The Muskoka Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund.
They are Muskoka Seniors, Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Service, Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group and the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.
In total, $15,600.00 was awarded to help support a variety of projects geared to this year’s theme of mental health and wellness.
Lynn DeCaro, Executive Director of the Muskoka Community Foundation says that while working on the 2018 Muskoka Vital Signs Report it became very clear that organizations in Muskoka were identifying the need to increase mental health and wellness supports throughout their programming.
"We felt it was important to make this the theme for the 2019 Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund grants," she says.
Each of this year’s grants recipients are working on unique projects that will have a positive impact on the community.
Jenn Pfrimmer and Sarah Caswell of Muskoka Seniors said the grant will allow their organization to provide transportation to rural clients so they can attend the weekly luncheons hosted by Muskoka Seniors. Caswell noted that “these individuals do not drive and face many barriers preventing them from attending the luncheons. This opportunity will allow them to share a meal and socialize with others”. Jen Pfrimmer added that “between October 1st and March 31st there are approximately twenty one luncheons. This grant allows us to reach individuals beyond the town limits of Huntsville who are at a greater risk for social isolation”.
Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services in partnership with the North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Huntsville are utilizing their grant to help build capacity amongst local clinicians so they can more effectively support men who have survived sexual abuse. Jen Nicholson, a social worker with the North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic said the grant will be used to provide a highly skilled two-day workshop locally for clinicians. Nicholson noted that this type of training is “often beyond the financial means of local agencies so to be able to offer this type of workshop locally is a positive step in male survivors and the clinicians that support them”.