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Incredible gift from Halwell Mutual Insurance Company helps to expand early help and prevention initiatives supporting at-risk families

By Patricia Brady on August 30, 2021 in Uncategorized
Halwell Mutual Insurance Company presents a cheque for $10,000 to Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. Left to Right: Camryn Ferguson ( ), Elisabeth Mooney (Communications and Engagement Lead, Halwell Mutual Insurance Company), Sheila Markle (Executive Director, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County), and Jenna Afshar (Fund Development and Communications Manager, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County).

Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County is thrilled to have been named one of the recipients of the Halwell Mutual Insurance Company’s Halwell Hope project. Through this new program, Halwell Mutual Insurance Company has committed to donating $100,000 to multiple causes in local communities across southwestern Ontario. Family & Children’s Services was so pleased to learn that they would be receiving $10,000 this year through the Halwell Hope project.

“The funding provided by the Halwell Hope project will help us to expand our Early Help and Prevention Initiatives, enabling them to provide even more support to at-risk children and families during the COVID-19 crisis,” stated Sheila Markle, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington. “Our many years of experience working with children, youth and families has shown us that struggling families who receive support where vulnerabilities exist early on, have much more positive outcomes”.

Through their Prevention and Early Help Programs, Family & Children’s Services work collaboratively with local service providers and other community organizations to offer supports for isolated and struggling families in the Guelph and Wellington communities, helping families to address the challenges that they experience in caring for their children. These programs have become increasingly important for many struggling families who receive services and support from Family & Children’s Services, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as families continue to face a greater number of challenges.

The funding provided by the Halwell Hope program will play an important role in: supporting families in accessing basic needs; helping to support and facilitate access to networks of support for isolated and struggling families and helping families to address key stressors that can impact child and family well-being.

Family & Children’s Services is extraordinarily grateful for the support of the Halwell Hope program this year in making it possible for them to expand their Early Help and Prevention program to ensure that more struggling families have the support they need during this time of unprecedented challenges.

If you would like to learn more about Halwell Mutual Insurance Company’s special gift, or if you would like to learn how you can support Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County’s Early Help and Prevention initiatives, please reach out to Jenna Afshar, Fund Development and Communications Manager, at, or 519-824-2410 x.3299.

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