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From ideas to actions; TRCF invests in 21 grassroots groups and projects

Townshippers’ Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), also known as Townshippers’ Foundation, provides a concrete way for Townshippers to invest into their community by supporting initiatives that enrich life for those in the region through the arts, heritage, literacy, health, social services, seniors, culture and research sectors.

This year over 20 groups and projects, of all shapes and sizes, were awarded funds to launch or continue their work. At the foundation’s annual grant giving luncheon on March 31, these groups accepted their grants and the people behind the projects had the chance to network, sharing information and resources.

Throughout the year, the Foundation, a charitable organization that is independent of Townshippers’ Association, collects funds which are then reinvested in the community each year.

Funds originate from direct donations from community members, gifts of legacies, endowments, and securities, all of which are tax deductible. The organization also enters partnerships with groups that share their mission by offering a means to issue tax receipts as a donor incentive for a small 5% administrative fee.

The silent auction at Townshippers’ Day and Mr. Joe Kelly’s collection of refundable cans – with collection spots in Richmond and at Townshippers’ Sherbrooke office – along with keeping operating costs to a minimum, allows the foundation to help as many projects as possible.

This year supported health and social services projects include the monthly support and information meetings with the Caregivers’ Café in Brome Lake, the Maison de la Famille des Frontières in Bedford which helps low-income English families with support and access to information and the Mental Health Estrie to develop a bilingual brochure to promote deeper awareness from stigma to compassion to solutions.

Read our column next week to learn more about the additional 18 projects, and some of their current needs.   

To support the work of the Foundation, make a secure donation online at www.TownshippersFoundation.ca, online through CanadaHelps.org, or mail a cheque to Townshippers Foundation, 100 – 257 Queen, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7. Questions? Contact TRCF at 819-822-3314 or [email protected]

Teen writing challenge – last call for entries

High school seniors, there is a little more than a week left to enter the Excel in the Estrie! essay challenge for a chance to have your work published and win up to $500. Don’t wait! Get your essays in by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Hosted by Townshippers’ Make Way for YOUth project, with the support of the Lennoxville Youth Center, Global Excel Management and with the participation of the Government of Canada, want you to share your story to inspire others to graduate from high school and look forward to the future.

In 500 words, about the size of a letter or an email to a friend, describe an obstacle– academic, social or personal –  you overcame during high school and tells us how you envision your future in the Townships. If you don’t have a personal experience to draw from, feel free to identify an obstacle you have noticed others struggling with and propose a solution that may help others.

Full rules, guidelines, online or downloadable entry forms can be found at www.Townshippers.org/Essay. No internet access? No problem! Just contact our Sherbrooke office at 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook.com/Townshippers and our website www.Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.


Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Over 20 ideas will turn into action thanks to the grants awarded by Townshippers’ Foundation during their annual luncheon last Friday, March 31, in Magog. Pictured are the recipients of the 2017 grants. 

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