By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Pending council approval, several non-profits in the region will be receiving thousands of dollars of much-needed funds.
According to a report presented at the most recent meeting of committee of the whole, the Region of Durham is seeking to dole out $349,680 to eight different groups in the region as part of its allocations for the social investment fund.
The largest recipient is the Rose of Durham, which is set to receive $110,000 in support of the Durham Child Nutrition Program. This program supports 145 different school nutrition programs in the region, reaching more than 74,000 students. The program also sees the assistance of more than 1,000 volunteers with the distribution of more than one million meals and snacks throughout the year.
Girls Inc, which helps run pre- and post-natal nutrition programs in Durham Region, is set to receive $40,000. This program provides food, counseling and other supporting services to low-income and high-risk pregnant women and women with new born babies through three different sites in Oshawa, as well as others in Ajax, Bowmanville, Cannington, Port Perry, Beaverton and Uxbridge. Those funds will also be used to help support Girls Inc’s Informed and IN Charge program, which helps raise awareness of domestic violence and provide information on sexual health for Grade 7 and 8 girls at Oshawa’s Queen Elizabeth Public School and Sunset Heights Public School.
Other organizations receiving money include the Brain Injury Association of Durham ($50,750), Feed the Need in Durham ($45,000), Distress Centre Durham ($50,000), the YWCA’s TEAM Clarington project ($12,000), Rose of Durham’s Young Parents Resource Centre ($35,000) and the Archbishop Anthony Meagher Catholic Continuing Education Centre’s on-site child care program ($6,930).
In total, the region will be pumping more than $1.15 million into social programs, with the vast majority of that – $805,660 – going towards in-house programs, with $773,660 going to income and employment support and $32,000 going towards children’s services.