The Poverty Free Waterloo Region group will be reminding the Region of Waterloo councilors of the importance of discretionary benefits in their upcoming budget. These benefits have been reduced and restricted in 2013 at the same time that the Community Start Up Benefit (CSUMB) was cut. The 2014 Discretionary Benefits fact sheet has been created to paint a picture of the importance of maintaining current levels of funding for Discretionary Benefits, to fill the gaps in assistance for many people on Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Have your say and support Discretionary Budget Funding at the next Region of Waterloo 2014 Budget Hearings
December 4, 2008, the Ontario government responded to community pressure by announcing its Poverty Reduction Strategy – a five year plan targeted at reducing child poverty in the province.
On Let’s make sure that the next strategy has the vision and resources needed to build on the progress made for our children during the past five years to lift all Ontarians out of poverty in the coming five years. Tell your MPP that strong action is required to build on the last strategy to lift everyone out of poverty.
A New Year begins for the Festival of Neighbourhooods. We are already collecting registrations gearing up for the first Early Bird Draw for all the activities you hosted by December 31st. Halloween and the Holiday season offers many opportunities for neighbours to get together indoors and outdoors! Read our November newsletter and tell us more about the great neighbourhood of yours.
The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is seeking an experienced, energetic and highly organized person to ensure efficient operation of our organization, projects and programs by overseeing and coordinating all office resources and record keeping, facilitating team communication and ensuring projects activities are supported and on track. See the attached job posting for more details on the position and how to apply.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: noon on Friday December 12, 2013
ConnectKW workers will be offering free coaching sessions for basic computer skills & internet use from December 2013 to early March 2014. More specialized training workshops will also be announced shortly.
To set up an appointment for a coaching session, please call us at
519-579-1096 extension *3011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
While the 2014 budgets are being planned, Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group is joining many provincial networks and some municipal governments, including Region of Waterloo, in asking that the last year's 42 million in transitional funding becomes permanent support to housing and homelessness-related programs. Read the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo letter of support here.
You can join this demand by forwarding the attached letter to the Provincial and Municipal Governments.
The elevator in our building at 151 Frederick Street will be out of service from November 18th to November 29th, with elevator service resuming on December 2, 2013. The 3rd floor Resource Centre will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm but, unfortunately, the only access will be by the stairs.
The Disabilities and Human Rights Group invites you to mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2013. This year's theme is "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all."
Participate in this exciting initiative! Share your personal experiences to encourage the broader community to participate.
"The Festival of Neighbourhoods is really about providing resources, encouragement and recognition to Kitchener citizens for taking the small step to bring their neighbours together," said Janice Ouellete, the co-organizer of the 20th Festival Finale and the facilitator of volunteer resources fot the City of Kitchener.
All our volunteers did the wonderful job co-hosting a historic celebration and helped in making all our award winners shine. The Festival received an award itself from Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo!
Below we present to you all the 20th Finale Winners and you can read more in this weeks edition of Kitchener Citizen!