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Mission
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MISSION

To disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing programs that reduce barriers and support the mental health, growth, and development of school-age children and youth in Simcoe County.

VISION

All school-age children and youth in Simcoe County have access to resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.

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VALUES

CARING

We respect and care deeply about those we serve, see the potential in all children, and are committed to providing dignified access to our programs.

INCLUSIVE

We value and embrace each other’s individuality and encourage and respect all forms of diversity.

TRANSFORMATIVE

We demonstrate the courage and curiosity to challenge the status quo in everything we do to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

ACCOUNTABLE

We are responsive to our clients and the community, acting responsibly, with integrity and transparency.

COLLABORATIVE

We build relationships and work with community partners to foster a kinder, more compassionate community to enrich young people’s lives.

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History

How Glowing Hearts Began

After being diagnosed as terminally ill with cancer in 2013, Frank began a bucket list journey. This bucket list consisted of initiatives to help others in need. One item on this list was a concept that revolved around the idea "Give what you can, and get what you need". The registered charity called the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centres was established. Previously the centre has given away approximately 12,000 items to over 1,500 people each month.

What started as a simple concept: “give what you can and take what you need” has evolved into what Glowing Hearts Charity is today... a thriving organization that supports children and youth in need across Simcoe County.

Today, as a grassroots, completely volunteer-run organization, the Board continues to ensure that Frank’s vision stays at the forefront by facilitating hope and help in our community with a focus on reducing the many financial burdens that low-income families face.

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Founder

Frank Nelson

June 3, 1956-December 8, 2017

TEAM

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials

"I just wanted to touch base with you in regards to NAME's assessment and say thank you! The team at Lakeview were amazing. They were able to confirm and validate the things I have been seeing in Francesca for so many years. To be told, I'm not crazy truly makes me feel sad yet relieved all at the same time.  I hope now, NAME can get the help she deserves through school. None of this would have been possible without you and the amazing things you are doing with Glowing Hearts. Know that you truly are an angel here on earth and helping others is truly your calling. Sending you a huge hug from NAME and I." -2024 parent of psychoeducational assessment

"I just really wanted to thank you again for going above and beyond for us...you definitely made a huge difference...and I am eternally grateful."-2023 parent

"There's not enough gratitude that can compare to how we felt! We were in tears of joy with everything. It really helped us a lot and we cannot thank you enough! God bless you all and we will definitely pay it forward when we are able to!" -2023 parent

"You all are angels on earth, simply put. Your kindness, patience and amazing work is beyond amazing!!!"-2023 parent

“Thank you so much for funding this amazing opportunity for families. Accessing social services has become extremely difficult over the past few years, with severely backed up wait lists, not to mention the huge financial barrier for many families. I am thanking you not just for my own family, but for every child and family who needs and deserves access to counselling and support. The need for access to these supports is greater than ever due to the mental health toll that covid has had on all of us, especially our children. Bless you for supporting families in your community.”

-2023 parent of a child who received counselling

PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIALS

"Glowing Hearts has made huge strides as it reinvents itself by reviewing its practices, policies, terms of references - and while going through this important governance work that is essential for a well-run charity, has also, more importantly, delivered on its mission. This fall, hundreds of children and youth received free backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Glowing Hearts ensured that a. the right children (ie those truly in need) received the resources and b. that the backpacks and school supplies were of a high quality so as to promote self-confidence and a sense of value. Our community is stronger thanks to the efforts of this organization's board of directors, volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors."

BRIAN SHELLEY

YMCA OF SIMCOE MUSKOKA

Vice President of Philanthropy, Brand & Community Development

"A relevant and ambitious organization, Glowing Hearts has gone through a recent transformation. Past disruptions included a frequent changeover in board members, the closure of their Give and Get Centre, and then as with everyone, finding themselves deep in the pandemic, the new board faced tough decisions in determining how their charity would have the greatest impact for their target group. They took a hard look at the current situation for low-income families in the region and set about creating a new mission and vision that would avoid further redundancies and be sustainable into the future.


In developing their vision and plan to take them into at least the next five years, Glowing Hearts truly embraced change. Incredibly, they did this while continuing to respect and honour the legacy and vision of their founder, Frank Nelson. 

 

In determining their new vision, mission and value statements, Glowing Hearts asked the right questions of why do we need to do it, what should we do, and who will it truly serve? They created a plan that will allow them to continue to grow and develop campaigns to fulfill their mission, disrupt the cycle of poverty by empowering children and youth to realize their full potential.
 

Glowing Hearts massively exceeded their desired impact with their 2021 Backpack Campaign. Their vision is that by 2027 they will have enabled 2500 children and youth to access resources and opportunities. The goal for this specific resource campaign in 2021 was to give 150 backpacks to kids who needed them. They gave out 600 backpacks! This outstanding result from one campaign confirms to us that Glowing Hearts will become a force in the community helping children and youth for years to come."

JEANNETTE HEYWOOD, TOM COON, AND JANE KLEMENTI

THE OTHER HALF CONSULTANTS INC.

Principals and Associate

Donors

Our success in helping the children and youth vulnerable to poverty has been made possible thanks to people just like you. With your generous contribution, no matter how great or small, we are able to truly make a difference. We are grateful for any help you can provide, and guarantee it will change lives for the better.

2024 DONOR WALL

GLOWING HEARTS CHARITY EXTENDS A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CHAMPIONS OF CHILDREN & YOUTH IN SIMCOE COUNTY

GRADUATE

William Coleman

HONOURS

Anonymous (1)

Advocis

Domenic D'Addio

Modern Music Barrie

Simcoe IT Solutions

DONORS

Anonymous (6)

Jessica Avery

Divya Awasthi

In Memory of  Susanne Bennett

Su Cadogan

Sharon Clarke

John Ewen

Karen H.

Lisa Hutchinson

Roberta Hochman

Rachel S.

Phil von Kaufmann

Western Financial Group

Jenn Williams

2023 DONOR WALL

PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE

Apotex Inc.

GCBB Auto Ltd O/A Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC

Metropolitan Toronto Shinglers in memory of Stanley Shewell

Ripple of Kindness Barrie

SCHOLAR

Anonymous (1)

Barrie Colts Foundation

CIBC Mellon​

Manulife

Pavlik Foundation

Rotary Club of Barrie

Well-Being Canada

GRADUATE

Anonymous (2)

Canada Protection Plan, a Foresters Financial Company

The Cutting Edge Salon & Spa

Divya Awasthi

Domenic D'Addio Realty Inc.

Gateway Casinos Innisfil through the GatewayGives program

Hydro One Forestry

Jack Garner Foundation

James A. Burton & Family Foundation

Kempenfelt Rotary Club

KIS Technologies

Meridian Bayfield Branch

Midland Canadian Tire

Midland Lions Club

Noble

North Barrie Market Wing Night Guys

Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach

RTOERO District 17

Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation in honour of Steven Robertson

Tyler's Tree Services

HONOURS

Anonymous (5)

Advocis Simcoe Muskoka

Assisting You Social

Judy Cathcart

Dollarama

In honour of an unknown homeless women

Innovative Automation Inc.

iSO Design

Krazy Binz Barrie

Lakeview Psychology

Monica Goodfellow

Jeannie Mills

Rob Newman

Penetanguishene Lions Club

Rotary Club of Orillia

Simcoe County Elementary Teachers' Federation

DONORS

Anonymous (26)

Advantage HR

Accounting Essentials Plus

Robin Baird

Bruce MacGillivray Instant Imprint

Bulldog Property Management Group

Stephanie Brady, Assisting You Social

Anna Candelino (in support of Vince & family from Maple Grove P.S. staff)

Janice Coutts

Jenn Belbeck-Cragg

Crystal Benjafield

Su Cadogan

Mike Campbell

Samantha Cave

Jennifer Cheesman

Tom Coon
Copeland Creek Community

Lisa Creighton

Judit DellAnno & Lisa Hutchinson

Rick Earhart Western Financial Group

Ellie (in grade 2)

Exceptional Touch Cleaning

Sarah Fleming

Jeff & Marilyn Garner

Global Payments

Louise Gravelle & Lee Miller

Laurena Green

Green/Clarke family & friends

Danny Gregoric

Adam Grose

 Janice Stone Life Coach

Jessica Hendriks

Jennifer Ives

Joe's No Frills

Robert Johnston

Wendy Keegan

Aaron & Jennifer Kell

Joan Kennedy

Sylvie Labrosse

Eileen Leversedge

MA Customized Mortgage Strategies

Mike Holmes Inspections - Simcoe County

Annelise Mota

Kai O'Brien

Stephanie Pellow

Lindsay Percy

Newman Accounting Professional Corporation

Nouvelle Alliance Religion Class Students: 

Megann Nkenglack, Mya Cartwright, Emma Jacques

Darryl Paul

John & Margaret Potts (in honour of Joanne Potts & the Simcoe Youth Choir)

Rob Newman Sr.

Simcoe IT Solutions

Brett Restemayer

Steve & Maxine Robertson

Amanda Roes in memory of Steve Slaughter

Cheryle Russell

Mallory Steele

Tayler Insurance & Estate Planning

Trish Beesley Photography

Phil von Kaufmann

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