Brandon Area Community Foundation

by The Brandon Area Community Foundation
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Brandon Area Community Foundation
Brandon Area Community Foundation
Brandon Area Community Foundation


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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YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign. The Strong Kids campaign focuses on raising much needed resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives now, but also to grow into productive adults.

Your generous donation will help the YMCA to ensure people of all ages are healthier and more productive regardless of their background or financial situation.

Strong Kids have opportunities which include: full YMCA Membership, Summer Day Camp, community youth programs, leadership and development programs, Family programs, swim lessons, weight training, sports & recreation, gym and swim.

By giving today, you can help our kids build a better community for tomorrow.
Every kid deserves a chance.

This year, more than ever, our YMCA needs your help.

Supporting Kids in Our Community

Supporting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign directly supports children, young adults, and families in Brandon and Westman. 1 in 5 children in our YMCA is currently assisted through the campaign. The Strong Kids campaign is our chance to fully realize and fulfill our obligation to all of the children in our community, not just a select few. Each year, the YMCA of Brandon provides Strong Kids memberships to over 600 youth and families. 

Strong Kids are referred by YMCA volunteers, the Brandon School Division, Child and Family Services, Big Brothers and Sisters, YWCA, ministers, Mental Health Services, and various other government agencies as well as private individuals.

The need for support never goes away. The YMCA Strong Kids campaign is a fundraiser that runs all year long.

Nearly 400 businesses and individuals support the campaign. Our goal for the 2021 campaign is $100,000.00. Help us get there! 


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 Helping Hands Centre of Brandon Inc serves over 3000 meals per month to the public in need and during the pandemic has provided a vital service to the people of Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.  

 The centre maintains a building at 111 7th Street that has a kitchen, food storage facility and dining room. Our building had been a wonderful location to provide meals to our patrons during Covid-19 but it is in need of a repair to the main fresh water line coming in from the City of Brandon water service. We have patched the water line but it needs to be replaced soon. Should the patch fail the building and Helping Hands food service will need to stop immediately due to no fresh water being available in the building for cooking, cleaning, washrooms and fire suppression. We need the funds available to replace the water line so we can continue to operate the soup kitchen and continue to supply hot meals to the people of Brandon and southwestern Manitoba in need ever weekday.


 During the pandemic, we are serving hundreds of more meals that we normally do. The meal service is run every week day from 11:30am till 1:00pm. We are using a take away system to keep up with the demand. The demand continues to increase the longer the pandemic lasts. People who had government funding run out have now come to receive our meal service in addition to our regular patrons. We want to continue feeding the people of Brandon and southwestern Manitoba in need a hot nutritious meal daily to keep them healthy during these uncertain times. 



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The YMCA has been a fixture in the heart of Brandon for over 130 years. In that time, the “Y” has served tens of thousands of children, adults and families through the provision of health, fitness and recreation. Up until the 1970’s, the “Y” was the place where you learned to swim in Brandon.

Today the YMCA continues to serve over 5,000 individuals annually, with approximately 15% of them requiring some form of financial assistance to be able to attend. For the past 20 years the YMCA has run their Strong Kids campaign to raise funds so that no one from the community is turned away because of the inability to pay.

The YMCA has establish a designated fund with the BACF, with an initial commitment of $10,000. The YMCA and their supporters wish to ensure that there will be future income available to support the Strong Kids program and that there will always be accessibility to all.

BACF look’s forward to helping build the YMCA fund so many more community members can enjoy this great facility well into the future.


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The Brandon Area Community Foundation

Location: BRANDON, MB - Canada
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @http://www/@bacf2
Project Leader:
Laura Kempthorne
$510 raised of $10,000 goal
12 donations
$9,490 to go
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