Last year, CAA Niagara announced the new Community Boost program, with the focus on channelling all its philanthropic efforts into two local organizations to have a more significant impact within the community. In the first year, the club received more than 60 applications from local charities. Ultimately the Distress Centre Niagara and the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara were chosen as the first two recipients.
“The number of applications we received within a few weeks was an eye-opener,” said Peter Van Hezewyk, President and CEO of CAA Niagara. “It was a tough decision because you want to help everyone. Partnering with both the Distress Centre of Niagara and Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara has been a wonderful experience, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
The club is now accepting applications, which will be reviewed by a voting committee comprised of several club employees from all levels of the organization. Based on feedback from CAA Niagara employees and Members, preference will be given to charities dedicated to community safety, programming for seniors and children, social services and mental health.
“We’re encouraging all organizations to apply and are excited to once again welcome two new local charities to the Community Boost family,” added Mr. Van Hezewyk.
Interested charities have until March 17 to submit their proposal to CAA Niagara. Selected charities will be notified by April 3.
To download the application form or learn more about recent recipients, visit the CAA Niagara website at caaniagara.ca/communityboost.
ABOUT CAA NIAGARA
Founded in 1911 as the St. Catharines Automobile Club with just 16 members, CAA Niagara has grown to more than 139,000 members with five Niagara locations; St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold and Grimsby. A not-for-profit membership organization, CAA Niagara, provides emergency road services, travel, insurance and member rewards.