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WindsorEssex Community Foundation Launches 2019 Vital Signs Survey

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation Launches 2019 Vital Signs Survey

Call for Applications for Programs That Address the Oral and Mental Health Needs of the Windsor-Essex Community

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF), along with community members and stakeholders, gathered at the Windsor Star News Café today to launch the 2019 Vital Signs Survey. The Survey is used as a component of the 2019 ital Signs Report, released every October, highlighting local, provincial, and national data as it pertains to various areas of the community, including housing, food security, health, wellness & activity, the environment, and learning. The 2019 Vital Signs Survey is now available online through the WECF website. The WECF is asking Windsor-Essex residents to fill out the survey for a chance to be heard and share what they think of Windsor-Essex County as a place to live, learn, work, play, and grow. Those who complete the survey have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win $100.

The WECF ended the Vital Signs Survey Launch by announcing that the Foundation is now opening the call for applications for funding through the Six 4 Six Grant Program funded by Green Shield Canada. The WECF has over $500,000 available for funding to support programs that address the oral and mental health needs of the Windsor-Essex Community and address the five themes identified through the community conversations that the WECF held earlier this year. The Foundation will be accepting applications until May 24th, 2019.

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and supports action towards improving our quality of life. Started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, today over 80 communities across Canada and around the world use Vital Signs® to mobilize the power of community knowledge for local impact.

Green Shield Canada (GCS) to mark its 60th anniversary and to celebrate its 60-year history of social responsibility and charitable giving, donated a total of $6 million dollars to priority projects across six Canadian communities. Those communities included Hamilton, Windsor-Essex County, Calgary, Victoria/Vancouver, Northern Ontario and the Atlantic region. In keeping with GSC’s mission, Six 4 Six is funding community programs aimed at improving health care for all Canadians with two areas of focus, oral health and mental health.

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation, originally founded in 1983 as Heritage Windsor, is a perpetual community trust for philanthropic purposes. It exists to manage donors’ legacy funds and make grants to support local community programs. Through grant making activities, the WECF is able to establish partnerships to assist a broad range of community organizations.

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