Local climate action projects supported by KCCU donation

Pictured left to right are Jon Dessau, CEO at Kingston Community Credit Union (KKCU); Andy Mills with Cycle Kingston; Paul McGarvey, Executive Director at Extend-A-Family Kingston; Robert Trentadue KCCU Board Member; Mayor Bryan Paterson; Bram Fisher, KCCU Board Member; Geoff Hendry, Manager of Communications and Business Development  at Sustainable Kingston. Image via City of Kingston.

Earlier today, Kingston Community Credit Union CEO, Jon Dessau, presented Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and three local non-profits with a $5,000 donation toward the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund.

“On behalf of the City, I thank the Kingston Community Credit Union and all its members for their support, and ongoing commitment to our community and climate action,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Today’s donation is an important step in bringing us closer to helping realize three incredible community projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Cheque presentation. Image via KCCU.

Launched in 2020, the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund raises money for local charities and non-profits to help them implement projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. KCCU partnered with the City of Kingston at the fund’s inception with a commitment to support the KCCAF and local registered charities and non-profits as they work to reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a release from the KCCU. The credit union has supported promotion and fundraising of the fund and agreed to match donations made at their branches up to $5,000 each year.

“The Kingston Community Credit Union has a long-standing commitment to the health and betterment of our community, and we are proud to support these worthy initiatives through this donation,” said Dessau.

There are three projects seeking community support through the Kingston Community Climate Action fund this year, including:

  • Extend-A-Family, which would like to install a greenhouse to provide its clients and community with fresh produce.
  • Sustainable Kingston, which is partnering with Frontenac Housing Corporation to install rainwater gardens at four locations.
  • Cycle Kingston, which is seeking support for Bicycle Valet Kingston, a program that provides secure bicycle parking at local events.

Kingston Community Credit Union invites Kingston residents to support these climate action projects by donating at any of their three branches. Gifts of $20 and more made at a KCCU branch are eligible to receive a tax receipt, issued by the City of Kingston.

The deadline to donate to support the 2021-2022 projects is March 31, 2022.

To learn more about the fund, the projects, or to donate online: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/community-climate-action-fund/donate.

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