Welcome to What's on the "MOVES". Every week we share information received about upcoming events, agency news and announcements with the DC MOVES mailing list. If your agency has information to share through this bulletin, please contact the DC MOVES Coordinator  Carol Good.

DC MOVES - Enhancing communication

DC MOVES was created to facilitate and support greater awareness, collaboration and connections across human services to better serve people in Dufferin County. An important component of the work  is building and refining our communication channels. This includes the tried and true face-to-face meetings like the Forums as well as the electronic options. We are upgrading our website and will be sending you a survey to collect feedback and input. Please help us help you.  
One more thing - we understand that people get busy in June as they wrap-up programs for a summer break. Please mark your calendars for the next DC MOVES Forum on June 21, 2017. We will be gathering at Dufferin Child and Family Services, 655 Riddell Road, Orangeville from 9 am until noon. 
Community Wellbeing
  Habitat for Humanity in Dufferin

Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph envisions a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home. But how do we get there?

We start with our community
As we continue to plan for a large-scale build in Dufferin , we look to our community for support. At Habitat for Humanity, support comes in many forms.
  • Shop at the Orangeville ReStore, or donate your gently-used furniture, appliances and more. Learn more here.
  •  Volunteer with us! Our volunteers are the core of our organization. Our goal is to deliver the Ultimate Volunteer Experience by offering a worthwhile, meaningful, and rewarding opportunity. Learn more about our opportunities here.
  • #PartyHardforHabitat: This September, we're hosting our first ever Ultimate Habitat House Party in Dufferin! Find out more about tickets, sponsorships and more by emailing brenda@habitatwdg.ca
Building a whole village is not an easy task, but with your support and engagement, we will continue to build more. With every brick we lay, we know we are building homes and building the future of community - our community.

 Orangeville Blues and Jazz At Queens Park

An Orangeville Blues and Jazz exhibit is on display at Queens Park. The Festival was selected to participate in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's Community Exhibits Program.
"After submitting a proposal, we were thrilled to be included", says Volunteer Coordinator, Alison Hird. "Most submissions come from museum and historical organizations, and for the Festival (just 15 years old) to be selected in this, Canada's 150th Birthday year, was a surprise and a bonus!
Larry Kurtz, Founder/Artistic Director, and Sylvia Jones MPP, attended the unveiling of the display which is onsite until June. When you are in Toronto, swing by Queens Park and visit the exhibit.
Other non-profit organizations may apply to participate in the program. Check out this link: http://discoveryportal.ontla.on.ca/en/visit-us/programs/community-exhibits-program/community-exhibits-image-gallery

Deepening Community
for Collective Impact - Workshop

This workshop has been rescheduled for the Fall. You are still invited to join internationally recognized trainer and community builder, Paul Born, for a workshop where community builders come together to learn and to create strategies for deepening community. The Tamarack Institute is offering a full-day workshop, Deepening Community for Collective Impact.
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Where: The Equestrian Park in Caledon , Ontario 
For more information and to reserve your place today, visit the Deepening Community for Collective Impact website.

Poverty Reduction
Province Supporting Innovative, Community-Driven Solutions to Poverty
Ontario is inviting community, broader public sector and Indigenous organizations to submit proposals for the third round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. Through the fund, Ontario is investing in local programs that will help break the cycle of poverty for children and youth, increase employment and income security and end homelessness in Ontario, including:
  • Up to $5 million for food security-related projects to help achieve a vision of a province where every person is food secure, to support them in leading healthy and active lives
  • Up to $3.3 million for homelessness related initiatives in 2017
  • At least $2 million to support projects in Indigenous communities and by Indigenous-led organizations.
By identifying effective local, community-driven solutions to tackle poverty, we can make a difference for those living in poverty, share knowledge, and use the evidence gathered from these projects to expand successful solutions across the province. Fighting poverty is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.  


  • The Local Poverty Reduction Fund is part of the province's Poverty Reduction Strategy and focuses on innovative programs that target groups disproportionately affected by poverty including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.
  • The fund, announced in April 2015 and now in its third year, provides $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty.
  • This is the last of three calls for proposals. Over the last two years, Ontario has supported 71 projects in 30 communities with a total investment of over $28.9 million.
  • The deadline for applications is June 28, 2017. More information about the application process, timelines and resources is available at Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  • Communities and organizations interested in applying for funding can access a range of supports including webinars, workshops and one-on-one sessions. These enhanced supports will help promote local partnerships, encourage knowledge-sharing and assist applicants in preparing strong project proposals.


Thinking about
Today's Older Adult Volunteer
Does your organization depend on volunteers? Are you looking to attract Baby Boomer volunteers? Some questions to ask yourself:
  • Do our recruitment strategies appropriately target the 50+ age group? Baby Boomers want information, and they want to know how their efforts will bring about change.
  • Are we providing this?
  • Is there room for input from volunteers in program planning and design?
  • Is there enough range in the volunteer positions to appeal to the diversity that exists within the population of Baby Boomers?
  •  Are there short-term or episodic volunteer positions-how many?
  •   How many older adults are currently engaged as volunteers?
  • Do they have comments or suggestions on what we do well, what we might change, their plans for continuing?