By Rebecca Taylor
I was recently hired as the temporary administrative assistant at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. Needless to say it was surprising to learn what a community foundation actually does, but most surprising was what projects they have done and what projects they fund. They have spent years beautifying the riverfront with the Peace Fountain, Bert Weeks Fountain, the Peace Beacon, and Charles Clark Square. Each year they also fund community projects through their Community Impact Grant (CIG) program and the KidStart Mini-Grant program with the school boards.
Being at the foundation for the CIG and GECDSB KidStart program processes has given me more respect for the administrative side of getting a grant ready and implementing it, but it has also given me a warm fuzzy feeling about the direction our community is headed in.
I have attended KidStart cheque presentations for the last two days, and the enthusiasm and passion these kindergarteners have for their projects and their community astonished me. I could really see the joy these kids felt being able to help other people with their projects. I feel inspired by these children to play a role in making our community an even better place to live. I challenge each and every one of you dear readers as well to see how you can get involved and help Windsor and Essex County become a better and more caring community.
To learn more about the WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s grant programs, please click here.