Aurora Football Club provides recreational and competitive soccer programs where members can socialize and form friendships in a healthy, inclusive, and fun environment. Their developmental pathway program helps locals who want to play soccer at the provincial, collegiate, national, and professional level. The M.H.C.F proceeds will go towards their free special needs indoor and outdoor programs, the development and certification of volunteer coaches, and equipment and facility fees to improve the soccer experience for all members.
Autism Ontario Central East (AOCE) is dedicated to ensuring that everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has the means to achieve quality of life through acceptance and opportunities. The M.H.C.F. will be used to offer programs for children, youth, and adults with ASD, including their virtual and in-person summer camp program and family events like movie mornings, workshops, dance parties, and sibling programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York provides guidance and support through mentorship to over 580 young people facing adversity and societal barriers. The M.H.C.F. will be used to help take children and youth off the waitlist for their group mentoring programs, which provide impactful mentoring relationships to individuals from lone-parent and low-income families.
Blue Door is the largest emergency housing provider in York Region, offering life-saving support to the community’s most vulnerable. On any given day in York Region, approximately 1,500 people experience homelessness, and over 25% are youth. M.H.C.F. proceeds will be used for Blue Door’s Housing First for Youth initiative, a new program that will tackle youth homelessness in York Region.
CAYR Community Connections (CAYR) aims to create safe, confidential, and inclusive spaces and services in York Region where people living with HIV/AIDS, Hep C, people who use substances, people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community and other marginalized communities can access dignified and practical support. With the M.H.C.F., CAYR will support client and service user quality of life needs by purchasing gift cards for necessities like food, transportation, and clothing. Funds will also be used to continue and expand their current outreach services.
Cornerstone to Recovery supports people experiencing and impacted by addiction and mental health by providing accessible, holistic, and self-sustaining recovery programs. The M.H.C.F. will be used for daily operations to ensure the continuation of their critical programs, will allow for professional development requirements, and will support rent for the Club and Wellness Centre located in Newmarket.
Diabetes Canada helps those affected by diabetes live healthy lives through education, research, and advocacy for access to quality care, while working to find a cure. The M.H.C.F. proceeds will go towards their D-Camps summer camp program for youth in York Region with type-1 diabetes, providing them with a real summer camp, creating independence and empowering youth to manage their diabetes, and creating the opportunity to connect with other kids who truly understand them.
Home on the Hill Supportive Housing (Home on the Hill) provides housing and services to families and their loved ones battling serious mental illness like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The M.H.C.F. will help clients, many of whom have been in isolation from the pandemic, through recreation therapy, art programs, caregiver support services, peer support, and mental health advocacy.
Hope House Community Hospice (HHCH) offers specialized services and support to individuals diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their families, and those who are bereaved. Hill House Hospice (HHH) provides a home-like alternative to institutional care for those in the final stages of a terminal illness. Together, this collaborative will use Magna’s donation to provide much needed hospice services to the community and offer joint wellness programs for clients, residents, staff, and volunteers.
Jericho Youth Services provides free after-school and recreational programs to children and youth in Georgina, enhancing their well-being through social, emotional, and educational programming. With the proceeds from the M.H.C.F., Jericho Youth Services will be able to give nutritious snacks and breakfasts to children from low-income families every day.
Kerry’s Place Autism Services (Kerry’s Place) is Canada’s largest provider of services and supports for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, helping enhance and empower their quality of life. Kerry’s Place will use funds from the M.H.C.F. to offer a variety of respite supports and to lower program costs for caregivers and family members, and to provide home modifications for clients with respect to safety and/or physical needs to better enable aging at home.
The Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) connects and builds community to support and strengthen Black families and empower Black youth across York Region. Proceeds from the M.H.C.F. will help keep operating costs low, allowing NACCA to deliver important programming like food security, mental health education and support, and resisting anti-Black racism education and resources to the community at large.
The Newmarket Food Pantry envisions a community free from hunger and believes in providing choice, dignity, and respect to all they serve. In 2021 there was a significant increase in first time users due to the pandemic and the Pantry saw over 14,000 visits and distributed over 440 000 meals. Magna’s donation will support their community kitchen and fridge by continuing to purchase healthy and nutritious food for our neighbours in need.
The Newmarket Jets Speed Skating Club (Newmarket Jets) helps develop the sport of speed skating in York Region through recreational and elite athlete training, including programs for provincial and national level speedskaters. With the proceeds from the M.H.C.F., the Newmarket Jets will be able to upgrade their equipment and keep their membership fees affordable for the coming season.
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society (OSPCA) leads in the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being across Ontario. Throughout the pandemic, income and food insecurity have increased our community’s need for the OSPCA’s services. Funds from the M.H.C.F. will help provide necessary food and medicine to keep pets in homes with their families and will also assist with animal intake and adoptions.
The Optimist Clubs of York Region (Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, and Keswick) work with youth across our communities to provide important resources and support, including food insecurity programs, scholarships for high school students, toy drives, and more. This collaborative will use Magna’s donation for their school breakfast club and food pantry programs, which have been drastically impacted by the pandemic.
Shenderey Gymnastics Institute (SGI) promotes physical fitness and health, a strong work ethic, good sportsmanship, and a competitive spirt, all through the sport of gymnastics. SGI will use proceeds from the M.H.C.F. to replace important equipment and help with operational costs so they can continue providing programming to the community.
Routes Connecting Communities (Routes CC) gives individuals access to basic needs through transportation, enhances community engagement, and improves social connections through their ride programs. Magna’s donation will help Routes CC provide food deliveries to home-bound individuals and will also support their subsidized or free transportation program for low-income and immune-compromised residents to access medical care.
The ABLE Network provides inclusive work and recreation opportunities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities, creating equal opportunities for them to contribute to the health and well-being of their community. Proceeds from the M.H.C.F. will help offset the costs of gym memberships and transit for ABLE Network clients and will provide overall support for the organization’s programs.
Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre (Walk It Off) is dedicated to assisting individuals with neurological conditions on their recovery and rehabilitation journey. They are one of the only neuro-rehabilitation programs able to get clients out of their wheelchairs for the duration of their sessions. The M.H.C.F. will help repair and refurbish this specialized equipment and will assist in purchasing new cardio equipment for their facility.
Abuse Hurts aims to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness, while also supporting adult survivors and their families. They will use the M.H.C.F. to help with their Delivering Hope Program, which provides urgently needed products to women in York Region who are fleeing abuse.
The Aurora Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) is an organized hockey league supporting hundreds of members through recreational and competitive programs for players ages 4-20. Magna’s donation will help AMHA offset the costs for mandatory coaching certifications and important volunteer training. The funds will also be used to launch a diversity and inclusion program to combat racial bullying.
The Learning Disabilities Association of York Region (LDAYR) is a leader in advocacy, research, and education for over 7,000 children, youth, and adults with Learning Disabilities in York Region. Magna’s donation will help expand their Social Skills program for youth with Learning Disabilities across the Region.
Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers provides free supportive programs and educational services to pregnant and parenting youth mothers in York Region. With the help of the M.H.C.F., Rose of Sharon will support parenting youth for the upcoming school year by providing free onsite childcare, counselling sessions, parenting workshops and family support for mothers so they can complete their high school education.
St. John Ambulance of York Region (SJA) helps keep Canadians safe at work, home, and play through Medical First Response, Therapy Dogs, Child Car Seat Safety, and Home Caregiver Support programs. Magna’s donation will help provide patient care equipment, will resupply their trauma response bags, and will support their youth cadets.
The Salvation Army Central York Region supports thousands of individuals and families with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counselling and recovery services, emergency disaster relief, rent and homelessness prevention, and more. The M.H.C.F. proceeds will be used for their Pathways of Hope Program, helping to reduce poverty in the Newmarket Heights community.
Victim Services of York Region (VSYR) provides 24-hour crisis intervention support to individuals victimized by crime or tragic circumstances. The M.H.C.F donation will support VSYR’s Crisis Intervention Program, helping thousands of York Region residents annually who are experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, or death by suicide.
Women’s Centre of York Region (WCYR) creates a safe place for women to build self-esteem, develop action plans, and build skills to help themselves and their families. Throughout the pandemic, domestic violence has increased by over 30% in York Region alone. The proceeds from the M.H.C.F. will go towards counselling services to help women and their children leave an abusive relationship safely.
Welcoming Arms’ goal is to reduce poverty in our communities. They offer free, nutritious weekly meal programs, as well as a community resource program for urgently needed essential items. Magna’s donation will help feed over 250 neighbours in need each week.
York Region Food Network (YRFN) provides healthy food access, food-skill education, and advocates to create awareness on food insecurity across York Region. Funds from the M.H.C.F. will improve access to fresh food through a revitalization of their gleaning program, which will put fresh harvested produce into the hands of those who need it most.