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.

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 Arts & Music Fest

What the Organization Does:

We are an umbrella group of the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston and each year we put on a full day festival called the Alvinston Arts & Music Fest. It is a free event for locals geared towards families put on completely by volunteers. This year the festival is August 17th and runs from 11 am to 9 pm, with music, a handmade Markets, two puppet shows, a kids chalk zone, Chalk Street Artists, face painting, demonstrations and this year guest speaker Talli Osbourne who talks about bullying.

What will the Money be Used for?:

The money will go towards the festival. We operate on a shoe string budget and work hard each year to raise money to put on a quality event.

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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
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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ChildCan

What the Organization Does:

Assists parents of children diagnosed with Cancer by giving them money to help pay for parking, food, bills, travel etc. The organization has been around since 1974 and survives on donated funds. They are on Commissioners Rd. W. in London, Ont.

What will the Money be Used for?

Assisting families who have children with cancer.

ChildCan 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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Forest Kiwanis Club: Kineto Theatre Project

What the Organization Does:

Forest Kiwanis Club organizes multiple events each year to enhance and enrich the lives of the community as a whole, such as Strawberry Socials, Bike Rodeos, Kite Fly Days as well as the Forest Santa Claus Parade We also operate the historic Kineto Theatre and are currently undertaking a large scale renovation which will provide an even more vibrant and enjoyable community entertainment space.

What will the Money be Used for?:

THE PROJECT: The Kiwanis Club of Forest is undertaking a significant expansion to and capital renovation of the historic Kineto Theatre in downtown Forest. This includes: (1) Main level state of the art lobby and concession; accessible washrooms and community space ( all in the newly purchased adjacent flower shop); increased auditorium handicapped seating area (2) Theatre lower level industrial kitchen and serving area; unisex washroom; updated and accessible community room. (3) New marquee to tie together heritage theatre façade with the adjacent flower shop expansion.

This is a major project for one of the oldest, continuously operating movie theatres in the world. As Forest Kiwanians have done for the past fifty years, we must continue to improve and enhance this special heritage facility for the benefit of our entire community. The budget is $1.1 million with $765,000 raised as of July 2020.

These improvements will make our facility safe and welcoming, effective, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The Kineto Theatre is considered by people far and wide to be “a jewel” in our community and we believe these needed enhancements will continue to bring people to Forest for years to come. As a point of interest, over the past five years, Kiwanis Club of Forest has donated more than $150,000 throughout the Forest community.

Our facility is more than just a movie theatre. Owned and operated by the Kiwanis Club of Forest it holds a unique and special place in the community. It is a people place that provides movie entertainment throughout the year for families and people of all ages. It is a cultural place that hosts film festivals, concerts, art exhibits, wine and food tastings. It is an educational place that also hosts special educational film presentations and guest speakers for both schools and the community at large. It is a community place that brings people together.

With our exciting plan, our theatre is positioned to move into the future by offering an updated space that will be available through the Kiwanis Club to the entire community. The renovations will ensure our heritage building meets public health and accessibility expectations.

RATIONALE FOR THE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS:

  1. public health, safety and accessibility requirements
  2. ever increasing demand for facility use and rentals for a wide variety of events and
    groups. Many request access to kitchen which cannot be used by the public
  3. opportunities for youth training, employment and education
  4. enhanced programming such as culinary events in conjunction with
    special film events
  5. increased community economic development…. feet in the streets of downtown Forest. There will be no empty storefront!

Forest Kiwanis Club

Kineto Theatre

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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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Komoka Kilworth Optimist Club

What the Organization Does:

We fundraise in order to supply the youth groups in our community with needed funds. We fund sports groups, schools, non profit youth organizations as well as community events that help our youth.

What will the Money be Used for?:

We will use it across our many community organizations we help out.

Optimist Club of Komoka-Kilworth

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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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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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Quad County Support Services

What the Organization Does:
Quad County provides services to adults with developmental disabilities in Southwest Middlesex, West Elgin and eastern parts of Lambton and Kent Counties with the goal to achieve inclusion of all individuals within their communities. Quad also provides Community Employment Options and a Residential Program.

What will the Money be Used for?:
To help purchase needed equipment that the government doesn’t provide funding for such as vans that pick up the individuals taking them to the Resource Centre which is a day program where they can go to participate in leisure and education programs.

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Refuge Chatham

What the Organization Does:

Pregnancy support services. Offering support and alternatives to women facing unexpected or unwanted pregnancies.

What will the Money be Used for?:

  • Maternity supplies
  • Baby supplies
  • Counselling
  • Pregnancy testing
  • prenatal, postpartum and parenting workshops

Refuge Chatham

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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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