Free Backpacks and School Supplies

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Does your child need a new backpack and school supplies to return to school in September? The United Way of Bruce Grey are helping families with the high cost of going back to school by providing free backpacks and school supplies!! Having proper school supplies ensures that students start the school year with the tools they need, feeling prepared and ready to learn. Please contact 2-1-1 by July 31st, 2015 to apply for school supplies. You will be asked for your name, telephone number and the ages of children in your family.

Pick Your Own Strawberries

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Summer has begun and in Ontario that means strawberries are ready to be picked. Picking your own strawberries is a fun family activity. There are numerous farms in our area that offer excellent berry picking. Ontario strawberries are plump, juicy and delicious. They are fantastic to freeze and wonderful to use in jams and pies. Picking dates depend on the weather and market conditions, so it is important to call ahead. If you’re interested in picking your own strawberries visit Foodlink to find a farm nearby.

Vital Signs Survey

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Vital Signs is a national initiative being implemented by Community Foundation Grey Bruce. Vital Signs is an instrument for measuring community well-being. It’s a tool for a community check-up. The report summarizes the health and strength of a community. Community Foundation is asking the residents of Grey Bruce to complete an online survey. The information gathered from this survey will assist the foundation to determine the most important issues relating to the community’s well-being. The more surveys completed the more information that can be gathered to draw a picture of who we are as a group. Take the online survey.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a user friendly online learning service that teaches practical conversation skills for a wide range of languages. Mango offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Mango Languages is free for patrons of thousands of libraries including the Bruce County Public Library and the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public library. If you would like the program to track your progress you may want to create a profile when you log in. Click on the video below to learn more about Mango languages.

Family Law Information Centre (FLIC)

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Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) are accessible in Family Courts across Ontario. Family Law Information Centres offer information to the public about family law matters. Material about legal services, the court process and court forms can be found at FLIC. Advice lawyers from Legal Aid Ontario are available by appointment at some FLIC locations to assist people requiring information about family law matters. All Centres have free pamphlets on topics such as separation and divorce, court procedures, and family mediation including What You Should Know about Family Law in Ontario (available in 9 languages). More information about the Family Law Information Centre, including contact information for the centres located in Walkerton (Bruce County) and Owen Sound (Grey County) can be found at FLIC.

College and Career Preparation

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Pathways is a FREE Employment Preparation program offered by Georgian College at the Owen Sound Campus. The Pathways curriculum is designed to assist individuals exploring the possibility of going back to school or students who need to develop employment skills. The goal of the Pathways program is
to help students to find the confidence and skills needed to become more employable. The course is held two days per week for eight weeks making it a comfortable setting for students to ease into an academic environment. The program is divided into three areas: Professional Development, Computer Skills, and
Workplace Math. This opportunity is available to individuals that are 19 years or older and who meet eligibility requirements. The spring session of Pathways starts May 4 and ends June 24, 2015. For more information about the program contact the Academic Pathways Liaison, Julie Gruetzman at (519)376-0840 ext. 2406

Coats for Kids

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COATS 4 KIDS are collecting donations. Gently used winter coats, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens are being pulled together to donate to those in need this fall.  All donations will be provided to people living in this area. Drop off boxes for items can be found at grocery stores in Hanover and schools in Durham, Walkerton, Hanover, Ayton, Mildmay and Chepstow.  This spring, when you are cleaning out your closets please think about keeping local children warm next winter. All donation to “COATS 4 KIDS” are GREATLY appreciated.

For more information about this valuable program contact Marg Kerr 519-364-3768.

Book Sale

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The Great Annual Library Book Sale
Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library’s Great Annual Library Book Sale is being held from Tuesday, November 4 to Sunday, November 9. Purchasing books at the sale is an inexpensive way to purchase gifts or to stock your own bookshelf. Money raised from the book sale is used to support library programs and services. For more information about the Book Sale , visit Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library or call the library at 519-376-6623.

Help With Housing Costs

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There is help available for people living in Grey and Bruce County that are having some difficulty paying their housing expenses. These funds are available through the Sustainable Housing Benefit in Grey County or Housing Stability Fund in Bruce County. These benefits are meant to help people living in the area to secure reasonable priced, stable housing. Funds are available through these programs, for residents who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. You may be eligible to receive assistance with these costs if you are a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant, if you reside in Grey or Bruce and if you have not received the benefit in the past 24 months. To find out more about the programs offered in your community and the conditions of eligibility, or to access the application forms follow the links entered above.