Windsor Youth Centre receives $25,000 Orange Door Award to help youth


oragngedoor 01 WINDSOR, ON –  Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) has received a $25,000 Orange Door Award grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation. This will support training for additional peer outreach workers for WYC’s youth outreach program. The outreach workers will provide information and advocacy in local schools.

“We’re excited to receive the Orange Door Award because it helps keep our doors open to do the real work that needs to be done to get young people off the street,” said Tamara Kowalska, Executive Director, Windsor Youth Centre.

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2016 WYC Spring Newsletter

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Harley winner thrilled with his new wheels

Kelley Steele, The Windsor Star

harley davidson lotteryRandall Campbell of Windsor sits atop the Harley-Davidson he won in the Windsor Youth Centre’s Harley-Davidson lottery. DAN JANISSE / WINDSOR STAR

Randall Campbell had plenty to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 

Campbell was getting ready to ring in the new year when he received a phone call at 11:30 p.m congratulating him on winning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. 

“It was just a total surprise,” he said. “I thought it was just some friends in Windsor having fun with me.”

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2016 WYC Year End Newsletter

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Charity Chix donate more than $23,000 to local organizations

From the Windsor Star

windsor ontario december 9 2016 charity chix make largThe Charity Chix stepped up for a pair of local non-profit organizations on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 when they presented just over $11,700 to each charity. JASON KRYK / WINDSOR STAR

The Charity Chix stepped up for a pair of local non-profit organizations on Friday.

The Windsor Youth Centre, which provides services for homeless and at-risk youth, as well as the Rotary Club of Essex both received cheques for just over $11,700. The money was raised at the Chic @ The City  event last month.

The youth centre plans to use the funds for vital programs that are offered to youth who drop into the centre for support and referral services.

The Rotary Club of Essex will fund the cost of drilling a well located by a school in Ghana, Africa to provide more than 1,000 children with access to clean drinking water.

Windsor Youth Centre volunteers bring free lunches to downtown streets

By Dalson Chen, The Windsor Star

free lunch 01WIndsor Youth Centre volunteers (left to right) William Campbell, Amber Millar, and Patricia Caron roam downtown Windsor looking to give away burrito lunches to hungry folks in need on Nov. 24, 2016. TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / WINDSOR STAR

Thursday may have been Thanksgiving Day for the U.S. rather than Canada, but volunteers with the Windsor Youth Centre still took the occasion to do some giving — bringing free lunches to downtown streets.

“We don’t want to leave anyone hungry out in the cold,” said Patricia Caron, a Windsor Youth Centre volunteer.

Caron said she’s been hanging onto the idea ever since she herself was homeless about a year ago in London — and she was given a free lunch by a volunteer organization there.

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