Epilepsy Durham Region is pleased to announce that we are one of the recipients of the Starbucks Foundation's Neighbourhood Grants program. Neighbourhood Grants are intended to help build sustained local impact and inspire increased partner volunteerism with nonprofit organizations that work in our communities.
The very special part about this grant is that we were nominated by an amazing young woman in our community, Christine. Christine not only shared her personal experiences, but also highlighted the support we have provided to a young girl that she used to babysit as a child (you may recognize this young girl as one of our youth ambassadors, Abbie). Please read some of her kind words from her nomination below:
"Epilepsy Durham Regionhelps those in need. With epilepsy, many people cannot obtain a driver’s license so they will help those people get to appointments or help with the other needs within the community. They also provide mental and emotional support and offer a wide variety of options to help provide knowledge to those with epilepsy as well as those who may know people suffering from this illness.
They are always in the community trying to help and I would love to be able to help them like they have been able to help me and others who are close to me. As an epileptic myself, it is inspiring knowing that there are people around who care and support those who are struggling with this disease. I have watched them help a beautiful little girl with epilepsy as well as a learning disability who has been bullied into a strong girl who cares about everyone and isn’t afraid to be anyone but who she is. If they can do that for one little girl, I can only imagine what else they can do and what this grant would mean for them."
It is through the kindness of people like Christine that we are inspired and capable of supporting the 1 in 100 individuals in Durham Region that are living with Epilepsy. Thank you Christine for your thoughtfulness and recognition, and thank you to the Starbucks Canada Charitable Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation, for your generosity in giving back to our communities at a local level.