Grey Birch Foundation focuses its funding efforts in three main areas for the empowerment of Canadian women and girls: education, violence prevention, and poverty reduction. We are proud to have had the opportunity to assist the following projects.

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iSisters Technology Mentoring creates and delivers technology programs at no cost to women in need, believing in equipping women with the skills and confidence to participate fully in their community. With the support of Grey Birch Foundation, iSisters has launched a new Assistive Technology Program for young mothers at the Youville Centre in Ottawa. This program uses Assistive Technology to help young women with disabilities work around their challenges so they can learn, communicate or simply function better. With Assistive Technology tools and strategies, young mothers at Youville have what they need to succeed in school – resulting in a high school diploma, and a successful transition to work or post-secondary education.

The grant from Grey Birch Foundation supports the centre's "Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures" outreach program for mothers in need with babies up to a year old. Our funding provides food vouchers for up to one year, with the goal of giving babies a healthy start in life while educating and empowering their mothers to make healthy food choices.

The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce was established in 1982 to provide a continuum of services to support domestic abuse survivors and eliminate gender-based violence in Grey and Bruce Counties in Ontario. They provide emergency shelter, counseling, 24/7 crisis line support, family court support, and transitional housing to women and their children. In 2021, the Women’s Centre launched an anti-human trafficking program for youth who have been or are at risk of being trafficked. Part of the program offers safe residential space for youth under 16 years old with on-site access to 24/7 counseling. Funding from Grey Birch Foundation will assist with required renovations to this space.

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in Toronto has long been recognized as a global leader in advancing the health of women & health equity for all. In 1984, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre was established to provide compassionate, trauma-informed care to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence – the first clinic of its kind in Ontario. Today, the Centre provides 24/7 comprehensive services onsite at WCH, and serves seven emergency departments in Toronto through its mobile team. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence, and highlighted the need to provide more virtual resources to help survivors access support where, when and how they need it. Funding from Grey Birch Foundation will help the Centre increase education and outreach efforts for the Centre’s many partners through the development and enhancement of online tools, including the creation of print and digital materials and resources to support care providers, survivors and individuals from at-risk populations.

Since1978, Yellow Brick House has provided services to women & children in York Region, Ontario, escaping domestic violence and abuse. The organization provides a wide range of free and confidential support services to women and children looking to break the cycle of violence. Funding from Grey Birch Foundation will support the “Mothers in Mind” program. The program focuses on the needs of mothers, who find that their abuse history has made parenting difficult, so that they can develop healthy emotional attachments with their young children.

For 150 years YWCA Canada has been at the forefront of fighting gender-based violence, advancing women’s economic development and building affordable housing. They have worked to advance gender equity through national advocacy and grassroots initiatives. In 2017, YWCA Canada established the Violence Against Women Staff Network. Over 700 frontline staff have been able to access, free of charge, training to support survivors of gender-based violence. Throughout the pandemic frontline staff have made it clear that staff training is the resource they need most in order to address the needs of those whom they support. Funding from Grey Birch Foundation will ensure that the YWCA VAW Staff Support Network will be able to continue offering frontline staff training support and services grounded in best practices.

Owned and operated by YWCA Toronto for 90 years, Camp Tapawingo is a traditional outdoor summer camp located on the shores of Georgian Bay welcoming over 1,200 participants, aged 6-14, each year. YWCA Toronto is deeply dedicated to creating opportunities for women, girls and gender diverse people to fully participate, advance and prosper in the social, economic and democratic systems in our country. As the recent pandemic resulted in the shut down of overnight camps for the past 2 summers, YWCA Toronto took the opportunity to Reimagine Camp Tapawingo and create a more equitable program model which will reform operations and policies on human resources and camp enrollment, increase access to participation subsidies for underrepresented girls and open up new leadership development opportunities to girls from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Grey Birch Foundation is pleased to provide financial support for this re-visioning exercise which will develop a more equitable and meaningful Camp experience for all.