Quick Action Grant Round 1 Recipients​

In partnership with the United Way Greater Toronto, and with support from York Region, the Georgina
Community Action Table (Georgina CAT) is pleased to announce the recipients of Round 1 Quick Action Grants.
The purpose of the Quick Action Grants is to provide residents and agencies with resources to implement their
ideas to address two critical issues in our community – Mental Well-Being and Employment/Income Generation.
Congratulations to our grant recipients!


Meet a Friend BBQ: Alessandro Formaggio, a local resident and his team of volunteers have been granted
$1,000 to host a community BBQ on May 1 st, at a local park in Keswick accessible for all to join. The event will
focus on a community gathering for families with autistic children /relatives who struggle with social inclusion
and have difficulty making friends. For more information, please contact anthony@routescc.org.


Wellness Wednesdays: Kristen Lavender, a local Willow Beach resident and her volunteer team of mighty artists
have been awarded $1,000 to provide an opportunity for residents and artists to connect with each other and
explore their creativity, together! Participants will create their own acrylic landscape paintings and all materials
will be provided. If you are interested in this amazing event, please contact Kristen Lavender
kristenlavenderart@gmail.com.


Self-care Sundays: Ivy Henriksen, a local Jackson’s Point resident and her volunteer team, have been granted
$1,000 for Self-Care Sundays starting April 10 th and continuing weekly for 10 weeks. There will be several
workshops hosted by a presenter involving meditation, yoga, time with nature, painting and art crafts, music
and drumming, board games, trail walk, trauma, personal coaching and more! Participants will learn the
importance of and how to practice self-care. For more information, please contact anthony@routescc.org.


Project Nourish: Zaheeda Rahim, a local Sutton resident and her team of active community members, have been
granted $1,000 for a one day 4-hour event to engage residents in the 4 ways to nourish: art, nature, body
movement, and food. Zaheeda and her team hope to create a sense of connection and belonging after a long
time of social isolation due to the pandemic. For more information, please contact anthony@routescc.org.


Easter Bunny Trail: A twist on the traditional Easter Bunny parade and egg hunt, the Optimist Club of Keswick
has been awarded $1,000 to host the Easter Bunny Trail on April 9 th . The event is open to all. Participants will
visit over 20 Easter/Spring decorated car trunks to receive their Easter treats. The Easter Bunny will be on hand
for photos. There will be a BBQ for all to enjoy. Donations to the Helping Hands Food Pantry which is located at
the Maple Hill Baptist Church. For more information, please contact keswickoptimist@gmail.com.


Georgina Good Food Collective (GFC): This project, led by Community Living Georgina has been awarded $8,500
to provide catering services that feature ethnic meals and community lunches, food preparation skills workshops
and food safety training. The project will run from March 2022-February 2023. Residents from across Georgina
are welcome to participate in any or all aspects of the program. Free transportation is also provided. For more
information, please contact pburgess@communitylivinggeorgina.com.


The Georgina CAT is a community based round table comprised of residents and agencies that want to make a
difference in Georgina. Our primary focus is in the areas of Mental Well-being and Employment/Income
Generation. We will be implementing two more rounds of Quick Action Grants. Round 2 will open toward the
end of March. Residents and agencies providing services in Georgina are encouraged to apply. For more
information on the application process, please contact anthony@routescc.org .