September 2019 Nominees

100 People Who Care Campaign

Voting for the September (third quarter) funding round of 2019 is now open!

To participate in the voting for this round, you must have registered at www.tbchamber.ca/100people and submitted your e-transfer.

Want to be involved in the next round?  Register now at www.tbchamber.ca/100people  and we’ll notify you in advance of our June event.

Three nominations have been made for this funding round!

  1. Frontier College.  Nominated by Laura Lee Jewell.
    Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization, founded in 1899 on the belief that literacy is a fundamental right. They work with volunteers and community partners to give local children, youth and families in Thunder Bay the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

    Their needs at this time are:
    – On average each year we donate about 6,000 books to children & their families to build up their home libraries. We need to increase our storage functionality with some additional shelving.
    – Small workstation – intern, volunteer use etc.

    Reading Tent Program
    Our Reading Tent program grows by leaps and bounds year upon year. In the past 3 months we have visited 50+ locations in Thunder Bay and served over 1300 participants. To take this program to the next level we would like to purchase:
    – Kid-sized folding tables and stools, dolly/cart for transporting books and materials to/from reading tent location, large duffle with wheels for materials/supplies.
    – Year-round program materials – 14+ local sites weekly
    – Learning games, supplies and materials to make learning games, pencils, paper, materials for STEM activities.

    Contact Cathy Mehagan:  807 285 3343 or Cathymehagan@frontiercollege.ca. 

  2. Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre Good Food Box. Nominated by Karen Kerk.
    The Good Food Box (GFB) program is a non-profit, volunteer powered, community based, food security initiative administered by the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre since 2005. It is a fruit & vegetable distribution program that aims to improve access to good food by making quality, fresh produce available at a low cost in neighborhoods across our city. It is intended to assist individuals with low or fixed incomes access affordable fresh produce 12 months a year.

    The GFB program recently lost 50% of its funding ($24,000) from DSSAB and is using this as an opportunity to reach out to the community to promote the important role of the Good Food Box in providing healthy and affordable food access in our community in a dignified, self reliant way.

    Every month, 60 plus volunteers come out to pack over 500 boxes full of delicious, often local, produce allowing community members the opportunity to eat healthy, budget friendly fruit and vegetables they otherwise may not have the resources to purchase themselves. In a recent survey with GFB customers, it was found that 64% of our customers are receiving 50-100% of their monthly fruits and vegetables from their GFB. 86% of customers reported that they were eating more fruits and vegetables than they were before getting a Good Food Box.

    GFB has strong community partnerships (including Westfort Foods, Erb Transit, The Moose Hall), that contribute their access to wholesale prices, facilities, delivery services etc. Due to community demand, the Good Food Box recently expanded their reach into regional communities and First Nations such as Upsala and Whitesand First Nation.

    Please consider supporting the Good Food Box Program via the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre so that this program can continue to operate in our community while seeking longer-term sustainability options.

    Testimonials from GFB participants:
    “It means I can eat healthy nutritious food that affects my overall health. It means a lot.”
    “Receiving good vegetables, I can’t afford to buy.”
    “Access to fresh fruit and veggies esp. in the winter months.”

    Contact Gwen O’Reilly or Sherry Scott at gfb@nwowc.org or 345.7819.

  3. Our Kids Count. Nominated by Gladys Berringer.
    Our Kids Count has been given the responsibility to rebuild the neighbourhood site located at Unit #16 – 288 Windsor St. They have been managing this site since July 2018 and are presently working with volunteers from the neighbourhood to establish a new working board.

    This project has received a small grant from the DSSAB which as you may have already heard is terminated as of December 31st. This leaves this project with no funding to maintain its cable, internet and insurance costs. Program costs have been donated in-kind from a variety of community organizations.

    Contact: Gladys Berringer Executive Director 623-0292 Ext. 224 or gladys@ourkidscount.ca.

If you’re interested in the discussion, join us in the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/tbay100.

The winning charity will be announced at the Chamber’s Member Social, held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and also in the Group by Facebook Live after voting closes at 5:30 on Wednesday September 18.

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