Community Out Reach & Grants
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 I BELIEVE GRANT
AURORA BLACK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION understands that the Black and other minority communities play an essential role in the economy, but in comparison to other cultures, many struggles with financial wellness. Aurora is considered an affluent and economically healthy community, still, we have many struggling to find opportunities to come out of their circumstances and get ahead. This grant is designed to eradicate financial gaps, and when you support ABC you make programs like this possible.
I'm the president of ABC, and here is my story. I migrated to Canada in 1998 with little family support. I barely scraped to find enough money to pay my bus fair to my first job interview with St. Stephen's Employment Centre - Bathurst and St. Clair. The bus driver was kind to take what I had. After the interview, a lady from Stephen's Employment Centre (through George Brown College), whose name I only remember as Rita, gave me $100 and 10 TTC bus tickets to start my first job at BDP call Centre, until I get my first paycheque. That's where my journey of hope began. She believed in me and sow into my future. I continue to give others the same opportunity of hope that she gave me.
HOPEFORYOU I BELIEVE GRANT (HIBG), awarded to 2 applicants every February, $1000. It is designed to help marginalized newcomers or anyone 45 and under, who just need someone to believe in them, see their potential, and give them a yes - a hand-up. Successful recipients will participate in our mentorship program: 2 sessions per month for a total of 6 sessions, of mentorship, training, and resources for economic development: (workplace readiness supports, goal setting, women who have experienced violence, address barriers to employment and housing, Self-employment training and business etc.) The participants will receive $500 upfront and be matched with a mentor. The remaining $500 is given after completion.
To apply please email us your story, 400 words max.
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.
I CAN SWIM PROGRAM
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.