Caledon Meals on Wheels Receives $30,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation
Resilient Communities Grant to Explore Social Enterprise
On Wednesday August 23rd, Caledon Meals on Wheels celebrated a $30,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). With this grant, Caledon Meals on Wheels has been able to bring home cooked food to the Cheltenham area seniors to taste test and give their feedback about a new frozen food option for seniors and the community. This is the culmination of a years’ worth of research and planning to determine what kind of social enterprise would support Caledon Meals on Wheels sustainability and growth.
“The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will help support Caledon Meals on Wheels (CMOW) as they continue to focus on providing services to those in need in our community,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon. “This gives CMOW funding to develop additional programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities in Dufferin-Caledon.”
Thanks to this funding, Caledon Meals on Wheels (CMOW) has been exploring opportunities for the creation of a social enterprise to help offset the ever-increasing operational expenses, challenges with ongoing fundraising and the need to continue to meet the growing need in the community over the past year.
“Our long-term goal would be to reduce the reliance on traditional fundraising, allow for expansion of our meals on wheels and other seniors programs and services, while ensuring its sustainability,” said Christine Sevigny, Executive Director of Caledon Meals on Wheels. “We are incredibly grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support in giving us this unique opportunity to explore this avenue”.
Caledon Meals on Wheels (CMOW), a charitable organization in Caledon has been in existence since 1984. CMOW provides nutritious hot and frozen meals with security checks, friendly visits as well as health, wellness and security programs to seniors, and people with illnesses or disabilities. By providing these essential services throughout Caledon, Orangeville and surrounding communities, CMOW supports people to continue to live independently in their homes for as long as possible with optimal health and wellness.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
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