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ENGAGE!KW

By Rochelle Benoit

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Random Act Of Kindness Day®

By Rochelle Benoit

For the past seven years, Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) has inspired Waterloo Region and other Canadian communities to engage citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity. This day is so special because it focuses on people. We get so busy in our day-to-day lives that sometimes we forget to think about the people around us. It is the missed opportunities for caring interaction that affect how we feel about one another, and about our community.

Since the beginning, The KWCF and its dedicated volunteers have driven the local movement. Now RAK Day is about many individuals and organizations stepping up to find their own ways to impact the lives of others. This shift to community ownership of RAK Day means positive things for our community. It means we all see the value in being kind to one another and making sure that everyone feels like they belong.


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Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs®

By Rochelle Benoit

In 2013, The KWCF launched the full report of Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® which took a high-level view of the areas challenging our community.

Last October, The KWCF launched the 2014 edition of Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs®, a priority report with a more in-depth focus on the areas of Belonging & Leadership, Arts & Culture, Health & Wellness and Getting Started. Because we know that every challenge an individual faces in our community is only exacerbated by issues with access to personal transportation, a special focus on Getting Around was also included.


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Connecting our Community

By Lizz DiCesare

The Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) was founded on partnerships: Capacity Waterloo Region, Conestoga College, Skylight Productions and Igloo Software. Each of these organizations has made a significant impact on the development and roll out of the Centre for Community Knowledge in our community.


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A Smile Goes a Long Way

By Lizz DiCesare

Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) has grown over the last six years into a community-wide celebration of kindness. What makes the day so special is that it’s really about people. It’s about strangers and neighbours, co-workers and friends reaching out to one another to make someone feel cared for and appreciated.


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Leading the Future of our Community

By Lizz DiCesare

With over 100 graduates to date, the Engage! KW program is a roaring success. Included in these graduates are 27 bright, emerging leaders participating in the 2013–2014 class. These graduates have been working side-by-side over the 7-month program to reflect on their values, their philanthropic goals and to learn how to make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family.


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The Start of a New Cycle

By Lizz DiCesare

In October 2013 The KWCF launched Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® (WRVS), marking the beginning of a new three-year cycle for the check-up on community vitality. It was in this past year that we paused to reflect on the past six years of Vital Signs® in Waterloo Region. What began as a simple printed report has since morphed into so much more. WRVS today represents the way we do business as a community foundation.


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Engaging Our Future Leaders

By Rochelle Benoit

The Engage! KW Philanthropic Leadership program began its third year in the Fall of 2012. Young leaders spanning multiple sectors gather monthly between October and April to expand their knowledge of not only their own goals and values, but of the non-profit sector through hands on group work with local charities.


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The Priority Report

By Rochelle Benoit

Back in 2011, The KWCF and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation performed a full evaluation of the Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® project.

The Foundations asked key questions about the report’s use, and what improvements could be made. The responses spoke loud and clear. The community needed more information, more time and a more in depth look at the key priority areas.


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Celebrating 5 Years Of Kindness

By Rochelle Benoit

The message for Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) is simple; do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return except that they do something nice for someone else.

Five years ago, a group of dedicated community volunteers gathered together to celebrate the first ever RAK Day here in Kitchener, Waterloo and area. A half a decade later, our community is celebrating the importance of kindness once again.


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