Local giving circle 100 People Who Care Brant recently presented a donation of $8,160 to Victim Services of Brant, a community based agency that provides support to victims of crime, tragic circumstances and disaster.
Through skilled crisis responders, Victim Services of Brant offers free, immediate emotional support and practical assistance to victims in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River.
“We really appreciate having been selected as a recipient… the donations will be used to provide safety supports to victims that are not covered by our Ministry funding. This will include providing web cameras for victims of domestic violence, taxi fare or bus tickets to assist victims needing assistance with transportation to access community supports, meals for victims of serious violence waiting at the police station to file a report or waiting for information, providing basic necessities if a victim is displaced (such as toiletries & clothing) and other supports. Your donations will make a valuable difference for the victims that we serve,” said Penny McVicar, Executive Director of Victim Services of Brant.
The funds will also allow for reprinting of information guides for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and for family members of homicide.
Any person whose life has been affected by a criminal act, tragic circumstance or disaster, regardless of severity, may contact Victim Services of Brant directly by calling 519-752-3140 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Referrals are not necessary; all services are confidential and free of charge.
About 100 People Who Care Brant (serving Brant, Brantford & Six Nations)
This local grassroots group is the first completely virtual giving circle under the umbrella of the 100 Who Care Alliance (https://www.100whocarealliance.org/), which has over 700 active chapters world wide. They are part of an emerging trend of like minded individuals teaming up to learn more about the social needs in their community, then engaging in collective philanthropy to maximize the impact of their donations.
“It is always wonderful giving back to the community, but when it can go towards programs like Victim Services that provides such essential care for those in immediate crisis, it means that much more to us”, according to 100 People Who Care Brant spokesperson, Susan Ritchie. “We are so incredibly grateful to Victim Services for their dedication to our community.”
The virtual format of our local chapter appeals to busy individuals who want to invest in the change they want to see in our community, without the need to attend meetings. Using a simple online format, members nominate, learn about and vote for local charities and non profit organizations through emails, as well as a members’ only Facebook group.
Founded in early 2021, 100 People Who Care Brant is proud to have donated over $41,000 in five giving cycles to local charities and not for profits. Local residents who would like to learn more, or join in the effort are invited to email the group at 100WhoCareBrant@gmail.com