Amid growing needs during the COVID-19 closures, the Peel Learning Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Mississauga to help Peel District School Board students in need. The grant will be used to provide students and families relief through the foundation's Student Emergency Needs program.
"Research shows us that more than 27,000 Peel board students face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in school. With job losses, due to the pandemic, we're seeing a significantly increased need," says Brian Hobbs, executive officer of the Peel Learning Foundation. "We're incredibly thankful for this recent grant from the community foundation. This contribution helps us provide immediate assistance to Peel board students who are experiencing hardships during an already challenging time."
The grant is from the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga. The Community Foundation of Mississauga has been matching acts of caring with community needs since 2001. Working with donors and the broader community, the Foundation invests in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.
"Now, more than ever, our community needs us. We're providing essential relief funding to charities who have been impacted by the current pandemic," says Anne Marie Peirce, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Mississauga. "The work of the Peel Learning Foundation has a significant impact on Mississauga now and in the future. They're providing a compassionate response to help our leaders of tomorrow. It's critical that we help their cause."
Since school closures in March, the foundation has received and accepted more than 10 times the number of applications requesting assistance compared to this time last year. To date, the foundation has helped more than 400 Peel board students by distributing electronic gift cards to help with food, clothing and personal hygiene.
If you, or someone you know, needs the support of the Peel Learning Foundation, contact the principal, teacher or staff member at your local Peel board school. All requests will confidentially be submitted through the school's principal or vice-principal.
The Peel Learning Foundation is a community-based, registered charitable organization that raises funds to enable Peel District School Board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources that help them overcome barriers. Individuals or organizations who are interested in learning more about and supporting the foundation can visit www.PeelLearningFoundation.org.
The Community Foundation of Mississauga is a registered charitable public foundation that seeks to build community vitality by providing efficient, flexible donor services, grants to a broad range of community initiatives and leadership in understanding and responding to current and emergent community needs. Incorporated and registered in 2001, the Foundation is a member of the national network, Community Foundations of Canada and has experienced significant growth in endowed funds. The first grants from these funds were made in 2006. The Community Foundation of Mississauga is now managing over $21 million in endowed assets and has made over $17 million in cumulative grants to year end 2019.
Brian Hobbs, Executive Officer of the Peel Learning Foundation, [email protected]
Anne Marie Peirce, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Mississauga, 905-897-8880, [email protected]
Ryan Strang, Communications Officer – Peel District School Board, [email protected]