Recreation program benefits from Chrysalis Fund

Moni Loewen (left) with Recreation Opportunities for accepts a cheque for $6,600 Chrysalis Fund members Pat Warkentin and Carmel Wiebe.

By Marianne Curtis

A recreation program geared to providing opportunities to low income families recently received a major funding boost from the members of the Chrysalis Fund.

According to Simone Penner, the group decided that a grant of $6,600 be awarded to Recreation Opportunities for Children Inc. – Eastman.

“It was very excited to be able to grant Recreation Opportunities for Children Eastman this year’s funding,” stated Penner.

Since 2009 Eastman Recreation Opportunities for Children has worked with low income families throughout the southeast connect to recreation and leisure opportunities. The organization works closely with families in communities throughout the region including Niverville, Ile des Chenes, St. Malo, Grunthal, Steinbach and La Broquerie.

“I work with low income families in Eastman who are working very hard to make positive changes in their lives,” explained Loewen from Eastman Recreation Opportunities for Children. “This money will us help provide programming.”

This is the second grant presented by the Chrysalis Fund since it was established two years ago. Last year the group gave $5,000 to the U-Turn House in Steinbach for new flooring and the supper club hosted weekly by the Youth For Christ.

The Chrysalis Fund is a group of women that have gathered together in a new philanthropic venture through a non-profit giving circle. The group has grown to 36 members who combine their money into a shared fund with each member contributing $1,000. Grants are then given out to various organizations from the earned interest.

The Chrysalis Fund meets twice a year to review and celebrate the impact granting has made, receive feedback from the organizations they’ve funded and to learn about new opportunities to give.

Local organizations looking for some support from the Chrysalis Fund can pick up an application from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce office.   Anyone women interesting joining can make contact by emailing



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