An insurer yesterday concluded its 10-year collaboration with a charitable organization, having fulfilled its final donation installment.
St. John’s-based non-profit Stella’s Circle received the tenth and final contribution of $20,000 from insurer The Co-operators. Since 2006, the insurer has donated a total of $200,000.
It was due to The Co-operators’ initial funding that Stella’s Circle was able to create a model for training and employment to be the basis of its Hungry Heart Café initiative. The social enterprise café “provides training opportunities to support those who have faced barriers to successful inclusion in the community,” a release said.
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“The Co-operators has been a key community partner in developing the Hungry Heart Café and our food services training programs,” said Stella’s Circle CEO Lisa Browne. “We are so proud, not only of the quality of the Hungry Heart as a restaurant and catering business, but also of the incredible training opportunities available to our participants. We would not be where we are today without the generous support of The Co-operators.”
“Stella’s Circle does wonderful work that has helped so many local residents develop their abilities, confidence and self-reliance over the years,” said The Co-operators president and CEO Rob Wesseling. “It is a pleasure to support an organization that is meeting an important local need and ultimately helping to build a more vibrant and resilient community.”
According to a release, funding from The Co-operators Foundation was provided through the organization’s Community Economic Development Funds.
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