In 2012 we began supporting two new groups that align well with our mission.
The foundation's mandate is to protect, conserve and nurture Muskoka's natural and cultural environment now and for future generations. We like that, and might accuse them of stealing from parts of our mission statement, were it not for the fact that they started in 1987.
The list of projects funded by the foundation is long and we invite you to visit their website to track along with the good work that they do. Examples include supporting the work of the Muskoka Heritage Trust, which holds over 1600 acres of ecologically sensitive land in trust, as well as the Muskoka Watershed Council, which champions watershed health in the region.
In 2012 the Muskoka Roastery Coffee Co. became a platinum sponsor of the Muskoka Conservancy and we look forward to a long partnership.
Trails Youth Initiatives
This charity was started in 1992 with a mission to equip vulnerable youth with the skills they will need to become contributing members of their communities. The program takes 10 boys and 10 girls each year from inner city schools and focuses on fun, learning and the outdoors. It is a 4 year program, starting at age 12, dedicated to providing a chance for each participant to realize their true potential in a safe and supportive environment. The results speak for themselves: 95% of the participants complete the 4 year program and 76% of them go on to college or university versus only 24% of their school peers.
As we enter year two of our relationship, we are working with the folks at Trails Youth to forge an even closer partnership.