Meet The Family Fund Finalists
Northumberland Navy League and Sea Cadets
For over 75 years the Northumberland Navy League and Sea Cadets has been providing youth aged 9 to 18 free programming. The program aims to instill citizenship, leadership, and build confidence in youth who do not have the chance to participate in character building activities outside of school. It takes many dedicated volunteers to deliver training in marksmanship, sailing, first aid, leadership, music, and many more. However, since the program is free for youth, it requires a lot of funding to provide the resources and tools to run the program. The youth of Northumberland cherish the opportunity to be a part of the Navy League and need funding to keep the program barrier free for all children in the community. If they are to win the $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation, they will continue to provide exceptional services and programs to all the youth of Northumberland. If you want to learn more, or follow the journey of the Navy League check them out on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Highland Animal Relief Team (HART) – SNIP Initiative
The Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) aims to provide financial assistance for the spay/neuter of dogs and cats that belong to low income families in Bancroft and the surrounding area. The program works effectively to severely reduce the number of unplanned dog and cat pregnancies, which in turn reduces the number of unwanted pets that end up stray or in rescue. However, because Hart receives no government funding, the SNIP Initiative is funded solely by donations and fundraising efforts. With the $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation, HART plans on putting it towards the SNIP Initiative to spay/neuter as many household animals as possible for families that cannot afford it. Check them out on their website, Facebook, or Twitter to learn more about the awesome cause.
DeafBlind Ontario Services
Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides service to deafblind individuals to increase their independence and improve their quality of life. The specialized services are custom to each client and use sensory engagement to engage them with the world around them. Right now DeafBlind Ontario Services has residential locations and community services programs across Ontario and they plan on expanding facilities in 2018. Purchasing equipment for the new facilities relies heavily on donations. The $5,000 McDougall Family Fund grant would go towards purchasing a lift device that a client can use to do physical exercise. Check out DeafBlind Ontario Services on their website or Facebook to learn more.
Carefor Camp Erin Eastern Ontario
Camp Erin is an overnight camp that hosts children aged 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of significant person in their life. Camp Erin effectively mixes traditional, fun camp activities such as swimming, hiking, and games with a safe place for the children to express their grief with other children going through the same situation. The camp is facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers who assist the children in coping with loss in a supportive environment. The $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation would go towards the purchase of food, sports equipment, and craft supplies for the children at the camp. To learn more about the amazing Camp Erin check them out on Facebook or their website.
Reaching for Rainbows
Reaching for Rainbows is a non-profit group that provides an amazing program to vulnerable young girls aged 6 to 9 in Prince Edward County. Young girls come to the Reaching for Rainbows centre four days a week to take part in a structured play program that is tailored to their needs and interests. The program is mainly put on by volunteer efforts and the volunteers work tirelessly to provide a calm, safe place that the girls can de-stress and have fun with like individuals. The program is free for the girls to attend and the girls are recommended by surrounding schools and youth groups. The $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation would go towards providing games, craft supplies, and healthy foods for the girls to eat while at the centre. To learn more about Reaching for Rainbows check their website or Facebook out!
Belleville Pride is made up solely of volunteers and it is their mission, and honour to make the Quinte region more inclusive so that everyone feels safe. Belleville Pride hosts events each year where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Two-spirited people from the region can gather and feel welcome in a positive space. Their goal is to improve the community and hope that someday people will feel safe being truly themselves all the time and not just at Pride events. Since the group is made up of volunteers, they rely on donations to offer the amazing, inclusive events each year. If Belleville Pride were to win the $5,000 Mcdougall Family Fund donation they would use it to provide free transportation to the events, a camcorder to create a documentary of the stories within the community, meals for volunteers, and a parade banner. To learn more about Belleville Pride check them out on their website and Facebook.
Help Save My Life
Spay Neuter Kingston Initative is a non-profit organization and their goal is to improve the welfare of cats in the Greater Kingston Area by spaying/neutering their managed colonies to reduce overpopulation. They partner with local veterinarians in order to perform the procedures and they have fixed over 1,050 cats to date. In addition to fixing their managed colonies SNKI assists local animal shelters by providing reduced cost surgeries and raises funds to fix the pets of low income owners. The $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation would go towards further stabilizing managed feral cat communities in the surrounding area to improve the quality of life and reduce overpopulation. To learn more about Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative check our their website and their Facebook page.
Kingston Motionball Marathon of Sport
Motionball is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The goal is to introduce the next generation of volunteers and donors to the Special Olympics movement through the Marathon of Sport. Marathon of Sport is a fun-filled day of athletics where young people in the community team up with Special Olympic Ontario athletes and compete in a variety of sports. This event is an amazing way to raise awareness of Special Olympics in the community all while having fun playing sports. The $5,000 McDougall Family Fund donation would go towards the cost of essential equipment to be used on the day of the event, to increase the amount donated to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. To learn more check out their website or Facebook.
Kids R Kool
Kids R Kool is a non-profit organization that sponsors individuals, teams, and families in various sports. This sponsorship allows underprivileged families to get the funding that they need to participate in sports that they would not be able to otherwise. As well as providing sponsorship, Kids R Kool purchases Christmas gifts for underprivileged, local children. In 2016 they purchases 155 gifts for 46 kids! Kids R Kool raises money by giving rides in their late model car at the Brighton Speedway. However, they would like to have a greater impact on more children and cannot with the funds raised from the rides. With the $5,000 Family Fund donation, Kids R Kool would provide sponsorship to more local kids. To learn more about Kids R Kool, check out their Facebook page.
York River Grade 4/5 Garden
The York River Public School Grade 4/5 class wants to create a fruit and vegetable garden at their school to promote healthy eating within the school. The class has been learning all about healthy eating and the benefits it can provide to the human body and they want to take action. They have began growing vegetables in the classroom to promote learning about plant biology but need funding to scale the project so they can eat the produce. With the $5,000 donation the class plans to build raised garden beds outside of the school so they can plant more vegetables and donate the produce to the Bancroft Food Bank. Watch the video on our Facebook page to learn more about the great idea!