Giving Back Organizations

Read about all the great organizations in our community and then vote for you favorite. The Hayter Group awards $1,000 to the organization that gets the most votes each quarter.

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Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School

What the Organization Does:

We are a Special Education School raising money at our Annual Pasta Fest where we also have a silent auction and raffle draw.

What will the Money be Used for?

Our Special Needs students ( 20 )participates in a yearly field trip. In the past we have traveled to Great Wolf Lodge, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School Website

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Alvinston Minor Ball

What the Organization Does:

Alvinston Minor Ball provides softball opportunities for almost 200 children in the Alvinston area and surrounding region during the late spring and summer months.  We provide teams at all levels from ages 3 up to 19, and we have both girls and boys teams.

What will the Money be Used for?:

The money would be used for updating outdated equipment, specifically with our younger teams, as well as updating our aging uniforms within our organization.

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Alvinston Optimist Club
The Arthritis Society, South West Region

What the Organization Does: 
The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

Within the South West Region we offer various things to help those living with arthritis including:

The ARTHRITIS REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM (AREP) is a community-based rehabilitation service provided at no-cost to people of all ages with arthritis. Our experienced team in the Southwest region is made up of three physiotherapists, three occupational therapists and a social worker. We help people with arthritis become effective self-managers and to minimize the impact of arthritis on their daily lives. We see clients and their families across the region in various community clinics.  We provide an ongoing link with other health care professionals, community agencies and schools to ensure comprehensive co-ordinated care.

You can self-refer to The Arthritis Society for:
•  Physical and functional assessment
• Individualized exercise programs
• Splinting (fee charged for cost recovery of materials and supplies)
• Disease and self-management education
• Prescription of adaptive devices
• Social work  intervention including coping skills, support to child and family, advocacy and linkage to resources

- Chronic Pain Management Workshops (offered in an adult, teen and child format)

These two hour free workshops are designed to give attendees a peer to peer lead session to help them become better self managers of their chronic pain.

For more information on any of the above please visit www.arthritis.ca or call 1.800.321.1433

What will the Money be Used for?: 
The money if we are fortunate enough to win would go towards continuing to offer programs and services within the region as well as help fund vital research!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton
Bluewater Cheer Athletics

What the Organization Does:

This organization is a competitive cheer-leading gym in Sarnia which provides athletes to learn the value of teamwork, perseverance, respect for one another and their coaches, trust among each other, and a commitment to active and healthy living. Also, it gives the athletes a chance to represent our community in a positive way.

What will the Money be Used for?

The money will be used to support 52 of our elite cheer-leading athletes to compete at "The Summit" in Disney World this year which is equivalent to "The Olympics" of cheer-leading. A trip to "The Summit" is earned through recognition at various competitions. In only our fourth season, Bluewater Cheer Athletics received high acknowledgement , when three of our teams were granted the "ticket" to attend "The Summit" in May 2017. This is the first time in Canadian history that three teams from the same gym have been selected to compete at "The Summit".

Bluewater Cheer Athletics

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Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society

What the Organization Does: 
The Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society has been hosting the local fall fair, with Sept 30 and Oct 1-2, 2011 being the 135th fair! Exhibitors from young to old have the opportunity to showcase their talents in many areas – baking, crafts, quilting, horticulture, field crop, livestock, and so much more. Attendees experience a wonderful weekend of fun, education and entertainment.  The annual fair is truly an event where the community comes together to show off their best!

What will the Money be Used for?:
The Brooke Alvinston Agricultural Society depends heavily on donations and grants from many individuals and companies to be able to organize this event for the community. We appreciate every donation and wish to express our thanks to everyone who has donated in the past, and in advance to everyone who supports the upcoming 2011 fair!

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Brooke Central School

What the Organization Does: 
We are a rural JK to Grade 8 Elementary School that offers both English and French Immersion classes for our students.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
The money will be used to pay for program enhancements such as bringing in authors, drama presentations, musical groups, etc. The money will also be used to offset the cost of busing our students to offsite presentations and venues that support the Ministry Curriculum expectations.

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Canadian Cancer Society

What the Organization Does:

We raise money to support cancer patients, research and advocacy.

What will the Money be Used for?

One in four cancer patients does not have reliable transportation to get themselves to treatment. The Wheels of Hope program is a free service offered to patients. Volunteer drivers pick up patients at their homes and bring them to their life saving cancer treatment in Sarnia, London or Toronto.

Canadian Cancer Society Website

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Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile

What the Organization Does: 
CCMF was formed by a group of parents who were concerned that the needs of their medically fragile children were not being fully met.  It is a primarily parent-driven volunteer organization.  CCMF strives to meet the needs of medically fragile children and young adults in the Sarnia-Lambton Community.  We use the term “medically fragile” to refer to individuals with high medical or nursing needs requiring constant medical care and supervision, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, paraplegia amongst others.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
Raising funds for the Music and Art program.

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Conductive Education Trust Fund

What the Organization Does: 
Our organization runs a program each summer that helps kids with Cerebral Palsy get up and moving. With this program, kids get help moving and building and toning muscles that are rigid and uncontrollable. Through long days of repetitious exercise in our 4 week program kids will be able to take a few steps, they may be able to feed themselves and go to the washroom  if they couldn’t before.  It helps greatly with their motor skills. Parents are so grateful for all the help this program gives to their children.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
All the money we raise goes to paying instructors that we hire from Hungary from the Peto Institute.  This is the only place where this program is provided.  It also provides equipment for the children to work with.  It is run in 4 centers, Sarnia , Chatham, St Thomas and Windsor which are rented.  This is the 15th year we are running this program .  Conductive Education is solely run and funded by club donations and fund raising by the SWONT District Optimists and the trustees of Conductive Ed Program.

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Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton

Our Sarnia/Lambton Story

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and to making adequate, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity invites people from a broad spectrum of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to work in partnership with us to build both homes and hope for families in need. Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, which in turn is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International.

Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton receives applications from, and equitably selects, area families who qualify for Habitat home ownership. Once selected, HFHS/L works in close partnership with our families to assist and prepare them for their successful transition to home ownership. The mortgage portfolio we hold, in conjunction with the corporate and community resources we receive, is reinvested into the purchase of property and the building of more homes.

Similar to most affiliates across Canada, Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton operates a ReStore. The ReStore is a social retail enterprise which receives donations of new and gently used building materials, home furnishings, appliances and the like. These are sold at affordable prices to the general public with the net proceeds of the ReStore utilized to offset all operational costs of the HFH Sarnia/Lambton affiliate.

The success of our ReStore locally has meant that Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton has been able to channel 100% of mortgage revenues, corporate, community and individual donations into our home build programs. Beyond its pivotal role in our sustainable business model, the ReStore plays an important role in environmental stewardship by actively re-cycling, re-purposing and diverting tons of materials from landfill annually.

Habitat Sarnia/Lambton built its first home in 1994. In 2012, the Board of Directors agreed a new Strategic Plan that will see us help more than fifty (50) families into affordable homeownership by 2017.

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Hope United Church

What the Organization Does:

This ministry of Hope United Church runs summer camps for Children and Youth in the area and seeks to build Strong leaders amongst the camp Staff.

What will the Money be Used for?:

The money would be used to help defray some new equipment costs such as archery arrows and bows. The money would also help defray our biggest cost and investment in the salaries of young people needing summer jobs.

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Hope United Church Camps

What the Organization Does:
 
Summer camps for youth

What will the Money be Used for?: 
To help pay for students who help

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The Inn of The Good Shepherd

What the Organization Does: 
The Inn of the Good Shepherd is known for it’s soup kitchen and food bank…but it is so much more!  The Inn serves over 1800 people using the food bank, and provides hot meals to over 110 people daily, 365 days a year. 

The Inn also assists with shelter for youth, adults and families.  We have 2 shelters and transitional housing for those willing to break the cycle of homelessness.  

The Inn also provides assistance with rent and utility assistance for those facing eviction or shut off.  

The Inn’s Mobile Market (seasonal) provides fresh produce to 11 Lambton County communities, distributing 5000 lbs weekly.

The Inn organizes a Coat night, where clients and their children are provided with a warm winter coat, gloves, hats, boots. 

Christmas is a busy time for The Inn, Santa visits the childrens’ parties, a hot sit down turkey meal is served at the Dante Club for families, and a singles dinner is also organized

In September, a Back to School program provides over 555 back packs to needy children.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
Any donation received will be used for the Mobile Market or childrens’ programs.  It has been proven that there is a direct relationship to good eating and poverty.

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Lambton Children’s Safety Village

What the Organization Does: 
The Village will be an interactive Children’s Learning Centre focusing on safety awareness to 12,000 Lambton County children annually.  It will encourage children to practice safe habits and risk awareness.  This Village will also include a branch of the Lambtom County Library.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
This money would be used for public awareness such as to start our own internet site which will connect to us with other Children Villages and other Lambton community safety organizations.

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Lambton County Developmental Services

What the Organization Does: 
LCDS is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality supports for people with developmental disabilities accross Lambton County and contributing to the communities where we operate. We believe that sustainability, collaboration and innovation are important themes that strengthen our impact. We hope our supports and services, the way we do business and our presence in the community reflect those themes. We believe that all people should have the freedom and support to pursue their goals and dreams, and it is our mission to help make that happen!

We are very proud of our humble beginnings, In 1955 a group of parents whose children had developmental disabilities dared to dream of a life for their child beyond institutions. They began meeting in their homes to develop creative solutions that would provide the support they needed to help their children lead a life with choices and opportunities within their community. Over 50 years later, what is now LCDS, supports nearly 200 people and their families in that same mission!

What will the Money be Used for?: 
Our Agency operates twenty homes within Lambton County. Funds donated will go towards renovations to make these homes safer, more energy efficient and more accessible and comfortable for the people who we support.

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Lambton County Fire Prevention Association

What the Organization Does: 
Promotes Fire and Life Safety within Lambton County, Members of each Lambton County fire department are involved.

What will the Money be Used for?:
Assist with the purchase of a ”Fire Safety House”, which is a mobile trailer, to travel throughout the county to public schools, fairs, open houses, company picnics, promoting and training you children Fire Safety in your home. This new trailer will be barrier free and accessible to all young children.

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Lambton Elderly Outreach

What the Organization Does:
 
Lambton Elderly Outreach is a non-profit organization that provides support services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout Lambton County.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
Our Transportation Department has a great need to replace some of our aging wheelchair accessible vans.  Many have in excess of 300,000 kms.  Break downs are costly and can mean some rides may not be accommodated.  If we were chosen the funds would be put towards the purchase of a new van.

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Mary Webb Centre

What the Organization Does: 
Our centre is a not-for profit cultural and community centre in the village of Highgate in Chatham-Kent.A volunteer board operates the centre.
We have at least 10 concerts as well as other programs annually.  The performers are Canadians who have been nominated or won juno awards and who entertain on the CBC and other places.  Also, local citizens teach art , craft projects, quilting, and pilates.  I our gallery over 36 artists and crafters display their work. Our website is www.marywebbcentre.ca

What will the Money be Used for?: 
Our centre is a one of a kind heritage building which was formerly a church. We will use the money to maintain the heritage building while updating it to be more accessible and safer for our patrons.

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Pathways Health Centre for Children

What the Organization Does:
Pathways delivers defined services to children, youth and young adults with physical, developmental and communication need, to help them achieve their potential for a better quality of life.  Supporting children, youth and young adults to achieve their potential through effective partnerships. Pathways provides services to approximately 2300 children annually throughout  Sarnia – Lambton.

What will the Money be Used for?:
Pathways provides a School Age Summer program for children  6 – 12 years of age. One of the greatest challenges for the leaders of this inclusive program is to provide activities that every child can participate in regardless of his or her individual needs and that also appeal to a variety of pre-teenagers.
Your donation will allow us to further explore new and innovative ideas for the children who will attend the C.A.C.H.. School Age Summer program this year.

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St. Clair Child and Youth Service

St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a key component of the social infrastructure of Sarnia-Lambton. It is regarded as the primary advocate and source for services related to mental health of our children and youth. St. Clair Child & Youth Services is a accredited member of Children's Mental Health Ontario.

We are a progressive Children's Mental Health Centre dedicated to helping children, youth and families with coping and adapting to life's challenges.

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St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia-Lambton

What the Organization Does: 
Hospice is about life. The Hospice model of care provides for all domains of life, support for the person who is dying and their family/friends through an interdisciplinary team, consisting of a medical director, nurses, personal support workers, social workers, chaplains, volunteer coordinator and more than 375 volunteers. When there is nothing more that can be done to cure a disease, there is still much that can be done to enhance quality of life for the person who is dying and their family/friends.

The Palliative Care “Residential Hospice” is a home-like environment with 10 private suites to support dying people and their loved ones, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This environment allows residents to spend their final days among family and friends, as alert and comfortable as possible, away from the hospital and dehumanizing high technology equipment. Approximately 200 residents and their families are served annually in the Residence during the final stages of their illnesses. Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care supports the cost of nursing and personal support salaries in the Residential Hospice only.

“Programs and Services” support those who are dealing with a loved one’s illness and/or death, including: Illness support, Caregiver support, Bereavement programs and social activities for adults, Caring Hearts Children’s Program (at the Hospice and in local schools), Complementary therapies (e.g. reiki, reflexology and massage). There are currently 300 adults and 250 children registered as clients at St. Joseph’s Hospice. There is no government funding for programs and services.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
The need to enhance and grow Day Hospice program in the community was clearly identified through annual family satisfaction surveys, annual volunteer surveys and through a formal needs assessment survey of the community (with input from terminally ill people, current and former caregivers, palliative care doctors, case managers and community partners).

The Day Hospice program was established in September 2012 and is now prepared to enhance and grow this program to the community of Sarnia Lambton.

The Day Hospice program at St. Joseph’s Hospice is available to anyone living with a life-limiting illness.  The program provides a change of environment and break from the usual routine.

Family members may also benefit from the program as it offers respite for those who are in a caregiving role.  Caregivers may wish to attend the Caregiver Support Group that runs concurrently with Day Hospice Program. The program is a place for rest, relaxation and supportive sharing with others in a caring and comfortable home like environment. Our building is completely wheelchair accessible.

Day Hospice is staffed by the Program Coordinator, Personal Support Workers, and volunteers who will be available to assist you throughout your day.

A registered nurse is available to assess any particular medical needs as necessary. The Program Coordinator will meet with you “one on one” in your home or at St. Joseph’s Hospice to learn more about you and your needs before you arrive at the program.

A day at Hospice offers refreshments, activities such as art, music and pet therapy, nutritious lunch, complementary therapies such as Therapeutic Touch, Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Feel Good Days, A chance to sit by ours gardens and fountains and entertainment by local guest entertainers.

Day Hospice is flexible so you may come and go as needed.

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SunStang Solar Car Project

What the Organization Does: 
The SunStang Solar Car Project is an entirely student-run project at Western University that builds solar cars to participate in international solar races. The Solar Car Project has not been active in the recent years, but has sent cars to the World Solar Challenge in 1993, 1996, 2005, and 2007. In the winter of 2012, a group of current Western students restarted the SunStang project in hopes of racing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. The recent team is made up of students from varying faculties including Social Sciences, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and Engineering.

The team is run by a strong, cohesive executive team consisting of mechanical, electrical and business directors. Most students involved with SunStang have absolutely no experience in fabrication, design and management when they join. Within a few months of working on the project, they learn everything they need to know about alternative energy vehicle design.  There is no replacement for the type of experience students can have when learning hands on. Students also learn leadership skills, organizational skills, and communication skills, all while contributing to the development of green technology.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
The money will be used to buy materials to finish building the solar car, support participation in the American Solar Car Challenge.

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Taxandria Falcons Soccer Club
Western Formula Racing (WFR)

What the Organization Does:
Western Formula Racing (WFR) is a team composed entirely of students, who design, build, race, and market a formula style race car. Every year the team competes with a brand new car, against other universities from around the world, on an international stage. The competition is part of the Formula SAE Series; the largest student competition in the world. In the competitions, we are judged on our design, business logic, and prototype feasibility, as well as overall vehicle performance.

Western Formula Racing thrives on three principles: Excellence, Endurance and Enthusiasm.

Excellence: As an organization, they train students to become highly skilled and effective professionals. WFR teaches students leadership, project management, and communication skills, in addition to providing invaluable hands on experience.

Endurance: The organization believes in a principle of leaving something in a better condition than the one you found it in; this ensures long-term sustainability. Western Formula Racing strives to continually improve itself as an organization, as well as the quality of a person’s character throughout their experience.Enthusiasm: The team is passionate about their work, and believe that they will become more valuable individuals, and members of society, through participation in the organization. Their passion is what drives them to succeed and push the limits of what they believe they are capable of.

More on Endurance: Currently, Western Formula Racing builds a combustion vehicle (It runs on fossil fuels). However; our team is beginning to work on building a completely electric vehicle. This concept stems from our passion for ensuring long-term sustainability. With a larger percentage of energy being produced through renewable sources, a shift can be made to eliminate one of the remaining major causes of pollution: combustion vehicles. Designing and building an electric race car generates innovative techniques and pushes the boundaries of what an electric car can do, because the nature of the vehicle requires a level of performance beyond many production vehicles.

To find out more about our organization, please visit westernformularacing.com or check us out on Facebook facebook.com/WesternFormulaRacing.
To learn more about the series, feel free to visit http://students.sae.org/cds/formulaseries/about.htm.

What will the Money be Used for?:
Development of our first ever all-electric race car! The donation will go towards purchasing the necessary parts and tools to make the dream a reality, and will help in covering the cost of participating in the International FSAE Electric competition in Lincoln Nebraska next year!

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Wyoming Minor Baseball Association

What the Organization Does: 
We provide an opportunity for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18 to play baseball in a competitive and non competitive environment.  We have approximately 300 children registered each year.  In an effort to maintain registration costs and keep them as affordable as possible, we are force to seek outside financial assistance such as this opportunity with the Hayter group.

What will the Money be Used for?: 
The money will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms for the boys and girls who participate in our program.  We need to update our equipment regularly to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the players.

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