Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to keep the community moving, thanks to a $143,700 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
The funding was used for the purchase and retrofit of two wheelchair and stretcher-accessible vans. The vans are a vital piece of Community Care’s Specialized Transportation program, providing seniors and adults with special needs with affordable transportation.
“We are immensely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for investing in our mission to provide reliable, safe, and accessible transportation for those with mobility issues across the City of Kawartha Lakes,” said Barb Mildon, CEO Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, in a media release.
“Many seniors in the City of Kawartha Lakes experience transportation issues and social isolation, and these vans will ensure those most vulnerable remain connected to their community.”
Community Care’s transportation program supports clients in maintaining their independence and improving their access to health care.
Most trips provided by Community Care are to medical appointments, treatment sessions, or hospital discharges.
Other destinations include day programs, recreation activities and social outings. With over 57,000 door-to-door rides provided to 3,000 people, Community Care’s transportation services drove clients a total of over 2.4 million km last year – enough to travel around the world more than 60 times.
“Improving the mobility of senior members of our community and those with special needs is essential to maintaining good mental and physical health,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“This year more than ever, we can all understand the feeling of isolation that can be experienced by those who are unable to leave their homes and we are so thankful that with this provincial funding, Community Care is able to offer this service to vulnerable members of our community.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ontario government, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca
For more information on Community Care’s Transportation services, call 705-324-7323 or email .