Philanthropy Continues During the COVID-19 Pandemic
City Launches Portal for Not for Profits to Access Lanspeary Park
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and a roundtable of community leaders shone a spotlight on the significant philanthropic efforts made over the past year aimed at helping the community cope with the ongoing impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the many charitable activities that have taken place were Families to Families grocery gift card initiative, delivery of food services and snacks to frontline workers and essential service providers, direct funding for local grass roots initiatives like mask making and homelessness support, helping facilitate grant opportunities for local charities, and supporting mental health initiatives.
As part of the 2021 City of Windsor municipal budget process, in addition to supporting small businesses, City Council expanded use of Lanspeary Park to ensure that charitable organizations can have access to this space during select weekends to ensure that they can host fundraising events to benefit their operations in our community. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply by March 19, 2021 and can do so through our Lanspeary Park Spring/Summer 2021 - Charity Use Expression of Interest. Since mid-2020, the City of Windsor has supported the Unemployed Help Centre (UHC) through redeployed staff as well as the use of municipal facilities to store, sort and distribute donated food. To continue to support their important work in our community, the City has extended the UHC’s use of the Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex until at least July 31, 2021.
The City of Windsor is committed to continuing to support local not-for-profit organizations as the community recovers from the global pandemic.
City of Windsor: “I’ve heard from dozens of local charitable organizations who really struggled to maintain their local fundraising operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m pleased that City Council endorsed making Lanspeary Park available for these groups to host fundraising events later this year.” Drew Dilkens, Mayor, City of Windsor
Windsor Spitfires: “When it comes to giving, there is no better community than Windsor. The Windsor Spitfires family is proud to do what we can to support those who need it most at this very trying time. Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference.” Brian Schwab, Stephen and John Savage, Bob Boughner and the Windsor Spitfires Organization.
WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF): “In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever for the community to work together and support one another. The WindsorEssex Community Foundation supports our organizations, individuals and families that are pulling their resources together to help in this time of need. Through our W/E Cares campaign, Emergency Response fund, and other funding streams through our partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada, the WECF has invested over $1.63 million in our community supporting those most at risk.” Lisa Kolody, Executive Director, WindsorEssex Community Foundation.
TD Canada Trust: “The past year has presented Canadians with countless challenges, and now more than ever, it's so important for us to come together to help those most vulnerable. At TD, we have a long-standing commitment to investing in the communities where we live and work, and I'm so proud of the work we've done throughout COVID-19 to support programs and initiatives that help build strong and resilient communities in the Windsor-Essex area, both today and in the future." Eric Griggs, District Vice President, TD Bank.
Green Shield Canada (GSC): “GSC has made it a top priority to help our communities manage through the challenges presented by COVID-19. This includes financial contributions to emergency relief funds launched by Community Foundations and other partners across the country, and in-kind support for innovative community efforts like the COVID-19 Community Response Coalition in Windsor-Essex, where our call centre agents assisted on an emergency food hotline. We were also a proud sponsor of MindBeacon’s Stronger Minds, a free digital program which has provided crucial mental health support for all Canadians.” Zahid Salman, President & CEO, Green Shield Canada
Tim Hortons: “Frontline and essential workers have been the backbone of our community during these extremely challenging times. At Tim Hortons restaurants here in Windsor, we, along with 1,500 other restaurant owners across the country, have been donating to local organizations in our communities as a way of saying thank you for everything they have done and continue to do. We hope our small expression of gratitude and appreciation will continue to feed and fuel those who are supporting our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.” Chris Caruana, restaurant owner, Tim Hortons