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Kindred Charitable Fund Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Kindred Credit Union is pleased to announce the Kindred Charitable Fund 2020 grant recipients. After reviewing 47 applications, the committee selected 17 organizations that will receive at total of $78,500 in funding in 2020. Each selected organization actively inspires peaceful, just, and prosperous communities.

This year, the $10,000 Kindred Charitable Fund Focus Grant was awarded to Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS).  MCRS welcomes and supports refugee claimants in Waterloo Region by helping them navigate the refugee claim process, access settlement support, and build a support community, while offering advocacy support and education.

MCRS recently took over the Welcome Home program from Ray of Hope. This preserves the only 13 beds in Kitchener-Waterloo that are available specifically for refugee claimants when they first arrive in the community.

The Kindred Charitable Fund has distributed $1.1 million in support of churches and charitable organizations since its inception in 1999. Including the 2020 recipients, a total of 173 groups have benefited from these grants, which have impacted people and communities across Ontario.

The full list of recipients is noted below. More information about each group and their community-building work will be made available on in January.

Organization: Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
Project: Practical Justice
City: Kitchener
Approved: FOCUS GRANT $10,000

Organization: Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre
Project: Volunteers as Cultural Brokers
City: Kitchener
Approved: $9,000

Organization: Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario
Project: Living in Peace
City: Aylmer
Approved: $6,000

Organization: Father’s Heart Healing Ministries
Project: Houses of Refuge: Beauty for Ashes Transformation House (BATH) & Oil of Joy
City: Arthur
Approved: $5,000

Organization: Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
Project: Food Savers Club (FSC)
City: Cambridge
Approved: $5,000

Organization: Building Bridges Erie Shores
Project: Re-Branding 101
City: Leamington
Approved: $5,000

Organization: The Harvest Bowl
Project: Community Gleaning and Feeding
City: Belmont
Approved: $5,000

Organization: Sanctuary Ministries of London
Project: Sanctuary, London Food Security
City: London
Approved: $4,000

Organization: Reception House Waterloo Region
Project: Family Partnership Project
City: Kitchener
Approved: $4,000

Organization: Aurora House
Project: Aurora House
City: Toronto
Approved: $4,000

Organization: Fraser Lake Camp
Project: Zero Food Waste
City: Stouffville
Approved: $4,000

Organization: Wilmot Family Resource Centre
Project: The Resource Market Pilot Project
City: New Hamburg
Approved: $4,000

Organization: Adventure4Change
Project: Read With Me
City: Waterloo
Approved: $3,000

Organization: Community Living Guelph Wellington
Project: Grocery Assistance Program: Pantry Librarian in Mount Forest
City: Guelph
Approved: $3,000

Organization: Cycling Into The Future
Project: Cycling Into The Future For Everyone
City: Kitchener
Approved: $2,500

Organization: Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
Project: Restorative Workplaces: bringing restorative justice to workplace and organizational conflict
City: Kitchener
Approved: $2,500

Organization: Theatre of the Beat
Project: Captivity Stage Adaption
City: Toronto
Approved: $2,500

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