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City, KCCU pledge donations to Kingston Community Climate Action Fund

Left to right: City Councillor Jim Neill, Cathy Borowec, Julie Salter-Keane, Bob Trentadue, Mayor Bryan Paterson, Jon Dessau, Dave Roewade and Rhonda Candy on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Photo: Samantha Butler-Hassan

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, also known as “Giving Tuesday,” the City of Kingston launched the donation period for the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund (KCCAF) at an event in the west end.

“On behalf of Council, I’m thrilled to see this forward-looking fund launch in our city,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson.

The kick-off featured pledges from the City and Kingston Community Credit Union (KCCU). The City will match donations made to the fund up to $15,000 per year. KCCU will match donations made in their branches during the month of December up to $5,000

This KCCAF helps local non-profit organizations and registered charities pay for projects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This City said it’s one way they are “demonstrating leadership on climate action” and helping Kingston achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

Donations are also being accepted online through CanadaHelps.

“If you can, please give to this worthy cause that will help organizations in our community today, and all of us as we move towards a more sustainable future,” said Jon Dessau, CEO of KCCU.

Martha’s Table, Habitat for Humanity eligible for funds

City Councillor Jim Neill bumps elbows with Robert Trentadue, Board Chair of KCCU and Jon Dessau, CEO of KCCU on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Photo: Samantha Butler-Hassan

Martha’s Table is one of the local charities deemed eligible to access the fund. They’re currently trying to raise $45,000 to purchase an electric vehicle. Managing Director Rhonda Candy said they’ll use it to expand their meal service program to include delivery.

“We want to deliver meals to people that can’t get out, or shouldn’t get out because they’re more vulnerable and at higher risk. This gives us the opportunity to go to where we need to be,” Candy said.

“I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years,” she added, noting that the pandemic has created a sense of urgency for many non-profits this year.

Cathy Borowec, Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, was also present at the kick-off. Her organization is seeking $26,000 to fund the installation of air source heat pumps in four new townhomes on Rose Abbey Drive.

“We are thrilled to be one of two non-profits with projects that are eligible for support through the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund,” she said.

“There are so many organizations doing great work in Kingston. Receiving help from our community and City to continue to do our great work in a way that is more beneficial to the environment is phenomenal,” she added.

Candy noted that Martha’s Table and Habitat for Humanity’s services are becoming increasingly intertwined. “Some people decide if they’re going to pay their rent or they’re going to eat. So food programs are a piece of that puzzle that help people pay for their housing,” she said.

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Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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