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KW Community Foundation funding will greatly contribute to these 5 organizations

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The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) helps support local organizations that are led by and serve black, Indigenous and racialized communities in the region.

Through the Racial Equity Fund, nearly $ 436,000 in funding went to 29 local organizations. CBC KW spoke to five of them about how the funding will help the community they work with.

You against you Basketball practice

Tim Doyle said mentoring is important to the group of young people his organization works with.

He is one of the co-founders of You vs. You Basketball Training, an organization that works with children as young as 10, and college and university students to develop their basketball skills.

Doyle said the organization was launched just months before the pandemic and since then the group has done what they can over the past 21 months to meet and train.

“We made it work and it’s still about the youth and the community,” Doyle told CBC KW. “It’s more than basketball.”

He said the funding the organization receives will go to their upcoming summer camps and new reversible jerseys for the team.

Morning Edition – KW3:12You vs. You Basketball on how KWCF funding will help the young people they care for

The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation helps support organizations that serve the region’s BIPOC community. Through their racial equity fund, nearly $ 436,000 in funding went to 29 local organizations. CBC KW has spoken to a few people who may not be so well known, but still do important work in the area. Tim Doyle, one of the co-founders of You vs. You Basketball Training, explained how this recent funding will help the young people they coach. 3:12

Ajirioghene Evi-Cobinnah is the Executive Director of Kind Minds Family Wellness. She said they offer wellness programs for black youth and seniors. (Submitted by Ajirioghene Evi-Cobbinah)

Family well-being of good spirits

Following the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, Ajirioghene Evi-Cobbinah said she and other colleagues saw the need to learn from the black community in the area. Soon after, they started Kind Minds Family Wellness (KMFW) in Kitchener.

KMFW offers culturally relevant counseling and a number of programs for young and old, including book clubs, cooking classes, and art workshops.

Evi-Cobbinah said it was nice to be recognized and the funding would help ensure that programs that could only be offered once can be offered in the long term and give youth and other participants the opportunity to give their opinion on these programs.

“[Youth] having waited [for] an opportunity to have their own space to light the programming for them, ”she said.

Morning Edition – KW3:16Kind Minds Family Wellness explains how KWCF funds will help develop youth programs

This week we bring you stories from local organizations that recently received funding from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation Racial Equity Fund. They help support 29 local organizations that serve the region’s BIPOC community. Hear from Kind Minds Family Wellness Executive Director Ajirioghene Evi-Cobbinah on how the funds will help develop programs for young people in 2022. 3:16

Levant Canada in Kitchener offers different programs that integrate dance, art and sport to help refugee families connect with other families, heal from trauma and practice their English in a safe space. (Submitted by Hiba ElMiari)

Levant Canada

Levant Canada has helped sponsor dozens of refugee families in the Waterloo region since 2015.

Program coordinator Hiba ElMiari said the programs offered integrate dance, art and sports to help newcomers connect with other families, heal trauma and practice their English in a space sure.

She said it has also helped the community at large to learn more about different cultures. Since the pandemic, however, ElMiari has said they have had to put most of their programs on hold and offer only a few online.

ElMiari said the group will use the funding it received for a mural in collaboration with other organizations doing similar work.

She said the organizations “will be working on the mural, reflecting and expressing different points of view and perspectives in the grieving healing process.”

Morning Edition – KW2:59Levant Canada on how recent KWCF Racial Equity Fund funding will be used for a collaborative mural

Levant Canada has helped sponsor dozens of refugee families in the Waterloo region. The organization helps these families to resettle through various programs such as dance, sports and, more recently, a theater program. Hiba El-Miari, Program Coordinator at Levant Canada, explains how recent funding from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund will be used for a collaborative mural. 2:59

Bring on the Sunshine has supported black youth in the Waterloo region for over a decade. Executive Director Alice Penny said the funding they received will go to their work and ongoing youth programs. (Submitted by Alice Penny)

Bring the sun

Bring on The Sunshine has worked with black youth in the region for just over a decade.

Executive director Alice Penny said the organization started small, offering a day camp for children. Now he hosts festivals and offers in-school education and leadership development programs for post-secondary students.

She said that before the Black Lives Matter protests it was sometimes difficult to get funding for their programs, but has since noticed a positive change in the community to support more BIPOC organizations.

“It’s amazing to see this change in the community or in the people who watch what we do and want to be a part of it,” she said.

Penny said the funding the group received will go to the work and programming they provide to young people throughout the year and some will also go to Black History Month programming, be it virtual or in person.

Morning Edition – KW3:13Alice Penny explains how KWCF funding will help Bring on the Sunshine support local black youth

Bring on The Sunshine is an organization that focuses on supporting black youth. Executive Director Alice Penny said since the Black Lives Matter movement there has been a positive change in the community to support more BIPOC organizations. She said the funding they received from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation Racial Equity Fund will go towards their ongoing work to support youth in the area. 3:13

Renu Bhandari is the Executive Director of Focus for Ethnic Women, an organization that focuses on a wide range of programs for women, including computer literacy workshops, conversation groups and wellness. Soon a leadership program will be on this list. (Submitted by Renu Bhandari)

Focus for ethnic women

Renu Bhandari said that the main goal of the organization is to empower BIPOC women in the community.

She is the Executive Director of Focus for Ethnic Women, which offers a wide range of programs like computer literacy workshops, conversation and wellness groups and soon, a leadership program that will teach women about them. skills needed to become a board member of an organization.

“It’s to give a voice to racialized women,” she said. “I think if you give them an opportunity like this, they’ll open up more to where they think the need is out there.”

Bhandari said the funding would go a long way to supporting the program, which she hopes to launch in late January.

Morning Edition – KW3:20Renu Bhandari explains how KWCF funding will help the Focus for Ethnic Women group

Renu Bhandari, Executive Director of Focus for Ethnic Women, talks about the group’s work and how a recent grant from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation will help them. 3:20