Jun 5, 2008
GUELPH, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - Eleven community-based organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged Canadians build financial independence have received a total of $173,096 in grants from The Co-operators Foundation. The funding announced today supports the charitable and non-profit organizations' efforts to provide work experience and skills development opportunities to the people they serve. "Community economic development organizations strengthen Canadian society by helping those they serve become more self-reliant and integrated into the economic and social networks of their communities," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "A modest amount of funding can make an enormous impact on the lives of those who benefit from these invaluable programs." Today's announcement includes: - $20,000 to A-Way-Express Courier in Toronto, a transit-based courier service that provides employment for people involved with the psychiatric system; - $10,000 to ATIRA Women's Resource Centre in Vancouver to support its Enterprising Women Making Art program for women and children who have experienced violence; - $20,000 to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association in Calgary, which provides training to low-income immigrant women; - $20,000 to Centretown Laundry Co-op in Ottawa, which provides employment opportunities to recent immigrants as well as homeless, low income and unemployed people; - $20,000 to Common Ground Co-operative in Toronto, to support its job-coaching initiatives for people with disabilities at one of its operations, the Coffee Shed; - $18,096 to the Community Microskills Development Centre in Toronto to support a project helping 100 isolated immigrant women become economically self-sufficient; - $10,000 to the Enterprising Non-Profits Program for a pilot project in Toronto that supports social enterprise development as a means of strengthening non-profits and building healthier communities; - $10,000 to Green Enterprise Toronto, which promotes the advantages of local business ownership, geographic proximity and social responsibility; - $15,000 to Onward Willow in Guelph, Ontario, which supports marginalized people by providing opportunities for inclusion in social support networks as well as access to employment and work-skills development opportunities; - $10,000 to the Ottawa Community Loan Fund to support the development of its Alterna Community Alliance Housing Fund, which supports local affordable housing projects; and - $20,000 to the Saint John Community Loan Fund in New Brunswick, which offers loans and training to low-income entrepreneurs, as well as shelter loans and financial literacy education for marginalized people in the Saint John region. In April, The Co-operators announced a contribution of $1 million to The Co-operators Foundation, through which it provides financial support to social economy enterprises and other worthy causes in Canada, including the eleven grants announced today. Since 1995, The Co-operators has donated more than $2 million to 54 community economic development organizations across the country. About The Co-operators: Based in Guelph, Ontario, The Co-operators is a group of Canadian companies offering home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned co-operative owned by a group of co-ops, credit union centrals and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community involvement and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada.
For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 1-877-795-7272, ext. 2707