Race To Erase
Race To Erase

Charities

Charity Profiles

Below is information about each charity involved with this year's event. 

Inn of the Good Shepherd

The Inn's mission is to provide service with dignity to those in need of food, shelter and other essentials. We have a food bank, soup kitchen, 2 emergency shelters as well as other assistance programs such as rent/utility bank, income tax clinics, back to school kits, winter coat night, mobile market, summer snack packs, children's birthday club and much more.

The majority of Canadians now work in part-time jobs, minimum wage and no benefits. So many of the families and households we serve are working 2-3 part-time jobs, with uncertain hours striving to make ends meet. An everyday life crisis - someone gets sick and needs medicine, a week with shorter hours, glasses or dental work, a car breaking down and needing to be repaired to get to those part time jobs, school supplies or event winter wear. Any incident or need like these puts that household in the very difficult position of having to choose between health or work and food or rent or hydro!

COVID has been so difficult on our community for the past two years. While many businesses and organizations were forced to close at time, The Inn, through it's dedicated staff, volunteers and community support, ramped up its services to make sure no one was left behind. Despite the loss of most food raising activities, The Inn managed to distribute over 6,000 emergency food boxes during the first six months of COVID, never missed a hot meal at the soup kitchen and housed at times over 240 people who became homeless (up from the normal 35 in care pre-COVID). 

The Inn's programs help provide that helping hand to get folks out of these difficult times.


Total Donations: 44, Funds Raised: $1595.00

Literacy Lambton

Headquartered in the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre in the heart of Sarnia's downtown district, Literacy Lambton's mission is to create and deliver exceptional literacy learning opportunities for the residents of Lambton County. We help adults 19+ improve their reading, writing, math, basic computer skills, and digital knowledge through one-to-one, in-person, or synchronous virtual learning; and offer FREE in-person family literacy outreach programs. Our service is amplified by passionate volunteers, from our governance Board to our frontline program. Check us out at www.literacylambton.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn @literacylambton. Literacy Lambton—formerly referred to as Organization for Literacy in Lambton—has been powering people's potential since 1989. Registered charitable #135262012 RR0001


Total Donations: 64, Funds Raised: $3935.00

Noelle's Gift

Noelle's Gift is a registered charity with the mission to ensure every child in the Sarnia-Lambton area has the resources they need to grow up great. In the short time since our inception in 2013, Noelle's Gift has donated over $2,000,000 to a variety of children's programs and organizations in the local community. With your help, we hope to see that figure grow as we embark on this exciting new year. Noelle's Gift was established in January 2013, in honor of a beautiful, dedicated caring volunteer and school teacher named Noelle Paquette. We recognized that there are many marginalized students who are victims of circumstances beyond their control and they are in need of assistance. Noelle was always aware of others in need and she believed every child deserved an equal opportunity to becoming a "SMASH HIT" as she would often say to her students, friends and family. Donations have come from across Canada to help provide students in need but we are particularly thankful for the ongoing financial and emotional support from the people of Lambton and Kent counties.


Total Donations: 22, Funds Raised: $2090.00

Pathways Health Centre For Children

Pathways Health Centre for Children is a family-centered community agency that serves Lambton County children and youth with physical, developmental, and communication needs and their families, as well as adults for some specialized services. As one of a large group of Children's Treatment Centres in the province of Ontario, the Centre provides a continuum of rehabilitation and support services in the community as well as an on-site integrated child care service. The Centre is in Sarnia, an attractive community in southwestern Ontario on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron, offering diverse recreational and leisure opportunities.


Total Donations: 107, Funds Raised: $6071.00

River City Vineyard

River City Vineyard is a church and community center in Sarnia, Ontario; serving our city with as many areas of community outreach as possible. The sign on the front doors of our building says "Come as you are, you will be loved", and we strive to live this out in our daily operations. Within our building, we operate a homeless shelter, emergency food bank, shower program, free store and community garden. Our current homeless shelter houses 25 beds. All of these beds are almost always full. We are in the process of expanding our shelter to accommodate 40 additional beds, including 15 beds for women.

River City Vineyard holds the belief that it is every individual's basic right to have access to food and shelter; and we do our best to love and care for each person that we serve. We are very passionate about helping the marginalized and most vulnerable in our community in every way that we can. These individuals are close to our hearts; it is an honour to be able to do what we do!


Total Donations: 16, Funds Raised: $1607.00

Sarnia Lambton Rebound

Founded in 1984, when three Sarnia citizens, Barry Symington, Dee Cox, and Terry Fitzgerald, came together to respond to needs identified by youth in our community, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound has grown immensely and is now a local and provincial leader in life skills facilitation, education, and cognitive skill development. Having successfully served over 40,000 young people from across Lambton County, each Rebound program strives to meet our mission: to be a caring partner in the successful development of youth.

Rebound currently delivers 12 programs and is the lead agency for The HUB, a wraparound support service for youth ages 12 to 24 supporting homeless and at-risk youth, where services (eg. housing, emergency food) come to the youth, not vice versa. Our programs offer education and support to youth ages 8 to 24, covering topics such as substance use prevention, developing resilience and coping skills, fostering social and cognitive skills (eg. goal-setting, decision-making, and teamwork). The spectrum program offers a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ2S+ youth in Sarnia-Lambton. Rebound Rocks is a music therapy program for youth, ages 12 to 18, where they will learn music, life skills, increase their self-confidence and respect while being engaged in their community. Rebound designed this program to foster resilience, encourage self-confidence and provide the creative outlet through which youth can experience the therapeutic benefit of music. Rebound has a history of coming together to meet the unique needs of our community and adapting its programming to meet the needs of the youth.


Total Donations: 98, Funds Raised: $4050.00

St. Clair Child & Youth Services

St. Clair Child & Youth Services is the Lead Agency in Lambton County for infant, children, and youth mental health. We first opened our doors on May 1, 1971, and this year are celebrating 50 years of empowering mental wellness in this community. We are an accredited agency that provides high-quality family-centered mental health services for infants, children, and youth from birth through age 18. We strive to raise awareness of the importance of mental and emotional health and are advocates of reducing stigma. Our agency recognizes and supports the valuable contributions of youth and families in our community, and we recognize them as valuable decision-making partners. We provide young people with responsive, quality resources and treatment that meet their unique needs. In addition to our two locations, services are provided in homes, schools, community centres, medical facilities, and meeting places throughout Lambton County. During our last fiscal year, over 5000 individuals were served. Youngsters come to us for a variety of mental health concerns such as (but not limited to) behaviour problems at home or school, depression, anxiety, thoughts of self-harm, emotional challenges, and other mental health concerns. A significant majority of children and youth experienced harm to their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and we saw increasing numbers of children and youth with high acuity. COVID-19 also challenged us in the way we were providing services, but our staff responded without hesitation, and we were able to provide virtual services in addition to in-person. For more information on our services please check out our website: https://www.stclairchild.ca/


Total Donations: 43, Funds Raised: $1716.00

SWONT Conductive Education Trust Fund

S.W.O.N.T. Conductive Education is approaching its23rdyear of offering a four-week summer program to children aged 2-16, with cerebral palsy and other motor challenges. Certified Conductor Teachers come to us each summer to provide this program. Two conductor teachers provide the program for a maximum of 8 children per camp. Summer camps are offered in Sarnia, Windsor, London, and Chatham. The cost of the program is approximately $2000 per child however parents are only asked to pay a $200 commitment fee and help support our fundraising projects. We are grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Race To Erase as a fundraising endeavor. For more information visit us at www.swontconductiveeducation.com (website is currently under reconstruction) or follow us on facebook at S.W.O.N.T Conductive Education Trust Fund.


Total Donations: 125, Funds Raised: $4390.00

Women's Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton

The Women's Interval Home of Sarnia- Lambton Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that provides 24-hour emergency and short-term shelter, transitional and housing support, and counselling services to abused women and children. By working in collaboration with local partners, the Women's Interval Home strives to end the cycle of violence against women in our society. Our vision is a safe and supported community where all voices are heard, and everyone lives free of abuse.


Total Donations: 49, Funds Raised: $2500.00