Photo Above : Mani Luangkhot presents the grant cheque to Raymond Ngarboui at the Rainbow Community Garden
Every year Assiniboine Credit Union invests in community by providing grants to organizations working to make our communities more inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and economically self-reliant through our Sustainable Community Grants program. In early 2016, 23 local community organizations received a Sustainable Community Grant from ACU.
For the members of the Immigrant Integration Farming Community Co-op, the grant will help to develop a rainwater catchment shelter at the Rainbow Community Garden at the University of Manitoba campus. This garden brings newcomer families together to grow vegetables, practice English, and learn about environmental and food-production issues in their new home. Over 150 newcomer families participate in this garden along with Canadian-born volunteers.
We always receive far more grant applications than we can support and the members of ACU’s Community Grants Committee face the difficult task of choosing between many deserving projects. “ACU is known for our community involvement and support,” says committee member Mani Luangkhot, a Financial Account Manager at ACU’s Main Branch. “I would encourage our community leaders to reach out to each other to share ideas and dreams and to keep applying for the Community Grants. And I would like to take a moment to acknowledge our ACU members: this would not be possible without your commitment to ACU values”.
Mani went to visit the Rainbow Community Garden to deliver the grant in person, and enjoyed meeting the participants.
“It is beautiful to see diversity and inclusion, members of our communities cultivating their harvest and feeding their spirits for many generations to come.”
Through organizations like the Rainbow Community Garden we witness first-hand the amazing power that comes from everyone working together. That’s money doing more… in your community.
To find out more about Assiniboine’s Community Grants and sponsorships visit assiniboine.mb.ca