Thunder Bay – Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro and Thunder-Bay – Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle, have announced that two local groups, whose aim is to foster economic and social development in the community of Thunder Bay, are the recipients of two grants funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. MPP Mauro made the announcement today at the Community Clothing Assistance (CCA), which received a $142,600 OTF Grow grant to develop an online referral program for community partners to better deliver free clothing to low-income individuals.
“I am proud of the Province’s investment, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, in PARO and the Community Clothing Assistance. Both of these organizations fill a critical role in building up our community by assisting people in meeting a variety of needs,” said Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan. “The two specific programs which are being funded will assist women at risk and low income families by facilitating partnerships that will benefit the people who use the services. I applaud the work these two organizations are undertaking to empower individuals, and at the same time improve the lives of all the residents of our Community.”
The computerized database would additionally enable CCA to generate internal reports and share statistical data with other community organizations across the province that are working towards poverty reduction. “We are extremely happy to computerize our operations - this means better and faster services to our clients and paperless referrals from 90 partnering organizations,” said Executive Director, Ewa Gulbinowicz. “The database will also indicate how efficient we are in reducing poverty.”
MPP Mauro also announced a $75,000 OTF Seed grant awarded to the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise. The group’s initiative will help empower women-at-risk to build sustainable livelihoods through holistic community programming.
“I am excited in the new opportunities that we will have to empower those people in our community who are in need. These grants for the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise and the Community Clothing Assistance will help enhance the economic and social wellbeing of our region through new and innovative ways,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North. “By funding programs that are designed to help the economically vulnerable, we are strengthening our community in a way that is holistic, effective, and compassionate.”
PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is committed to staying current and adapting to the changing needs of entrepreneurial women and their communities. “When working with disadvantaged women, strategies to reduce social isolation become important. Using the holistic sustainable livelihoods model, we will work with partners to help women develop a reserve of assets including social, confidence building, and cultural connectedness,” said Executive Director, Rosalind Lockyer. “From this increasing engagement, women can move from coping strategies towards strategies that are designed to build their livelihoods through employment or starting a micro-enterprise.” By bringing together a range of stakeholders representing multi-sector perspectives, the project will help inspire change and reduce social isolation.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca
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