FOR THE KIDS ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Our annual year-end For The Kids campaign has begun.  The campaign raises the funds necessary to ensure that the kids enrolled in extracurricular activities for 2021 have the funding needed from We Are The Villagers (WATV).

When WATV sponsors a child in their selected program (sports, education, cultural, or recreation), we commit to them until their family is capable of affording the fees themselves.  This follows the notion that learning a skill or passion takes many years of dedication and pursuit.

Once again, local NHL hockey legend Chris Kontos has agreed to be our Honourary Chair for the campaign.  A resident of Penetanguishene, Chris is best known for his nine goals in 11 playoff games while he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings and his franchise opening night four-goal performance with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He is a true inspiration to the kids in the Village!

Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 in November and December for our 2021 programs and sponsorships.  To meet this goal, we need the community to help.  WATV currently provides assistance to over 575 children in 27 local communities.

Please be generous and consider donating to WATV today to help the kids in the Village during these challenging times!

NEW THIS YEAR FOR OUR DONORS!

We are thrilled to offer a complimentary limited edition print to all donors who contribute $50 or more to our For The Kids Annual Campaign.

This joyful winter scene was painted in watercolour by our very own Executive Director Cathy Mills!  A local artist, Cathy is inspired by the children in her life.  The painting draws upon the gift of creativity as one to share with others.. The Skating print was influenced by the many times Cathy enjoyed skating together as a family.

WATV & COVID-19 UPDATE

Our offices cannot accept personal visitors at this time, but we will respond quickly to any emails or telephone calls.  If there is any way we can provide assistance, you need only to ask.  We will continue to accept applications online for program funding.  In this time of at-home family activity, we are happy to consider funding for such activities as online schooling and lessons (such as math or language tutorials, music lessons, art classes, and more), educational tools (books, video lessons), and more.  Many summer camps for kids are now operational, and we will fund these programs.  Online applications can be completed HERE.  Keeping kids active, engaged, and learning is still important.

We Are The Villagers remains fully committed to our kids, families, friends and communities during this challenge.

Who We Are

We Are The Villagers has made it our mission to help families and their children participate in extracurricular activities of interest to them. Whether sports, music, art or other special interests, we sponsor children in need so that they may take part in these activities without being restricted by registration fees and equipment costs.

Our Inspiration

It has been said that to raise a child, it takes a village. We believe that we all have a responsibility towards the children of our community to nurture and inspire them in their pursuits, fostering an environment where the coming generation can be confident, happy and fulfilled. It is our desire to help families find the means to assist their children pursue their interests, meet and interact with other children and increase joy in their daily lives.

How Does This Help?

All too often, economic struggles can constrain a family’s ability to provide their children with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Sports, arts and organizations such as Scouting and Girl Guides often have fees associated with them, as well as equipment costs which can be daunting for low income families, or large families with multiple children. We Are The Villagers sponsors families, paying registration fees and covering equipment costs so that any child can have the chance to do the thing they love to do.

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DEDICATED TO THE LOVING MEMORY OF CO-FOUNDER JULIANNA MATYAS  (1947-2017)