Our Recipient Special Stories:
“Our twice monthly Drop In Program would not be possible without the support of the Rotary Fantasy of Trees. Thank you for helping us to help others in the West Niagara Community.” ~ Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers
“I know that I always have someone to talk to about anything that is going on in my life when I am at the FORT. There are so many helpful adults at FORT that I feel comfortable talking to and they understand me and what I am going through, which makes me feel better when I am upset or sad.” Maizie, Smithville, FORT
“It has been close to 10 years that Special Olympics was started in the Grimsby Lincoln area. It began with 5 very young athletes in one sport.
Today we offer 9 different sporting options throughout the year. Over 90 athletes benefit, physically, mentally and socially. Countless hours of volunteering has been provided and the athletes of Grimsby Lincoln have flourished.
The group and the local communities involved have celebrated sending various athletes to many provincial competitions, a few National athletes and one World competition since inception. We are confident with the support our athletes receive from our volunteers, coaches, families, our community and community service clubs such as Rotary, we will no doubt see more world competitions in the very near future.” The Special Olympics, Grimsby Lincoln
We provide materials and supplies (including food sometimes) to our clients so that they can attend classes and upgrade their skills. Very often, these “extras” are not covered under other funding. The support we receive from the Rotary Club, provides us an opportunity to assist those learners who are often struggling just to get to classes. It fosters a sense of dignity to clients as they work toward independence and self sufficiency. It makes a difference in their lives. Thank you Rotary! ~ The Literacy Council of Niagara West (Niagara West Adult Learning Centre)
Last Holiday season, the Fantasy of Trees was very generous and donated a fully decorated tree to one of our residential clients. This was particularly meaningful to her for several reasons. She is the mom of 3 children under 12; this was the first Christmas that she would be spending the day with them and the first Christmas tree that they had ever had. Her abuser had always forced her to work on Christmas day and never allowed them a tree.
The gift of that fully decorated tree was such an emotional and wonderful experience for her and her children that she kept the tree up and decorated until spring. It was a reminder to her of her strength, her reason for being in our housing and it kept her going. She is looking forward to putting it up again this year!
With the kind and thoughtful support of the Fantasy of Trees, the Rotary Club of Grimsby have become part of our compassionate community, where we all commit to supporting each other in Niagara West at end of life. Because of you, McNally House Hospice can move forward in our work in challenging Niagara West to embrace the International Palliative Care Charter called Compassionate Cities.
Here are our 2019 Recipients:
This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada. Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2016. Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.
Community Living, Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln
Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln offers a wide range of programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. We were founded in 1965 by concerned community members and families. Today, we are a non-profit organization with the mandate of providing services and support to people of all ages with a developmental disability.
Foundation of Resources for Teens of West Niagara (FORT)
A grassroots, not-for-profit youth centre that provides FREE recreational programming and resource services to youth aged 11-18 via our sites in Grimsby, Smithville & Caistor.As the only free, full service youth drop-in resource centre within West Niagara, the FORT is proud to provide a space that local youth can call “Their Own!”
West Niagara Affordable Housing (formerly Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership)
The Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership (GAHP) was founded in 2007 to provide a solution to the need for affordable rental housing in Grimsby and West Niagara to reduce and prevent homelessness for individuals of low and moderate income. Now part of West Niagara Affordable Housing, the goal is to provide transitional supportive housing which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency within the time frame of one to three years.
The Grimsby Life Centre is a registered non-profit charity dedicated to helping those in Grimsby and the surrounding community regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status. We are committed to providing practical hands-on support to those who are dealing with difficult life circumstances.
Since 2008, McNally House Hospice is a residential setting that provides 24 hour specialized palliative care, free of charge, to people living with a terminal illness, as well as those in their life circle.
The Literacy Council of Niagara West (Niagara West Adult Learning Centre)
At the Niagara West Adult Learning Centre, our mission is to offer skills upgrading and family literacy programs for the residents of Niagara West at sites in the municipalities of Lincoln, Grimsby and West Lincoln using a community development approach.
West Niagara Special Olympics
Special Olympics Ontario is a volunteer-driven organization with some 18,000 athletes and 8,000 volunteers registered across the province. Athletes range in age from 8 – 80 and have the opportunity to train in 18 core sports.
The Grimsby-Lincoln Community of Special Olympics Ontario began in 2008 and has already grown to 80 registered athletes and more than 25 volunteers. Every facet of our community is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary
West Lincoln Memorial Auxiliary (WLMA) has been supporting WLMH with volunteers since 1944, offering care and warmth to patient services as well as fundraising for hospital equipment. Our vibrant organization provides approximately 30,000 hours/year of volunteer time in areas such as the lobby, wards, mail, physiotherapy, medical records, administration, as well as the Coffee Shop and Gift Shop. The Auxiliary is managed and operated entirely by volunteers. There is also an ongoing and successful student volunteer program in place.
Gillian’s Place – West Niagara (formerly West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling Inc.)
Formerly West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling, they began in 1996 by a group of local women. Among them were doctors, nurses and teachers that identified a need in the community for services to help abused women. There are now four geared to income transitional residences located throughout West Niagara. They provide counselling, advocacy, safety planning and support for over 130 women and their children as they move toward a life free from violence and abuse. In the last year, they joined with Gillian’s Place to expand services to the Niagara Region.
West Niagara Palliative Care Service (Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers)
West Niagara Palliative Care Services, o/a Rose Cottage Community Hospice provides support services to anyone who has life limiting, palliative care needs or require caregiver support.