Cheque Presentation Feb 28, 2014

Brighton Independent

Community Living Campbellford/Brighton was the recent recipient of two $500 grants donated through the RBC Employee Volunteer Grant Program.

This program recognizes employees and retirees for the good work they do in their personal time, by volunteering in their communities. Employees and retirees who donate more than 40 hours per year to a charitable organization can apply for a grant of up to $500 for their organization.

As long-term employees of RBC, Elizabeth Park and Marlene Mood became well-known and respected in their communities for being responsible corporate citizens. Their ongoing contributions and support of several programs and community initiatives served to grow their stature in the community, and although both women are now retired, their dedication and sense of community and philanthropy have not.

Community Living noted in a news release that the pair, whose spouses, Chris Park and John Mood, are members of its board of directors, provide a great deal of support for the organization. Whether it’s contributing to official functions or assisting with fundraising events such as the annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive, they can be relied on to give help, Community Living said in a news release.

“Elizabeth and Marlene continue to dedicate countless hours of steadfast, ‘behind-the-scenes’ support to this organization,” it stated.

The two grants will go to the organization’s Outcomes Sponsorship Fund, which provides persons with an intellectual disability financial assistance to achieve their personal outcomes and to realize their life goals and dreams. For some people, those goals might not be obtainable due to a lack of resources.

The Outcomes Sponsorship Fund has helped people take advantage of educational opportunities, purchase orthotics, go on vacation, pay tuition, buy dentures, and reconnect with families. The fund pays for medical supports not covered by any other source. The fund is also used to offset costs for items that are otherwise unaffordable and to reduce the burden of the high cost of accessible transportation, which restricts some people from full participation in the community.

Since 1999, RBC has made more than 24,500 grants and donated in excess of $12 million in celebration of employees’ volunteer efforts.