Race To Erase
Race To Erase


Charity Profiles

Below is information about each charity involved with this year's event. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton

The agency provides quality guidance in the development of life skills to the children of our community through companionship with adult volunteers through a variety of mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters has something for everyone! Our mentoring roles range from volunteering with a child one hour a week in a school-based program to three to four hours a week in one of our community-based programs. Studies show mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behavior and experience first-hand the importance of helping others.Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their full potential both as individuals and citizens.Agency volunteers are ordinary people like you willing to share their time with a young person.This is a rewarding experience for both the child and the adult volunteer.

Reach us at (519) 336-0460 or email michael.hurry@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton is a United Way Member agency.

Total Donations: 13, Funds Raised: $610.00

Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile

Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile (CCMF) is a parent-driven local advocacy group for medically-fragile children and young adults in Sarnia/Lambton County. CCMF was formed in 1989 with the primary goal of establishing a group home for medically-fragile children. That goal was reached in 2004 when Standing Oaks opened its doors. It is located at 1212 Michigan Avenue, Sarnia.

CCMF continues to grow. A new wheelchair-accessible van for the TransVan Program is available to members. An art program and music program are also available. Hopefully a dance program will soon be developed.In addition to assisting those living in the specialized group home, CCMF assists medically fragile young people in our community.

Call 519-344-2719 or visit the website for more information.

Total Donations: 22, Funds Raised: $1245.00

Goodwill EKL

Goodwill Industries - Essex Kent Lambton's mission is Changing People's Lives Through the Power of Work.

Our vision is You Donate - Someone Works

Goodwill has a passion for encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle household goods. Every day, we collect thousands of donations in the form of used clothing and household items that are sold in our local retail stores.

Reusing and recycling consumer goods not only funds our mission to change people's lives through the power of work, but this initiative is also very good for the environment too! When consumers donate clothing and other household items, the products are sold in retail stores giving them a second life and keeping them out of landfills. In 2017/2018 alone, 241,463 donors gave their gently used goods and more than 3,661,017 LBS of product was diverted from local landfills.

We are committed to making a real difference in people's lives, their families' lives and the communities in which they live. We believe in the power of dignity that is earned with a paycheque, and our employment programs and services help people with employment barriers to gain confidence, life skills and independence. How do we do it? By operating stores that provide jobs and training within the retail environment; by channeling 89.1% of our revenues into job creation and placement programs, and by ensuring we operate ethically and responsibly.

This year through the Race To Erase event we hope to collect monetary pledges/donations to supplement our Goodwill Connections Program allowing us to put forth more of our retail dollars into our job creation and placement programs. Goodwill Industries EKL has been and is a proud supporter of Race To Erase and look forward to participating each year.

Total Donations: 66, Funds Raised: $2530.00

Inn of the Good Shepherd

The Inn's mission is to provide service with dignity to those in need of food, shelter and other essentials. We have a food bank, soup kitchen, 2 emergency shelters as well as other assistance programs such as rent/utility bank, income tax clinics, back to school kits, winter coat night, mobile market, summer snack packs, children's birthday club and much more.

The majority of Canadians now work in part-time jobs, minimum wage and no benefits. So many of the families and households we serve are working 2-3 part-time jobs, with uncertain hours striving to make ends meet. An everyday life crisis - someone gets sick and needs medicine, a week with shorter hours, glasses or dental work, a car breaking down and needing to be repaired to get to those part time jobs, school supplies or event winter wear. Any incident or need like these puts that household in the very difficult position of having to choose between health or work and food or rent or hydro!

The Inn's programs help provide that helping hand to get folks out of these difficult times.

Total Donations: 48, Funds Raised: $2667.00

Lambton Elderly Outreach

Lambton Elderly Outreach is a non-profit agency servicing 1900+ clients throughout Sarnia and Lambton County since 1970. Services offered allow for seniors to remain living at home for as long as they desire; they include: Personal Care/Home Help, Caregiver Respite/Support, Meals on Wheels, Home Maintenance, Crisis Intervention/Assistance, Housing Support, Diners Club, Fitness, Friendly Visiting, 55 Alive Driver Refresher Course and Transportation options for those with mobility issues for both medical appointments and social outings. Our non-urgent stretcher transportation offers not-for-profit pricing for non-emergency patients requiring transportation from home to hospital, hospital to hospital or hospital to home. Funded in part by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the United way of Sarnia Lambton; remaining funds are acquired from client fees for service, fundraising, donations, bequests and grants.

Total Donations: 70, Funds Raised: $1025.00

Leveraged Fundraising

A volunteer committee runs the Race to Erase each year. There is software that allows each participant to register, invite teammates, fundraise, track their progress, and share their stories on social media. By making it as easy as possible for participants, we make it possible for the charities involved to focus on recruiting teams and raising funds.

One of the core tenets of our event has always been giving back 100% of funds received to local charities. This is possible because our administrative costs (insurance, supplies, travel, marketing, website and software development) have been kept low.

We are reaching out to members of the community to participate in an initiative called Leveraged Fundraising. We are asking community members to donate $100 to the Race to Erase to cover all of the administrative costs. Your funds will then be leveraged to raise even more for charity. Instead of only one charity benefiting from a donation, we are multiplying it by using it to run an event that benefits many local charities.

We feel this leveraged approach is a win-win for the entire community.

Total Donations: 16, Funds Raised: $1830.00

Life's Seasons Care & Support

At Life's Seasons, we provide confidential care and support for individuals, couples, and families; across the lifespan who are facing difficult seasons in their lives. Some of the areas of specialty and expertise offered at Life's Seasons includes, but is not limited to: Trauma Intervention, Self-Abuse, Foster care / Adoption, Separation / Divorce, Grief / Loss, and Parenting. We also provide training for professionals and volunteers who work with these individuals in various settings. We offer services from either a faith-based or a non-faith-based perspective for both In Office or Off Site Services.

Total Donations: 64, Funds Raised: $3516.00

Noelle's Gift

Noelle's Gift is a registered charity with the mission to ensure every child in the Sarnia-Lambton area has the resources they need to grow up great. In the short time since our inception in 2013, Noelle's Gift has donated over $850,000 to a variety of children's programs and organizations in the local community. With your help, we hope to see that figure grow as we embark on this exciting new year. Noelle's Gift was established in January 2013, in honor of a beautiful, dedicated caring volunteer and school teacher named Noelle Paquette. We recognized that there are many marginalized students who are victims of circumstances beyond their control and they are in need of assistance. Noelle was always aware of others in need and she believed every child deserved an equal opportunity to becoming a "SMASH HIT" as she would often say to her students, friends and family. Donations have come from across Canada to help provide students in need but we are particularly thankful for the ongoing financial and emotional support from the people of Lambton and Kent counties.

Total Donations: 39, Funds Raised: $1695.00

Organization for Literacy in Lambton

Organization for Literacy in Lambton (OLL) is a non-profit organization located in Sarnia, Ontario. Since 1989, OLL has served the adults and the children in Lambton County, by offering them free math and reading help. Our mission is to ensure that all individuals in Lambton County have the opportunity and resources to improve their literacy.

Total Donations: 28, Funds Raised: $3290.00

St. Clair Child & Youth Services

St. Clair Child & Youth Services has been providing children's mental health services for over 45 years in Sarnia-Lambton. We were selected as Lead Agency for Children's Mental Health for Lambton County in 2015, via the 'Moving on Mental Health' initiative set by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. As such, we, with our community partners, are responsible for ensuring that mental health services for children, youth and their families are responsive and meet their needs.

We provide mental health services, free of charge, to infants, children, and youth from birth through age 18 and their families. Our main campus is located at 129 Kendall Street, Point Edward, with our Family Drop-In Centre at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre. In addition, services are provided in homes, schools, community centres, and medical facilities. During our last fiscal year, 6160 individuals were served. The top 5 most frequently reported concerns for 'Core Services' clients at the first point of contact are: Emotional Difficulties, Anxiety, Behaviours at Home, Dysregulation, and Behaviours at School.

On behalf of the people we serve and who benefit from this Race, we wish to express our deepest appreciation to all the Race To Erase teams who continue to support us through your participation in the 2019 event. Have fun!!

Total Donations: 98, Funds Raised: $6098.00

SWONT Conductive Education

S.W.O.N.T. Conductive Education is approaching its 20th year of offering a four-week summer program to children aged 2-16, with cerebral palsy and other motor challenges. Certified by the PETO Institute in Hungary, Conductor Teachers come to us each summer to provide this program. Two conductor teachers provide the program for a maximum of 8 children per camp. Summer camps are offered in Sarnia, Windsor, St. Thomas and Chatham. Cost of the program is approximately $2000 per child however parents are only asked to pay a $200 commitment fee and help support our fundraising projects. We are grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Race To Erase as a fundraising endeavor. For more information visit us at www.swontconductiveeducation.com or follow us on facebook at S.W.O.N.T Conductive Education Trust Fund.

Total Donations: 77, Funds Raised: $4650.00

The Pregnancy Options & Support Centre

We offer compassionate support and education for individuals and families impacted by unintended pregnancy and related issues. If you have questions... We are here to listen. All of our programs and services are free, confidential, and are offered in a safe and non-judgmental environment regardless of age, gender, race, or religion. You are not alone. We are here to help. We are a Canadian charity, funded through businesses, individuals and local churches. Our donors believe in giving back to community in respectful, professional ways. Our financial donors feel passion about offering support to anyone in our community who wants compassion, encouragement and education through pregnancy and parenting.

Total Donations: 12, Funds Raised: $515.00

Women's Interval Home / Sexual Assault Survivors

The WIH provides 24-hour emergency and short-term shelter, support, individual and group counselling to women and children, transitional & housing support, and Child Witness services. The SASCSL provides a 24-hour crisis line, services to both women and men including individual and group counselling, information, referrals, advocacy, outreach, and public education. Both organizations offer free and confidential services.

Total Donations: 11, Funds Raised: $1964.00