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What's Been Going On (Summer Update & Review)

With the world lens shifting to Black Lives Matter and acknowledging anti-Black racism in our community, people have gained broader awareness of Making Change’s specific focus on raising awareness and educating and exposing people to the Black community, Black culture, issues around anti-Black racism. Individuals and organizations moved to activism and allyship around BLM, have reached out with donations and emails to add their support to Making Change’s work.


Thank you for supporting Making Change: Over the summer months, Making Change was the grateful recipient of nearly $16,000 in community donations and proceeds from several 3rd party fundraisers. Donations were received through e-transfers from June 4 – July 24, 2020 (via banking partner PMJ Inc.), e-transfers, PayPal, cheques and online donations from July 12 onward (via Making Change banking).


While this funding goes a long way to lifting up our organization and mobilizing greater reach for our initiatives, our need for support in ongoing. Please consider making your donation here.


How we’re using the funding:

Incorporation: Making Change SC (Making Change) was registered as a federally incorporated non-profit on July 8, 2020.


Building Capacity: Making Change’s internal focus over the coming months is to build capacity through developing and training our Board of Directors, finalizing our mission, vision and values, recruiting new Board Members, and collaborating to create our 5-year strategic plan.

Supporting Upcoming Initiatives: Much of the funds raised will allow Making Change to hold activities, events, and conversations in the community. Making Change’s planning for Black History Month (BHM) activities will begin during August, with a predominant focus on a significant community BHM Celebration event in February 2021. The Art Engagement Project with schools, will be revisited next year, with hopes for a September 2021 start leading to BHM 2022 presentations. Virtual delivery methods will be explored to allow flexibility should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to limit in-person interactions.


What’s new?

Over the summer and during Black History Month earlier this year, we’ve been working to build community inclusion and togetherness through activities, allyship, participation and discussion.

Anti-Black Racism Training: Making Change is providing training services around anti-Black racism/unconscious bias training by partnering with diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Camille Dundas and Melissa Horne Ph.D of Learning Snippets and Dialectic.


​Supporting Our Black Youth: The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and Making Change have come together to support the Uplift Black - Youth Project, a grassroots community initiative that is connecting local Black youth across Simcoe County with care packages over the summer of 2020. The Uplift Black - Youth Project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Barrie Community Foundation with a $10,000 grant awarded to the YMCA in July.

Making Change is providing administrative support to the Uplift Black - Youth Project, specifically by:

1. registering families and volunteers, and

2. administering the finances related to the e-transferred donations between June 4 and July 11, 2020 (via banking partner PMJ Inc.) and the grant funding issued to Making Change SC through the YMCA in July and August 2020.

Speaking: Making Change Directors have also been in the community speaking and educating local organizations including The Barrie and District Association of Realtors, Innisfil Rotary, Rotaract Club of Barrie and Burton United Church. Would you like to have us present to your organization? Here are the details.


Conversations: Making Change partnered with the Barrie Police Services to present two Community Conversations (with Our Mosaic Lives via Zoom). In June Staff Sergeant Linda Moorhouse was our guest “Mother’s Connection” a conversation for mothers of Black Youth, moderated by Michele Newton. Sergeant Curt Phillips was our guest in July for “Brother to Brother”, a conversation for fathers of Black Youth and Black men in the community, moderated by volunteer Sean George.


Facilitating: Making Change brought Shak’s World and the CMHA together to provide a weekly drop-in virtual support series for Black Youth in Simcoe County.

Throwback to February’s BHM: Thanks to community partners, sponsors and an amazing group of volunteers, Making Change successfully delivered three programs during BHM 2020. The Art Engagement Project engaged school children, Voices of Black Women in Business Panel engaged the business community, and Making Change - Black History Month Celebration engaged the broader community.


Things to look forward to:

Collaborations: We continue to invite collaborations, attend speaking opportunities, and facilitate training across Simcoe County.

Black History Month 2021: Making Change’s planning for BHM activities will begin during August, with a predominant focus on a significant community Black History Month Celebration event in February 2021.



Seeing our Organization Grow: Making Change’s internal focus over the coming months is to build capacity through developing and training our Board of Directors, finalizing our mission, vision and values, recruiting new Board Members, and collaborating to create our 5-year strategic plan.


We'd love you to stay connected. If you're looking for more information, interested in training or speaking, or just want to reach out to us - please drop us a line.


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