ACS, Firehorse Leadership Organization jointly announce Trillium Grants

 

ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo, Essex Community Services - whom ACS submitted a combined grant application with - executive director Kelly Stack and Firehorse Leadership Organization executive director Michelle Stein show the plaques the organizations received in addition to the Trillium funding.

ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo, Essex Community Services – whom ACS submitted a combined grant application with – executive director Kelly Stack and Firehorse Leadership Organization executive director Michelle Stein show the plaques the organizations received in addition to the Trillium funding.

Amherstburg Community Services and Firehorse Leadership Organization jointly announced Ontario Trillium Grants at an event that included carriage rides.

Amherstburg Community Services and Firehorse Leadership Organization jointly announced Ontario Trillium Grants at an event that included carriage rides.

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of community non-profit organizations came together last Wednesday night to announce they each had secured grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) and Firehorse Leadership Organization made a combined announcement where they outlined how the funding would be used to further each of their organizations.

Kathy DiBartolomeo, executive director with ACS, said her organization teamed with Essex Community Services and were able to obtain $112,500 over a two-year period to hire a community awareness and fundraising co-ordinator. The two agencies hired Matt Kraus out of over 100 resumes they received.

The position was created to further awareness of the two agencies with DiBartolomeo outlining one of the planned projects. She said a “community walls” project will see artists invited to create 5’x5′ squares based on the theme “what does community mean to you?” Those squares will hang at ACS for one year before being auctioned off as a fundraiser.

“Our plan is to become financially sustainable,” said DiBartolomeo.

DiBartolomeo pointed out ACS offers 23 services and programs to all sectors of society out of their office at 179 Victoria St. S. Their volunteer base is over 100, she added.

Kelly Stack, executive director with Essex Community Services, said her organization was also “very thankful” to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for giving the grant.

“We look forward to having excellent projects and fundraisers,” said Stack.

Firehorse Leadership Organization received $115,000 over the next two years. The funding allows that organization to implement its “Leadership Institute” project. This includes the hiring of an executive director in Michelle Stein and a leadership curriculum facilitator in Terra Koop. Firehorse Leadership Organization is a leadership development program for children and youth aged 6-24 with Stein noting many of those children and youth have never been involved with horses before “will benefit from being mentored through horsemanship.”

Firehorse is partnered with Sarah Parks Horsemanship and operates out of the latter’s location on County Road 20, just east of Malden Centre. They also held their annual general meeting last Wednesday night where Stein pointed out Firehorse held its first “Leadership is Horsemanship” camp in 2013 with 49 participants over six weeks that was funded through a Summer Canada grant.

“I am so amazed how far we’ve come in such a short period of time,” added Shannon Coulson, who stepped down as Firehorse’s board president and became vice-president.

Coulson noted her daughter Ashley became more self-confident and “found her place in the world” through her involvement with Firehorse Leadership Organization.

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