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Community Out Reach & Grants

working together

Community collaborations play an important role in the strengthening of our community. A healthy community begins at the top. Therefore, we need to work together to foster it, if we desire to be successful.  We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support through collaborations. We are pleased to do so alongside with the Town of Aurora and its leaders, Aurora Museum & Archive, Aurora Public Library, Trureal, and our local businesses.

HopeForYou Grant

The Aurora Black Community Association (ABC) recognizes the critical role that Black and other minority communities play in the economy. Despite Aurora's affluence, many individuals struggle to find opportunities for financial advancement. This grant aims to bridge financial gaps and, with your support, ABC can continue to make such programs possible.

I am the president of ABC, and I would like to share my story. I migrated to Canada in 1998 with minimal family support and faced significant financial challenges. I barely managed to pay for my bus fare to my first job interview at St. Stephen's Employment Centre at Bathurst and St. Clair. Fortunately, the bus driver accepted what little I had. After the interview, a kind woman from St. Stephen's, named Rita, provided me with $100 and 10 TTC bus tickets to help me start my first job at BDP Call Centre until I received my first paycheque. That act of kindness marked the beginning of my journey of hope. Rita believed in me and invested in my future, and now I strive to give others the same opportunity for hope.

The Hopeforyou Grant awards $1000 to two applicants each February. This grant is intended for marginalized newcomers or individuals aged 45 and under who need someone to believe in their potential and provide them with a helping hand. Successful recipients will participate in our mentorship program, which includes six sessions over three months focusing on mentorship, training, and resources for economic development. These sessions cover workplace readiness, goal setting, support for women who have experienced violence, addressing barriers to employment and housing, and self-employment training. 

To apply, please email us your story in 400 words or less.

Education & Outreach

May your actions reflect your desire

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Nelson Mandel says, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

There is no greater gift than the ability to serve others. We, Aurora Black Community, in collaboration with our town and the entire community, are dedicated to providing the education and outreach programs necessary to build a stronger community for ALL. Bringing change that doesn't segregate.

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Why did the Black boy drown? Because he couldn’t swim. Jeremiah Perry drowned on a school trip last summer during a field trip enjoying a Canadian experience  ABC I CAN SWIM will ensure that no child or parent is left unreached. Thanks to sponsors like Shruti Sharad and Family, BookWorms & Co; Coconut Village Spa, and Irie Bistro Jamaican Restaurant, we were able to fund this program.  Applications requests are to be submitted between April 15 and August 15 of each year.

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