The ABLE Network provides inclusive work and recreation opportunities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities in natural job and community settings. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help fund important program expenses like gym memberships and transit fares, so that participants have an equal opportunity to contribute to the health and well-being of their community!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York provides guidance and support through mentorship to over 500 young people facing adversity and societal barriers each year. The pandemic’s impact on the health and well-being of young people has seen a 140% increase in demand. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help take children off the wait list and match them to a caring adult mentor.
CAYR Community Connections creates safe, confidential, and inclusive spaces and services in York Region for individuals to access dignified and stigma-free support. Their compassionate community helps those living with HIV/AIDS, those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, people who use substances, and helps vulnerable and marginalized community members. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will directly support the delivery of HIV, 2SLGBTQ+ Rainbow Space, and Harm Reduction programs.
Epilepsy York Region advocates on behalf of individuals with seizure disorders, promotes public awareness, offers programs, and provides educational resources and opportunities for over 11,000 York Region residents with epilepsy or seizure disorders. With funds from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund, Epilepsy York Region will be able to deliver virtual support groups to clients, including their new UPLIFT program.
Girls Inc. of York Region is dedicated to empowering girls and young women to seek the highest quality of life possible. Their programs enhance confidence and self-esteem in girls and young women while giving them the skills and tools they need to be empowered, productive, and contributing members of society. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help support their day-to-day operations, which have been drastically impacted due to COVID-19, as well as their virtual counselling, food support, and girls’ activity programs.
Hill House Hospice provides palliative care to those diagnosed with a terminal illness in our home-like setting to ensure that each patient is treated with dignity, respect, and the highest standard of care. Hundreds of families each year benefit from York Region’s first ever residential hospice. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help support our existing programs, services, and day-to-day operations to ensure we are able to provide patients and their families holistic and compassionate care; ensuring everyone that comes through our doors is able to ‘live until they die’.
Jericho Youth Services provides free after-school programs for over 150 children and youth each day. Routes Connecting Communities offers safe, affordable, and compassionate transportation to those in need. This collaborative will share proceeds from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund. Jericho will use the funds to purchase activity supplies and PPE for their free community programming, and Routes will direct the funds to their program providing free food deliveries for residents who are immune compromised.
Kerry’s Place Autism Services is Canada’s largest provider of services and supports for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Autism Ontario York Region is dedicated to ensuring that everyone with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society. Both organizations will collaborate and use the Magna Hoedown Community Fund for access to programming, therapies, equipment, and other supports for thousands of York Region residents with ASD.
The Skills Upgrading Centre offers free customized training programs to assist adults in York-Simcoe in improving their employment prospects, preparing for a higher education, and acquiring the skills they need for a successful future. They will use money from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund to deliver programs, train staff on new technologies, update resources and materials, purchase new literacy software, update online workbooks, and help support additional COVID-19 related student needs.
Margaret Bahen Hospice for York Region is a 10-bed residential hospice that provides 24/7 medical care as well as social work services, spiritual support, and complementary therapies to care for residents at the end of their lives, and their families. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help cover day-to-day operational costs essential to ensuring the hospice is comfortable and welcoming for all.
The Newmarket Food Pantry provides support for individuals and families currently facing food security challenges. They provide emergency food relief to over 1,300 neighbours in need each month. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will support their day-to-day operations by purchasing healthy and nutritious foods. It will also be used to enhance their new community kitchen, by purchasing small appliances and kitchenware.
The Optimist Club moto is “Friend of Youth.” Together, the clubs of Aurora, Keswick, Newmarket, and Richmond Hill support 35,000 youth across York Region through community programming, scholarships and bursaries, school snack programs, and support of local food banks. Funds from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help continue the operations of their food pantry and breakfast club programs.
Rose of Sharon offers programs and educational services to 300 pregnant and parenting young mothers each year, empowering them to embrace their strengths, continue high school, build parenting skills, increase child development knowledge, receive personal counselling, and more. They will use the Magna Hoedown Community Fund for their Nurture & Nutrition program, which provides young families with safe home deliveries of healthy food, weekly cooking workshops, and support from a Food and Nutrition Coordinator.
The Learning Centre for Georgina provides academic upgrading, helps prepare adults for college admission, and provides numerous programs geared towards supporting adults to help achieve their life and learning goals. The funds that we receive from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will allow us to purchase refurbished laptops for learners to participate in online learning and programming. Mental health/First Aid training will also be completed for all staff to better assist learners throughout the pandemic.
The Salvation Army supports thousands of York Region residents each year through wide ranging services including housing initiatives, energy assistance, food and clothing support, counselling and psychotherapy, youth programs, and shelter support. They will use money from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund to expand and enhance the services they offer, specifically in the Newmarket Heights community, through peer mentorship, creating a women’s drop-in centre, and offering counselling and housing services.
Welcoming Arms is more than just a meal program! They believe in the inherent dignity of all people and provide friendship and emotional support, as well as their weekly community meal programs, to those in need. The donation from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will allow them to continue providing community meals through the Welcome Table and Martha’s Table, and will also go towards resources for their Bridging the Gap program.
Yellow Brick House provides life-saving services and prevention programs for 6,000 York Region women and children each year who are impacted by violence and abuse. They run two emergency shelters, a 24/7 crisis and support line, offer community counselling and supports, and teach life-skills through their public education programs. With the Magna Hoedown Community Fund donation, Yellow Brick House will be able to give a shelter bed to a woman or child directly impacted by domestic violence.
York Region Food Network provides healthy food access, food skill development, and education and advocacy for food security across York Region. Throughout the pandemic they have expanded their services to provide healthy prepared meals, fresh Good Food Boxes, as well as grocery cards that have been shared with community and other non-profit organizations. They will use the Magna Hoedown Community Fund to provide free Good Food Boxes to households disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Abuse Hurts is a source of courage and a catalyst for hope, helping to transform the lives of thousands of victims of abuse each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of domestic violence cases by 30-40%. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help provide basic needs like clothing, beds, mattress, blankets, and small appliances to the individuals as they transition out of shelters.
Aurora Minor Hockey Association offers a fun hockey program, while developing skills and teaching life lessons to youth aged 4 to 20. Support from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will allow young children to learn the sport at a nominal cost, will support volunteer coaches in their training, and will help offset fees incurred from purchasing PPE due to COVID-19.
DeafBlind Ontario Foundation raises, invests and directs funds to DeafBlind Ontario Services to enhance programs which support the individuals they serve. DeafBlind Ontario Services provides an array of services to people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, non-verbal and deafblind that are customized to each individual’s unique needs, method of communication, and goals to enrich their life. As a leader in the field, their reach extends into remote communities and urban centres across the province with accessible supported living homes and customized community services. Funds from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will support the purchasing of assistive devices, accessibility upgrades, and special programs that build a sense of confidence and independent living.
Easter Seals helps kids be kids! They support children and youth with physical disabilities by providing essential mobility and accessibility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, toileting aids, bathing equipment, porch lifts, and ramps. They will use money from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund to purchase mobility and accessibility equipment for local youth, so they can continue to grow and gain independence and freedom.
Marquee Theatrical Productions is a theatre school located in Aurora that teaches life skills to youth through the arts. They inspire excellence, motivate learning, uplift the human spirit, build confidence, and spark a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Since the pandemic began, they have turned their live theatrical productions into performance through film. Support from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help with purchasing new equipment to make improvements to the film process. Funds will also be used to help offset storage costs, so they can adapt their current facility to safely host more students in person, while 6 feet apart.
Pulsars Gymnastics Club provides artistic gymnastics, trampoline, and tumbling programs for children of all ages, from walking to the National athletic level. They recognize the importance of a child’s development for health, strength, focus, sense of responsibility, self esteem, and happiness, all while focusing on their physical skill development and cognitive abilities. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund will help with day-to-day operations, to keep the Club operating.
St. John Ambulance of York Region helps keep York Region residents safe at work, home, and play. They provide first aid services and training programs, therapy dog support, and most recently their Medical First Responders have been supporting Regional COVID-19 emergency management and public health programs. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund donation will support the work of the Community Services Coordinator, will help purchase new technological equipment, and will allow for necessary recertifications of their Medical First Responders.
Victim Services of York Region provides 24-hour crisis intervention support to persons victimized by crime or tragic circumstance. They respond to cases of homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, suicide, armed robbery, hate crimes, and human trafficking. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in client referrals by 300% due to the rise in domestic abuse. Magna Hoedown Community Fund support will help them purchase needed PPE for their staff, will cover emergency expenses for clients, and will allow them to continue recruiting and training volunteers.
Women’s Centre of York Region offers a safe place for women to build self-esteem, the tools to develop a plan of action, and the opportunity to build the skills they need to help themselves and their families. The Magna Hoedown Community Fund proceeds will go towards their Transitional and Housing Support Counselling program, which gives women the emotional and practical support to leave an abusive relationship safely.
The Learning Disabilities Association of York Region supports 7,000 York Region residents each year who are living with Learning Disabilities. They provide leadership in advocacy, research, education, and services to advance the full participation of children, youth, and adults with Learning Disabilities in today’s society. With support from the Magna Hoedown Community Fund, they will be able to offer their Girls Connect program to help young females living with Learning Disabilities and A.D.H.D.