Desjardins Group has revealed the winners of its “Better Things Community Grants” program.
The group asked its State Farm-branded agents to nominate local charities or government organizations dedicated to addressing safety issues, promoting healthier lifestyles, improving financial well-being, or supporting education for the youth, for grant consideration. Desjardins received a total of 137 nominations – of those, 20 were selected to receive the grants.
Three organizations were awarded the top three grants:
- Pathstone Foundation in St. Catharines, Ontario received a grant of $50,000, to help the organization develop 10,000 square feet of greenspace for mental health disorder patients.
- Connect Society in Edmonton, Alberta, was presented with a grant of $35,000 to support its mission in meeting the needs of families affected by hearing loss. The non-profit is looking to equip a local school with a sensory room to allow young children affected by deafness to learn.
- P.R.O. Kids in Saint John, New Brunswick was granted $20,000 towards matching children and teens in financial need with organized, registered recreation activities.
The remaining 17 winners were each given $5,000 grants; they include:
- Bellwood Public School (Whitby, ON)
- Brockville and Area Food Bank (Brockville, ON)
- Chatham-Kent Student Breakfast Programs (Chatham, ON)
- Distress Centre Calgary (Calgary, AB)
- Eden Food for Change (Mississauga, ON)
- Essex County Community Living (Essex, ON)
- Food4Kids (St. Catharines, ON)
- Girls Inc. of Durham (Ajax, ON)
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (Toronto, ON)
- Hong Fook (Scarborough, ON)
- Kimberly Jr. Public School (Toronto, ON)
- Linking Generations (Sherwood, AB)
- London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (London, ON)
- Port Perry Hospital Foundation (Port Perry, ON)
- Sir Edgar Bauer Catholic Elementary School (Waterloo, ON)
- Sussex Vale Transition House (Sussex, NB)
The Carson Foundation (Palgrave, ON)