Kia Communities in Motion Announces 2022 Funding Recipients for Nine Charities and Nonprofits Driving Movement and Innovation in Their Communities

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  • Kia Communities on the Move gives charities the time, space and funding to find the inspiration they need to keep moving their communities forward.
  • The program will see $1.4 million supporting local projects across the country over four years.

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TORONTO, May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Kia Communities on the Move announces nine charities and nonprofits across the country that have been selected to receive funding in the program’s inaugural year. This follows the announcement of the program in December where Kia Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations Canada (CFC), launched Kia Communities on the Movea community initiative to invest $1.4 million over four years to support local projects that build inclusive communities through innovative programs that encourage movement.

As Canada continues to grapple with the challenges posed by COVID-19 – deepening inequalities and increasing barriers faced by some groups – charities and nonprofits are playing a vital role in creating transformative change at the local level .

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“The first year of Kia Communities on the Move will see many incredible opportunities to drive local innovation, inspiration and movement, meeting the diverse needs of people across the country,” said Elias El-Achhab, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from Kia Canada. “At Kia, we recognize the importance of the incredible work being done at the grassroots level. Communities know better than anyone what they need, and we are thrilled to support these important initiatives that are enabling the betterment of our world and the critical change that comes with it.

Inspirational projects funded by Kia Communities on the Move 2022
Nine projects were selected from coast to coast, ranging from Saskatchewan Transition Services Collaborative – a program that will help people in crisis with supports such as overnight accommodation, access to emergency food or emergency transportation – at Windsor’s Young Women in Motion program in Windsor Women’s Entrepreneurial Skills Trainingwhich aims to break down barriers with cycling by increasing the mobility, physical and social well-being of young BIPOC women.

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Each funded initiative will advance change through equitable and innovative solutions based on the concept of movement, inspired by Kia’s brand belief, “Movement that inspires”. A selection of funded projects includes:

  • Go ahead by South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) in Penticton that will improve access to transportation and settlement support for newcomers in rural and remote communities through driver education, transportation and bike safety programs, and crash courses. ‘English. “It can take about 15 years for newcomers to settle in Canada,” says Cherry Fernandez, CEO of SOICS. “The transportation and language components of the program will impact quality of life, enabling access to essential supports and services, while improving the well-being and sense of belonging of individuals and families.
  • Black Boys Code Windsor Advancement Project by Black Boys Code Society – an initiative to create safe and inclusive spaces for black boys and help them learn the cognitive and technical skills needed to pursue careers in STEM. “There is a financial and racial technology divide in Canada that threatens the future of Black boys and their ability to obtain meaningful employment and improve social mobility in a digitalized economy,” said Bryan Johnson, CEO of Black Boys Code. . “Kia Communities on the Move will support the Windsor Chapter by providing opportunities for students to see new places, meet new people and have new experiences.

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Empowered by grassroots community foundations
In its inaugural year, Kia Communities on the Move worked with five foundations across the country, using their knowledge of grassroots organizations and the needs of their local communities to select charities and nonprofits that drive innovation and movement in their communities. This year, Kia Communities on the Move collaborates with:

  • Windsor-Essex Community Foundation, Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Rural Communities Foundation, Nova Scotia
  • Yorkton and District Community Foundation, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
  • Community Foundation Of The South Okanagan Similkameen, Penticton, British Columbia
  • Foundation of Greater Montreal – Foundation of Greater Montreal, Longueuil, Laval, Quebec

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“The pandemic has been exceptionally difficult and has disproportionately affected people who are already vulnerable. In the face of these challenges, there is a ray of hope: charities and nonprofits have been, and continue to be, creative and resourceful in meeting community needs,” said Andrea Dicks, President, Community Foundations of Canada. “Kia Communities on the Move provides significant support to move this work and communities forward. As we look to recovery, it is projects like these that will help ensure that no one is left behind.

Kia Communities in Motion Year One Recipients
The charities and nonprofits selected showcase a diverse range of community-led projects, all of which support the forward movement of people in society, promote inclusivity in the community, use innovative solutions to raise social challenges and have a broad impact on the community. . A full list of funded organizations can be found below:

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About Kia Canada
Kia Canada Inc., founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Kia Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. The company employs 178 people at its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, as well as various locations across Canada and its regional office in Montreal, Quebec. Kia offers innovative, dynamic, thoughtful and award-winning products and services through a network of 197 dealerships across the country. The company’s brand slogan – “A Movement that Inspires” reflects Kia’s commitment to inspiring consumers through its products and services. To learn more, visit kia.ca or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and instagram.

About Community Foundations of Canada
Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is the national governing body for Canada’s 191 local community foundations. Working with community foundations across the country, CFC helps find local solutions for national change on the issues that matter most to Canadians. CFC is building a movement that connects community foundations, Canadians and partners to create a just and sustainable future.

For more information and press inquiries, please contact Susan Bernardo at [email protected] or Emma Ninham at [email protected].

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