Fueling Communities $75,000 Give-Away Grant Recipients


This year marks the 75th anniversary for Dowler-Karn, a third-generation family business. To celebrate, Dowler-Karn and the ESSO Community Program decided to invest $75,000 into local projects through the Fueling Communities Give-Away.

A total of 161 projects applied for funding through the Give-Away and 8,485 people registered to show their support for their organizations of choice. The response from the community was outstanding, and both Dowler-Karn and ESSO™ made the decision to expand their generosity. The Fueling Communities 75th Anniversary grant program has increased funding to $127,500 – 58% more than had originally committed. In total, 48 organizations have been selected to receive a portion of that grand total.



ivegotyourback911 – $7,500

Project: Spread social awareness in regards to First Responder mental health issues. Full Project Description



Pearce Williams Christian Centre – $5,000

Project: The money will be used to bring the main farmhouse office and dormitory building up to current fire code. Full Project Description



Childcan, the Childhood Cancer Research Association – $5,000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Middlesex Centre Archives – $4,000

Project: Purchase archival boxes and supplies to hold their growing collection family histories; records of agricultural businesses and organizations, communities, fall fairs, churches, schools; scrapbooks, maps. Full Project Description



Central Elgin Fire Rescue Services – $2,500

Project: Training tower that will be located at Yarmouth Ctr. station and will be utilized by Firefighters for search & rescue, confined space and high angle training for all 100 Firefighters as well as other departments in Elgin County. Full Project Description



Inn Out of the Cold St. Thomas-Elgin – $2,000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Children’s Wish – $1,000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



HOPE Hospice Outreach Programs of Elgin – $1,000

Project: 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 Full Project Description



St. Thomas Elgin Art Centre – $1,000

Project: Help with the cost of transportation of students to the Art Centre for 50th Anniversary and to ensure the participation in the celebration of the art during our anniversary year. Full Project Description



Tyrconnell Heritage Society – $1,000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Victim Services Elgin – $1,000

Project: Offering volunteers safeTALK training; a half day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, to become a suicide alert helper. Full Project Description



Animal Aid of St. Thomas – $750

Project: Getting cats off the street and getting them spayed and neutered, and also helping people in need with their pets when they can no longer care for them. Full Project Description





The John McGivney Children’s Centre – $10,000

Project: Program development & promotion to 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. Full Project Description



Big Brother and Big Sisters – Windsor Essex – $1,500

Project: 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. Full Project Description





Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation – $10,000

Project: Funding from the Dowler Karn will 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. Full Project Description



Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham – $5,000

Project: 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.Full Project Description



Kenesserie Camp – $5,000

Project: The new septic system weeping bed will be underneath the main playing field and 600 summer campers play there every day. Money being spent underground isn’t exciting and flashy, but it sure is necessary.Full Project Description



Mary Webb Cultural And Community Centre – $1,000

Project: To provide barrier free access to the 250 seat concert hall and art gallery. The expansion will provide modern washrooms, a lift and accessible ramp. It will provide a location to showcase historical community archives. Full Project Description



Meals on Wheels – $1,000

Project: Purchase a freezer to store perishable food for preparation of meals twice weekly. Full Project Description



Chatham-Kent 4-H – $750

Project: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training of leaders and/or senior 4 H members. Full Project Description





Bluewater Health Foundation – $5,000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Community Living Sarnia-Lambton – $5,000

Project: 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)Full Project Description



Special Olympics Sarnia – $5,000

Project: “We are a 100% volunteer based non profit, committed to providing athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Sarnia Lambton. Your donation would allow us to build sustainable programs for years to come.” Full Project Description



Youth Opportunities Unlimited – $5,000

Project: Provide social enterprise employment skills training for Indigenous youth from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation from our rural location in Strathroy, Ontario. Full Project Description



Pathways Health Centre for Children – $2,500

Project: Pathways Pool Revitalization project 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. Full Project Description



Sacred Heart Food Bank – $1,500

Project: “We issue gift cards from our local No Frills to the needy so they can purchase food and basic necessities.” Full Project Description



2884 Engineers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp – $750

Project: The purpose of this project is to raise funds for the marksmanship team. Due to lack of funding, our corps has inadequate equipment for the rifle team. Full Project Description



Strathroy-Caradoc Dog Park – $750

Project: To incorporate and register as a Not for Profit Organization so they can pursue other sources of revenue and funding.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. Full Project Description



J.L. Scott McLean Memorial Trust Fund – $5000

Project: Build an outdoor recreation pad located east of the existing arenas. The 60’ x 120’ recreational pad with refrigeration capabilities will be multi purpose. Full Project Description



Township of Zorra – $5000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Oxford County 4-H – $2000

Project: 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. Full Project Description



Senior Support Services – $2000

Project: “To replace our wheelchair vans. We currently have a fleet of 5 vans, 3 of which need to be replaced.” Full Project Description



ALUS Norfolk Inc. – $1000

Project: To expand the number of active conservation projects enrolled with farmers in Norfolk County on their marginal working lands. Full Project Description



Stratford Perth Hospice Foundaiton – $5000

Project: 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. The Because You Care capital campaign will have a lasting impact by helping build a home that cares. Full Project Description



Harrington Historical and Preservation Club Inc – $2500

Project: The Mill Power Fund: to replace/ repair the Harrington Dam. 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. Full Project Description



Stratford Perth Shelterlink – $2500

Project: ‘Welcome Kit’ with necessities such as a laundry basket, towels and gift cards to be used for essentials and toiletries 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. Full Project Description



Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre Inc. (HCFBDC) – $2500

Project: The purchase of a cargo style van for the mobile food bank project. “The addition of the van to our operation will allow us to better serve those with food insecurity in Huron County.” Full Project Description



Mission Services London – $1000

Project: Prevention of Homelessness Among Families Program (PHAF), which helps 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.Full Project Description



Thames River Paddling Club – $1000

Project: A new dragon boat (estimated value $13,000) as the current boat does not meet racing standards and requires ongoing repairs, which are costly and time consuming. Full Project Description



Jessica’s House Residential Home – $750

Project: Jessica’s House is a welcoming home away from home, and provides a a sanctuary for those facing end of life. Funds will help with the finishing touches needed in the landscaping. Full Project Description



ONE CARE Home Community Support – $750

Project: “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.” Full Project Description



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