Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to our website. Thank you for your interest in community philanthropy and our Foundation.
One of the most rewarding parts of my job as Executive Director is in getting out in the community to meet people who are working on the front lines in the charitable sector. This summer, Community Foundation Grey Bruce is travelling across Grey and Bruce counties to stage pop-up events where we distribute grants to non-profits and charities that support all aspects of community vitality. During July and August, we will award over $129,000 to support projects by 55 charities. We also will distribute an additional $82,000 in grants that are directed by individuals and organizations that hold endowment funds at the Foundation.
In July, we kicked off with a stop at the Habitat for Humanity build site at Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. It was inspiring to see how organizations working together can create positive change. The Foundation awarded a grant to Habitat for energy efficient appliances for each of the 6 new homes being built for local families, and another grant for a defibrillator for use at the work site. A grant to United Way Bruce Grey supports new beds and protective mattress covers for the 6 new homes. Finally, a grant was awarded to the Canadian Feed the Children organization in support of a project called “Land-Based Education, Skill Building & Cooking Classes.” This project promotes a food-secure community by revitalizing cultural land-based practices for the purpose of connecting skill development to economic enhancement for students of Kikendaasogamig Elementary School and their families. Students will explore their community, identify local food sources and practice proper harvesting methods while also demonstrating new knowledge by making a variety of traditional land-based related items. Projects like these show that people who work together make communities better and stronger.
In August, the Road Show will visit Owen Sound, Walter’s Falls, Meaford, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Kimberley, Southampton, Port Elgin, Paisley, Chesley, Kilsyth, Durham, Hanover, Walkerton and Mildmay. You can check out our schedule of visits on our website at communityfoundationgreybruce.com. We are looking forward to hearing from grantees at each of our stops—more inspiring storytelling that we will reflect on our social media feed. Thanks to support from Employment and Social Development Canada Summer Jobs Program, the Foundation has a Summer Marketing & Communications Intern who will document our summer road trip and create video content. If you would like to follow along with our travels, you can follow our Facebook page, Twitter feed @CFGreyBruce or Instagram account @communityfoundationgreybruce. Use #youmakeyourcommunity to see the whole stream.
See you on the road!