TFRC Receives Funding to Strengthen Community Relationships
The Tantramar Family Resource Centre has been granted multi-year funding through the United Way’s Strengthening Our Community Fund. The project, aptly named Talking & Trekking Together in Tantramar: Mobilizing our Community will strengthen relationships between community members, non-profit and service groups, businesses, local schools, and municipalities.
For the past four years, TFRC has held Family’s Day Out programming through a United Way Community Building Grant. With these activities, TFRC has been community building by forming quality partnerships with a variety of groups including Daybreak Activity Centre, Playschool Inc., the Sackville Community Garden, Sackville Food Group, several Mount Allison University Classes and Owen’s Art Gallery, local schools and municipalities to name a few. “Partnerships and community participation are crucial to building a communities strengths, and enhance the programs and services offered” says Raeghann Lister, TFRC’s Program Coordinator. “ While we have been able to form a great number of community partnerships, we recognize that organizations and community members are limited in their resources whether it be funding, time, or volunteers.” With the funding for this project TFRC has hired Gwen Zwicker, a Strategic Planner with 20 years of experience, to facilitate a series of Community Conversations which will include Open Community Forums, focus groups, and collaborative meetings with non-profit groups. TFRC strives to involve representatives from all sectors in the region including non-profits, the local business community, municipalities, local schools, Mount Allison University, youth, local Co-operatives, and health services.
TFRC has identified the Coordination of Volunteer Services, a key component of the Sustainable Sackville report, presented to Sackville Town Council in October of 2010, as being a key component of the project. The Coordination of Volunteer Services will ensure individuals and families in Sackville have quick and easy access to programs and services when needed, and organizations are better able to mobilize community members for their joint efforts. By creating easier, and better access to programs and services, quality of life of community members and their strengths greatly increase.
Look for dates to be announced soon for an Open Community Forum. All community members are encouraged to attend, learn more about the project and how they can help to strengthen the community. If you are unable to attend a community forum, TFRC still wants to hear what matters to you. You can contact the Tantramar Family Resource Centre anytime at 506-939-2150, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
One good book can make a difference
For the second year, with funding from the The Greater Moncton Literacy Advisory Board through the Peter Gzowski Invitational, the Tantramar Family Resource Centre is putting together a special literacy project in partnership with Christmas Cheer.
Mini Storysacks are a smaller version of the Storysacks TFRC volunteers have assembled, and are currently available for lending at the Sackville Public Library. Their purpose is to promote literacy by bringing reading to life, helping children and parents feel confident and comfortable with books, encourage storytelling and make reading fun. Each Mini Storysack includes a children’s book and a prop that helps bring the story to life.
A wide variety of books have already been bought and donated spanning ages 0 to 18. TFRC is looking for donations of new or gently used props to go with these books. Props can be anything that relates to a character or an item in the story such as a small puppet, stuffed animal, or toy. The prop helps to engage the child and encourages family interactions as the book is brought to life.
Whether you are a group, individual, or family, this is the perfect opportunity to give back to your community and to help strengthen literacy in children and families of all ages. These Mini Storysacks will be given to children throughout the community through the Christmas Cheer program
For more information on the Mini Storysacks and how you can get involved, or on the Storysacks themselves, please contact Tracey Rose at email@example.com, 506-939-2150.