Brandon Area Community Foundation

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Brandon Area Community Foundation
Brandon Area Community Foundation
Brandon Area Community Foundation

King George School Literacy Program

In 2006, Dr. Purdie established the Gwyneth and Frank Purdie Family Endowment Fund with Brandon Area Community Foundation in memory of his late wife, Gwyneth. The Gwyneth and Frank Purdie Family Endowment Fund supports the children of King George School early years literacy.

This reading recovery program is an early intervention program for grade 1 students.  This program is designed to provide the extra support in reading and writing that some young children require to jump start their literacy learning.  Children selected for the program receive reading/writing lessons for 30 minutes each day with a teacher specifically trained in early literacy deveopment.


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The YMCA of Brandon is a charitable association dedicated to providing quality programs and services for all individuals in the development of spirit, mind and body. We are a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of communities. We do this by nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults; promoting healthy living; and fostering social responsibility.

The YMCA focuses on individuals of all ages in Brandon and Westman.  One of the main focuses of the YMCA of Brandon is child care. There is a huge shortage of child care spaces in our community, particularly infant and toddler spots. The Y is dedicated to helping address this need.

The Dood Cristall Family YMCA will be expanded will also accommodate 34 new childcare spaces. Currently, the YMCA of Brandon operates 6 licensed child care centres serving over 500 children and their families daily, in addition to 500 unlicensed spaces in our Before & After School Program. 


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The Women's Resource Centre
The Women's Resource Centre

Connecting from a Distance:  Women in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba!

The Women’s Resource Centre (TWRC) provides programs, services, and counselling on issues affecting women and children, including family violence while encouraging respect, diversity and equality with a feminist perspective.  TWRC is an organization dedicated to providing support and mentoring for all women and their families.

The Women's Resource Centre (TWRC) aims to evolve programming and drop-in centre space to adequately meet the needs of women and children in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.

TWRC needs the financial help to provide their much needed services while respecting social distancing rules and group gatherings limits in a way that will promote overall well-being, family enrichment activities, and social-emotional connections that have been negatively impacted by quarantine/isolation measures.

With the support from the Brandon Area Community Foundation, The Women's Resource Centre has been able to continue to provide the women with education and counselling on domestic violence in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.


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Brandon's Food For Thought (BFFT) began its work in Brandon in 1997 when funds were allocated by the Canadian Living Foundation to address the issue of children going to school hungry.  BFFT's goal is not remove parental responsibility but to educate the children, their families and the entire community about the effect that hunger has on a child's ability to learn.

Today the need for child nutrition continues.  BFFT turned to the Brandon Area Community Foundation to support sustainability for their future. Food For Thought chose to invest their modest surplus of funds within the Brandon Area Community Foundation, knowing that every dollar invested will remain in Brandon, with all proceeds from our designated fund being returned to feed children in Brandon and Area.


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Helping Hands Centre of Brandon
Helping Hands Centre of Brandon

For more than a year, the Helping Hands organization was faced with a ticking time bomb:  a serious water main erosion issue requiring replacement.  If the pipe fully ruptured, the lack of running water in the building would immediately halt the organization's efforts to supply meals to those in need.  We would like to say thank you to the anonymous donors for their generous donations of $75,000 towards this project.  With a $25,000 grant from BACF, Helping Hands is able to move forward and continue to provide a much-needed service in our community.

As of October 4th, Helping Hands water main issue has begun and will continue operating moving forward.


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The Brandon Area Community Foundation

Location: BRANDON, MB - Canada
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The Brandon Area Community Foundation
Laura Kempthorne
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Laura Kempthorne

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