In response to the complex impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable children and youth, the Teddy Bear Fund is pivoting to provide urgent and critical supports to children, youth and families most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

When children and youth grow up in the child welfare system, they face steeper obstacles on their way to building a brighter future than their peers. Without essential supports, they are more likely to drop out of school, face incarceration, struggle with mental health issues, suffer from addictions, or experience homelessness. The Teddy Bear Fund responds to the immediate needs of kids and families involved in child welfare in Toronto to remove these barriers and promote positive outcomes.

During the COVID-19 crisis, these risks become even greater.

In order to help vulnerable children and families, the Teddy Bear Fund allows frontline social workers at Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to assist families with urgent, basic needs such as housing and food and infant needs like diapers and formula. The fund also strengthens vulnerable families deeply affected by COVID-19, connecting them with essential programs and resources to keep families together.

The Teddy Bear Fund COVID-19 Child & Family Support Appeal will be able to enhance responsiveness of CAS of Toronto and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto as they encounter new challenges every day.

The Teddy Bear Fund COVID-19 Child & Family Support Appeal helps with things like:

Flexible funding for front line social workers
baby needs like diapers and formula
Connecting vulnerable families with resources
more supports for vulnerable children, youth and families

Your support of the Teddy Bear Fund is transforming the lives of our community’s most vulnerable kids.

Thank you to our exceptional Teddy Bear Fund Founding Donors who have committed $100,000+ to the Teddy Bear Fund:

Annual Commitments
Daniel & Kathryn Barclay
Lynn & Brent Belzberg
Bill Butt & Susan Quigley
The K. Michael Edwards Family
Donald Guloien & Irene Boychuk
Pruyn & Kelly Haskins
Fred & Donna Leslie
Dougal & Barbara Macdonald
In Memory of Pinkle Sturgeon

Endowed / Named Funds
Bill Bamber & Leigh Merlo
Eric Bélanger & Marie Claude Prud’homme
Richard (Dick) & Darleen Falconer
Bradley Black & Michelle Ferraro
Eric Blanchard & Olivia Holland
Sheila Block
Michael Bowick & Joanne Peters
Maureen & Victor Dodig
Linda & Bob Goldberger
Lynn Factor & Sheldon Inwentash
Christina Kramer
Vineet & Trish Malhotra
John & Gillian McArthur
Rory & Julie Mitz
John & Michelle Ovens
Grant & Mona Rasmussen

Cookie & Stephen Sandler
Frances Forrester

Eric Bélanger, Chair
Atif Ayub
Sean Gilbert
Vineet Malhotra
Grant Rasmussen

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, all tours have been postponed until further notice. We may be offering a virtual opportunity. If  you’re interested in joining either event at a future date, please contact Jane Durno.

For more information, contact Jane Durno, Director, Special Projects at jdurno@cafdn.org

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