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York Region's 360°kids receives $25K grant from Hydro One

Teen support agency's Queer Agenda (QA) program among 25 agencies, communities selected for annual Energizing Life Community Fund grant
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York Region's 360°kids, which support teens in crisis, is among 25 charitable organizations, Indigenous communities and municipalities receiving a grant of $25,000 from Hydro One.

This is the third year that the fund will support community-led initiatives that promote physical, emotional, and psychological safety and well-being for Ontarians, according to a Hydro One news release.

360°kids Support Services was selected for its Queer Agenda (QA) program, a peer-led initiative that aims to reduce the barriers faced by youth who need access to housing and shelter supports.   

“Local charitable organizations, Indigenous communities and municipalities are powerful agents of positive change, and we are proud to support them through the Energizing Life Community Fund as they build a brighter future,” said Jay Armitage, vice-president, marketing and communications, Hydro One. “We want to congratulate and thank this year’s recipients ... for the critical work they do to energize life in their local communities.”

The organizations and communities selected to receive $25,000 from Hydro One are:

  • Alderville First Nation
  • Camp Maple Leaf, Kawartha Lakes
  • City of St. Catharines
  • Elephant Thoughts, Durham and Southwest
  • Enliven Cancer Care, Huntsville
  • Garden River First Nation
  • Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, Goderich
  • George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation, Thunder Bay
  • Julien Gaudet’s House, Windsor
  • Lac des Milles Lacs First Nation
  • Live Love Louder, Sudbury
  • Chatham-Kent Fire Rescue, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Municipality of Thames Centre
  • Northwestern Ontario Métis Child and Family Services, Dryden
  • Niska Foundation, Temiskaming
  • Peterborough Green-Up Association, Peterborough
  • Precious Minds Support Services, Uxbridge
  • Rainbows for All Children Canada Inc., Barrie
  • Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay
  • Shawanaga First Nation
  • Town of Atikokan Public Library, Atikokan
  • Township of Macdonald, Meredith, Aberdeen Additional
  • Trans Canada Trail Foundation
  • Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation
  • 360°kids, Markham

Hydro One’s community investment program focuses on building safe communities in Ontario, and directs at least 20 per cent of its corporate donations and sponsorships to Indigenous communities and initiatives that benefit Indigenous communities. The company also supports programs, events and initiatives that focus on safety training and safe play. Some of its partners include the ACT Foundation and Coaches Association of Ontario. 

To learn more about the 2023 Energizing Life Community Fund recipients and program, visit