The North Bay and Area Community Foundation has announced $384,000 in funding to nine organizations.
The money is from the feds Community Services Recovery Fund, which officials say helps organizations adapt, modernize and be better equipped to serve the community.
The organizations include the North Bay Food Bank, Warriors of Hope, Anishinabek Nation, Les Compagnons, the PADDLE program and more.
The project that is being funded at the food bank is an inventory control system which Debbie Marson, Executive Director, says will take over from the manual system of looking to see what’s on the floor.
“Our warehouse supervisor, who at a moment’s notice, can go into the system and be able to see where we’re at for levels of flour or sugar. We can also set an alert that says when we hit a specific number, there’s an alert that you need to order more,” she says. “We’re really seeing an increase in need, so we know that we have to be able to keep those shelves at those same levels month after month. This system is going to keep our eyeballs right on it and make sure we have that done.”
Marson says 205 new households registered with them from January to August this year, with 171 in all of 2022.
She also says they’re looking forward to the various fall food drives getting underway, noting that donations were quiet over the summer.
“People are struggling, everyone is struggling,” Marson says. “The ones that are able to still help us we really appreciate it, and we still need you.”
The following projects are being supported in our area:
– $95,450 was invested to fund North Bay Food Bank’s implementation of an inventory control system, to ensure that there is always food on hand to meet its clients needs.
– $69,300 was invested to fund Warriors of Hope’s project, Coming Back Stronger, to develop a modern, multi-purpose communications hub and marketing playbook which will ensure dragon boat racing continues to be accessible to breast cancer survivors in the years to come.
– $55,500 was invested to fund Anishinabek Nation’s project, to provide new, agile IT systems that better support daily operational needs, encourage outreach activities, and improve communications.
– $47,500 was invested to fund Les Compagnons’ Digital Infrastructure project, to evaluate and modernize its financial system processes, alleviating organizational strain and increasing accounting precision.
– $45,611 was invested to fund Conseil des Arts de Nipissing Ouest’s project to automate its financial systems, modernizing and improving communications.
– $27,139 was invested to fund the PADDLE program’s Strategic Fundraising Plan/Donor and Accounting Systems Update, to support the organization’s growth and modernization.
– $18,500 was invested to fund North Bay and District Humane Society’s Volunteer Engagement Renewal project, to increase volunteer engagement and expand its role in the community.
– $15,000 was invested to fund the Capital Centre’s Enhanced Patron Experience & Stewardship Measures project, to upgrade its systems (including investing in a Client Management System) for an improved patron experience.
– $10,000 was invested to fund North Bay and District Multicultural Centre’s Website Renewal and Social Media Strategy Development project, to revitalize its online presence and allow the organization to more effectively reach, inform, and serve in a post-pandemic digital landscape.