Race To Erase
Race To Erase


Charity Profiles

Below is information about each charity involved with this year's event. 

Cambridge Pregnancy Resource Centre/Dawn Centre

Since 2000, the Cambridge Pregnancy Resource Centre/Dawn Centre has worked at fulfilling its mission by providing excellence in compassionate care for individuals with unintended pregnancy decisions and related sexual health and wellness needs. We invite individuals in our community to pursue health and hope in the areas ofphysical,emotional,relationalandspiritual wellness. All our services are free, non-discriminatory, and confidential. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to supporting our clients through our various services/programs: pregnancy testing; decision making support; community referrals; pregnancy, parenting, and/or adoption support; maternity and baby clothing; post-abortion recovery program; community programs for young people. For more information visit our website at www.pregcentre.com.

Community Justice Initiatives

Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) is a non-profit organization known world-wide for starting the first modern Restorative Justice (RJ) program. Restorative Justice is a way of addressing conflict and crime that engages the person who caused the harm, people who were affected by the harm, and the community. We provide conflict resolution services, support for people impacted by sexual trauma, assistance for families involved with child protection, support for newcomer Canadian youth and reintegration support for women and youth returning to the community from prison or custody. More information is found on our website: www.cjiwr.com

Community Living Cambridge

Community Living Cambridge has been responding to the needs of adults with developmental disabilities within our community for 64 years. We are dedicated to serving those individuals by offering skills development, programs, events, and activities that empower individuals to realize their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Support is offered through a variety of programs designed to meet each individual's personalized needs, such as residential homes, assisted independent living, seniors programs, employment supports, education, recreation and leisure courses, and specialized day programs. Supports and services are available for approximately 500 individuals. CLC cannot respond to these needs without the help of our caring community. Funds raised through Race to Erase will go directly to developing and maintaining programs that meet the growing requirements of a changing population. For more information, please visit: www.communitylivingcambridge.ca

Hope Clothing

Hope Clothing assists anyone in our community who needs some extra help clothing themselves and their family. We provide new or gently used clothing, footwear and accessories to anyone needing some help stretching their budgets.Small personal items are often in stock, too.We help out families or singles, men, women and children.If we don't have something that is needed we will do our best to find it.

Hope Clothing is run by the generous donations from the community.The monetary costs associated with running this program rely completely on donations from St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church, their members and our community. We are truly grateful for any and all donations that we receive because that means we can help more people.

Kinbridge Community Association

Kinbridge Community Association (KCA) mission, KCA actively engages and empowers community through positive relationship building and the facilitation of programs and services that embrace equity, inclusion and diversity. KCA's goal is to build community capacity by providing inclusive recreation, education and social programs and services for children, youth and adults while encouraging healthy relationships and facilitating partnerships. Our approach to working towards healthy neighbourhoods is unique in that it is an organic response to identified need. We use capacity building framework, meet people where they are at, strengths based, and we ensure they have input in the solutions. We use a capacity building framework, working with, not for, community residents. We focus on strengths of individuals and families; together we build on those strengths.

KCA works with numerous partners, collaborations and supporters in the community throughout the year. We work together in various capacities to build the strengths of children, youth, families, individuals and seniors to create a healthy community: donations, funding, collaboration, networking, in-kind services, shared resources and advocating. KCA with community members and partners, provide programming for the diverse communities in our neighbourhood. Together we work to create opportunities and a place of belonging.

KW Counselling Services

KW Counselling Services is a multi-service agency offering counselling supports to individuals, couples and families in the Waterloo Region. In addition to our counselling work we offer a variety of parenting education workshops, leadership training for members of the multicultural community and community development for newcomers to Canada and the LGBTQ+ community. We are proud to have been supporting children, youth and families in this community since 1950. Our vision is of "A community where no one is left behind, a community where positive relationships are valued as our highest achievement." For more information about our programs and services please visit www.kwcounselling.com. Proceeds from Race to Erase will help us sustain our work in providing accessible mental health supports to people in Waterloo Region.

MS Society Grand River Chapter

Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. We do not know what causes MS and there is no cure. The MS Society of Canada has a mission to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. We believe in and work toward the full integration of people with multiple sclerosis in all aspects of life.

The MS Society, Grand River Chapter, relies on community fundraisers to provide services and equipment, such as wheelchairs, to people living with this debilitating disease and to fund research so new treatments can be discovered and finally a cure to end MS.

MS is a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system causing a multitude of terrible symptoms such as mobility and sensory problems, speech impairment, and extreme fatigue.

Your support is an investment in change that will give the gift of independence for someone living with MS. Please help us create the change that improves the quality of life of a person living with multiple sclerosis. For more information on the MS Society, Grand River chapter, please visit: https://mssociety.ca/chapter/grand-river-chapter

Project Read Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington

Project READ's mission is to provide any adult or family in Waterloo-Wellington with access to literacy training. We achieve this through family literacy programs, educational assessments, Literacy Service Planning and supports. We believe that Literacy and Essential Skills are necessary to function independently to reach an individual's full potential. Low literacy affects many aspects of life including health, income, employment, parenting, education and/or training & daily living.

"A 1% increase in literacy could boost national income by $32 billion dollars" Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist, TD Bank

Literacy and Essential Skills include: Reading Text, Document Use, Writing, Math, Thinking Skills, Oral Communications, Working with Others, Computer Use & Continuous Learning.

Project READ has supported and coordinated Literacy and Basic Skills programming in Waterloo-Wellington region to meet the needs of our citizens for more than 25 years.

The Coping Centre

Coping Bereavement Support Groups of Ontario was founded in 1990 by Roslyn & Glenn Crichton after the loss of their daughter Rachele as a charitable organization. Coping Bereavement Support Groups of Ontario provides support for those who have lost. The charity is financed through a variety of fundraising efforts.

The Coping Centre located in Cambridge is the headquarters for the organization. The Coping Centre is a beautiful, century-old estate nestled in 6 acres of beautiful gardens and mature trees, overlooking the Grand River.

The Centre offers a peaceful place for support, understanding, compassion and encouragement in the uniqueness of each person's grief. It provides a safe place to meet others who have lost a loved one and participate in the support programs. We provide groups for children 4 to 12 years old, teens, young adults, bereaved parents, adults, groups for those who have suffered a loss through suicide.

We also offer retreats and an Adventure Camp for children who have lost. They learn about nature, develop life skills which they can parley into their life experience of losing someone they loved.

Over the past 27 years, thousands of grieving people have received the help and support they needed to integrate their losses and it is the future commitment of Coping Bereavement Support Groups of Ontario Inc. to continue this compassionate work across Canada.

The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region

"No matter what your age is or where in your life you are, don't be afraid to start again, to move on to better things!"  Chris. A. TLG student.

The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region (TLG) supports adults with low literacy skills. Currently 1 in 4 adults in the Waterloo region is either functionally illiterate or lives with the lowest levels of literacy. Low literacy presents many challenges. Those 1 in 4 adults may not be able to read the instructions on their medications and are 2.5 times more likely to face unemployment for long periods. Low literacy links directly with poverty; nearly 50% of people with low literacy skills live in low-income households, and are more likely to receive social assistance.

TLG provides free upgrading through small groups and one-to-one tutoring. We work hard to help our learners reach their goals and to improve their lives. Our groups focus on foundational literacy, numeracy and computer skills for employment, personal independence and further training.

Money raised from Race to Erase will go directly to support TLG core programming with, for example, specialized student resources and training supplies.

YFC/Youth Unlimited

YFC/Youth Unlimited continues to focus its efforts on meeting the needs of youth, believing that each individual's life is shaped by a number of facets that influence who they are as a whole: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual. We aim to develop each of these areas through relationships so that every youth may reach their full potential. The staff and volunteers of YFC/Youth Unlimited are dedicated to seeing young people develop holistically.

Cambridge YFC/Youth Unlimited is a satellite of Southwestern Ontario YFC/Youth Unlimited and was born out of a desire in our region to meet the needs of local youth in our region. Our primary target audience is youth ages 10 through 19. Since the spring of 2007, Cambridge YFC/Youth Unlimited has worked to impact the lives of young people. We have a strong desire to partner with local agencies and churches in meeting the needs of local youth. Dedicated staff and volunteers continue to offer a variety of exciting opportunities for youth including drop-in, silk-screening, Paint With Purpose, an auto mentorship program in Kitchener, along with intentional personal mentoring.

Cambridge YFC/Youth Unlimited is currently working to build an even stronger connection with local agencies and churches in our city and surrounding area to meet the needs of youth. Our long-term plans include the expansion of our work to facilitate a greater presence and impact across the entire City of Cambridge and Kitchener. We are currently exploring new options for skills training and mentoring as well as offering guidance and support through the start-up phase of what we hope will be a thriving new work in Kitchener.

Please visit our websitewww.yfccambridge.com

YWCA Cambridge

For over 65 years, YWCA Cambridge has been a respected leader on issues that impact women and girls in our community and respond to their needs through innovative programs, services and advocacy which build capacity and strengthen our community. We provide: licensed child care at four sites (Ryerson, St. Margaret, St. Elizabeth, St. James), LINC preschool, Summer Day Camps, Small Steps to Success (a pre-employment program for chronically unemployed or underemployed women), Roots of Empathy (an evidence-based social emotional learning program for students in JK to Grade 8) and the Women's International Gift & Gallery (a social enterprise of YWCA Cambridge). A considerable amount of our work involves investing in girls: we provide a number of programs, workshops and events through YWCA Cambridge's community space, the W, as well as in-school programs and presentations across the Region. Our programming has proven to increase girls' levels of confidence, communication skills, capacity for resiliency, critical thinking skills and feelings of connectedness and belonging. Proceeds from Race to Erase will go directly to supporting the W to keep this space free and totally accessible for girls. For more information on YWCA Cambridge please visit our website: www.ywcacambridge.ca.