The Winnipeg Foundation reserves $5,000 every year for each committee participating in its Youth in Philanthropy program to distribute to charities of its choice. With input from each member, the committee decides which charities will receive grants, how much each will receive and how it will be spent.
After conducting site visits to charitable organizations, each committee submits a grant recommendation to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval. The following entry is a snapshot of the RB Russell Vocational High School YiP committee’s experience during their site visit to Agape Table earlier this year:
We found this visit to be the most inspirational because it was clear that the staff and volunteers at Agape Table really cared about the people they were helping.
When we arrived they were serving food for their breakfast program. We saw that there were people who had no money eating a free meal and people on a very limited income eating a meal, too.
The place was really busy, and our tour guide was pulled away a few times to deal with various people or crises. She showed us the whole facility and what they do there. In the basement they had a discount grocery store that offered a variety of healthy groceries at discounted rates, or at cost. The food for the grocery store is all donated by local farmers and gardeners.
Next she showed us the walk-in cooler, which they were able to purchase through a grant from another organization. She seemed very excited that they were able to make such a large and significant purchase, which enabled them to accept much larger food donations, and keep food longer.
This would eventually inspire us to offer to use our grant money to purchase a cooler for their grocery store.
The last thing she showed us was the clothing and toiletries area, where people in need acquire the basic life necessities, such as toothpaste, underwear and soap. While we were there, staff helped a man who was being bullied outside.
Agape Table offers many services to people in need, such as food, clothing and other necessities. They work hard to support homeless people, as well as people on a fixed income, while still helping them maintain their dignity.
RB Russell YiP committee, April 2012