WECF Launches Youth Committee

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is excited to launch its very own Youth Committee! The Foundation is looking for young leaders in the Windsor-Essex community between the ages of 12 to 18 to invest in their community. For an application please visit http://www.wecf.ca, or call 519-255-6572

For over 30 years the Community Foundation has been managing legacy funds, making grants to support local charities, and bringing community partners together.
“Inspiring philanthropy to benefit our community today and forever” #Inspiringphilanthropy

WECF Youth Committee Poster 2015

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Community Impact Grants Awarded at the WECF Annual General Meeting November 2014

On Monday, November 24th the WindsorEssex Community Foundation held its Annual General Meeting. This night included the cheque presentation of the Community Impact Grants. Each year many different organizations apply to us for a Community Impact Grant, which provides funding up to $15,000.00. This year we received 50 applications overall. Unfortunately we’re not able to fund every project, so deciding which ones to select is never an easy task. We received a lot of truly great applications that involved very impressive and impactful projects for the Windsor and Essex County region, so we encourage all those who did not receive funding this year, to re-apply again in the next year. Applications for the Community Impact Grants will be available during July 2015.

On Monday, Glenn Stresman officially passed over the reigns to  Lisa Kolody as our new Executive Director. As well, Marty D. Solcz passed his chairmanship over to Fred Quenneville as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Marty will still remain on the Board of Directors to fulfill his duty as Past-Chairman, taking over Susan A. Easterbrook’s position as she officially retired from her place on the Board.

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2014 Community Impact Grant Recipients:

FIREHORSE LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION $15,000.00

MARYVALE CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE $15,000.00

WINDSOR RESIDENCE FOR YOUNG MEN $15,000.00

ARTS COUNCIL WINDSOR & REGION $10,000.00

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION $10,000.00

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY $6,000.00

CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND (CNIB WINDSOR) $5,000.00

FORGOTTEN HARVEST CANADA $5,000.00

WINDSOR ESSEX COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME $5,000.00

CONNECTIONS AN EARLY YEARS FAMILY CENTRE INC. $4,000.00

For more information on our grant programs, please visit: http://www.wecf.ca/grants.html

Also, please check out our article in the Windsor Star: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/with-more-than-5-2-million-in-grants-foundation-keeps-on-giving

1654817_748636498518059_8738974079692606567_oFeatured in the picture above from left to right is Marty D. Solcz (Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors), Lisa Kolody (WECF Executive Director), Glenn Stresman (Past Executive Director), and Fred Quenneville (Chairman of the Board of Directors)

Special thanks to the Windsor Star for their article, and Snap’d Windsor for these photos.

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What Attaches People to Their Communities?

A colleague sent me a message the other day with a website to check out, www.soulofthecommunity.org. The website provides details of a most interesting project funded by the John S. and James Knight Foundation. The study interviewed 43,000 people in 26 communities in the US, asking the questions, “What makes a community a desirable place to live?” and “What draws people to stake their future in it?”

The answer to these questions? I quote from the website,

“…the study has found that three main qualities attach people to place: social offerings, such as entertainment venues and places to meet, openness (how welcoming a place is) and the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces.)”

The answer did not surprise me – a friend from Kingston always talked about communities having a body and a soul. The Community Foundation’s role, she said, was to nurture both. And so we do.

We provide for the needs of the body of the community by providing grants for things like community gardens and repairing roofs for senior centers, for new pots for a soup kitchen and for equipment that assist children with special needs.

But there are other grants that go beyond meeting basic needs, like the grant we made last year to teach children newly arrived in Canada how to skate, using the rink at Charles Clark Square. In my mind, here is the quintessential Canadian activity, provided to newcomers through the philanthropy of local citizens for the purpose of building community. This grant nurtured the soul of our community.

The Community Foundation depends on our partners who are our donors. We also depend on our partners who are our grantees for such creative projects to fund. Together we work to nurture a community with ties to its people, ties that form strong community bonds to both body and soul.

Sincerely,

Glenn

Glenn Stresman

Glenn Stresman is the Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation and has over 20 years experience in both writing and evaluating grant applications.