“My grandfather started Cober 103 years ago and this region has supported our growth over these many decades. We feel it is the right thing to do to try to give back when we can.”Read More
Nearly 18 years ago, employees at TD in Waterloo Region learned about the KWCF’s endowment funds. After watching a presentation explaining how the Foundation sets up and distributes funds, as well as how companies and individuals can get involved in giving back to their community, they decided to establish what is now known as the TD Employees Endowment Fund.Read More
What does “wellbeing” mean to you?
This question was posed to participants at four different Community Conversations.Read More
The non-profit and for-profit worlds don’t often collide, but when they do, awesome things can happen.Read More
For many newcomers in our community, seeking medical treatment isn’t easy especially if they have arrived as refugees.Read More
How do you get millennials engaged in charitable giving? This question is often asked by non-profits, but few have found successful answers. However, one tech-company in downtown Kitchener has made giving back one of their priorities, and has successfully engaged their employees, as well as the wider community.Read More
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual celebration of kindness on November 3rd!Read More
What does it mean to be a Muslim woman in Waterloo Region? The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW’s new art exhibition, Celebrating Identity, aims to answer this question.
“This exhibition will be celebrating the complex, often multi-layered identities that often exist in first generation immigrants, with a focus on what it means to be a Canadian and Ontarian for newcomer Muslim women,” explained Ala’ Al-Thibeh, curator of Celebrating Identity.
Participating artists, all of whom are newcomer…Read More
Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club launches their 11th Annual Turkey Drive
As you sit down to enjoy your holiday dinner with friends and family, nearly 3,500 other families in Waterloo Region are also enjoying a turkey with all the fixings, because of the determination of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club.
In the coming months, as many of us begin rushing to put together the perfect turkey dinner, Jim Erb, past-chair of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club, is urging people to stop and think…Read More
Help Celebrate 10 Years of Kindness!
For a decade, Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) has brought our community together by engaging citizens of all ages in small acts of kindness and generosity. The message has always been simple:
Do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else.Read More
Luka Atak came to Canada as a South Sudanese refugee when he was 16. After completing high school, he decided he wanted to give back to his community and help other youth who were arriving from his war-torn home country. He put his ideas to paper, and developed a plan to launch the Canadian Aweil Youth Association (CAYA), an organization aimed at helping young Sudanese newcomers and refugees engage in local community activities. But how could his small, grassroots organization survive without…Read More
What does ‘wellbeing’ mean to you and your community?
According to Wellbeing Waterloo Region (WWR) “wellbeing means being safe, healthy, and feeling connected to the people and places around you. It’s about the quality of our neighbourhoods, parks, and the natural environment. It means being able to express ourselves fully and participate in the activities that we love.”
But do residents of Waterloo Region feel safe and welcome in their communities? Is there anything stopping them from…Read More
"It is sad to say that I would change myself if I could. I would be smarter to impress people. I would be super strong. I would be more beautiful. BUT I SHOULDN'T WANT TO CHANGE! The world should change, not me. The world should just appreciate people. Everyone is beautiful. MEN, WOMEN, everyone."
This was one of the positive messages written in the Story Sheroes: Volume 5 zine. (A zine is a self-made publication with a small distribution number.) The messages in the zine were written by girls in our community, for girls in our community.Read More
For the nine ladies who run Free or Cheap Kitchener (FOCK) this quote reigned true this past December when they continued their tradition of giving back.
What started out as a local buy and sell group housed on Facebook has since expanded into eight groups covering everything from community events and small business promotion, to a group for people who want to support local charities.
The FOCKer Charity group focuses on building positive connections in the community through a 'pay-it-forward' movement, which consisted of gathering gifts, food and supplies for local families and organizations in need.
In 2015 they started A FOCKer Christmas: a December give back program for members of the group. This initiative helps low income working families who need a boost during the Christmas season. Families are picked through an application process in the Fall where they are either sponsored by a FOCK group member, interested organization, or the group as a whole.Read More
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson Addresses Belonging
“You can’t belong unless there is something to belong to.”
These words, spoken by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada, resonated with the audience at the BELONGING-Diversity, Community Capacity and Contribution event that was held in May 2016. This event, hosted in partnership with House of Friendship and the University of Waterloo, highlighted the importance of a citizen's sense of belonging in…Read More
"How do we build belonging? We work at it."
If someone asked you if you felt like you belonged in your community, what would you say?
Maybe you are lucky enough to have an active life, where you see multiple people per day, engage in conversations, volunteer with different groups, actively learn and participate in community events, and feel safe all while doing so. Or maybe you don't.
"What is your sense of Belonging? What belongs to you? Your community?"
These were questions that David…Read More
The KWCF started the current Engage!KW program in 2010 to build volunteer and philanthropic capacity for the future of our community. The intention was to increase the overall awareness of the social profit sector and of philanthropy, and build future community leadership capacity.
When Amy Tupling first came to Waterloo Region, she had no network, except for her co-workers. Amy works for Carizon Family and Community Services, specifically in the Pathways to Education program. Pathways is a…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More