We are making our community stronger by providing opportunities for children to grow, to learn and to thrive. With programs focusing on literacy and numeracy, leadership, proper nutrition and other keys to future success, we are working with our partners to enrich the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Working with the community and families to provide experiences and opportunities designed to help children reach their full potential.
Investing In Children works with the community to improve the lives of children and their families because we believe every child should be provided with opportunities to help them reach their potential.
Message from the Executive Director
For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors at Investing in Children. I am sincerely humbled to have been chosen to represent this wonderful charity as its new Executive Director and to accept the challenges of answering the call of serving the needs of London’s children.
The original mission for Investing in Children was inspired by a conference which was held in London in January of 1998, entitled “Investing in Children: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Success”. By April of 1999, Jan Lubell and Ailene Wittstein created a business plan, which subsequently became the mission statement for Investing in Children – ‘We work with the community to improve the lives of children and their families because we believe that every child should be provided with opportunities to help them reach their potential”. The basic premise of this mission statement has not changed over the years. We continue to focus all of our work to ensure that all of London’s children have opportunities nurturing them to grow, to learn and to thrive. We have as our mandate the goal of making a significant positive difference in the lives of all of London’s children.
In essence, we maintain a vivid focus on nutrition, enhancement of literacy and numeracy, safety for our youth, the nurturing of youth leadership, and for providing opportunities for children to grow in a variety of ways.
Investing in Children has always maintained strong leadership and advocacy for London’s children and a collaborative spirit with our network of community partners.
Investing in Children is also proud to maintain an effective nexus with the Child and Youth Network, supporting each other on various priorities, working collaboratively to initiate programs, and ultimately dedicating our purpose for the betterment of all of London’s children.
The following is a quick review of our programs. For a more in-depth study, please survey our site – which will serve to introduce you to more of the fantastic work our staff is involved with!
Realizing that statistics illustrate that more than 1 out of 5 students arrives at school hungry, (which negatively affects a child’s capacity to learn), we appreciate our partnership with the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, which provides a nutritious start for approximately 88,000 London students – from all 4 school boards – each day.
Investing in Children also celebrates its partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board, in the provision of the Family Literacy program, and the Special Olympics program.
Our After School Program supports neighbourhood schools and families by offering fun and educational programs throughout the year.
Investing in Children works at enhancing literacy through its provision of books via the Blue Box Literacy Campaign; whereby blue boxes full of books are strategically placed throughout the city, so that parents and children can enjoy them in various locations – such as at the Food Bank, Court Services offices, and several Community Centres.
Kids 1st Day is another program initiated by Investing in Children. On an annual basis, more than 50 area businesses agree to allow children and their families to attend their businesses on a Professional Activity Day free of charge or at a minimal charge to enjoy family time together.
Our successes over the years – since that inspirational date back in January of 1998 – are a tribute to the work of those who founded Investing in Children, those who have worked in team fashion within the charity, volunteered with the charity, and also ultimately you - who continue to generously support our work – for the benefit of London’s children!
Board of Directors
Investing in Children is governed by a Board of Directors, spanning the private and public sectors of London. Our 2017-2018 Board of Directors are:
- Janice Evans, Scotia McLeod, Chair
- Rosine Salazer
- Marty Denomme
- Tony Doria
- Jacqueline Fortner
- Danielle Gauvreau
- Pat Gibson
- Elissa Ielapi
- Julie Marr
- Melina Oliva-Dicario
- Kendra Ramer
- Amy Shamoon
- Christine Vitsentzatos
Investing in Children does not work alone. We partner with businesses, the Boards of Education, service clubs, community organizations and individuals to create opportunities for children. If you would like to be a community partner on one of our projects, please send us an email.
We want you and every member of the public to know as much as possible about how Investing in Children operates and how carefully and effectively we use donations.
As one of London's leading charities, we hold ourselves accountable to our members and the public. Furthermore, we seek to make use of every dollar donated with careful attention to effectiveness and efficiency.
- Work with other community partners to enrich the lives of children and their families.
- Increase the community's focus on children and their needs.
- Facilitate initiatives that are responsive to identified needs and gaps.
- Identify and stimulate new, unique opportunities.
- Raise awareness about Investing in Children.
- Act as champions of Investing in Children to encourage and increase financial support.