On Friday YWCA Muskoka held an announcement for funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation with Norm Miller for $369,000 over 5 years for a joint project to reduce poverty in Muskoka.

The ‘Bridges’ project represents a shared effort by a number of Muskoka organizations to build relationships in the community reaching across income levels and class lines. The project intends to foster a supportive environment to address the fundamental barriers keeping families in poverty.

Liz Angell, Bridges Coordinator of YWCA Muskoka suggests that “This funding will mean the community can reach out by building relationship and helping more people out of poverty through a successful model thriving in the U.S and some areas of Canada. It means we can challenge perspectives and stereotypes across classes and work together to move towards a thriving community. It is very exciting!”

YWCA Muskoka was the lead agency through the grant application process and will work with partners including the Gravenhurst Women’s Centre; Bracebridge United Church; Muskoka Community Church; Table Soup Kitchen Foundation and the Bracebridge Out of the Cold program on the implementation of the collaborative project.