LeRoy is a small town of 450 people, with large community spirit. Our office consists of 6 staff members, all of which take the Western Communities Foundation’s Support the Cause Walk very seriously. In the past few years, we have ranked in the top 10 offices in the Network for funds raised. We take pride in where we live, and strive to help our community and surrounding areas whenever we can. One way of doing this is to fundraise with the Support the Cause walk.
How has the Western Communities Foundation helped us invest in our community?
- We donated an Automated External Defibrillator that was kept at LeRoy Memorial Rink, costing $3,062. With the tragedy of our rink burning to the ground*, we lost the Automated External Defibrillator! While this too would be covered by insurance, it would require a separate $500 deductible to be paid. The Western Communities Foundation agreed to donate ANOTHER AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR!
- A $5,000 Infrastructure Grant to LeRoy Leisureland to repair the bridges damaged during the excessive rainfall in 2010.
- Each year, we apply for a $500 bursary to a qualifying graduate to use for his or her continued education. In 2016, the bursary amount was increased to $750 per student.
- A $5,000 Infrastructure Grant to replace the score clock in the LeRoy Memorial Rink in 2011 (unfortunately, we lost his in the fire) *
- $1,391.25 to the LeRoy Library for a new computer and printer for help with the community development program
- 24 Custom Blankets were donated to Partners Family Services in Humboldt
- $1,874.75 to LeRoy School toward new playground equipment – $579.30 from achieving our Support the Cause Walk fundraising goal plus funds raised through the matching grant program (we raised $795.45 and the communities foundation matched $500)
- $513.20 to LeRoy Preschool for upgrading their classroom
- $1,000 to the LeRoy Skating Rink RAISE THE ROOF project (to rebuild)
- $5,000 to the Evergreen Country Home for a kitchen upgrade (Assisted Living facility)
*In 2013, our skating rink burned to the ground. It devastated the community, as we literally live for hockey. We had many years of memories that went with that fire – all the trophies, banners and photos from the day the rink opened were lost. The rink was insured for $2.2 million. Our community came together, and in 3 years managed to fundraise the extra $3.3 million to build our new arena, totaling $5.5 million. The new arena’s grand opening was held on November 5, 2016.
In 2016, we raised $1,861.10, and we have $930.55 to donate. We are still trying to find the perfect candidate to donate to, so we will keep you informed – we have to make this decision soon! We also have 5 chips to wager for an infrastructure grant, which is still being discussed in our office.