By Sharon Charters
On May 31st, representatives from CFC, the Hamilton Community Foundation and Benjamin Moore had the opportunity to visit the Beasley Community Centre in the heart of downtown Hamilton to distribute cheques to five local organizations.
This funding, along with paint and technical expertise, was provided by the Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program to support a wide range of projects.
It was appropriate and gratifying to be holding the event at the Beasley Community Centre, and presenting to the Beasley Neighbourhood Association funds to support a mural for the outside of the building.
Hamilton Community Foundation has supported work in the Beasley community for a number of years in different ways.
As part of the Growing Roots… Strengthening Neighbourhoods program, HCF provided a community development worker and small grants to help organize in the community. In 2006, the Foundation was approached by donors who wanted to respond to cuts to the national child care program. They engaged HCF to look at options for an investment of $1 million for child care in this community.
After research and consultation with experts in the field of child care and early child development, a proposal was developed for the Beasley neighbourhood. The initiative is based on research and best practice elements of “Best Start” as they meet the unique context and needs of the Beasley neighbourhood.
Since that time, residents and their service providing partners have worked with enormous dedication and commitment to improve the quality of life in the Beasley neighbourhood. They have an official “charter” and, with support from the Neighbourhood Development office of the City, a comprehensive neighbourhood plan.
We look forward to hearing great things from this community as they move from planning to action.
Sharon Charters is Hamilton Community Foundation’s Manager of Grants.