United Way and Region of Peel distribute $191,420 in grants to support neighbourhood development

February 29, 2012

REGION OF PEEL — A community breakfast program that brings residents together, teaches nutrition and ensures children have a healthy start to their day is one of 17 projects receiving a Neighbourhood Development grant funded jointly by United Way of Peel Region and Region of Peel. The grants, totalling $191,420, will fund resident-led projects across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

“Research shows that when residents are invested in where they live, communities are safer and more productive,” says United Way President and CEO Shelley White. “The Neighbourhood Development grants are part of United Way’s Neighbourhood Development strategy which launched in 2007. The grants fund projects that empower residents to take leadership roles in developing programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in their neighbourhoods.”

Knightsbridge and Rexwood Breakfast Club will receive $15,000 to expand a resident-led breakfast club that teaches healthy eating to children in grades one to 12, and provides resident volunteers with grocery vouchers. The grant will support the start-up of 4 new breakfast program locations in Brampton (7820 McLaughlin Road) and Malton (7340 Goreway Drive and 7435 Goreway Drive; 7095 Rexwood Road) as well an annual brunch celebration for Knightsbridge residents.

“It’s more than just a free breakfast,” explains Doris Nana Nketia, coordinator of the Knightsbridge Breakfast program. “In addition to ensuring neighbourhood children have a healthy snack before school and learn about healthy choices, we are promoting volunteerism among our residents and bringing families together to socialize and get know to each other. When residents know each other, they look out for each other and neighbourhoods are safer and healthier.”

In addition to the Knightsbridge and Rexwood Breakfast Club, the following projects are receiving Neighbourhood Development grants for the first time:

Queen/Kennedy Breakfast and Homework Club will receive $14,560 to fund a resident led breakfast and afterschool homework club for children, aged 6-12. The grant will be administered through the Brampton Safe City and will assist the club to provide nutritious snacks and a safe place for children to go after school.

Albion Hills Community Farm and Learning Centre in Caledon will receive $15,000 to educate local youth and other residents on nutrition, hunger and obesity. The Albion Hills Community Farm is a new model demonstration farm that includes community gardens and provides opportunities for residents to learn about food production and healthy eating.

Friends of St. Andrew’s Stone Church located in Caledon will receive $1,310 to aide in promoting a former church as a community resource and venue. St. Andrew’s Stone Church was built in 1853 and has been a local heritage site since 1983.

Be Set Be Safe in Mississauga will receive $11,140. The grant, administered through the Afghan Women’s Organization, will fund initiatives to promote resident safety, sessions with Peel Police and community events where residents can socialize and get to know one another.

Malton Community Crisis Response will receive $14,700. The grant will be administered through Bramalea Community Health Centre and will support community crisis response training, the development of a protocol; community engagement events and resident-led programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for residents.

Malton Moms an advocacy group operated by moms living in or originally from Malton will receive $5,320 for a Civic Association and Capacity Building project to revitalize membership of the group, feature speakers at monthly meets and and host two community events. A second grant of $15,000 will fund a Creative Cafe to support a women’s writing group and a community spoken word forum for youth.

Meadowvale Neighbours will receive $7,950 administered through the Battleford location of the Eden Community Food Bank to create a community drop-in to reduce isolation among residents. The drop-in will be operated during food bank hours and hosted by residents and volunteers.

The Mississauga Fruit Tree: Growing Youth and Trees in Malton will receive $11,550 administered through the Social Planning Council of Peel. The grant will fund workshops that bring residents together and focus on sharing local grown, nutritious food, preservation, canning, healthy food preparation and fruit tree planting and maintenance.

Neighbourhood Links in Mississauga will receive $10,000 to do research and host neighbourhood activities including a BBQs and an end of summer festival. The neighbourhood activities aim to will strengthen relationships and build trust among residents while providing opportunities for volunteerism and youth leadership.

The following projects are receiving a renewal of their Neighbourhood Development grant:

Clarkson Community at Peace (CCAP) will receive a grant of $15,000, administered through The Peel District School Board. Located in south Mississauga, CCAP is a diverse group of individuals and organizations working together for a safe and peaceful community. The grant will provide funding for community activities that promote a safe, nurturing and inclusive community.

The Boys and Girls Club of Peel will receive $40,000 in grants to continue building on programs that enhance community life in four Peel neighbourhoods: McHardy Court and Fair Oaks in central Brampton, Acorn Place, the Sheridan apartment complex, and Glenway in Mississauga. Projects are focused on fostering youth leadership and creating opportunities for residents to connect with each other.

The Multicultural Inter-Agency Group of Peel (MIAG) is receiving $14,890 to assist residents of the West Wood apartment building in the Bloor St./Runningbrook/Tomken neighbourhood of Mississauga, to continue Neighbourhood Council and several committees. The Council and committees engage and unite the diverse tenant population and create a collective voice to address resident concerns, promote community safety and improve the quality of life for tenants.

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