For the first time, CCASH will be participating in Hamilton’s Pride Celebration on Sunday, June 17 at Gage Park. Some of our LGBTQ2S+ youth will be present, representing the Fostering Rainbow Youth group. And we will be actively recruiting foster parents. Please come and say hello!
Our LGBTQ2S+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) has a full slate of educational activities planned for our staff this month, as detailed in the pictured poster. Next week, we hear from our youth in care about their experiences. Thanks to the ERG for organizing this!
Our Annual General Meeting is coming up on June 18, 2018 at the Hamilton Waterfront Centre from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. In addition to sharing information about CCASH’s accomplishments over the past year, we will be sharing our 2018-2023 strategic plan. Then, we will award CCASH bursaries and the Sazio Scholarship to deserving young people to help them further their education and skill development.
Today we celebrated our new chapel – the Chapel of the Holy Family – with a blessing by Father David Wilhelm, who is a member of our Board of Directors. The blessing was attended by Directors and staff of the agency.
We are very grateful to the Ex Corde Foundation of the Diocese of Hamilton for its financial support of this space for quiet reflection and prayer. It is a beautiful, intimate space that adds greatly to our ability to support our service recipients, staff, and volunteers.
Children and youth in care are young people who, for their own safety, have had to be removed from their families, either temporarily or permanently. Of all the cases we investigate, only 2% result in the removal of children from their homes.
Today, to mark Children and Youth in Care Day, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies is hosting a Youth Civics Day. It is open to youth in care from across the province, and we are very happy that some of our youth are attending. They will gain knowledge and leadership skills that will help them in many ways. We look forward to hearing what they have to say about the Day!
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon took place today, April 27. We are grateful to our volunteers year-round, but April is Volunteer Month, and so we make a special effort to say thank you now. There are a number of volunteer roles here at CCASH: volunteer drivers, volunteer tutors, event and program volunteers, and our volunteer Board of Directors. They help our children and youth to thrive, and we are most grateful. Here are some photos of the event.
Every year, we make a number of bursaries and scholarships available to support and enhance the life outcomes of individuals served by CCASH. The 2018 Application Forms and Guidelines are now available on our website under the Resources/Bursaries and scholarships menu. This year, applicants are responsible for applying directly for funding. The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, May 7 at 4:30pm. If you or someone you know might be eligible for funding support, please read the Guidelines to find out all the details.
Each year we are thrilled to acknowledge those who volunteer their time and talents to our agency. Last year, we had over 200 individuals volunteer their time in different capacities to provide invaluable service to the community we serve.
We want to acknowledge the incredible efforts of volunteers at the CCAS in Hamilton.
Thank you to our volunteer drivers, our volunteer tutors, our Board, our event volunteers and our Drop in Volunteers.
National Volunteer Week is when we can all take time to recognize all of our volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteerism in our community.