Community Living Essex County

Giving Tuesday campaign raises $6,754 for Community Living Essex County

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

The results are in from Giving Tuesday and Community Living Essex County is pleased with them.

Community Living Essex County joined the Giving Tuesday movement once again in 2017. It was a movement on a national scale where non-profit charitable organizations across the country banded together to kick off the giving season while spreading awareness for their cause.

Community Living Essex County is pleased to share that with the help of many generous supporters in the community, the non-profit agency received an amazing $3,754 in online donations during our Giving Tuesday Campaign starting on Giving Tuesday itself (Nov. 28) and running up to Dec. 24.

Corporate partners Green Sun Rising of Windsor agreed to generously match each donation up to $3,000 – bringing the grand total to $6.754! All proceeds from the campaign will be directed to purchasing smart devices such as smart phones, tablets etc. to help provide technology-enabled supports for people with an intellectual disability throughout Essex County.

The official cheque presentation was made in late-January.

Representatives of Community Living Essex County, Tony DeSantis, manager of community relations (left) and executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero, acknowledge corporate support from members of Green Sun Rising including Tanja Nuske, Klaus Nuske, Michael Schneider and Brett Ziter for their contributions to the 2017 Giving Tuesday campaign. (Submitted photo)

“Community Living Essex County would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in our campaign,” commented CLEC executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero. “Whether it was by donating, sharing posts from our social media sites, or simply by spreading the word – every contribution towards this campaign was sincerely appreciated.”

A special thank you to Green Sun Rising (www.greensunrising.com) for being incredible supporters of the work being done by Community Living Essex County.

Community Living Essex County supports over 650 people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Essex County, including at several locations within Amherstburg. For more information on the agency, visit www.communitylivingessex.org.

Community Living Essex County receives $75,000 from Ruthven Apple Festival

 

 

Community Living Essex County (CLEC) received a nice Christmas gift a couple of weeks early.

The Ruthven Apple Festival committee presented the cheque from the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Colasanti’s Tropical Garden last Wednesday afternoon. When all was said and done, proceeds amounted to a record $75,000.

“This money couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” remarked CLEC executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero. “This is absolutely fantastic. It kinds of takes your breath away.”

The Ruthven Apple Festival committee presents the cheque to Community Living Essex County Dec. 13 at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. This year’s festival raised a record $75,000.

Wallace-Gero said it is “one of the most exciting days of the year for Community Living Essex County” and that the money stays in Essex County and directly benefits those receiving supports and their families.

“This is used to help people in our community,” said Wallace-Gero. “This will help us ensure the quality of supports we give to people in the community will continue to be the highest.”

The festival has grown tremendously over the years, Wallace-Gero added, with much of the growth stemming from word-of-mouth advertising.

Tony DeSantis, manager of community relations and resource development with CLEC, said “we have a lot to celebrate” and called it a “wonderful event” to help kick off the Christmas season.

“Our organization is involved in so many different things,” said DeSantis. “We look forward to 2018 but we are closing out 2017 with a bang.”

DeSantis thanked the farmers, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens and volunteers, noting “we work with so many volunteers to make this event happen.” He also thanked long-time committee member Ron Hicks, who passed away earlier this year. Hicks’ wife Laverne and daughter Shannon were on hand to help present the cheque.

Community Living Essex County executive director Nancy Wallace-Gero (left) accepts the $75,000 cheque from the Ruthven Apple Festival steering committee. Making the presentation is Laverne and Shannon Hicks, wife and daughter of long-time committee member Ron Hicks, who passed away earlier this year.

Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos expressed pride in seeing everyone coming together annually to put on the event. He said the festival has been running 38 years and “that is something worth celebrating.”

Colasanti thanked everyone as well, but also pointed out the work of DeSantis. He said the committee has a list of tasks to do and DeSantis is the one doing a lot of them.

“Tony is on 30-40 per cent of the job list,” said Colasanti. “I think that’s pretty incredible.”

Community Living Essex County is a non-profit, charitable organization that supports over 650 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Essex County. For more information, visit www.communitylivingessex.org or call 519-776-6483. People can also “Like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/clessexcounty or “Follow” them on Twitter at twitter.com/clessexcounty.

“Lunch Mob” planned for Oct. 31 in support of hiring people with an intellectual disability

 

 

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Community Living Essex County supports over 700 people who have an intellectual disability so that they may live in a state of dignity and share in all elements of living in their community with an opportunity to participate effectively.

One element of living in a community is contributing through gainful and meaningful employment.

Community Living Essex County’s Career Compass has joined The Ontario Disability Employment Network’s (ODEN) provincial campaign to promote Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) by choosing to host their first ever “Lunch Mob” at a local business that practices hiring people with disabilities.

A “Lunch Mob” is based on the “Cash Mob” concept. A group of people converge on a business (in this case a restaurant) on a set date and time, buy a meal, meet other “Lunch Mobbers,” while supporting the chosen local business.

This “Lunch Mob” will be held at Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant, a business that has employed someone with an intellectual disability for over two years. Riccardo’s is located at 65 Sandwich St. N. in Amherstburg.

Members of the community are encouraged to stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for lunch Oct. 31. Please RSVP with Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant at 519-736-4333.

Right across the street, Joe Meloche Ford, another inclusive employer that has hired someone with an intellectual disability through Career Compass, is hosting a can drive in partnership with WE as part of the “WE Scare Hunger” campaign to assist food banks in local communities serving people who require food assistance.

“Lunch Mobbers” are encouraged to stop by Joe Meloche to also donate canned goods or other non-perishable items to support their “WE Scare Hunger” campaign.

To learn more about DEAM, be sure to like Community Living Essex County’s Career Compass Facebook page (Facebook.com/CLECareerCompass) and follow them on Twitter (@CLECareerCompass).

For more information about the services available to people with an intellectual disability and their families, contact Community Living Essex County at 519-776-6483, or stop by the main office located at 372 Talbot St. N. in Essex.

Run, Walk or Wheel in support of Community Living Essex County

 

 

The 2017 Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel Steering Committee anticipate hundreds of people from across Essex County will participate Nov. 12 at Ken Knapp Ford in Essex for the 23rd Annual running of the Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel.

The event has raised thousands of dollars for Community Living Essex County in support of over 650 people with an intellectual disability throughout Essex County, including many in Amherstburg.

New for 2017 will be a 2km run and walk to encourage new runners and walkers to join the fun.

“We look forward to another great day and encourage families and friends to join us” states Bob Blair, Chair of the Jingle Bell Run Steering Committee.

The Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel is Nov. 12 in Essex. The proceeds benefit Community Living Essex County, which supports over 650 people with intellectual disabilities in all seven county municipalities including Amherstburg.

He adds: “The event is for everyone from competitive runners to casual walkers, together for a great cause.”

Medals will be presented to every participant; with acknowledgement for top finishers. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to win a chance at a Fit Bit.

Every participant will be eligible for a variety of door prize draws. As a safety precaution, event officials are requesting that the public not bring dogs to the event unless they are working service dogs for the visually impaired; as well, no bicycles (wheelchairs only).

To register, go online until Wednesday, Nov. 8 to www.onlineregistrations.ca/jinglebell. As well, registration forms will also be available at Ken Knapp Ford in Essex, local health and fitness clubs, arenas and online at www.communitylivingessex.org.

Participants can also register the morning of the event on Sunday, Nov. 12 between 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. For more information call 519-776-6483, ext 246.

Community Living Essex County pleased with 2017 golf tournament

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

Community Living Essex County (CLEC) held its 27th annual Charity Golf Classic last week and were happy with the results.

The tournament, held last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor, drew fewer golfers this year (126) than last year (143) but manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis said CLEC is still hopeful of reaching its $20,000 goal.

“I think we made more than last year because have more corporate sponsors,” said DeSantis.

CLEC made $18,000 from the 2016 Charity Golf Classic.

While the tournament was open to all interested golfers, part of the event was the Municipal Cup competition between the participating Essex County municipalities. Leamington – comprised of Mayor John Paterson, CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey and Ward Hutchins – repeated as Municipal Cup champions by beating two Kingsville teams as well as teams from Amherstburg, LaSalle and Lakeshore.

Team Amherstburg was comprised of Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Councillor Leo Meloche, fire chief Bruce Montone and retired fire chief Al Reaume.

Community Living Essex County held its annual golf tournament last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. Leamington repeated as winners of the “Municipal Cup” portion of the tournament, which was a competition between Essex County municipalities. From left: Leamington CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey, Leamington Mayor John Paterson, Ward Hutchins.

Community Living Essex County held its annual golf tournament last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. Leamington repeated as winners of the “Municipal Cup” portion of the tournament, which was a competition between Essex County municipalities. From left: Leamington CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey, Leamington Mayor John Paterson, Ward Hutchins.

Community Living Essex County is grateful to the municipalities, DeSantis added, noting CLEC operates in each of the seven county municipalities. He noted Amherstburg’s re-entry into the Municipal Cup portion of the tournament and said it was DiCarlo’s first year in the tournament.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the communities,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis called this year’s tournament “a positive experience” and believed people left happy with the day. He paid tribute to long time volunteer Fred Mitchell, who not only golfed, but recruited golfers and sponsorships. The team of volunteers was also thanked with the volunteers and golfers also recognized by board of directors 2nd vice president Sue Desjarlais and CLEC director of operations Karen Bolger.

A final fundraising total will be announced in the coming weeks.

Community Living Essex County supports over 650 people with an intellectual disabilities and their families. For more information on the agency, visit www.communitylivingessex.org.