Current Charity Nominations

  1. Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes Foundation
  2. Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation
  3. Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes

Name of Charity:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation Charitable #: 899198873 RR 0001

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Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation to support the aims of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes by acquiring the necessary financial resources to meet local youth service needs. The Foundation holds fundraising events and activities annually in order to keep program costs affordable for families, provide transportation, provide healthy meals and snacks and most importantly to guarantee that no child is denied access to Club programs due to financial barriers.

Population and geographic area served by organization:

Our foundation supports the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes which serves 8000 children, youth and families in City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough at 11 different locations.

What the donated funds will be used:

If chosen by 100 Men Kawartha Lakes as your December 2020 recipient, we will fund a strategy by BGCKL to enhance and improve the access and use of the outdoor basketball courts at its main facility. The courts have experienced a significant amount of damage and vandalism in 2020. Examples include the destruction of a wooden picnic table, damaged equipment, and graffiti. Most people using the courts are respectful and appreciate this community resource, but there appear to be a few bad apples who are misusing the facilities, perhaps more this year on account of the lack of organized sports and activities due to COVID-19.

Through consultation with local youth, BGCKL Club staff have developed a three pronged strategy: facility improvements, programming enhancements and communications.

A donation by 100 Men would help to cover the costs of the facility improvements, while the Club will use internal staff resources to develop specialized programming, and a communications campaign around use and respect for the courts.

The facilities budget includes wire mesh baskets to replace the material mesh currently in use, a metal picnic table, a permanent (and sturdy) garbage can, improved lighting and signage. In addition, improvements will be made to enhance security and the safe use of the courts – as an example, electrical outlets and the mechanism used to adjust the height of the nets will be better secured. The Club has already ordered a better quality security camera. Once other measures are in place, there will need to be repairs to existing court padding and backboards.

To complement the facilities improvements, the Youth Warehouse Coordinator and Sports and Recreation Coordinator are developing programming for spring launch that will lead to regular and consistent organized use of the courts. This will include pick up leagues and community team challenges. Youth leaders and community members will be engaged throughout. A comprehensive communications campaign will be developed to highlight the programs, community involvement and importance of respecting the facility. BGCKL has a communications person on staff who is proficient at video production and editing.

The outdoor basketball courts are regularly used by programs at the Club with children and youth, but are also intended to be open and available to the public during our off hours. With a coordinated effort that is both proactive and positive, the Club is confident that the disrespect of the court will not continue.

In a normal year, our Foundation would have other fundraising revenues available for this project. The Youth Warehouse does not receive government funding and therefore our youth programs rely on the generosity of the community. The Warehouse serves youth from 12 – 24 and supports young people so that they can develop the skills to become more successful adults. Current funders support our nutritional programming, mental health supports, leadership programs, fitness and homework programs for youth. This basketball strategy is outside of our annual work plan but has arisen this year as a result of the impacts of the pandemic.

Other sources of income for organization:

We normally raise funds through 4 major events, major gifts, appeals, and 3rd party fundraisers. This year the revenues of our foundation are down almost 50% as a result of COVID-19. All 3rd party events have been cancelled and our own events have been modified and/or cancelled. Fundraising appeals have yielded lower results, most likely as a result of the difficult circumstances facing many people in our community.


Name of Charity:

Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation

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Mission Statement:

The Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation is dedicated to raising and disbursing funds used to enrich the quality of life of children found in need of protection by Kawartha-Haliburtion Children’s Aid Society.

Population and Geographic Area:

The Foundation benefits children and youth aged 0 – 21 that are supported by the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough County, and Haliburton.

What the Donated Funds will be used for:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis. Those particularly at risk are the vulnerable children and youth involved with the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society.

 Previously the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation has been committed to several funds:

  1. A $120,000 Summer Camp Program
  2. The Child Development Fund for extra-curricular activities
  3. Our Bursary Fund which provides over $110,000 in bursaries yearly to former Crown Wards attending post-secondary institutions.
  4. We also made available $14,000 worth of gift cards for former in-care youths transitioning from foster care to independent living.

Then in March of 2020, everything changed.

We all know what kind of year it has been: wearing masks, working from home, and social distancing. This has been incredibly isolating for us all. Now imagine the impact on our most vulnerable kids. Sadly, fear and uncertainty affect children of abuse and neglect at an intensified level. They understand all too well that when things are not right in the world, they will experience more trauma, both physically and mentally.

Our request is simple. Would you help us to support both former in-care youth living independently with no parental support, and families with children deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who are involved with the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society but do receive government support from the agency.

Over the past 8 months, the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation has distributed over $95,000 worth of COVID-19 emergency grocery gift cards to assist former in-care youth, and children with their most basic and urgent necessities such as food and other supports! Yet still, there is so much more we are being asked to do.

A few weeks ago, a KHCAS worker contacted us about a family who opened their home to offer a stable environment for their 2 nieces, aged 6 and 9. Unlike paid foster parents, kinship families receive minimal government support which can only be accessed months after children have taken up residence. This urgent, but simple request was for a set of bunk beds and bedding so the girls wouldn’t have to sleep on air mattresses on the floor.

We have quickly realized that 2020 is not just about our commitment to continue offering life changing opportunities, but we also needed to rapidly position ourselves to assist with some of the most basic needs such as food, beds, formula, clothing, personal items and more.

Without a doubt, this year has been the greatest challenge we have ever faced. But you can help! Your members will touch the lives of so many deserving local children and bridge the gaps that exist between government and other community supports. You can send your message to a child that not only our community cares, but more importantly, you care in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Other sources of income:

Arm’s Length of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, our Foundation does not receive any Ontario ministry funding. We are 100% supported through individual donations, local organizations, granting foundations, and through income raised at special events.


Name of Charity:

Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes

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Mission Statement:

We, the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes, envision the day when every animal in the City of Kawartha Lakes has a good quality of life with caring, responsible, and knowledgeable owner, and is free from the fear of abuse, and ignorance. By establishing partnerships within the community, Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes, a charitable organization, is dedicated providing leadership in;

  • Protection and provision of the humane care and treatment of all animals
  • Enforcement of protection laws
  • Education of the public

Population and geographic area served by organization:

City of Kawartha Lakes

What the donated funds will be used:

We would love to use the funds toward either spaying and neutering our animals or our Honey Fund.

All our animals are spayed and neutered before they are adopted. For a cat spay it cost us 130.00 and for a neuter is 90. A dog spay is 220 and a dog neuter is 180. A lot of our fund go towards this and the adoption fees sometimes don’t cover the cost of what we have put into our animals.

Our honey fund is a fun that was set up to help animals when there is emergencies. Such as this year we had a cat come in that was either hit by a car or some sort of farm equipment and we were able to use this fund to save him. He had to have his leg and tail amputated. This cost us around 2500.00.  We had a puppy surrendered to us who had been attacked by his mother and she has injured his eye to the extent it had to be removed. This cost was around 1000.00. We also like to have these funds handy for emergencies like this. It is not something that is expected so we can not budget for it, but we like to be prepared so we can help any animal possible no matter how big or small the injury.

 

 

 

Other sources of income for organization:

 

The source of income for the HSKL are donations and fundraising we don’t get any government funding we are a registered charitable organization our charitable # 88464RR001