March of Dimes’ Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Program receives $30,000 Grant from the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga
March of Dimes Canada is thrilled to announce that it is the recipient of a $30,000 grant for the third year to help support the growth of its L.I.F.E. program. The L.I.F.E. program helps young adults ages 18 to 45 develop the skills required to achieve independence. The program provides participants with a learning environment to expand their social and professional skills while practicing the daily responsibilities of adulthood.
Most young adults have challenges as they transition into adulthood, but those with disabilities can also face physical and social barriers to participation in their home, school, work and community. Over 14.3% of Mississauga's population identifies as having a physical, developmental or non-visible disability, and face disadvantages or barriers to employment and other community participation.
L.I.F.E. offers in-class and community-based learning activities, which focuses on the needs of each individual and their personal goals, including instruction on financial literacy, relationships, goal-setting and employment preparation.
The L.I.F.E. program began in April, 2010 with the goal of both addressing and overcoming these barriers. Participants in the program have demonstrated significant growth in life skills, social integration and employment readiness. With support from the grant, L.I.F.E. Mississauga will be expanding, adopting a new curriculum and adding new challenges for participants. The program includes four major components: Life Skills Workshops, Social Outings, Transit Training, and Adapted Sports/Recreational Outings.
“This program is life-altering,” says Instructor Staceyan Sterling. “I always tell potential participants, be warned that if you join this program you place yourself at very high risk of changing and never being the same: you risk becoming more independent, more apt at advocating for yourself and others; having a greater sense of self and more,” she continues.
The Community Foundation of Mississauga Grant will allow even more Mississauga-area participants to benefit from this program. To date, $90,000 has been donated by the Community Foundation of Mississauga to support L.I.F.E.
March of Dimes Canada gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada.
The Community Foundation of Mississauga has been matching acts of caring with community needs since 2001. Working with donors and the broader community, the Foundation invests in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. By providing effective and efficient endowment options for donors, the Foundation is creating a lasting legacy of community vitality. To find out more about the Community Foundation of Mississauga, visit the web site at
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information about the award, or the organization, please visit the website at www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.