Abuse Hurts is a charitable organization that has been transforming the lives of victims of abuse for men and women for over 26 years. Hoedown funds will provide bedding and household items to women and children leaving shelters, will support weekly “Makeover Days” for women in shelters, and will allow for more educational and awareness opportunities by creating workshops and conferences.
Aurora FC (also known as Aurora Youth Soccer Club) believes the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of sports are important to the development of youth. Hoedown proceeds will go towards their House League Coach Development and Certification Programs, as well as their Indoor and Outdoor Special Needs Programs. Long term player development will also benefit from the proceeds that help to offset equipment requirements, facility fees, and training for players and coaches.
AMHA is a minor hockey league based on team work, integrity, generosity, excellence, respect, and sportsmanship. AMHA will use proceeds from the Hoedown to introduce a “Learn to Play” program for children, to help cover coaches’ training fees, and to implement a new “Team Genius” program. This program will give coaches access to software to document and identify players for continued development.
Autism Ontario York Region & Kerry’s Place Autism Services are dedicated to providing quality of life, as well as services and supports, for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Hoedown support will allow both organizations to continue offering important programs and services like summer camp programs, family workshops, occupational therapy assessments and support, home modifications, and more!
BBBSY provides life changing mentoring experiences and programs to at-risk children and youth in York Region. Epilepsy York Region advocates on behalf of individuals with seizure disorders and provides awareness, programming, and educational opportunities to clients. Hoedown funds will provide services to BBBSY “littles” currently on wait-lists and will help develop new matches. Epilepsy York Region will use Hoedown funds to hire a social worker to give one-on-one support to clients.
CLCY provides support to over 400 individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers. Through Hoedown support, CLCY will be able to increase their programming and respite opportunities for individuals currently waiting for services, providing needed post-secondary programs for youth graduating from high school.
DeafBlind Ontario Services helps individuals who are deafblind to increase their independence and improve their quality of life. Funds from the Hoedown will go towards recreational and art programs, community events, art galleries, educational courses, and more. Hoedown support will also allow their clients to gain more exposure and engagement in their communities.
Easter Seals Ontario helps children and youth with physical disabilities by providing financial aid for essential equipment that keeps children safe within their homes. Hoedown support will help send kids to their fully accessible summer camp, and will also allow them to purchase mobility and accessibility equipment like wheelchairs and walkers.
Hospice Georgina supports people coping with a life-limiting illness or experiencing the loss of a loved one. GACAG provides gallery space to feature local artists, musicians, and community members and offers education through the arts to students and adults of all ages. Both organizations will use Hoedown funds for program enhancement and development, staff and volunteer training, and expanding their marketing to build community engagement.
LSSC is committed to the promotion of good sportsmanship, physical skill development, character development, and team work. Coaching and player development is an important focus of the LSSC for the next few years. Proceeds from the Hoedown will help achieve these goals by lowering costs for volunteer coaches’ training, purchasing a new computer for technical staff training, growing their inclusion programs with Special Olympics, creating a female mentorship program, and more!
LDAYR provides leadership in Learning Disabilities and ADHD advocacy, research, education, and services. Through support from Hoedown, LDAYR will better expand their work with youth and young adults with Learning Disabilities. They will also be able to provide more in-depth assistance with employment, job skills, financial literacy, stress management, and other work-related skills for their clients.
LCYS and LCG provide quality training in literacy, numeracy, basic skills, and GED exam preparation. In addition, LCYS offers basic and intermediate computer skills, and soft skills training and LCG offers preparatory courses for college. Both organizations will use Hoedown funds to help deliver their current programs, introduce new programming, update resources and materials, and support student needs.
MTP is an award-winning community theatre group that offers programs to help children struggling with social barriers. Their goal is to inspire excellence, motivate learning, uplift the human spirit, build confidence, and spark a lifelong appreciation for the Arts. Proceeds from the Hoedown will help cover royalty fees and theatre rental costs, will allow them to sponsor children to participate in their programs, and will help to provide complimentary show admission for community groups and persons with disabilities.
NMHA provides a fun, healthy, competitive experience in organizational hockey for all talent levels of youth in Newmarket. Hoedown funds will assist with ongoing hockey development programs for youth, will help buy ice time for their “First Shift” program, and will maintain affordability for families and children to play minor hockey in Newmarket.
Pulsars Gymnastics Club delivers recreational and competitive artistic gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline for boys and girls across York Region. Hoedown proceeds will be put towards repairing and replacing equipment and training tools, providing training to coaches, and keeping programming costs affordable for their athletes.
SJA keeps people safe at work, home, and play. They provide Medical First Response Services, a Therapy Dog Program, Child Car Seat Safety, and a Youth Leadership program. Funds from the Hoedown will go towards a variety of these programs and will provide volunteers with training, supplies, uniforms, and appreciation opportunities. They will also use the proceeds to brand new and existing SJA vehicles that are out in the community.
The Food Bank of York Region is a food distribution hub for community food pantries, social service agencies, and social housing in York Region. Their goal is to provide fresh, healthy foods to their community partners. Through Hoedown support, the Food Bank of York Region will be able to cover two thirds of the cost for upgrading to a new walk-in freezer.
Victim Services of York Region works in partnership with York Regional Police, OPP, and York Fire Services to provide 24 hour crisis intervention support to persons victimized by crime or tragic circumstance. Hoedown funding will be used to continue their York Region Suicide Bereavement Group; their Project ANGEL GPS alarm system supporting victims and survivors of high-risk domestic violence, criminal harassment, or sexual assault; and their volunteer program.
Women’s Centre of York Region brings hope, support, and learning to women on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment, helping them to thrive personally, socially, and economically. Funds from the Hoedown will go towards programming like their Making Change life-skills group services, pre-employment supports, soft-skills and employment skills development, individual and transitional counselling, and financial literacy programs.
York Pride hosts creative social and educational events in York Region, including the annual Pride celebrations. They celebrate diversity, inspire inclusivity, and foster harmony and acceptance. Through the Hoedown, York Pride will be able to enhance outreach initiatives for 2SLGBTQ2S community engagement, to deliver social programming to more residents, and improve youth leadership, community engagement, logistics, and marketing for next year’s festival which is celebrating their 20 year anniversary millstone.