$55,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Helped to Support Virtual Mentoring in Muskoka

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January 21, 2022

$55,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Helped to Support Virtual Mentoring in Muskoka

Bracebridge, ON – In early 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka (BBBSM) received the good news that it was receiving a $55,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help it reimagine and adapt its community-based and in-school mentoring programs. On Friday, local MPP Norman Miller and OTF volunteer Chris Litschko joined a virtual meeting the BBBSM to hear how the grant made a difference over the past year with the group’s ongoing work both in-person and online.

“I am so pleased that the Ontario Trillium Foundation was able to support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka and allow them to deliver programs at a time when young people needed it most,” said MPP Norman Miller. “It is so important that we continue to support at-risk kids during the pandemic and beyond through programs like the BBBSM mentorship program to help them unlock their full potential.”

Thanks to OTF’s grant, BBBSM was able to hire a full-time mentoring coordinator to its team for 11 months. With this support from OTF, the Mentoring Coordinator role is now able to make an even greater impact by supporting current BBBS matches, making new matches, and training volunteer mentors. The funding enabled BBBSM to increase staffing at a critical time so that the vital programs being offered would continue with some innovative adjustments.

The OTF grant was also used to purchased additional program supplies, increase volunteer recruitment and training, improve community outreach initiatives, and to study fundraising strategies to help it better understand what motivates the community to support BBBS mentoring in Muskoka.

“Mentorship is our entire reason for existing,” said Fallon Miller, Executive Director. “Everything we do from outreach to fundraising to programming is all about serving the kids who need it most in our communities. We are constantly striving to create effective impact and working to ensure that we have the capacity to do so. This grant has and will continue to allow us to provide youth facing adversities the support they need and to help better our agency for years to come.”

BBBSM provides free direct service to children and youth who are seeking a beneficial relationship with a member of their community. To learn more about BBBSM’s programming, contact Tanya.Demel@BigBrothersBigSisters.ca.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

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Media Contact:

Fallon Miller, Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka

705-205-9385 Fallon.Miller@BigBrothersBigSisters.ca