December 2019 Nominees

100 People Who Care Campaign

Voting for the September (third quarter) funding round of 2020 is now open!

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Three nominations have been made for this funding round!

  1. Roots to Harvest (RTH) and their Meals for Senior Project has been nominated by Emily Shandruk.
    When COVID-19 took over and created countless limitations on how people could access food, RTH reached out to partners to assist with emergency food efforts for many vulnerable populations in our city, such as families with children, seniors, and elders, and women living in precarious situations.
    The funding for weekly meals from scratch for 50 seniors runs out on September 23rd but the need is still there as fresh meals from emergency food providers are still limited to cold take out.
    RTH knows that good food leads to better health outcomes and we want to make sure that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, good food is still accessible.
    Weekly, RTH staff cooks and packages meals from scratch and assembles simple ingredients for Seniors to make another meal at home themselves. This costs $10/person each week- for 50 seniors/elders this is $1000/week. We would like to extend these meals while Dew Drop Inn adjusts to figuring out how winter meals will happen and in the meantime, we’d continue to supplement food for the seniors the Dew Drop Inn serves for 10 more weeks.

    All costs for this project are to directly cover ingredients and packaging and RTH will cover the staffing and kitchen costs to make it happen.

  2. George Jeffrey Children’s Centre’s fine motor kits and family orientation handbooks projects have been nominated by Steven MacDonald.

    Did you jot something down today using a pen or pencil? Did you cut something using a pair of scissors? Imagine struggling with these tasks. Many children who receive care at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre face such challenges.
    I am nominating George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation’s fine motor kits and family orientation handbooks projects. Both projects would be funded through the amount we typically raise through each TBay 100 People Who Care funding round.
    The staff and clinicians at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre have recognized that some families are having difficulty obtaining the needed materials to engage in telerehab or home programming that targets fine motor goals for their children. These goals include drawing, printing, cutting and pencil grasp development. As more therapy is now being completed through telerehab or home programming due to precautions related to COVID-19, the need for families to have access to these items is essential.
    The family orientation handbooks project is an initiative that aims to make Centre information and the special needs care journey easier for families to understand. This will include the scope of services, expectations, and how the Centre will work with each family. Navigating special needs care can be daunting for many families. The handbooks will make families’ lives easier and enhance the care their children receive.
    For those of you not familiar with George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation, it is a charity that raises funds to ensure that George Jeffrey Children’s Centre has the resources required to enrich children’s lives. The Centre provides treatment and services for children and youth in Thunder Bay and throughout Northwestern Ontario living with physical, developmental, and social special needs.
    Last year alone 1,894 clients received care from the dedicated staff at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre. More and more children are being referred to the Centre for specialized service needs, which is outpacing the government funding available for them.

    I was directly involved with George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation and Centre for three years. I can say with sincerity that donations to projects such as the fine motor kits and family orientation handbooks go a very long way to helping children with special needs and their families live their lives to their fullest.

  3. Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario has been nominated by Vince Mirabelli.

    Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario is a non- profit, volunteer run organization that provides children aged 7-17, affected by cancer and blood disorders with a week long summer camp and year round programming and support.
    This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Quality has had to re-imagine summer camp and our in-person fundraising events for the year.
    With the future still unknown, our programming and fund-development teams are continuously working hard to plan the remainder of 2020 and a few 2021 activities whether they are virtual or socially distanced gathering and fundraising events.
    With the lack of our traditional fundraising events to assist with our year round programming and support, we are looking for support from the 100 People Who Care Campaign to support the remainder of our 2020 programming for these campers and their families.
    Contact info for Camp Quality NWO:
    Sam Stovel
    Director, Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario
    E-mail: sam.stovel@campquality.org
    Phone: (807) 631-4936
    704 McKenzie Street, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 3L4

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The winning charity will be announced during our online meeting held via Zoom at 4:30 on Wednesday, September 30 and also in the Group by Facebook Live after voting closes at 5:30 on Wednesday September 30.

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