our region, allowing participants of all age groups to play and participate while at the same time building the reputation and engagement of the club within the local community. This year, we are focusing on developing our youth and junior programs. All of these programs require financial commitment by the participants to cover insurance, Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada fees. This is in addition to supplies and equipment needed to be successful. Chatham Kent Havoc supports these programs but does not recoup any costs for our other aspects of the club. These programs are offered at cost. It is my sincerest hope that you will consider supporting our Junior programs to lower the cost to participants by offsetting the costs for Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada fees as well as insurance. This support will allow more children and high school students to enjoy the sport of rugby and the culture that goes with it.
30 Sponsors
South Perth Centennial School
Nominator : Wendy Callcott
City: St.Marys
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): South Perth Centennial School first opened in 1967. Since then they have produced some amazing athletes. Unfortunately the running track that is provided for the students is a grass track that is full of holes and a very uneven surface. We are hoping to construct a better quality of track for our students topped with a limestone screening that will require very little maintenance once it is installed. Our parent council volunteers have devoted countless hours into our school grounds and have done major fundraising to support these projects. We are going to be fundraising for this project but understand it is a big ticket project and we would be so ever grateful for a helping hand to cut down on the cost. Our athletes have been big contenders through the years at both regional and district track meets and cross country runs and this would be a huge benefit for their training.Please consider our little rural school and help our local athletes with their training process. Thank you
28 Sponsors
Woodstock Minor Ball Association
Nominator : Brent Peltola
City: Woodstock
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Woodstock Minor Baseball Association (WMBA), in collaboration with Baseball Ontario and the City of Woodstock, will host the 13U National Championship that will be held August 23 27, 2018 at Cowan Fields in Woodstock Ontario. This event will bring together 10 teams made up of the best baseball players 13 years and under in all of Canada. WMBA will kick off the week with an opening banquet featuring a special presentation made by the organizing committee and guest speakers. Games will begin on Thursday Aug 23 and an opening ceremonies event will be held that evening followed by the official opening game between the host Woodstock Wranglers and Team Quebec. The tournament will culminate in a series of placement and championship games on Sunday Aug 26 and including the crowning of the 2018 13U National Champions. While visiting the Dairy Capital, teams and players will be treated to the best in South Western Ontario hospitality, making this event a highlight of their young careers! A donation from Dowler Karn's Fueling Communities Give Away will offset the costs of hosting this event and will allow us to maintain our financial reserves for future projects. Thank you for your considerations.
33 Sponsors
Loads of Love Humanitarian Aid & Mission Society
Nominator : Patricia Rumble
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The new proposed addition to the existing Loads of Love building will be a showroom to house articles of furnishings, kitchenware, small appliances, bedding, towels, home decor such as lamps, pictures, etc. and articles of clothing and footwear which are given to persons and families in need when they are referred to Loads of Love by one of the many Social Services Agencies in Chatham Kent which use our services. This new showroom will allow the referral to select the needed articles for their household in privacy at an appointed time just for them rather than having to make selection of needed merchandise in the main Thrift Store area where anyone who happens to be shopping (including their friends and neighbours) can see them making their selections. This addition will free up app. 1300 sq. ft. of floor space in the main Thrift Store area so that we have more space to display the donated articles we receive daily. Loads of Love is 100% run by volunteers.
47 Sponsors
Wish Benefit Show – Children’s Wish Foundation
Nominator : Matt McGinty
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Chatham–Kent Professional Fire Fighters Association will face off against a full line up of former NHL hockey heroes on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Memorial Arena in Chatham. This game is a great family event, and includes lots of skill and lots of laughs. Event proceeds are allocated to the wish granting program – with over 25,000 wishes granted the Children’s Wish Foundation has never denied an eligible child a wish! The game is in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation – Ontario Chapter. The Children’s Wish Foundation helps bring smiles to many boys and girls with life threatening illnesses, by making their greatest wish come true.
7 Sponsors
Animal Aide of St. Thomas-Elgin
Nominator : Allison Joseph
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Animal Aide is celebrating 25 years of helping cats and kittens find homes in and around Southwestern Ontario. We are now up to almost 1000 felines a year coming through our doors and going back out into loving homes. We were founded in 1993 and since then have worked in partnership with the City of St. Thomas, and other charitable and rescue organizations. We perform a public service not only by getting cats off the street and getting them spayed and neutered but also by helping people in need with their pets when they can no longer care for them. We ensure that our animals are sent to loving indoor homes and many of our adopters feel that they have been rescued just as much as the cats they brought home. Please help us continue our important work in the community, people and felines are counting on us and we hope to be around another 25 years!
67 Sponsors
St Marys Thames River Clean-Up
Nominator : Deanne Sleeper
City: St. Marys
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Thames River Clean Up has been organizing clean ups across the Thames River Water Shed for 18 years. We have close to 2000 volunteers. In St. Mary's each year we gather between 125 200 people and clean up tons of garbage on the river roads, trails and parks. We provide lunch and refreshments for our volunteers and of course all of the equipment they need such as gloves and garbage bags. Our efforts have made a huge difference in the community. We can't imagine what things would look like and the safety hazards if 18 years of garbage still remained on our river banks. We take about 3 full loads of Edeys garbage bins from St. Marys alone every year.
23 Sponsors
Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation
Nominator : Jodi Maroney
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our Hospice Kitchen is truly the heart of Hospice providing homemade meals for our residents and soups, baked goods and snacks for our Hospice families. The services offered at Chatham Kent Hospice are offered to residents and their families at no cost with expenses covered through donations. Our annual expenses for the Hospice Kitchen program is approximately $37,000.00 but facts and figures don't explain what really goes on in our kitchen and dining room. It is in our Kitchen where our volunteers prepare meals for our residents whenever they request it. The dining room is where family and friends can always find a pot of soup on, a cup of coffee or delicious baked goods whenever they need it. This is where Hospice family members connect with other families going through the same journey. Funding from the Dowler Karn would help ensure Hospice residents and their loved ones continue to enjoy comfort food and camaraderie in a caring, safe and supportive environment that is the Hospice.
71 Sponsors
Prevention of Homelessness Among Families
Nominator : Mary Brown
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Family homelessness is a serious problem. Children who experience homelessness can present a range of health, developmental, behavioral and academic difficulties. Parents can present high rates of anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress, impacting their ability to engage with family and society. A program offered by Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter (Rotholme) has been proven to prevent (not just remediate) family homelessness via early intervention and longer term support. Through the Prevention of Homelessness Among Families Program (PHAF), families avoid emergency shelter (or if they must come into shelter, they exit quicker) and maintain permanent housing; they can also avoid further risk of homelessness or re entry into emergency shelter. Research into PHAF’s Shelter Diversion arm determined 90% of families remain housed even 18 months after PHAF’s diversion services. This could end multi generational poverty cycles.
17 Sponsors
Canadian Cancer Society Sarnia-Lambton
Nominator : Caroline Bekkers
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Wheel of Hope Transportation Service. The Canadian Cancer Society provides free rides to treatment and doctors appointments for patients with cancer. Sometimes simply getting to treatment can be difficult. If you can’t afford the cost of travel, do not have a vehicle or if you are not physically well enough to use public transportation how would you get to treatment? We offer a free transportation service to all cancer patients. Volunteer drivers pick up patients at their homes and drive them to treatment, doctors appointments and all other cancer related appointments (blood work, X rays, MRI ...) and back home again. All rides are free but the drivers, using their own personal vehicles are reimbursed .29 cents per km. In 2017 Sarnia Lambton drove 111 cancer patients 204,134 kms to Sarnia, London, Toronto and Hamilton. Our 46 volunteer drivers made 2,314 trips for those who needed rides. The cost to our office for this free service was $72,040. We never want there to be any barriers to treatment. These trips are life saving for many patients who would not otherwise be able to get to treatment. Canadians are now living longer and 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This invaluable service will become more and more necessary as time goes on. Please join us in making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Cancer changes everything. So can you.
16 Sponsors
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Nominator : Sarah Mann
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Keeping Families Together equipment program will support the London, Sarnia, Woodstock, Chatham, Windsor, KW and Simcoe communities by ensuring that funding is available for a person in need of support for mobility equipment. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world; receiving next to no government funding, we are reliant on the support of donors in the community in order fulfill our mission. Through this funding, we can ensure that a mother is able to use a wheelchair or scooter to attend family functions. We can help provide a ramp, stair lift or ceiling lift to keep a family member in the home instead of a long term care home. With this funding, we can keep families active, engaged and together. Thank you for your support!
21 Sponsors
Forest City Velodrome Association
Nominator : Christina Dodge
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Future of the Forest City Velodrome: The FCV is actively seeking support to underwrite costs associated with maintenance of the building and our programming. We think of ourselves as a hidden gem, an underdog in our community – the community of London and our cycling community. However, we do not want to be hidden, or an underdog any longer. We have many opportunities for partnerships; race sponsors, program sponsorship, and even title sponsorship of the track. We will use this funding to kick off our much needed renovations and get our facility into top shape.
77 Sponsors
Middlesex-London Health Unit-Smart Start for Babies Program
Nominator : Tracey Ashby
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): For many years, the Middlesex London Health Unit has offered a free prenatal and nutrition education program entitled Smart Start for Babies. These series of classes provide education and support to vulnerable pregnant women and teens, and their families, who have difficulty accessing healthy food. Funding for this program is provided through the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The funding amount provided, has not changed over many years, yet the cost of everything including healthy food has increased significantly. Our efforts to continue in the provision of the program are diminishing unless we have the support of our community. The Middlesex London Health Unit supports the coordination and administration of the Smart Start for Babies program in London Ontario and Middlesex County. The prenatal and nutrition classes are offered 4 days a week at 6 different sites in the city and county. Our goal is for every woman to have the opportunity to have the best possible outcome related to her pregnancy. This program reaches almost 200 pregnant women and their families each year. Your donation will make it easier us to continue to provide this support and the free classes.
25 Sponsors
Wallaceburg Concert Band c/o The Wallaceburg and District Council For The Arts
Nominator : Janet Barnes
City: Wallaceburg
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The community concert band is a free group to enable any community member to learn to play an instrument at no cost. These band members then preform concerts for the community at no cost to encourage community involvement of all ages. We have approximately 85 members currently and are growing! Our hope is to be able to provide instruments to new members beginning in September 2018. This will allow them to practice individually at home and be confident at each weekly group practice. We are in desperate need of a set of timpani which comes at a cost of $10,000.
128 Sponsors
2884 Engineers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
Nominator : Michael Lunn
City: Glencoe
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): 2884 Engineers RCACC is a unit based in Glencoe and Newbury with 30+ cadets from West Elgin and Southwest Middlesex. The Department of National Defence pays for some of their activities and training. The rest is left up to the individual units to fundraise. The purpose of this project is to raise funds for the marksmanship team. Top marksmen are chosen to represent the corps at regional competitions. These cadets spend countless hours on the range and at home, honing their skills to best represent their corps. Due to lack of funding, our corps has inadequate equipment for the rifle team. If we are fortunate enough to receive this grant, the corps will be able to provide the team with rifle stands, scopes and various equipment. These items are critical to the success of the team in competition. The cadets work very hard to make the team and get to the competition. It would be wonderful if their hard work is recognized with new equipment.
59 Sponsors
J.L. Scott McLean Outdoor Recreational Pad
Nominator : Walter Kleer
City: Tillsonburg
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): With community support, the “J.L Scott McLean Legacy Fund” committee are fundraising to build an outdoor recreation pad located east of the existing arenas. The 60’ x 120’ recreational pad with refrigeration capabilities will be multi purpose. It will offer year round safe, unstructured use for people of all ages. The need for a facility like this was first recognized in 2004 by the Parks and Recreation committee. With support of area industry, business and residents alike, groundbreaking will be summer of 2018 and will be operational in the fall of 2018. Once complete, this $750,000 asset will be turned over to the Town of Tillsonburg. It will greatly enhance the recreational opportunities for the Town of Tillsonburg and area for years to come.
29 Sponsors
ivegotyourback911
Nominator : Shaun Taylor
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our goal is to spread social awareness in regards to First Responder mental health issues. We strive to create an open platform of discussion, a safe space for First Responders to connect, as well as an outlet to raise money to donate back into the community. We support initiatives and organizations that focus on providing mental health supports for all First Responders.
156 Sponsors
Jet Aircraft Museum
Nominator : Scott Ellinor
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): This project is to add a sidewalk to increase safety and accessibility to aircraft currently outside of the museum facility. The ground outside the museum though flat, is uneven making it difficult for seniors or handicapped people to have access to the aircraft. Quotes for a concrete sidewalk are in excess of $5500 and a viewing platform is an additional $2800 and benches for seating for tired seniors are $500 each. The Jet Aircraft Museum is asking Dowler Karn to partially sponsor the cost of the sidewalk.
22 Sponsors
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
Nominator : Laura Woermke
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): In 2019 the Art Centre will be celebrating 50 years of working to inspire and enrich our community and schools through art education. The Art Centre maintains it’s strong relationship with the schools in the TVDSB and the LDCSB, welcoming thousands of students through our doors and offering free, curriculum based tours and hands on activities. In celebration of our anniversary, an extraordinary exhibition featuring over 200 works of art from the Permanent Collection will be present from April 13 to June 29. This exhibition will highlight historic to contemporary art with a special focus on our local culture and history. Our goal during this exhibition is to welcome 50 classes of students for our free hands on curriculum based tours. Our project is to help with the cost of transportation of students to the Art Centre by offering $50 towards busing costs for 50th Anniversary and to ensure the participation in the celebration of the art during our anniversary year.
17 Sponsors
Victim Services Elgin
Nominator : Courtney McQuiggan
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Victim Services Elgin offers crisis intervention and community referrals to victims of crime and tragic circumstance. The agency strives to develop and inform the public and professionals who work with victims to meet their individual needs. With the increase around mental health awareness we would like to offer our volunteers safeTALK training. safeTALK is a half day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, to become a suicide alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life saving intervention resources.
52 Sponsors
One Hug at a Time – Cuddle Program for Infants
Nominator : Jennifer Barber
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): This organization is to help babies and their families get started in a better life. Volunteers will be able to provide time and support in a family’s time of need. Cuddles and hugs in a baby’s first stages of life, whether they have challenges or not, have been proven to benefit their health and wellness. They will be better able to strive and grow having had the touch and care when they needed it most. I have offered to volunteer my time for this amazing and much needed initiative, but it needs some help getting off the ground. The blessing of this funding from your company would help this cause immensely. With the funds, this organization can get registered, incorporated and begin to help heal babies in our community. Please help us help them!
82 Sponsors
Tyrconnell Heritage Society
Nominator : Angela Bobier
City: Wallacetown
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): In order to make the heritage barn's first floor appropriate for programming, we need to install a concrete floor, replica animal stalls, grain bins and agricultural exhibits on wheels. This would finish off the original plans for this building and increase our available indoor space for visitors. (Our Mission is to preserve and promote the history, culture and area surrounding Backus Page House Museum within the Talbot Settlement.)
58 Sponsors
St. Thomas Express Volleyball Club
Nominator : Dennis Dlouhy
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Express is, first and foremost, a character development program for youth. Our program is unique because we are interested in the holistic development of each and every child through a focus on teaching two things: Joy and technique. Whether a child is a beginner, intermediate or has aspirations to play at the highest levels, we believe that if s/he loves playing and gets the best coaching possible that s/he will attain those goals. Desirable character traits such as leadership, organization, perseverance, and confidence are all reinforced through our player centered sessions. Should we be fortunate enough to be honoured with a prize, we would start a benevolent fund to ensure that no child would be denied access to our programs for financial reasons. Thank you for considering our request and, regardless of the outcome, thank you for your generosity. D. Dlouhy President
86 Sponsors
Township of Zorra
Nominator : Maureen Simmons
City: Thamesford On
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Township spray pad and skate park initiative arose from the growing number of young families in the community. With an increase in general and school populations and an ongoing subdivision development the need for recreation facilities that provide free and popular opportunities for children and youth to become physically active was a priority. Spray pads bring families together and increase opportunities for healthy active lives. Skate parks provide unstructured opportunities for youth and young at heart to develop and master skills, engage in physical exercise and activity; and socialize in a constructive environment. The construction of a 2400 sq. ft spray pad and a 3500 sq ft skate park in Thamesford, that will impact the lives of 8,000 people in the Township of Zorra.
70 Sponsors
Childcan, the Childhood Cancer Research Association
Nominator : Kathleen Barnard
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We provide financial, emotional, research & social support to families from through southwestern Ontario who are coping with childhood cancer. Social support programs are an important part of our services as families often feel alone and overwhelmed. Childhood cancer can be isolating. As wonderfully supportive as they may be, it is difficult for family and friends to truly comprehend the impact of childhood cancer on every area of a family's life. We strive to provide an additional community of support, one that is understanding of the limitations which survivors and warriors may face, and work to provide a variety of social outings that allow kids to be kids and families to be together, away from cancer. Each year, we provide holiday parties in Windsor and in London, which allow the families to come together for connection, food and fun activities. There are crafts, games, a visit from Santa and presents for all the children. We are requesting your support for these important events.
56 Sponsors
Central Elgin Fire Rescue Services
Nominator : Chris McDonough
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): This training tower will be located at our Yarmouth Ctr. station and will be utilized by our Firefighters for search & rescue, confined space and high angle training for all of our 100 Firefighters as well we other departments in Elgin County. This is a pre engineered design and build using sea containers in various configurations to best suit the needs of the customer. In our case these photos best reflect the design we are looking for. The cost of this facility will be approximately $110, 000.
47 Sponsors


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