Thank you to all the community members who participated in our first ever Rotary Community Choice Grants program. You shaped what local organizations would be considered for the grants by nominating your favourite nonprofits and charities in February. From your nominations, we received 34 applications for the funding. Our committee carefully reviewed each of them for eligibility, before inviting residents to vote for up to three organizations.  

The response was outstanding! More than 2,500 community members voted between March 17-24. The top three non-profits below will receive $1,000 Rotary Community Choice Grants thanks to your support.

In addition, the Rotary Grants Committee selected two more from the eligible applicant list. It was a tough choice because there were so many excellent non-profits to choose from. We were guided by wanting to support smaller and less well-known non-profits, doing excellent work in our community.

Read more about all of them below!

Diabetes Canada’s mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure. Diabetes Canada is the only national charity that offers summer camp programs for children and youth with type 1 diabetes. There are 9 camps across Canada where over 700 children and families access programming throughout the year.

Our mission is ensuring all youth grow to be successful adults. We typically serve any and all youth in the community that are in need of support. We have worked with Choices Youth Shelter, Family Transition Place, DCAFS and Spenser’s Kids just to name a few.

Achill Choral Society is a welcoming community choir, united by the joy of singing, and committed to learning and performing quality choral music. We strive to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all members, staff, performers, volunteers and audience members feel welcomed, valued and respected. For the past two years we have been unable to rehearse and perform in person, yet we’ve continued with Zoom and recorded virtual concerts offered free to the public. It has been our way of helping our audiences and singers through long periods of isolation. Only through their donations have we been able to continue singing. Now as we begin our 40th season as a premier choral group based in Orangeville, we hope to bring our singing back to the community.

Branching Out Support Services is an organization that serves people with neuro diversities, complex care needs and mental health differences in the community of Orangeville. Our flagship day services program provides support for adults with neuro diversities in downtown Orangeville where programming focuses on relationship building, volunteering, life skills, community engagement and employment development opportunities.

Our mission is to break barriers of communication through education; to build and connect communities; to provide businesses the opportunity to meet the community’s cultural needs; to educate youth on different cultures of the world and offer them the opportunity to express their creativity through arts and entertainment; to assist with opportunities for future growth spreading a positive message of diversity, inclusion, equity and equality

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