$66,800 OTF Resilient Communities Fund Helps Keep Community Reach on the Road

Midland, ON On Thursday, MPP Jill Dunlop formally congratulated the team at Community Reach North Simcoe on receiving a one-year, $66,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The grant, awarded earlier this year, is help the group to engage a fundraising professional to help it increase its income, as well as to develop sustainable fundraising and strategic plans to increase organizational capacity via staff/volunteer training.

"Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Community Reach North Simcoe will be able to continue with their mission to connect people who experience transportation barriers when accessing essential programs and services in north Simcoe, said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. The ability to hire a fundraising professional will expand the organization's outreach to the community, increasing its income and supporting the strategic plan and necessary training for important staff and volunteers."

"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated. Having a sustainable fundraising plan and strategic plans moving forward will help us to continue to operate this essential transportation service. We serve the vast number of people in north Simcoe who need accessible transportation to get to their medical appointments in and out of town and many other community services. This supports a healthy community, both physically and emotionally, encourages independence, and allows many to stay in their own homes that they love and feel comfortable in, said Cathy Greer, Executive Director, Community Reach North Simcoe.

Community Reach provides close to 4,800 rides annually to people living in north Simcoe County who do not have access to transportation, have limited incomes or need accessible transportation. Eighty-two per cent of the riders are over 65 and many have mobility issues. Most drivers (volunteer and paid) are retired first responders and have completed rigorous training and security measures before joining Community Reach.

For more information about Community Reach North Simcoe,  please visit the website or Facebook at: www.communityreach.ca  or https://www.facebook.com/CommReachNS, or follow on Twitter  @CommReachNS

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canadas 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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