Every year, Science Society donates all proceeds from the Science Society Gala and other events to an elected charity. This year the options are:
YouthHub: Wellness your way - CMHA
Programs and services offered are evidence based and approved by youth in the community. The Youth Wellness Hub offers free services to youth ages 12-25 without a wait list or referral. They provide in person or over the phone crisis services 24 hours a day. Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place.
YWHO is a critical step toward improving Ontario’s mental health and addiction services for youth and young adults by:
Providing rapid access to easily identifiable mental health and substance use services with walk-in, low-barrier services and clear service pathways
Providing evidence-based interventions matched to individuals’ level of need, and supported transitions to specialised care services when the severity of need is evident
Integrating mental health, substance use, primary care, vocational, housing and other support services into a one-stop-shop model of care offered in a youth-friendly space
Reducing transitions between services through co-location and shared services in a single place (hospitals)
Establishing common evaluation across sites
Co-creating services with youth & families
Transition to Betterness
T2B is a local organization that offers 20+ programs in Windsor-Essex hospitals/care facilities that support severely ill patients and their families. These programs provide a much-needed bridge between the hospital and home & help reduce patient isolation during their hospital stay. A few active programs include Adult Music and Medicine, Connecting for Comfort, Dr. Michelle Prince Comfort Tote Program, Paediatric Oncology Medical Teaching Program, Holiday Meal Program, and many more (descriptions found on the website). The extremely diverse range of initiatives at multiple facilities makes a massive impact on the broader community, addressing both patient and caregiver needs. T2B does not recieve any government funding and is therefore reliant on local volunteers, donors, and sponsors to continue their many impactful services. Ultimately, T2B provides a much-needed sense of human touch in medicine, making it an exceptional candidate for Charity of the Year.
W.E. Care for Kids
W.E. Care for Kids is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of children in Windsor and Essex County by inspiring community giving. W.E. Care for Kids is the local leader in fundraising for children’s health and wellness, driven by volunteers and supported by the community. W.E. Care for Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for local paediatric programs at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met and Ouellette Campuses, Erie Shores HealthCare, John McGivney Children’s Centre, Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association, as well as the W.E. Care for Kids House. W.E. Care for Kids raises funds to support local paediatric programs through Foundation run events and initiatives, third-party events, as well as personal and corporate donations and sponsorships