Support our Hamilton Chapter while enjoying a great evening celebrating art, music, fine food & fine wine!
On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, ProAction Cops & Kids is proud to be part of “An Evening with Bortz, Amato & Friends”. For more information on this exciting event please click here.
For information on Sponsorship opportunities please click here.
The Loss of a Dear Friend
It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of a very dear and special member of the ProAction Cops & Kids family. Mr. John Strange sadly and suddenly passed away on Monday, August 5th, 2013.
John has been involved in the Durham Region community for over 23 years. As the Durham Region District Manager with International Pool & Spa Centers, John was able to build a large network in this community that includes community residents, corporate partners and many Durham Region police officers; all who are very good customers of International Pool & Spa.
In addition to his successful business pursuits, John has been very active in Durham Region with local charities and community groups. He has been a supporter and member of ProAction’s Durham Council since its inception in 2007, and joined our board just this past May to assume the role of Chair of the Durham Council. John was the Chair of the ProAction Cops & Kids “Heading Down the Right Lane” Bowling Fundraiser, the first fundraising event for ProAction’s Durham Region Chapter, that has grown into a 5-year annual event. He also Co-Chaired the very successful ProAction Cops & Kids inaugural “Jeans & Jewels Country Hoedown” that was hosted this past February 2013.
John’s dedication and commitment to building stronger police-youth relationships and a safer Durham Region is clearly demonstrated through the many fundraising initiatives he spearheaded in support of ProAction’s work.
The love and passion John had for the charity extended to the ProAction team whom he worked with, inspired and befriended. John’s contagious smile, enthusiasm, generosity, caring and commitment to not only ProAction, but also other community causes far surpassed that of most. He represents the true definition of philanthropist as a respected businessman, a strong community leader, friend to many and a well-loved family man.
John leaves behind his wonderful wife Lore who has always been by his side at all our ProAction events and is as much a member of the ProAction family as John has been. This is a devastating loss for all who knew him. His loss will have a resonating impact on ProAction and countless others. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
With love from the ProAction Team
Grant Application Update for Toronto Police
Please note that a few things have changed in our grant application process:
- ProAction now requires all applications to be submitted a minimum of TWO MONTHS prior to the date funding is needed. The earlier the better!
- Major Grants are now defined as $10,000 and above.
- Officers requesting grants of $10,000 and above are required to call ProAction before submitting an application. We are more than happy to help you with resources and best practices!
Click here to view the revised Toronto Grant Forms.
Consider earmarking your United Way donation
This year, when making your United Way donation, please consider directing your funds to ProAction Cops & Kids. Your donation will be used to fund the much needed programs ProAction supports in Toronto, Durham Region and Hamilton. Be part of the ever-growing groups that are helping reach more and more of our youth and getting more and more police officers involved. (ProAction Cops & Kids Charitable registration #887700862 RR0001)
20 Years of Bridging the Gap!
ProAction Cops & Kids is extremely proud of how far we have come since our organization was founded in 1991. For over two decades we have worked diligently with police officers in our three Chapters, Toronto, Durham Region and Hamilton to help establish positive, lasting relationships between cops and kids.
Learn more about ProAction Cops & Kids and how we are working towards a brighter future through exciting ProAction programs and initiatives.
ProAction Cops & Kids was founded in 1991 when Toronto businessman John L. Bitove Sr. realized that the City of Toronto would benefit from its youth and police officers having a better relationship with each other. Benefits include: kids beginning to understand and respect police and vice versa, the perception of police improving in the larger community and opening lines of communication between youth and police begin to break down the culture of silence.
Since 1991, ProAction has become the largest private funder of Toronto police programs for youth and has expanded to include chapters in Durham Region (2007) and Hamilton (2008). ProAction works with these police services that make community building a priority and is proud to provide financial assistance to help make police-youth programs a reality.
Police officers are at the heart of every program funded by ProAction Cops & Kids. Each program is initiated and organized by police officers. ProAction encourages officers to share their passions with youth, providing programs with a wide range of activities: sports and camping, arts, leadership, life skills and safety. Many programs include one-on-one mentoring between cops and kids. Participating youth are identified by police officers with the help of local schools, youth workers, churches and community centres.
At ProAction Cops & Kids, we believe that establishing a positive relationship between cops and kids at risk will strengthen our community today and for the future. By funding programs that bring local cops and kids together, we help create an environment of mutual understanding and respect.