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Sharing: Storwell Self Storage is Offering a $2,000 Bursary to Help Foster Children Pursue Post-Secondary Education

We are excited to share this great opportunity to help foster children pursue post-secondary education:

Along with providing accessible and affordable storage solutions across the GTA Storwell is also devoted to helping out the local community through various charitable causes and social initiatives. Storwell has set up a bursary program for students who were part of the foster care system to help them pursue their post-secondary school education.

According to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, right now there are approximately 63,000 Canadian children living in permanent care with foster families, extended family, or in group homes. Across the country, 235,000 children and youth have been identified as having experienced or being at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. These children and youths often experience difficulties gaining access to adequate education opportunities, especially when it comes to post-secondary education. For every 1,000 youths in Canadian foster care, only eight go on to graduate with a post-secondary education. One of the largest barriers to entry for children in foster care is the financial burden that comes along with post-secondary education.

In response to the growing number of foster children and youth in care that struggle to afford post-secondary studies, Storwell has developed the Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program. The aim of the Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program is to provide foster children with resources and opportunities that might be otherwise unavailable to them. With the proper tools, these students can work towards building a better life for themselves through the pursuit of higher education.

Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to help foster children attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. The bursary application deadline is September 1st. Eligibility requirements and access to the application form can be found at: https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application

See the flyer below or click on the download button to view the information flyer from Storwell about the bursary:

Join our team! *NEW Job Posting*

The Wilmot Family Resource Centre’s Mission is to respond to the needs of individuals and families in Wilmot & Wellesley communities through resident-centered planning & the provision of innovative programs, services, and supports.

We are looking to hire a Food Bank Coordinator to join our team. Applications for this position will be accepted by 4:30pm on August 18, 2022 by email or at our office at 175 Waterloo Street in New Hamburg. The email address for cover letter and resume is included in the job posting. Please see below to view the job posting.

Job Posting for Summer Child & Youth Leaders

Are you looking for summer employment? We are now accepting resumes for the Child & Youth Leader positions at Wilmot Family Resource Centre. Application deadline is April 15th at 4:30pm to info@wilmotfamilyresourcecentre.ca. Or drop off your resume and cover letter at our office (1-175 Waterloo St., New Hamburg). Click download below to view the complete job posting.

February 26th brings The Coldest Night once again 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

February 26th brings The Coldest Night once again 

to Wilmot & Wellesley townships 

WILMOT, Feb 4, 2022Wilmot Family Resource Centre is encouraging Wilmot & Wellesley residents to once again team up, fundraise, and walk in The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY). This family-friendly, winterrific fundraising walk takes place on the evening of February 26, 2022 and supports people experiencing hunger, hurt, and homelessness in the townships. 

Tens of thousands of Canadians will take to the streets for CNOY with events taking place in 150 cities, towns, and communities across the country. By walking together in the chill of the night, local participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Wilmot Family Resource Centre in providing much-needed support.  

Participants in Wilmot and Wellesley will walk a 2km or 5km route of their own choice and at any time on February 26th. They may walk on their own or in a small group. All those who raise over $150 (or $75 for youth) will also don iconic CNOY toques as they face the cold night.  

This is Wilmot Family Resource Centre‘s fifth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $25,000 for their work with people experiencing hunger, hurt, and homelessness in Wilmot & Wellesley townships. An expected 100-150 walkers and 10-15 teams! 

Wilmot Family Resource Centre has been serving the area for over 40 years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will help bring those in our community one step closer to safety, health and hope. 

For further information, contact: 

Trisha Robinson, Executive Director

Wilmot Family Resource Centre

1-175 Waterloo St. 

New Hamburg, ON  N3A 1S3 

(519) 662-2731  

info@wilmotfamilyresourcecentre.ca / https://cnoy.org/wilmot  

For National Event information, contact: 

Brian Carney, CEO 

brian@blueseafoundation.org 

1 (519) 603-2250 / https://cnoy.org/            

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About Wilmot Family Resource Centre:  

WFRC is a leading provider of wholistic wrap-around multi-social services to individuals and families in Wilmot & Wellesley Townships within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The agency offers many programs and services to meet the needs of all residents in our community including some based on the low-income scale (such as food support; free tax clinic; housing support) and other services which are inclusive of all incomelevels (such as parent & family mental health supports, employment resources, child & youth programming, Indigenous supports, etc.) 

School Supplies Needed!

Want to help local children and youth start the school year off right? You can help by donating school supplies!

You can donate NEW backpacks, school supplies (see list below), or make a cash donation that will be used to purchase additional supplies.

Donations can be dropped off at Wilmot Family Resource Centre at 1-175 Waterloo St., New Hamburg. Make sure you call us upon arrival at 519-662-2731!

If you know of anyone in Wilmot or Wellesley Townships who would benefit from this program, please ask them to call our office during office hours. Registration is required for this program.

Supplies Needed

If you have any questions or would like more information, call 519-662-2731 or email info@wilmotfamilyresourcecentre.ca.