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Random Act of Kindness Day™ is an inclusive, community building initiative that was developed in 2008 by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. Since that time, Random Act of Kindness Day™ has grown to become a branded kindness initiative celebrated across the country- led by other community foundations. For the past seven years, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has brought Random Act of Kindness Day™ to the Windsor-Essex community, bringing the community together by engaging residents across Windsor-Essex in small acts of kindness and generosity. We encourage everyone to help spread kindness and share their stories and experiences with us via social media.
Vital Signs is a community report that combines national and local data, with residents’ views on important issues based on a local survey. This report starts conversations between community members, leaders, and organizations to inspire change in our community to make it a better place to live, work, play, and grow.
Inspiration 100is an exclusive group of philanthropists. The group is highly motivated and aims to create a $2.5 million endowment fund to help better Windsor-Essex’s future. Each year the Inspiration 100 member will meet and decide how they think the money will best impact the community.
In partnership with the Windsor Essex Community Foundation, the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund will support local cancer research initiatives in two ways:
1. Endowment : Monies directed to the endowment will live in perpetuity and proceeds will be distributed, starting on a date to be determined, on an annual basis to a cancer research related project or initiative.
2. Accessible Funds : Monies directed towards this portion will be used to support initiatives on an as needed basis
The John Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Constable John Atkinson to honor his service and the ultimate sacrifice he made while protecting the citizens of Windsor and Essex County. In 2006, Shelley Atkinson created the John Atkinson Fund at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation in order to keep John’s memory alive. A decade later, Shelley designated the fund to aid students pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. Helping the next generation of law enforcers reach their potential is John’s legacy.
Since 2016, proceeds from the annual Constable John Atkinson Memorial Golf Tournament have been donated to the Scholarship Fund to give financial aid to prospective students who are pursuing an education in the law enforcement field, and to assist these students in reaching their full potential.