Kindred Credit Union has reached a major milestone, marking $1 million in support for churches and charitable organizations since its inception in 1999.
A total of 146 groups have benefited from these grants, which have impacted people across southwestern Ontario. Putting total distribution over the $1-million mark in 2018, the Kindred Charitable Fund will be distributing $81,000 in grants to 18 community organizations.
This year’s grant recipients include organizations such as Sanctuary Homes, The Working Centre and Shalom Counselling Services.
The Raw Carrot, a social enterprise collaborating with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario received the annual Focus Grant of $10,000. The Raw Carrot employs people who receive disability support and have challenges that make it difficult to retain employment.
The grant will support a new Raw Carrot site in Kitchener, which will be modelled after the successful operation in Hamilton. Raw Carrot employees will prepare a variety of gourmet soups in a commercial kitchen at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church. The soups will then be sold in farmers markets and retail locations across the region.
“This grant will go a long way to helping us get this local enterprise off the ground,” says Greg deGroot-Maggetti, MCC Ontario’s poverty program coordinator. “It really is transformative for the participants to be able to earn income and contribute to their community in a meaningful way.”