Fueling Communities $75,000 Give-Away 

REGISTERED PROJECTS: Selection Process Underway

WINNERS of the random draw of 10, $500 Bursaries will be announced daily AUG 27 – SEPT 7, 2018
GRANT RECIPIENTS will be announced before SEPT 30, 2018

Total sponsors for the Contest "Fueling Communities $75 000 Give-Away" : 8732

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Community Living Sarnia-Lambton
Nominator : Sarah Luke
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): In keeping with the government’s direction. Wawanosh Enterprises has completed its last sheltered work contract and is embarking upon new objectives. A wide range of daily activities based on the needs and interests of participants and which focus on building individual social capital are now being offered. And, though some learning opportunities are still center based, most life experiences occur in the community. However, to fully access the community there are often associated expenses. As individuals attending Wawanosh receive Ontario Disability Support Program funds (ODSP) they subsist on $13,812/year, which is well below the poverty line in Ontario. As such, money to cover required participation costs are limited and experiences are oftentimes prohibited. We are therefore requesting $5,000 to assist up to 75 people to have greater access and experiences. This financial indecent will be used to increase: volunteer opportunities (i.e. acquiring required police check, TB tests), learning opportunities (books, course materials, class and session fees), recreational activities horseback riding, swimming, tickets to concerts), Memberships (gymns, seniors centres) and transportation (bus pass, Care a van costs)
54 Sponsors
Thames River Paddling Club – New Boat
Nominator : Ben Gerber
City: St Marys
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Based at Wildwood Lake, next to St. Marys, the Thames River Paddling Club currently operates 4 dragon boat programs as well as outrigger canoeing. Programs range from 5 week Introduction to a full year Competitive level and members come from all walks of life, between the ages of 10 75. Teams participate at a variety of events across southwestern Ontario and 8 members have raced for Team Canada at past World Championships. As TRPC is a volunteer run organization, we value being involved in the community. Each season we organize the Wildwood Youth Dragon Boat Challenge, which hosts over 200 participants from the public. Currently we are seeking any funds up to $10,000 for a new dragon boat (estimated value $13,000) as our current boat does not meet racing standards and requires ongoing repairs, which are costly and time consuming. The club hopes to have a new boat for May 2019. The impact will immediately affect our 60+ members, as well as the participants of our Wildwood Challenge and countless members for years to come.
58 Sponsors
Brain Injury Association of Sarnia Lambton
Nominator : Kevin Cheung
City: Sarnia, Ontario
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Brain Injury Association of Sarnia Lambton is a non profit charitable organization that helps to enhance the lives of people in the Sarnia Lambton community living with the effects of Aquired Brain Injury through education, awareness, support and weekly activities. A Brain Injury is often classified as an invisible disability, yet affects the lives of over 500 000 people living in Ontario. It is a fact that 45 000 Ontarians will sustain an ABI this year alone. Our organization provides an active social leisure program that provides support to both survivors, caregivers and family members. Our focus is to assist our members as they reintegrate in the community while managing their symptoms ie: memory loss, inability to focus, fatigue, mood changes and often depression and or anxiety. Activities include: scrapbooking, bingo, yoga, lifeskill workshops, weekly coffee hour, card making, bowling, support groups, holiday potlucks. We rely on all of our own fundraising and donations.
62 Sponsors
Jessica’s House Residential House
Nominator : Josey Christmas
City: Exeter
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We have had amazing community support which raised enough funds to build the hospice and a balance to cover 2 years operational costs. We must now continue to raise funds to cover costs since we have not received any government assistance. Jessica’s House is a welcoming home away from home, and provides a a sanctuary for those facing end of life. It exemplifies what is best about our human nature to demonstrate compassion, empathy, offering solace and comfort. Hospices need to be within communities because then the individuals are able to stay in their communities, close to home, so there’s not as much cost for the families. There is no cost to the individuals! Our doors opened in June. All rooms have large patio doors so the bed can be rolled out, allowing the individuals to to be outside. The rear landscaping is set to start in September. This give away will help with the finishing touches needed in the landscaping. Please consider Jessica’s House for your giveaway!
55 Sponsors
Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society
Nominator : Chris Bryans
City: Alvinston
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Each year the Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society strives to put on an enjoyable fair for everyone in our community and the surrounding area. This year the Theme for the fair is "Fun For the Whole Herd" . The dates this year for the Fair are September 28th, 29th, & 30th. On Friday night, we host a pie auction to raise money for Sick Children's Hospital, and a tractor pull. Livestock shows and a Parade through town on Saturday . A Demo Derby and Antique Tractor Pull on Sunday. The arena is full of Children's craft exhibits, garden enthusiast flowers and vegetables, and beautiful quilts, knitting and crafts on display for the whole weekend. And of course a midway to thrill every age. We also like to supply some live entertainment for everyone to enjoy. If we are fortunate to receive funding we would use it towards entertainment costs. Perhaps a marching band for the parade, or live entertainment in the arena Saturday and Sunday.
26 Sponsors
Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Nominator : Stephanie Field
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): You’re invited to join our quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life! Make A Wish Southwestern Ontario’s wish referrals have doubled and we are currently working with over 160 families at various stages of the wish process – more than ever before! Children with critical illnesses need your help, today. A gift of $10,000 from Dowler Karn Limited will help Make A Wish Southwestern Ontario grant a local child’s most cherished wish! When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. A wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. And wishes not only help these children – they also have far reaching, positive impacts on their families and communities. Kindly sponsor our request and help us transform lives, one wish at a time!
76 Sponsors
CharACTer Curtain Calls
Nominator : Angela Smith
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Inspire! Create! Perform! CharACTer Curtain Calls gives children the opportunity to be exposed to the excitement of live theatre all with costumes, make up, lights, music and audience members. Through weekly rehearsals, team building drama games, improv activities and production performances, students collaborate, build self esteem, encourage their cast mates and develop life long skills. From the challenges of rehearsals to overcoming stage fright, these actors become a stronger, self reliant and confident version of themselves. Becoming a different character on stage allows children to discover who they really are, and gives them greater courage to share their unique selves with the world. Being the only children's theatre organization in our county that operates during the school year, children need this outlet. With the support of Dowler Karn it would provide theatre stage space, scripts, and costumes for these children. Thank you for your consideration.
60 Sponsors
Northwest London Resource Centre
Nominator : NLRC
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): At our monthly ‘Youth Coffee House’ visitors will enjoy entertainment by their peers and have the opportunity to express themselves through poetry, music, comedy and other art forms as well as connecting them to others. The ‘Youth Coffee House’ will give at risk youth a safe place to come, access to food as well as an outlet for their creativity while connecting them to the many resources available in their community. This program; which is from a partnership between Sherwood London Public Library and the Northwest London Resource Centre, will help address needs in the Northwest community such as food insecurity, isolation and poverty. Your generous contribution will go towards providing healthy dinner meal for the participants attending the Youth Coffee House. We would greatly appreciate your consideration in contributing to our Youth coffee House and essentially to our community.
32 Sponsors
Alzheimer Society of Sarnia Lambton
Nominator : Marie Marcy-Smids
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Forget Me Not Cafe program is designed to engage individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia socially and cognitively. It is a sad hard truth that once an individual is diagnosed and becomes symptomatic, their circle of friends diminishes and is often reduced to just family. Our clients indicate that they just want to feel "normal" and engage in the same type of activities that they did prior to their diagnosis. Forget Me Not Cafe will take clients to different points of interests as well as providing a weekly drop in with activities designed for cognitive stimulation as well as socialization. Research suggests that social activity is key in maintaining brain health. This program will provide these key components as well as an atmosphere of acceptance where clients can be with other people living the same experience as them. Another key benefit to this program is that it provides care partners who are often burned out with a well deserved break.
60 Sponsors
Bothwell Community Boosters
Nominator : Jackie Van Eerd Beatty
City: Bothwell
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Boosters’ project is for a digital display community events sign to be placed at the Bothwell Arena, a prime viewing location. It would be available to all community groups to promote area activities. In 2016 the Boosters formed the Bothwell Area Recreation Advisory Committee (BARAC) in order to support a sustainability plan for Bothwell Arena.. Since that time, the committee has focused primarily on summer activities as the arena had previously been closed in the off season. BARAC saw the potential for the venue as a year round community centre since there is no other gym or rec centre in Bothwell. For the past 3 summers we have offered various programs for all ages such as: Ball hockey, lacrosse, soccer, roller skating, pickleball, fitness room, Canada Day picnic, Flea Market, etc. The arena is busy 3 4 nights/ week in the summer and nightly in winter. What is lacking is communication. An events sign would help greatly to promote activities. We would appreciate your support
72 Sponsors
Kent Historical Society
Nominator : Sheila Gibbs
City: Morpeth
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Kent Historical Society sponsors local historical ghost walks and cemetery strolls that encourage active participation by walking and promote pride and awareness of our local history.For the past ten years, area residents have heard stories of significant historical happenings both from experienced local guides in period clothes and from dramatic presentations by “spirits” who recreate aspects of their lives or deaths. Guides lead groups of anywhere from fifteen to fifty people in downtown Chatham and at Maple Leaf Cemetery Chatham’s largest and scenic cemetery. In order to make listening easier for our groups who range in age from eight to eighty, we would like to provide portable microphones so that people can hear more easily over traffic in the downtown or the wind in the cemetery. We would also like to expand our historical costume wardrobe offerings to add authenticity to the presentations by our “spirits” in the cemetery. For these purposes, we are requesting $1,500.
33 Sponsors
South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Nominator : Kelly Clark-Emery
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park (NRAWP); which is under the umbrella of South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, hosts a "Community Fun Day" annually in June with over 500 residents attending. There are games, music, inflatables, different cultures, art and activities and it gives all residents an opportunity to come and have fun while meeting their neighbours. The Westminster Park neighbourhood is a priority neighbourhood within the city of London as many families face challenges such as food insecurity and poverty. This one day event gives everyone an opportunity to come and enjoy themselves which reduces isolation, engages all residents and reduces barriers to inclusion as all activities are free. Community Fun Day is planned and hosted by resident volunteers that feel empowered while being supported by NRAWP. The Dowler Karn funds will help us keep this event fresh, fun and free for this community!
36 Sponsors
St Thomas Soccer Club
Nominator : Rob Cameron
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The St Thomas Soccer Club has partnered with the city of St Thomas to construct a 66 acre multi sport facility on the north side of St Thomas. This facility will house the STSC Youth Recreational program and the Youth Competitive recreational program for players aged 8 12. There will also be a CFL sized artificial turf field, 2 basketball courts and a splash pad at the facility. The St Thomas Soccer Club has committed to attempt to raise funds to help cover the costs of items not included in the building of the new Soccer facility. These items include player benches, storage buildings, and a community pavilion. A grant from Dowler Karn will help us reach our goal. Thank You for the opportunity Rob Cameron St Thomas Soccer Club
53 Sponsors
Lambton Centre Accessible Washroom
Nominator : Debby Merritt
City: Lambton Shores, Ontario
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our Children's Centre was built in 1976. to provide facilities for handucapped youth who would otherwise not be able to enjoy camping along the shoreline of Lake Huron. Lambton Centre is in the planning stages to renovate the washroom in our Children's Centre for both able bodied and youth with physical and cognitive disabilities. This renovation will include: the removal of the existing shower walls and relocation of the water heater, which will be completed by volunteers. We will then have a new shower privacy wall with bench covered in ceramic tile, New Posi Temp Shower with Grab bar installed, comfort height toilet, grab bars around toilet, wall hung basin, so a wheelchair can fit up to it. With the renovations we will be able to offer more groups the use of the Children's Centre, year round and the youth that come to our facilities will have a memorable experience in our unique natural setting. Lambton Centre proudly partners with a wide variety of social service organizations.
57 Sponsors
Rotary Club of Cottam
Nominator : Dan Levy
City: Cottam, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our goal this year is to construct the first ever School Bus Shelter in the area. A solar powered, 4' by 12' seating shelter that will keep the children of the community warm, safe and dry as they wait for the school bus or to be picked up from local events. The shelter is equipped with LED lighting for security, two 44" aluminum benches for comfort and a display board to show case local events. The shelter will be located next to the soccer fields and baseball diamonds making it the perfect location for parents to pick up their kids after a game. Although there is no public transit system in Cottam, there are talks at the municipal level of a transit service that would shuttle seniors to and from doctors appointments and shopping centres which are located out of town. This shelter would also provide a location for that. We feel that this project will help bring the community closer together while helping it grow. We hope that you feel the same. Dan Levy Rotary Club of Cottam
174 Sponsors
Children’s Health Foundation
Nominator : Nicole Spriet
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Empower the Gift of Speech Through Technology & Eye Tracking As a regional rehabilitation centre, Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and youth up to 18 years old with special needs across Southwestern Ontario. TVCC has an urgent need for a Speech Generating Device to allow young non verbal clients to learn to communicate with a synthetic computer generated voice. The device accommodates eye tracking which uses eye movements for children who cannot directly touch the system. The ability to communicate is critical to overcome barriers for these clients and their families. Adding this equipment to TVCC’s specialized supports, diagnosis and therapy for its young clients relies on donations from the community. Children’s Health Foundation, TVCC’s funding partner, is looking for your endorsement to help children facing barriers to communication that we take for granted. Last year, TVCC served more than 9,000 clients in over 700 locations.
138 Sponsors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex
Nominator : Becky Parent
City: Windsor
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Between Generations program is a school based inter generational program which provides an elementary school student in the primary grades with a unique one to one relationship with a mature mentor. A mature mentor is a caring adult volunteer over the age of 55, interested in developing a trustful, meaningful relationship with a child. The program consists of a weekly one hour visit between the mentor and mentee with a focus on building a friendship. Data from Stats Can reports that child poverty in W/E for the years 2015/2016 is in some neighbourhoods the highest in Canada at 25.7 and 23.6%. Largely known is that education is the largest determinant in escaping cyclical family poverty. Our Generations program seeks to level the playing field for children living in poverty by providing the emotional and social supports they need to overcome challenges with peers & teachers to improve attitudes about their school community, increase attendance and perceptions about their future
42 Sponsors
March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Nominator : David Simmons
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): NPHC’s Sarnia facility, Standing Oaks, is a supportive housing program in operation since 2004. The home provides 24/7 support for 5 individuals who are medically fragile, enabling them to live in the community, as opposed to a hospital or long term care facility. Openings at Standing Oaks are infrequent (only 2 since opening) so the 8 individuals currently on our wait list often must rely on family and friends for a long time until they can access our services. To help meet this need, NPHC is constructing a four bedroom extension to Standing Oaks, plus an additional bathroom and laundry room, adding approximately 185 square metres to the house. The extension would allow 4 new tenants to move in and enjoy the existing accessible kitchen, lounges, dining room, and therapy room, which contribute comfort and quality in a home like environment. Construction began November 2017, with the new rooms scheduled to be available by mid Summer 2018.
98 Sponsors
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Nominator : Natasha Newby
City: Port Stanley
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are requesting support for our 8th Annual Playwrights Festival which will be held for a week in September 2019. The Playwrights' Festival provides an opportunity for writers to develop their script in a 2 day workshop with an experienced Artistic Director and cast. This is then presented on stage to an audience of approximately 200 plus patrons, for free, inviting them to provide feedback after the read through. This festival encourages the constant development of the dramatic arts and Canadian works. After the workshops are completed most plays often have the opportunity to be fully developed on stage as a world premiere with a complete set for a 3 4 week production, reaching another 4000 plus individuals. This event also supports the economy of Port Stanley businesses by drawing tourists to their boutiques, restaurants and inns. Your support would help reduce the financial expenses incurred and help us to continue to provide this opportunity to develop new creative works.
78 Sponsors
St. Thomas Crime Stoppers
Nominator : Grant Hardman
City: ST THOMAS
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): For 30 years St. Thomas Crime Stoppers has worked in partnership with police, media and the community to help solve crime. The program's success is based on the assurance that a "Tipster" never has to reveal their identity, providing a safe avenue to report criminal or suspicious activities. Crime Stoppers is a not for profit organization, led by a Board of volunteers who support the "Tipster Rewards" through fundraising initiatives throughout the year. To mark our 30th Anniversary we would like to host a " Crime Stoppers Student Symposium" for high school students this coming school year. The day long event will include guest speakers who have experienced the perils of criminal activities as participants or victims. We will focus on awareness on issues fostered by social media, illicit drugs and human trafficking, to name a few. Our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist them in enhancing a safe and happy school communities for all.
54 Sponsors
The Mary Webb Cultural and Community Centre
Nominator : Sandra Kearney
City: Highgate
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Mary Webb Centre for the Arts began an ambitious project in 2016 to provide barrier free access to the 250 seat concert hall and art gallery. The existing building is a circle within a square, with circles on opposite diagonals and a dome in the middle. Since 2010, when the Church began its transformation into a cultural and community centre, numerous upgrades and repairs have been made to maintain and improve the Heritage building and to bring the original building up to fire and safety codes. Renowned Canadian artists perform monthly, the Art Gallery showcases local artisans and the hall is available for weddings and community events. We are close to completing the $800,000 expansion which will provide modern washrooms, a lift and accessible ramp. It will provide a location to showcase historical community archives. Through fundraising, volunteer efforts and generous donations from local supporters we have been able to fund this project. Our goal is to be debt free!
64 Sponsors
Forest Edge Community Club
Nominator : Chris Urbaniak
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Forest Edge Community Pool is owned and operated by the local volunteer run, not for profit Forest Edge Community Club. We encourage and offer a fun and healthy social lifestyle for the entire family. We provide affordable pool memberships, public swimming lessons, and many free community events such as outdoor movie nights. We are requesting funding to purchase four durable picnic tables to replace our aging and worn wood tables. This will enhance our seating around the pool, allowing for better places for people to sit, enjoy each other’s company and network poolside. We are also requesting funding to replace the expired water sensor in our automated chlorinator system. The system monitors and automatically maintains a healthy chemical balance within the pool by dispensing chlorine in proportion to demand. This reduces fluctuations and avoids unexpected pool closures, in turn maximizing pool use and enjoyment. These investments will benefit at least 100 families for several years. The cost breakdown: 4 x $249.99+tax for the picnic tables plus $599.95+tax for the water sensor = $1807.90.
37 Sponsors
Harrington Historical & Preservation Club Inc.
Nominator : Brenda Krantz
City: Embro
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Mill Power Fund: to replace/ repair the Harrington Dam. The village of Harrington, Zorra Twp, Oxford County originated when a pioneer, David Demorest, built a Dam and Grist Mill in 1846. The Mill was in continuous operation until 1962. Since 1997 Harrington Community Association, along with other partners in the community, has worked tirelessly to restore the Grist Mill, in the hope that it could teach present and future generations about early industry. Now, the the Mill needs only water water power from the Mill Pond, to be fully operational. Harrington Dam is being threatened with removal, due to it not meeting "current standards". This oasis has existed for 170 years,& is home to many species of birds, waterfowl, fish, animals, and amphibians. It is a recreational space that has been enjoyed by generations. We believe that future generations deserve to enjoy this. The natural science, history and cultural lessons that the Mill and Mill Pond provide, are irreplaceable.
61 Sponsors
Technical Training Group (Stratford & Area)
Nominator : Liz Balletto
City: Stratford
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): There’s a critical shortage of people entering the skilled trades and youth trades’ awareness is one of TTG’s key priorities. TTG works with local school boards, industry and community partners to introduce youth to the skilled trades and as part of this outreach, participates in many events. To help encourage more engagement, TTG would like to acquire a virtual welder to provide an opportunity for youth to experience an engaging and interactive simulation of the welding process. It’s portable, easy to operate and suitable for all ages and skill levels. The process is very similar to playing a video game. Exposure to experiential learning opportunities at an early age is often key to inspiring young people to engage in tech studies in high school and helps initiate discussions about trades focused career paths in the future. A Virtual Welder could help to inspire the next generation of welders and fuel economic growth in Perth Huron communities and beyond for years to come.
60 Sponsors
Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington
Nominator : Jillian Treadgold
City: Kitchener, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Alzheimer Society Music Project was created in response to overwhelming evidence showing the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people living with dementia. Studies across the world have shown the overwhelming effects of music on the brain, in both healthy people and those experiencing neurological changes. Music has been shown to not only decrease stress levels and anxiety in healthy brains, but also in those showing signs of dementia. Music can also contribute to increased brain function, memory recall and other benefits – allowing those living with dementia to rediscover the world around them. The Music Project provides an iPod with a personalized playlist created by our staff and volunteers, to an individual living with dementia. The iPod is free of charge, and theirs to keep, listen to, and use to share moments with their family members and friends – helping them to live their best day.
53 Sponsors
Stone Soup at Destination Church
Nominator : Shandee Murza
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): 7 years ago, Destination Church held a dinner based on the old folk story “Stone Soup.” It is a story of hungry travellers with only a stone in a pot who convince villagers to add an ingredient each until they have a nutritious meal to share with all. From humble beginnings of creativity with a few donated ingredients, Stone Soup has grown into a weekly community dinner providing a great meal and fellowship to people from all walks of life. We welcome all, serving street people, widows/widowers, low income families, and lonely people who can share a meal and conversation. We also host large dinners on Easter, Christmas, and Christmas in July. We have even held weddings for couples who used the meal and fellowship as their wedding reception. Stone soup has also helped develop life and social skills for participants. We currently serve 4500 meals per year, depending entirely on donations and volunteers to prep, serve and clean up. We hope to continue to grow and serve our community.
54 Sponsors
John Knox Christian School Society
Nominator : Jennifer Phillips
City: Wyoming
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): John Knox Christian School (JKCS) provides quality education from JK to grade 8 since 1958. With an expanding student population, JKCS has outgrown their current facility and additional classroom space is much needed. Thus, in November of 2016, with the support of the JKCS membership and the local community, plans for an expansion began. The plan is to build a multipurpose auditorium, with a capacity of 400, that can be used as a gymnasium for students, additional classroom space for teachers, a performing arts facility, and a physical space to host community events such as community gatherings, musical events, or celebrations. JKCS values not only the education of out future generation but also building strong community partnerships. With the generous support of the JKCS membership, we have been able to fundraise approx. 75% of the 3.1 million dollars required to complete this project.
63 Sponsors
Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program Inc.
Nominator : Tanya Nooyen
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): On Halloween, more children are on the street after dark than normal, and they are so excited that they may run out into the street without thinking. Drivers need to take caution, by being alert, slow down and reduce distractions. Parents need to talk to their children about watching for cars and make sure they are wearing something reflective so cars can see them. For the 10th consecutive year, participating Block Parent homes across Chatham Kent will be distributing glow necklaces to children who trick or treat and to youth who collect canned goods for the area food banks. To aid in children’s safety by making them more visible on Halloween night, each home distributing glow necklaces, will display a Block Parent sign and will be clearly marked as taking part in the” Light Us Be Safe” signature event.Those who receive the necklaces are asked to wear them as part of their costume for the remainder of Halloween night.Block Parent is celebrating 40 years of prevention in Chatham Kent.
31 Sponsors
Stratford Perth Shelterlink
Nominator : Terri Finnie
City: Stratford
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Stratford Perth Shelterlink exists to provide Perth County youth ages 16 to 24, who are either homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless, with shelter, advocacy services and basic needs. By providing them with the basic needs of food and shelter, they will have more opportunities to make good lifestyle choices, stay in school, find employment or attending counselling. We provide safe, private rooms for up to 14 youth ages 16 to 24 who either attend school, work or other appointments aimed at creating balance and stability in their lives. Workshops, counselling and access to healthcare is also provided. In 2017, our shelter provided overnight accommodation and served 261 youth from all areas of Perth County. Without the support of government agencies and community partners such as Dowler Karn, we would cease to exist. Most of the youth arrive at our shelter with just the clothes on their backs. We would direct the funding towards a ‘Welcome Kit’ with necessities such as a laundry basket, towels and gift cards to be used for essentials and toiletries. We are the designated provider for homeless youth in Perth County and our youth thank you for your kind consideration!
51 Sponsors
Hope United Church
Nominator : jim Breen
City: Alvinston
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Hope Alvinston Ministries is the camping program of Hope United Church, Alvinston. We are Christians committed to developing and training strong community leaders for the 21st century. We do this through significant training of our camp staff to be able to lead affordable summer camps in rural Lambton, Kent and Middlesex counties. We provide jobs for highschool and University students that require them to learn the value of servant leadership, and that will train them to be better citizens, parents, family members, employees and employers. We runs skills development camps that help campers and staff to develop new skills and problem solve and overcome adversity. We do this by creating safe places for campers and staff to move beyond their comfort zone and grow by doing new and different tasks. In the summer of 2018, we ran 3 Vacation Bible schools, 6 specialty Day camps such as Baking Science, Bike and Drama Day camps and an overnight Junior Adventure and a 5 day Sydenham Canoe Adventure from Alvinston to the St. Clair River. Since 1998; we have seen significant impact that the camps have had on our community and those communities where our youth have gone to live or work.
65 Sponsors
Strathroy-Caradoc Dog Owners Association
Nominator : Phil Dunkerly
City: Strathroy
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): “The Dog Park” doesn't even have a real name yet. However, dozens of dogs use it without charge every day. It’s free. Dogs bring their humans to run, frolic, bust loose and socialize for no user fee, no dog tag fee, no tax burden, and no subsidy from any level of government. We raise funds to keep it running; buying signage, fence repair hardware, building benches, shelter and storage units, hosting vet seminars etc. Prerequisites of fundraising have changed over the 8 years of our efforts. We now need to carry $2 million liability insurance to hold BBQs. We need to incorporate and register as a Not for Profit Organization so we can pursue other sources of revenue and funding beyond "one burger at a time". However, the cost of stepping up to the next level of fundraising is prohibitive, namely the cost of incorporation, getting an NPO number and buying liability insurance. We need your financial support to clear these barriers. After that, we'll be OK . Thanks for considering us.
47 Sponsors
Celebration of lights Inc.
Nominator : Cathie Blake
City: Corunna
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Celebration of Lights has a goal of refurbishing and changing everything we own to led or rgb lighting. This includes removing all of the existing lights and socket wire, sanding or scrapping down the metal, painting, new socket wire and light bulbs. We need new socket wire, paint, paint brushes, gloves, sanding and scrapping material, tie straps and new light bulbs.
58 Sponsors
Port Stanley Cat Rescue
Nominator : Suzanne Levebvre
City: Port Stanley, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Port Stanley Cat Rescue is a registered non profit charity dedicated to the welfare of stray & abandoned cats in Port Stanley and area. Our funding consists of garage sales, homemade jam sales, trade shows and some funding from generous donors and one grant donation of $500. We average 60 70 cat rescues a year for our small community but it has made a difference. Many abandoned cats have found loving homes through our alliance with a PetSmart in London, injured cats have been medically treated and re homed and feral cats spayed or neutered, vaccinated and released with a food source provided by our volunteers. The cost of vet fees, medication and food reached over $13,500 last year and our donations and fund raising efforts helped cover some of the costs but the balance comes from volunteers' own pocket. Your support for our cat rescue will help us continue our efforts and prevent the spread of unwanted cats in our community and save a feline's life!
52 Sponsors
G2G Rail Trail Inc.
Nominator : Grace Vanden Heuvel
City: Walton
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): G2G expands over 4 Counties, 13 communities, cross connects with 5 other major trail routes, is part of the Trans Canada Trail system, Waterfront trail and soon to be Cycle ON 2.0 and thousands of people are affected. Along your G2G experience you will rediscover history, learn about rural agriculture, and find hidden treasures including: Historic and Iconic Menesetung Bridge, Kissing Bridge and Balls Bridge. 5 bridges have been installed over the last 2 years and countless hours of volunteer time has gone into trail grooming and maintenance every year, G2G has over 1200 followers. The 535 Business Plan photo attached explains $5M dollars for 3 major bridges on a 5yr plan. Kissing Bridge Trail and the Perth Harvest Pathway require an estimated amount of $15k worth of trail clearing and resurfacing each. G2G is asking for $10k to continue the trail resurfacing taking place this summer and Fall 2018. Once trail grading is done then it will require stone dust. We appreciate your support.
82 Sponsors
Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Home & School Association
Nominator : Anne Dymond
City: Strathroy
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Public School is a small rural school in Adelaide Metcalfe township. We have a committed Home & School Association that undertakes a variety of projects each school year to enrich the lives of our students. Many of our initiatives promote healthy living and physical activity. One of our goals for the upcoming school year is to provide new outdoor experiences including the installation of a Gaga Ball pit. This is a project that will benefit all students as it is a suitable activity for all ages and will be available for use at recess or Phys Ed classes. Our committee undertakes a variety of fundraising activities which is always challenging given the small size of our school (approximately 160 students). A donation from the Dowler Karn "Fueling Communities" fund would give us a great start to meet our goals. Thank you for providing this opportunity to the community.
36 Sponsors
St. Anne Catholic School
Nominator : Sarah Cooper
City: Blenheim
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The St. Anne School community provides a stimulating and supportive environment, challenging students to develop to their greatest potential. Our elementary school is well know for the development of music and arts program, and inspiring our students through large scale musical productions. We intend to have a student musical production this December, and unfortunately our aging sound equipment has had some issues as of late, and needs to be replaced. Funding for our sound equipment will allow St. Anne students to rise to their full potential and let their talents shine!
33 Sponsors
Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre Inc. (HCFBDC)
Nominator : Mary Ellen Zielman
City: Centralia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): HCFBDC is seeking funding towards the purchase of a cargo style van for the mobile food bank project. There are communities in Huron County that are not served by the 10 established food banks. Travel distance makes it difficult for many to access the services of a food bank so the mobile food bank project brings the food to the people who are struggling in these communities. A pilot project currently underway has been well received and the people are very grateful and supportive of the program. The addition of the van to our operation will allow us to better serve those with food insecurity in Huron County.
58 Sponsors
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
Nominator : Greg Van Every
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We plan to encourage active use of the Thames River from Thamesville through Chatham Ontario by creating a designated canoe route with several stops. The canoe route is modeled after the Saugeen river route system. It will be complete with signage, launches, and overpass mile markers on this small section of river. A portion of the route will pass through the Delaware Nation reserve and connect with their Weelateexung Nature Trail. It will also pass the Fairfield heritage site and connect with War of 1812 history. Some launch sites have already been assessed for feasibility and signage design templates are ready for production. Launches will be passive to reduce future maintenance costs.
55 Sponsors
London Pregnancy & Family Support Centre
Nominator : Brianne Vanattan
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The LPFSC comes alongside those dealing with the often complex and multi layered issues of an unplanned pregnancy. The pregnancy is typically the result of various issues in the clients life. We want to address these issues in hopes of bringing healing and restoration so that the growing family can be strong and healthy. Many of our clients cannot afford the services of a professional counselor and the wait list is lengthy for subsidized counselling and short term. We've brought in a professional counselor once a week to meet this crucial need. We have a rate of $30/hr we cover, that's a fraction of the going rate. We've witnessed the invaluable benefits our clients have received from this service and want to make it available to the many who are in need of it, knowing it's not only the family that's strengthened but the community too. When you see lives transformed you can't stop offering the service responsible. We must raise $10,000 for this initiative to be sustained long term.
101 Sponsors
(HOPE) – Hospice Outreach Programs of Elgin
Nominator : Cindy Webber
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We provide free counselling programs, either 1:1 or in groups. These sessions are provided by professionally trained staff within the death and grieving fields. Support is transitional; meeting weekly, then biweekly and so on, till each individual demonstrates empowerment, resilience and the ability to process their own grief. Our project will focus on the Help Us Understand Grief (HUUG) program, which is intended to help support children, youth and families who are living with the dying or the death of an immediate family (as they determine the parameters of 'family") member or primary caregiver, or who are facing death themselves. This program will build on, and expand HOPE programming to in home support programs for families living with the dying and death of a loved one focusing on children, youth and family care. Interactions with other service providers will increase the awareness of signs and symptoms for children in need, with focus on how to provide and receive support.
50 Sponsors
Parkside Collegiate Institute ThunderStamps First Robotics Team 4907
Nominator : Lisa Bosveld
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are a team of students from grades 9 12, several teachers and community mentors working together. It is designed to build interest and awareness for the students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Marketing, fundraising, and Computer programming are also an integral part. The students have to spend all year fundraising to support this team, but they are only given 6 weeks to design, build and program their robot to perform certain challenges. This is done within the constraints of time, cost, weight, size, game rules and regulations. The students then compete in high intensity events that require both competition and cooperation among different teams. Effectiveness of the robot, the power of team strategy, collaboration and the determination of the students are rewarded. These events start regionally but expand nationally and internationally. Students gain maturity, self confidence, teamwork skills, professionalism, and a network of like minded people.
35 Sponsors
Kenesserie Camp
Nominator : Dan Richards
City: Ridgetown
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Kenesserie Camp has a bit of a stinky problem and we are hoping that Dowler Karn can help us out with a $10,000 donation. At the beginning of July, our septic system started acting up. We have a lot of people through camp each year. One thing they all have in common, they use our washrooms. Through some digging and expert consultation we have discovered that our weeping bed is saturated. We need a new one. We are pumping our septic tank weekly this summer because the new weeping bed will be underneath our main playing field and our 600 summer campers play there every day. We also have 1000 local elementary school students that take part in our spring school programs and many community & youth groups that use our site for retreats. Money being spent underground isn't exciting and flashy, but it sure is necessary. This grant would help to fuel the growth that Kenesserie has experienced over the last three years and ensure that we can continue to change lives through camp.
254 Sponsors
Merlin Area Public School (LKDSB)
Nominator : Jessica Salmon
City: Merlin Ontario
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): At Merlin Area Public School, our Eco Club hosts a daily snack program, monthly salad bars & numerous eco friendly activities that all come at no cost to our students. We have produce gardens, composting initiatives, EarthPlay extended recesses, and recycling initiatives. There is a team of students, with Educational Assistant supervision, that prepare, serve & clean up the daily fresh produce deliveries to each classroom. These life skills are essential to teaching the next generation how to stay healthy & independent in their daily lives. Our Eco Club is asking for the money to continue to support our previous initiatives as they have been a hit, introducing fresh produce (and more!) to every student in our school. Our money will go towards fresh (local) produce, and other ingredients to complete our monthly salad bars. MAPS is a certified Silver Eco School, and this money will help support our application to advance to the next level next year. Go Colts!
53 Sponsors
Glencoe Agricultural Society
Nominator : Jeremy Gough
City: Glencoe ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Glencoe Agricultural Society is a community organization that provides facilities throughout the year that can host weddings, banquets and the VIP Program at fair (accessible – local special needs opportunity to interact with the community in a safe, comfortable and accessible environment). We support 4 H members with financial funding when achieving their club at our fair. We also host several events such as; Santa Claus parade, Truck and Tractor Pull, Art Show, and cooking and paint classes. We deliver an in depth Ambassador leadership program and bursary to community youth. We offer volunteer opportunities for all ages throughout the year and give individuals the ability to mentor within the agricultural community. The community hall, known as the “Ag Hall” is the only large facility in the community that is owned by the Glencoe Agricultural Society. The overall cosmetic appearance of the interior building requires upgrading and refreshing to attract more business and maintain current clients. We believe these capital improvements to our facilities will play a key role in attracting economic activities in the community. The overall project is to update the interior of the main community hall which has not been done for several years. Capital improvements within the project include: replacing the aging flooring within the hall, upgrading to energy efficient touch less taps and replacing the failing sinks in both the mens and ladies washroom. Replacing the countertops throughout the washroom facilities. Painting throughout the entire hall to brighten the facilities. Our main goal for the project is to modernize the facilities overall.
69 Sponsors
Wellkin- Formerly Oxford-Elgin Child and Youth Centre
Nominator : Jessica Ross
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Youth Engagement Advisory (YEA) Committee is a group of committed and enthusiastic youth aged 13 25 who are passionate about mental wellness in their community. Some of our projects include; creating a more inviting space for youth, working to improve adult youth relationships and hosting mental wellness events within our community. To accomplish these tasks, the YEA committee would like to create colourful artwork for their space and develop mental health resources that their peers can access. The YEA would like to continue to meet bi weekly in both St. Thomas and Woodstock. YEA meetings include wellness activities, discussion topics surrounding mental health, snacks and honorarium for their time. The YEA is an inspiration within their community and continues to influence positive change and decrease the stigma of mental health.
65 Sponsors
Adullam Camp Ministries
Nominator : Bethany Dodman
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Adullam Camp Ministries is a Christian community focused on developing servant hearted leaders that will create incredible camp experiences for others and continue to live impacted lives that are uplifting to those around them. Adullam provides opportunities for individuals to learn through an apprenticeship model that includes Observing, Doing, and Teaching. Adullam hosts a variety of day and overnight summer camps across South Western Ontario that focus on the arts, adventure, skill developing, and leadership training. This summer Adullam has offered: Hockey Camp, Applauding the Arts, Choral Camp, Cooking Camp, Music Day Camp, Adventure Camp, LIT experience, Jr Leader initiatives, and multiple day camps across Chatham Kent. Young and old(er) campers are attracted to Adullam Camps because they focus on building confidence, strengthening faith, developing lifelong friendships, and creating unique experiences that can not be found anywhere else just ask any Alumni!
80 Sponsors
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Nominator : Scott Crawford
City: St. Marys
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys exists so that Canadians and visitors to Canada value baseball and benefit from our contributions to community and economic development, education and healthy lifestyles. Currently, we are going through a complete renovation of our museum space to create better awareness, preservation for the great sport and culture of baseball, beautification of the museum and creation of new space for shows and events. Our goal is to be completed by spring of 2019 and host our grand opening. We are asking for $10,000 to accomplish a few projects including a soothing garden outside the front doors of the museum and furnishings and exhibit cases for our auditorium/multi purpose room that will allow us to host shows and events. This will create a better visitor experience for the arts lover, sports enthusiasts and help beautify the “first impression” landscape.
57 Sponsors
Lucan Irish Six Junior Hockey Club
Nominator : Sandra Neubauer
City: Lucan
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): "Home of the Irish". Our project is about the importance of a home who we are, and what we think is important (personal best, dedication, perseverance, sacrifice, respect, character, team work, community involvement, family, education, lifelong friendship). The "Home of the Irish" is about creating a space that exhibits our shared sense of purpose and passes it on to the players of the future. If we are lucky enough to earn any of these funds our dream project would be to create a Junior team dressing room in the Lucan Community Centre that exhibits these values. The current Jr team locker room is inadequate for a competitive hockey team and is in disrepair due to its age. Our players are 17 21 year olds who participate in competitive sport (in the PJHL), hold down part time jobs, attend school, and get involved in their community. This season is our 50th anniversary and the team hopes to work with our Alumni to renovate the current dressing room to leave a 50th anniversary legacy.
55 Sponsors
Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Nominator : Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
City: Chatham Kent
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): A transport defibrillator monitor can save a life after cardiac arrest. This portable machine gives the heart an electric shock to re establish a normal rhythm after a heart attack. We raise funds to help purchase equipment for our community hospital. The hospital has a transport defibrillator which is at end of its useful life. It has neither the capabilities to meet current standards of care to transport critically ill patients between the two hospital sites in the area (approximately 30 km apart), nor for frequent visits to tertiary and critical care centres in the region. This new equipment would also have end tidal CO2 and arterial line monitoring capabilities, which help health care staff measure vital information, and are also needed to meet standards of care. According to Statistics Canada, Chatham Kent has the highest per capita death rate from heart attacks in Ontario and second highest rate in Canada (2017). Funds for this equipment are a necessity for our community.
74 Sponsors
Chatham-Kent 4-H Association
Nominator : Kris McNaughton
City: RIDGETOWN
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Chatham Kent 4 H Association would like to request $1920 to go towards Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training of leaders and/or senior 4 H members. MHFA would benefit our Association and Community greatly. We know our youth members deal with a multitude of life stressors, including mental health issues, so do our member’s families and our leaders. The MHFA training will help equip our leaders with the tools to help our members. Our trained leaders and/or senior members will also use those skills with friends and family in the community at large, if needed. Chatham Kent, like other communities has had its share of loss, both personal and economic. A recent University of Guelph study suggests that one in two farmers deal with high stress, and 58% often feel anxious; 40% are uneasy to seek mental health help because they are worried what friends might think. It is time to change this perception, and the MHFA training of Chatham Kent 4 H leaders will help to do that in our community.
35 Sponsors
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
Nominator : Erin Carroll
City: Strathroy
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) will further stewardship and recovery efforts of Species at Risk (SAR) reptiles. One of the target species, the Eastern Spiny Softshell turtle is Endangered in Canada. Turtle eggs under immediate threat, that can be recovered, will be incubated and hatchlings released. SCRCA rescued 125 eggs in 2016, 500 in 2017 and over 1000 in 2018. Turtle hatchlings are released in a secret locations in order to protect them from poachers, the pet trade, and their use in folk medicine. Without this intervention, this species could be completely lost. The Reptile Recovery program also includes public outreach events (eg., workshop, lecture to nature clubs, reptile celebration and other awareness events). These events will educate and stimulate awareness of SAR reptiles in the St. Clair Region with the intent to promote private landowner stewardship uptake where possible.
61 Sponsors
Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent
Nominator : Lisa Caron
City: Chatham, Ontario
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The power that play has on a child and their development is crucial to their overall well being. The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham Kent (CTC) provides recreational opportunities to kids with special needs that they aren’t able to access elsewhere. The CTC needs your help to purchase specialized recreation equipment; like safe catch gloves for Challenger Baseball, sensory swim equipment, SensaHut for Zones of Regulation Program as well as general physical education equipment for multiple programs within the Adaptive Recreation Services. From this service, children develop life long recreation skills, also benefiting from further development in the areas of communication, forming relationships and social skills, improving overall level of physical, emotional, and cognitive development. 2700 + children call CTC their home, receiving hearing and speech therapy, autism services, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. A $10K donation will have lasting impact to this program.
56 Sponsors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron
Nominator : Amy Wilhelm
City: Dashwood
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron’s one on one mentoring program provides children with support and mentorship from an adult volunteer. We can think back to identify the person who made the difference for us. Often those relationships were with adults who were part of our lives through family, community or school connections. We have taken those informal mentoring relationships and structured a process to engineer similar outcomes. Serving as role models, our Bigs teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, of having respect for family, peers and community, as well as helping children reach their full potential. This can all lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic minded adults. Through this program, we will be able to assist our volunteers in building friendships, which provide guidance and encouragement to the children they support.
56 Sponsors
Essex Community Services
Nominator : Kelly Stack
City: Essex
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Essex Community Services is looking to build a Seniors' Home Help Program that will provide our older adults in the town of Essex with assistance to many of the instrumental activities of daily living required to remain at home. This program will focus on several services that we can offer to seniors'. The program will focus on the following: Meal Preparation Grocery Shopping Grass Cutting Leaf Raking & Yard Clean Up Snow Removal Light Household Chores Project Objective: To support seniors with the activities of daily living required to maintain their independence. This project will address the program objective in the following ways: Improving independence and longevity in their own home Reduce isolation through regular contact with volunteers and others Creating a safe and clean living environment Providing affordable proper nutrition, ways to cook and prepare food while working on a budget Education to help maintain safe and independent living
60 Sponsors
CK Cyber Pack
Nominator : Jennifer Torrance
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The CK Cyber Pack is a FIRST Robotics team located in Chatham Kent. Our team comprised of students from across Chatham Kent, is supported by many parents and mentors who dedicate countless hours to the program. Unlike many FRC teams formed in a single school, our team is open to all high schools within Chatham Kent. Each year students are tasked to design, build and program a robot in 6 weeks, and are also charged to support themselves financially 100% through fundraisers and by seeking sponsorship from local businesses. We aim to provide this opportunity FREE to all students. Students also perform outreach in the community throughout the year to spread the word about the importance of STEM. Our students have presented to such groups as CK City Council, the Ursuline Sisters, as well as to many schools and school board admin. These students are our future, but the annual cost to run an FRC team is approximately $30000 $40000. We cannot do it without support from our community!
63 Sponsors
Doyle Corrigan Academy of Irish Dance
Nominator : Cory McGugan
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Irish dancing is a very athletic and cultural sport. Dancers skills are tested at competitions known as “Feis’” which in Gaelic means an arts and cultural festival. These Feis’ provide an opportunity for dancers to showcase their talents and also to experience Irish traditions and culture including music, art, language, baking and dance competitions. By going to these Feis competitions the dancers qualify to go to National and World competitions. At Doyle Corrigan Academy the dancers train and compete all year long. We are the only Irish dance school in the London area and our membership includes male and female dancers of all ages who travel from all parts of southwestern Ontario. Each year we have a training workshop and Gerard Carson, a registered Irish Dance teacher from Ireland will come and teach the dancers new and very technical steps. This experience is essential to exposing our young dancers to the most current steps and training in order to compete at the major Feis events. This type of workshop provides the dancers with a very unique, one of kind experience that will have a significant impact on their confidence going into the competition season. In the past this has allowed some of our dancers to qualify to compete at Nationals and Worlds. Your support would help our young dancers pursue their athletic goals and dreams.
53 Sponsors
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Nominator : Emily Sangster
City: Alymer, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Ontario Police College, located in Alymer, Ontario, and the Wish Benefit Concert, hosted in Chatham, Ontario, are working hard to grant a wish for the Children's Wish Foundation. Since its origin, the Children’s Wish Foundation Ontario Chapter has granted 243 wishes to Children specifically living in the Southern Ontario region outlined. Currently, 36 wishes are pending to be granted for children in this area. Each wish costs approximately $10,000. The Ontario Police College and Wish Benefit Concert require funding to reach their goal. The funding will help Canadian children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses be granted their most heartfelt wish. Wishes enhance quality of life for these courageous children and their families. Please sponsor!
31 Sponsors
Mental Health Network of Chatham Kent
Nominator : Kelly Gottschling
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are requesting a grant of 10,000 to assist with covering the cost of a 2018 Dodge Caravan. We have raised 11,000 on our own to cover the cost of the vehicle, which we can purchase for 21,000. We will provide community outreach to all of Chatham Kent. People who live with mental illness are often isolated. Unfortunately, this causes their symptoms to worsen. Our goal is to pick up people in their own community and bring them to Hope House for daily activities, programs, and educational opportunities. By eliminating segregation and loneliness a person often begins to feel a part of something that they enjoy. Meeting friends, having wholesome, free meals, learning about symptoms and getting out in the community and enjoying events and activities certainly brings Hope and Comradery to a persons' life. We all need something to look forward too. Most of the people we support live well below the poverty level. Having access to transportation, especially in rural areas is a challenge.
148 Sponsors
Nominator : Crystal Dama
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Alzheimer Society of Chatham Kent provides programs and services to those living with dementia and their care partners. Counselling, education, day programs, in home respite and behavioural supports represent some of these programs. As the baby boomers age, our services experience increased demand. This includes in home respite (IHR) provided by Personal Support Workers. IHR is co paid by the client/care partner ($14/hr) and the Erie St. Clair LHIN (remainder). Receiving $10,000 from Dowler Karn would allow 20 families 35 hours of care. IHR provides the care partner the opportunity to exercise self care (e.g. running errands, medical appointments or simply “down time”) while the client receives a safe place for personal care, social and cognitive stimulation. This will help clients and their care partners live a better life now!
59 Sponsors
Sacred Heart Food Bank
Nominator : Francis Johnston
City: Port Lambton
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are a nondenominational group and working with the Catholic, Anglican, and United Churches. The congregations from these churches donate food and money to the food bank. We issue gift cards from our local No Frills to the needy so they can purchase food and basic necessities. The reason we use No Frills is because they do not supply alcohol or cigarettes.
38 Sponsors
Friends of the New Animal Shelter
Nominator : lynn McGeachy
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Friends of the New Animal shelter began its significant challenge of raising funds to build a much needed shelter for the Chatham Kent Community. The current building, over 40 years old could no longer meet the needs of today or the future. With funds in place for the building, construction will begin within weeks. The new shelter will meet the needs of all of Chatham Kent and will allow for further development of both existing and new programs. It will support many aspects of community life; student placement and learning, volunteering, adoption, specialized programs and most of all, be a safe place for animals and their care providers. Within the building there will be community space that will be accessible to the public for both learning activities and even fun! The challenge now is to provide the necessary equipment to care for the animals while at the shelter. Funds requested will be used to provide a scale and examination table for the animal intake room.
61 Sponsors
Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE)
Nominator : Lauren Drury
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Lambton College believes that cost should not be a prohibitive factor in the pursuit of higher education and proposes to expand its scholarship program to include students registered in the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program. This fully integrated two year College Certification program is designed for individuals with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and other learning challenges. This new scholarship, valued at $1,000, would be presented annually to a student selected by CICE Team. Currently, first year CICE fees cost in excess of $4,000. A $1,000 scholarship would defray that cost by more than 20 percent. The scholarship would be available for 10 years (one award per year), positively impacting the lives of 10 CICE students. The support of Dowler Karn would improve inclusion to post secondary education for these deserving students, support their goal to attain a certificate, and enable their successful integration into community employment.
78 Sponsors
Oxford County 4-H Association
Nominator : Shonna Ward
City: Bright
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Oxford County 4 H Association is a youth organization to help provide leadership and life skills to the members to help them with being contributing citizens in their communities. The program is for youth ages 6 21. The program teaches youth about various topics health, food, agriculture, environment. Volunteers teach the local programs in a learn to do by doing activity based atmosphere. Oxford 4 H wants to create more interactive picture boards (3'x4') like various animals dog, cat, horse, goat, sheep, machines sewing, etc. Currently we have cow, pig and rabbit picture boards to teach about the animals. The members find these picture boards a fun way to learn!!
34 Sponsors
Stratford Perth Hospice Foundation
Nominator : Lucie Stuart
City: Stratford
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Stratford Perth community needs another choice for quality end of life care, a home away from home for those who are unable to, or do not wish to, stay at home with an end stage illness. Now under construction, the 18,000 square foot Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice will provide, at no charge to the resident, 24 hour specialized palliative care in a peaceful residential setting as well as support for friends and family involved with the end of life journey. With ten resident suites (opening with eight), outdoor courtyards, an open kitchen and dining area for family to gather, and on site professionals, hospice residents can live their last days to the fullest. Annually, the Hospice will offer comfort to close to 100 adults and children in the hospice, plus another 100 in home deaths. A $5,000 donation from Dowler Karn towards the Because You Care capital campaign will have a lasting impact by helping build a home that cares.
90 Sponsors
Canadian Cancer Society
Nominator : Nancy McFadden
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Imagine you have just been diagnosed with cancer but have no way to get to the treatment appointments you need to save your life. 1 in 5 cancer patients cannot get to life saving treatments. The Canadian Cancer Society’s one of a kind Wheels of Hope transportation service ensures that patients can focus on fighting cancer, not on worrying about how they will get to treatment. Fueled by 128 volunteer drivers, Wheels of Hope drivers offer exceptional service to cancer patients. In 2017, 321 local cancer patients, benefited from Wheels of Hope, totaling just over 9,144 rides and 194,489 kilometers driven to treatments in London, St Thomas, and Toronto. The cost for volunteer mileage reimbursement to our volunteer drivers is .31 cents per/kilometer. We estimate that in 2018, the program in our community will cost over $60,291.59. Cancer patients face many hurdles; getting to treatment should not be one of them. Dowler Karn can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
58 Sponsors
Tara “Boom” Houston Children’s Foundation
Nominator : Paula Chatterson
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Each year Tara “Boom” Houston Children’s Foundation (or Taraboom for short) helps, on average, 10 12 families that have a child with a life threating illness. We provide funds to help eliminate the financial pressures that arise due to their child’s illness. Each family is a project for Taraboom. The financial relief for these families is greatly needed as one or both parents have left their employment to care for their child and family. The detailed application form that each family completes will determine if they are eligible for assistance with an amount up to $10,000. However, we do not disburse the funds to the families but will pay directly, to the source, mortgages, rent, utilities, travel expense, accommodations, medical equipment and other various sundries. Each family that comes to us is considered by our Board of Directors and must meet the criterion set out on our website. Taraboom touches some pretty special lives and we consider their privacy a top priority. TBHCF.com
116 Sponsors
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
Nominator : Cathy DeVries
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The YWCA St. Thomas – Elgin have been running the Good Food Box program for 3 years. We have partnered with other area organizations including the Northside Hub, Destination Church, Family Central Apartments, West Elgin Community Health Centre and Elgin St. Thomas Public Health to bring this very needed program to our community. Because of the high need, the YWCA would like to expand this service and offer it to more adults and families, which would require an additional industrial size fridge . The YWCA just does not have the fridge space as this time. We know that healthy food is so important to our everyday lives. For many people, they feel it is not an option as healthy food choices can be expensive. Sometimes when you access food bank donations those options aren’t always available either. The Good Food Box gives people the nutrition they need for a minimal fee.
35 Sponsors
Catherine McVean Chapter IODE
Nominator : Leslie Jones
City: Dresden, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The town of Dresden had Canadian flags hung on the downtown area lamp posts for several years. They are now faded and need to be replaced. New flags would help to promote businesses and community organizations. It would add to our civic pride and showcase the downtown as a good place to shop local and also invite travelers driving through town to stop and "Explore Dresden”. ( This is the logo on our sign as you come into town.) The design of the flags would have some of the attractions such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dresden Raceway and LK arena pictured on them as well as some of the businesses and community groups such as IODE and Rotary. It would be a way to advertise and promote our community
35 Sponsors
Moore Agricultural Society
Nominator : Michelle Evanitski
City: Brigden
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Arts-and-Music
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Moore Agricultural Society – Home of the Brigden Fair is all about volunteers and our role in the community. We are requesting funding for our 2 kitchens the Ploughman’s Diner and the Homecraft Fair Kitchen located at the Brigden Fairgrounds. Each facility requires a new counter and hydro upgrades to help them continue to serve our volunteers and fair patrons. The Ploughman’s Diner provides food for the many volunteers during Fair weekend. Their area would also benefit from a new sink. The Homecraft Fair Kitchen provides food to fair patrons and provides catering services throughout the year. Through their fundraising projects, they continue to upgrade their facilities. Both Kitchens have been approved by the Lambton County Health Unit. We are a volunteer organization and would appreciate assistance with these projects. The funding would be put towards the total cost of replacement of counters, sink and hydro upgrades. Thank you for your support.
63 Sponsors
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
Nominator : Emily Sebrey
City: Aylmer
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Active Naturally Initiative will develop and provide free educational and recreational programs in the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority watershed. The goal of this project is to develop the lifelong enjoyment of sport and physical activity in the outdoors within persons with disabilities, ethnic communities, low income persons, children, youth, women and girls. With $10,000 from Dowler Karn this program could 1) provide winter recreation with the purchase of snowshoes and cross country skis, while also providing funds to groom the trails for these activities; 2) by allowing for bigger events to happen for community members at Springwater (including but not limited to paint/plant nights, movies in the park, yoga on the beach, etc.); and by 3) ensuring the sustainability and future of this project.
52 Sponsors
Childreach
Nominator : Nadine Reeves
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Childreach's award winning program WILD CHILD is encouraging families to lead their own adventures in an unstructured natural setting and to build confidence, competence and resiliency in children. WILD CHILD is a free weekly outdoor playgroup in which children will crawl, hike, skip, climb, hop, dig, throw, roll and balance their way through the forest. The premise is simple go out and explore! Playing outside makes children smarter, healthier and happier, and risky play allows children the freedom to test their limits, explore their boundaries, and address challenges in a natural environment. Regular exposure to unstructured outdoor play is critical to the healthy growth and emotional, mental, social and physical development and well being of children. In all kinds of weather, 2,834 parents and children joined us in the forest in 2017. $10,000 from Dowler Karn would sustain one weekly outdoor playgroup for one year and help make outdoor play an everyday routine for more families.
110 Sponsors
ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services
Nominator : Shelley McPhee Haist
City: Clinton
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): For more than 20 years ONE CARE has been providing transportation in Huron and Perth Counties for seniors, frail elderly and people with health challenges. The key to independent living in this primarily rural area is in having reliable and adequate transportation services. The agency owns and operates wheelchair accessible vans and buses and we are working to replace our older vehicles. We provided more than 31,000 rides in our vans and buses to more than 1,000 people last year. Funding will support the purchase of a new van. Without the use of reliable vehicles we will not be able to provide rides to residents in our communities. This could lead to a number of problems – social isolation, missed medical appointments, inability for clients to get to programs, grocery stores, community programs.
63 Sponsors
The John McGivney Children’s Centre
Nominator : Danielle Friest
City: Windsor
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): At the John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC), we are in the process of developing a recreation therapy program. This program will provide opportunities and support for children and youth with disabilities to enjoy the physical benefits of recreation as well as improve their social and communication skills, increase their self confidence, become more independent and improve their overall health and well being. All children and youth mature physically, socially and emotionally when participating in recreation and we are very excited about the positive impact our new program will have on our clients. Funding for this program will help us purchase necessary equipment, assist with transportation costs, help with promotion and program development and much more.
65 Sponsors
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF)
Nominator : Tim Cumming
City: Exeter, Ontario
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): A new pedestrian bridge on South Huron Trail will make the community safer and more active. Trail users walk along the road, beside vehicles, to enjoy both sections. Jones Bridge will offer a safer, more scenic alternative to that. The community has donated or pledged $200,000. A community group hopes to raise $90,000 more to make the dream reality. The bridge would complete an 8 km trail loop and connect MacNaughton Morrison and Morrison Dam trails. Thousands of residents and visitors, urban and rural, of all ages, use the trail in all seasons. The bridge adds sports and recreational infrastructure for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, cross country runners, and others. It supports Health and Wellness as trail users walk on the trail to manage health concerns such as diabetes. Research shows outdoor recreation in nature benefits physical and mental health. This local effort is thanks to community minded businesses, landowners, donors, community groups and other generous partners such as Municipality of South Huron, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, and South Huron Trail Charity Golf Tourney.
76 Sponsors
Elgin Middlesex Hockey Alliance
Nominator : Chris Taylor
City: Komoka
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs focus is to provide a fun atmosphere and developing a love for the game of hockey all while promoting a healthy lifestyle and building memories and friendships. In addition, we focus on providing the highest level of player development, bringing in the best coaches and guest coaches from around the area to build team and individual skill. The grant money would be spent on our biggest overhead ice costs and player development. Our yearly operating cost have run approximately $300,000 a year, however this year with the addition a 8th team they will increase. Our commitment to continuing to provide the best experience for the our players has shown through the results with many of the teams going well into the playoffs. With the increasing costs of ice time hockey is getting more and more expensive, so we try to keep the cost down by fundraising activities through.
69 Sponsors
Bluewater Health Foundation
Nominator : Danielle Cooper
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Bluewater Health’s current mammography equipment is nearing the end of its lifespan and as a result, the Mammography Department has experienced increased downtime in the last few months. To improve patient experience, Bluewater Health Foundation is fundraising for two mammography machines, one of which will be equipped with tomosynthesis and contrast enhanced imaging, which will combined cost approx. $1 million. This equipment will be more ergonomically friendly and provide a more comfortable experience for patients during tests. With the combined support of community individuals and partners, like Dowler Karn, we are able to remain on the cutting edge of early detection and accurate diagnosis by purchasing new, top of the line equipment.
58 Sponsors
Pet and Wildlife Rescue
Nominator : Kelly Johnson
City: Chatham
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Pet and Wildlife Rescue operates the animal shelter in Chatham, Ontario. With the assistance of a dedicated staff and selfless volunteers our work includes finding suitable homes for surrendered or abandoned pets, operating a pet food bank, and assisting orphaned or injured wildlife. A significant part of our mandate through the municipality of Chatham Kent is the responsibility to accept any cat brought to our shelter. This results in hundreds of cats coming through our doors each year. With $10,000 from Dowler Karn we would like to assist the community by: 1) Providing low cost spay/neuter vouchers (approximately 75) to residents, reducing the number of kittens born in Chatham Kent and coming into the shelter, and by 2) Providing more families with the opportunity to adopt a surrendered cat, through an “Adoptathon” event. During this event and with the assistance of Dowler Karn we will be able to waive the adoption fee on (approximately 50) fully vetted cats and kittens.
67 Sponsors
Haldimand-Norfolk Community Senior Support Services
Nominator : Lisa Geoffrey
City: Simcoe, On
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Wheelchair Accessible Van: The clients we serve are seniors and disabled adults. As an organization we transport clients to medical, shopping or social appointments, either with volunteer drivers or our Wheelchair Accessible van. If the clients require assistance as they shop, or for medical appointments, our volunteers graciously will help the clients. We have transported 38,642 one way trips for our clients with a majority of these being medical appointments requiring the use of the Wheelchair accessible vans in the past year. As an organization we need to fund raise to replace our wheelchair vans. We currently have a fleet of 5 vans, 3 of which need to be replaced. To purchase a new wheelchair van will cost $ 90,000. and a used wheelchair van will run between $ 40,000 to $ 50,000. Every little bit helps our organization and our clients.
35 Sponsors
The Kettle Creek Environmental Youth Corps
Nominator : Betsy McClure
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Kettle Creek Environmental Youth Corps will engage 10 local high school students to participate in environmental stewardship projects to protect and restore the Kettle Creek watershed. The Youth Corps program will motivate youth to disconnect from their screens and reconnect with nature to positively impact their local environment all while gaining real world experience and volunteer hours for the completion of their OSSD. Examples of projects the Youth Corps will undertake include planting trees, wildflower planting, trail building and maintenance, environmental monitoring and invasive species removal.
65 Sponsors
Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Nominator : Margaret Wills
City: London
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre has partnered with multiple organizations and interested community members to form the Hamilton Road Basic Needs Committee. It was identified that a monthly Family Fun & Food event in the community would help to address multiple needs while also building community. The Hamilton Road community experiences high rates of poverty, and challenges such as mental illness, addictions, and low employment. A community meal with a "pay what you can" admission, will help to bring together community, provide activities for children and youth while providing a hearty meal at the end of the month when family resources may be extremely limited. The event will also serve as a place where people can access services and referrals. Much like the "Men's Lunch" hosted by Crouch every Thursday, families will begin to build a community network where they build friendships, learn about volunteer opportunities and network to support one another.
52 Sponsors
Threads of Life
Nominator : Lorna Catrambone
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): On any given workday in Canada, three people will die from a job related fatality, life altering injury or occupational disease. Threads of Life offers Family Support Services and programs to support families affected by workplace tragedy. This fall we will host a Peer Support Group in Sarnia. Threads of Life’s local 6 week peer support program offers a safe, non judgmental place to find hope and healing by sharing experiences with others. Our peer facilitators are not professional counselors; rather they are trained volunteers who have experienced a workplace tragedy in their own family and are on a similar journey. Topics covered during the 6 week program include: coping with grief, practicing self care, dealing with special days, anniversaries and holidays and secondary losses and changing relationships. Funding from Dowler Karn will help offset the costs of program delivery including venue, marketing and program materials.
27 Sponsors
Dalewood Reservoir Trail
Nominator : Elizabeth VanHooren
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Dalewood Reservoir Trail, located on the north side of St. Thomas, is a 10.2 km passive natural surface trail that is a valued piece of natural infrastructure in the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County. KCCA is committed to offering passive recreational opportunities that promote health and wellness; however the Trail could use an additional access point in response to increased usage. KCCA is proposing to open a parking lot adjacent to Dalewood Road allowing direct access to the loop trail. As part of the project a look out point will be opened and 450 metres of new trail will be created leading from the new parking area and connecting it to the look out point and the existing Dalewood Reservoir loop. In addition, there will be site alterations made at the former Carrs Bridge, a defining feature of the Dalewood Hiking Trail that allows hikers to safely cross Kettle Creek and maintains the trail’s loop. This piece of infrastructure is being jeopardized due to surface water run off undermining the bridge’s infrastructure. The trail entrance will be regraded to promote proper water direction away from the bridge. The erosion wash out area will be filled with rip rap to protect the integrity of the bridge. This project will ensure that the Dalewood Trail has a new trail head with parking to ensure that residents from across St. Thomas and Elgin County can access and enjoy this natural feature. A new trail head sign detailing the significance of the area and showcasing the trail’s features will be added. A $2,000 grant from Fueling Communities would mean that the project can proceed and the Dalewood Trail can continue to boost healthy lifestyles by getting residents to step into nature.
54 Sponsors
Murchadha House for Those with Exceptional Needs
Nominator : murchadhahouse
City: Cottam
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Murchadha House will build and maintain residences that allow individuals with disabilities to live independently according to their ability and to give families the peace of mind to know their loved one is living in a safe and encouraging environment. Each home will provide the equipment and services to support each resident's unique needs and to help them maximize their full potential. Murchadha House will partner with Community Living Essex County who will provide the support staff, experience and equipment to ensure the residents will have the support and care they require. We want to provide supported living housing to youth so they won't be relocated outside their communities away from family and established community networks. We want to decrease the current 25 year waiting list for adults to get a room in a supported living home. Our goal is to keep individuals with exceptional needs in their community where they can enjoy their family and established supports.
128 Sponsors
Meals on Wheels (Dresden) Inc
Nominator : Bob Coleman
City: Dresden, ON
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Purchase a freezer to store perishable food for preparation of meals twice weekly
40 Sponsors
St Thomas Minor Hockey Association
Nominator : stthomasminorhockey
City: St Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): St Thomas Minor Hockey is continuously striving to improve the local minor hockey experience for each of our 600+ members. Presently, our association provides young players the opportunity to play at many different skill levels, which allows them to grow and develop numerous lifelong lessons such as being a part of a team environment, responsibility, hard work, fair play, and making lifelong friendships. In addition, our organization and teams gave back to the community by participating in various events (Santa Clause Parade, Local food drives, Hometown Hockey, and the renaming of our Community arena). We have made a commitment towards player development, and are proud of our achievements from last season. As a result, we had 6 teams progress to OMHA semifinals, and had 2 crowned OMHA Champions! We are seeking to build on the previous accomplishment's for the upcoming season, and remain committed to building an Ontario leading minor hockey development program through local support.
66 Sponsors
Pathways Health Centre for Children
Nominator : Tracy Drysdale
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Health-and-Wellness
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our Project, the Pathways Pool Revitalization, is the renovation and refurbishment of our therapeutic pool that has been allowing us to offer life enhancing aquatic programs our clients and community members since 1987. For 30 years, Pathways has been regularly maintaining the pool. We are currently at the point of needing critical work done to keep the pool in operating condition. The current state of the pool, without funding, is unusable. In consultation with engineers, architects and pool professionals, we have determined that the work that must be performed on the pool includes: the replacement of dehumidification system ductwork and associated grilles, modifications to the duct mounted heater flue vent, removal of the thermostats not in operation, replacement of the exhaust grilles in change room, office and observation areas, replacement of electrical power panel within the mechanical room, replace all aquatic complex lighting fixtures, replacement of all power outlets within the pool area and repair of the main drain pipe.
50 Sponsors
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.
61 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.
70 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.
101 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.
87 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.
59 Sponsors
Talbot Teen Centre (Elgin/St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre)
Nominator : Greg Smith
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): The Talbot Teen Centre provides age appropriate and daily programming for youth in a safe, friendly, and positive environment. Our staff is dedicated to making sure that all who attend the Centre feel welcomed, respected, supported, and validated. Our live and let live policy allows youth to be themselves without fear of judgement, and provides youth with the freedom to explore new and build upon existing creative outlets and skills. The Talbot Teen Centre offers a multitude of different programs for youth to enjoy while learning new skills, building confidence, and making lifelong friendships. Some programs include Art Club, Eat Smart, Sport and Recreation, Homework Club, and Smart Decisions for Success. Funds received from this Grant Program would immensely contribute to the growth and expansion of existing programs, as well as provide us with the necessary tools to create new programs for the youth of our community to utilize and enjoy for years to come!
69 Sponsors
ALUS Norfolk Inc
Nominator : Steph Drayer
City: Port Rowan
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Civic-Causes
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): ALUS Norfolk would like to expand the number of active conservation projects enrolled with farmers in Norfolk County on their marginal working lands. We currently have 1073 acres of new, enhanced or conserved land enrolled in projects with 170 landowners. Our goal in the next year (2019) is to increase land enrollment to at least 1103 acres. An additional 30 acres of conservation land, under the stewardship of the landowners, will provide increased ecosystem services benefiting the local community and surrounding areas. We propose to do this by using our funding to subsidize the cost of establishing and maintaining these projects on private lands. Working on marginal farm landscapes, we tailor each project to meet the needs of the surrounding ecosystem. Potential projects vary based on land use and local environmental priorities but can include: grassed waterways, riparian buffers, erosion control structures, wetland creation/enhancement, reforestation, and native grassland plantings.
60 Sponsors
Renaissance Robotics
Nominator : Kathy Cepo
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): Our robotics team gives students the chance to design, build & code a specialized 120lb robot that competes alongside teams from all over the world. We seek out sponsors, work with professional engineers, programmers, tradespeople as well as graphic designers & marketing specialists in this holistic program. Our passion for robotics led us to develop outreach programs to inspire youth both at home & around the globe! We've run workshops for kids in Columbia, Uganda, Mozambique, India & Kenya! We’ve traveled to St. Thomas, Aylmer, Springfield, Port Burwell, Straffordville & Belmont to bring workshops to rural youth. Our STEAM program is about more than building a robot: it's building community & ensuring equal opportunity for all kids, not limited by location or affluence. With Dowler Karn’s support we can grow our program; sustaining innovative opportunities for youth to unite, learn technical & creative skills while fostering positive connections to local & global communities.
65 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.
75 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.
69 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.
60 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.
57 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.
80 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.
62 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.
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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.
57 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!
51 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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
87 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
90 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.
135 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.
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Special Olympics Sarnia
Nominator : Tana Manchester
City: Sarnia
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: Activities-and-Sports
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): We are a 100% volunteer based non profit, committed to providing athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Sarnia Lambton. Prior to our council forming in 2017 there were very limited opportunities for these individuals. The impact from our programs is evident in the smiles on the faces of our athletes at EVERY practice and competition we attend. Athletic skills and confidence increases, friendships form, shy individuals become social and comfortable in the community, families come together to support one another, volunteers experience the pure JOY that comes with being part of this organization and we promote INCLUSION in our community. Our season runs from May to April yearly and we wish to keep registration costs low to avoid barriers to participation. We continue to grow as we increase our reach into the community there are many more who can benefit from our programs. Your donation would allow us to build sustainable programs for years to come.
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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.
50 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.)
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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
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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.
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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.
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STEAM Education Centres
Nominator : STEAMCentre
City: St. Thomas
Choose a Category in Which to Apply: -Social-Services
Project Summary (1,000 Character Limit): STEAM Education Centres has delivered dynamic, hands on workshops to hundreds of students, educators and community members, empowering them to think critically, understand new technologies, and apply knowledge in meaningful ways. We are supporting the coders, creators and makers of the future! Across St. Thomas – Elgin, however, residents have barriers to accessing innovative technology and programs such as transportation, and high levels of unemployment. Internet in remote locations can also be costly and unreliable. With funding, STEAM Centre can help remove these barriers by bringing our programs and technology to the students! STEAM Centre seeks funding to implement a mobile, low cost delivery program to reach approximately 350 more youth and 30 educators across St. Thomas Elgin, including Indigenous groups. Funding will support travel costs, purchase of wireless hot spot, data for remote connectivity and portable education technology such as a 3D printer.
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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.
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