About Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF)
Our faith guides us to help our neighbors in need.
“….whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do for me…” Matthew 25:40
As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At HCCF, we strive to do this by providing financial assistance to students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.
We raise funds to help HCDSB students in need with:
- Basic necessities, such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology
- School activities with a fee, such as school trips, team fees, and other learning materials
We provide funding to purchase these needs to help students overcome financial barriers to learning….so they can succeed in school.
The Christian teachings of hope, generosity, respect, dignity, and equity are at the heart of the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation and inform the impact we strive to have in our community. Through the work of our volunteers and donors – in partnership with the staff and teachers of our Halton Catholic District School Board schools – we are able to help bring these teachings to life.
The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) is an independent charity that has partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to support their students and families in need. We raise funds to help HCDSB students overcome financial barriers to learning, which helps our students succeed in school.
Our mission: To help HCDSB students succeed at school by providing financial support to families in need.
Our vision: All HCDSB students have equitable opportunities at school, regardless of financial barriers.
Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school. Low-income students in Halton face financial barriers to learning. Opportunities for many of our youth are not equal, due these financial barriers. Education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful, to be included and to build their confidence in a nurturing school community.
Our faith guides us to help our neighbours in need. As a Catholic Community, we need to show that we care. 10.5% of children in Halton live in low-income households – an estimated 3700 HCDSB students. Last fiscal year, we were able to help over 300 students. There is a significant gap in the number of students currently being helped and the potential number of students that could be helped.
Our Student Guardian Program helps low-income students to overcome challenges in the following areas:
- ACHIEVEMENT GAP – An achievement gap can form between low-income students and their peers due to financial barriers to learning.
- MENTAL HEALTH – Mental health of low-income students is also a key challenge. Social exclusion, shame, anger, stigma, low self-esteem, low confidence and loss of hope are all issues related to student poverty.
How your gift will be used
We at HCCF know that Canadians are committed to helping. We see this every day through our work helping students overcome financial barriers to learning, and in conversation with our dedicated network of volunteers and donors.
Wills are not just a legal means to distribute your personal assets; they are powerful tools for social change. It is not an either/or proposition – you can leave a gift in your Will to charity while still taking care of those you love.
Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school. Education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. When you leave a planned gift to HCCF, you provide opportunities for students to succeed in school and beyond.
Your donation to the HCCF Student Guardian Program will help Halton students to succeed in school by providing financial support to overcome financial barriers to education. Your gift will provide students in financial need with basic needs (i.e. food and clothing) and access to school experiences (i.e. grade 8 graduation trip; sports team fees), so that they have the same opportunities as their peers.