Sarnia Community Foundation makes a difference 49 ways

Organization has returned over $1 million in last five granting years, with more than $236,000 this year alone

The Sarnia Community Foundation announced its grants in an event held recently.

The Sarnia Community Foundation announced the delivery of its 2018 Community Impact Grants during its annual Day of Celebration on September 26, with a list that includes theatre renovations, recreation subsidies, support for those working to get out of poverty, the reprinting of a handbook for women in crisis and a chance to understand the nature of bees.

The 2018 grants cover 49 different areas within the communities that comprise Lambton County, said Bruce Scott, chair of the SCF board.

“Our vision is to build a vital, vibrant, inclusive Lambton County,” said Scott. “We see the community impact grants and scholarships as vital in that work.”

Scott said announcing the grants on the Day of Celebration represents a strong way to showcase the good work being done throughout the community as a result of the grants.

“It’s a chance to celebrate the remarkable legacy of our founders and focus on the community they hoped to build through the Foundation since we started 35 years ago,” he added.

One of the recipients was the Sarnia Historical Society, which received $5,000.

“As a small organization with a limited budget, the ability to create new opportunities for youth to understand the rich history of our community is a huge boost,” said Ron Realesmith, president of the group. “The opportunity to expand knowledge of our local history through an online platform will give teachers a meaningful way to connect curriculum for their students. We have a number of teachers who have already committed to test the programme in their classes and who are truly excited by the new opportunity to tell our story.”

Another organization that received funds is the Women’s Interval Home, where Michelle Batty is executive director.

“Finding funds for print material is always a challenge,” said Batty. “The grant from SCF means we will be to complete and expand the planned print run of a document that can be pivotal in the health and well being of women and children in crisis. We’re truly grateful to be recipients, especially as the Foundation was able to increase the funding beyond what we applied for.”

Jane Anema, executive director of the Sarnia Community Foundation, said the organization has, in its last five grant years, been able to return well over $1 million to the communities of Lambton County.

“Each donation to one of our funds equals greater opportunity for our community,” she said. “The SCF Board and grants committee works very hard to ensure that we make good use of the all funds available to us to meet community needs.”

The arts, children and youth, education, the environment, health, and social services are all areas that the Sarnia Community Foundation makes grants to on an annual basis. As of September 26, 2018, the value of SCF grants in 2018 is $ 236,345.50.  The Foundation expects to deliver over $ 300,000 to the communities in Lambton County by the end of 2018. A full listing of the 2018 Grants to September 26th follows:

2018 Grantees to September 26, 2018

Aamjiwnaang First Nation 2,500.00
Awesome Grants 2,000.00
 Blue Eyes Big Heart Josh Alderton Scholarship (1) 750.00
Canadian Cancer Society 1,500.00
CARDUS 20,000.00
Christ Church Petrolia 500.00
City of Sarnia- Summer Festival Series 5,000.00
CMHA – Suicide Prevention 3,000.00
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton 8,167.00
County of Lambton – Circles Programme 14,200.00
Good Will Essex Kent Lambton 500.00
Grace United Church 1,177.00
Harmony 900.00
Huron House 1,781.00
Inn of the Good Shepherd 3,576.00
International Symphony Orchestra 1,850.00
John Howard Society 916.00
Joanne Klauke Labelle Memorial Scholarship (1) 2,500.00
Lambton College 100.00
Lambton Community Sings 500.00
Lambton Youth Choir 400.00
LCCVI/LKDSB 2,180.00
MADD Sarnia/Lambton 4,500.00
Gloria Dawn McLeod Award 200.00
Susan Moffatt Memorial Scholarship (1) 4,000.00
Moore Agricultural Society 5,000.00
Norma and Don Moore Scholarships (4) 25,000.00
New Life Assembly Petrolia 500.00
Organization for Literacy In Lambton 5,802.00
Pauline Mc Gibbon /LKDSB 5,000.00
Rayjon Sharecare 606.00
Redeemer University College 19,000.00
Sarnia Airman’s Club (City of Sarnia) 6,600.00
Sarnia Christian School 20,000.00
Sarnia Historical Society 5,000.00
Scouts Canada 2,600.00
Seaway Kiwanis Scholarships (4) 4,000.00
Society of Saint Vincent De Paul 1,081.00
SSVP/J&JY Trades Scholarships (4) 3,500.00
St Clair Child & Youth Services 4,850.00
St Josephs Hospice 4,172.00
St Paul’s United Petrolia 500.00
Steeves & Rozema Scholarships (8) 14,000.00
Theatre Sarnia 10,000.00
Theatre Sarnia for Hidden Talents 400.00
Town of Petrolia 500.00
United Way of Sarnia Lambton 2,009.50
Women’s Interval Home 4,000.00
YMCA SWO ( Sarnia Lambton ) 9,528.00

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