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The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is building a better Windsor-Essex, now and for generations to come, by attracting and managing legacy funds, addressing community needs through grant making, and bringing community partners together. We are leaders in community development who help to identify and fill needs by supporting not-for-profit organizations with funding and expertise.

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John Atkinson Scholarship Endowment

The family of John Atkinson has created a scholarship endowment to help keep John’s memory alive. This endowment was established to provide annual scholarships to local students pursuing education in law enforcement. On Friday, May 5, 2006 just shortly after 2pm, Constable John Atkinson was shot and killed while on duty. Today, on the 10th anniversary of his death, we remember Constable Atkinson and his greatest sacrifice for the citizens of Windsor-Essex.

The John Atkinson Memorial Golf Tournament will be taking place this year on Thursday, August 25 at Ambassador Golf Course. This tournament serves as an annual reminder of Constable Atkinson’s sacrifice. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the John Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the WECF. Funds are kept in perpetuity, which means your donation is never spent, and instead, the interest earned from your donation is used to form the scholarships. Because of this, endowment funds never deplete, ensuring Constable John Atkinson’s memory will live on forever, continually providing a legacy of giving to those pursuing an education in law enforcement.

If you are interested in participating in the John Atkinson Memorial Golf Tournament or making a donation to the John Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the WECF, please visit


We Love Furniture Bank Partnership

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) is thrilled to announce its partnership and support for the We Love Windsor Furniture Bank through a $750 Fast-Track Grant. Funding will be used to support the furniture bank while fundraising is being completed.

The We Love Windsor Furniture Bank will provide and distribute quality used furniture and household items to Windsor-Essex individuals and families in need, including newcomers, refugees, single parents, and students. The furniture bank creates a welcoming environment for these groups to access the basics for a reasonably healthy home life and fresh start.

The We Love Windsor Furniture Bank is located at 930 Marion Avenue, and is currently working with select agencies across Windsor-Essex to refer individuals to visit the furniture bank. Furniture can be dropped off at the bank on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturdays volunteers will pick up items for a small fee. The furniture bank is seeking items such as tables, chairs, lamps, art work, area rugs, couches/sofas, bookcases, bedding/linens, dressers, headboards/frames, beds (no king-sized), desks, mirrors, wardrobes, serving carts, small appliances, dishes/glasses/cutlery, pots/pans, serving dishes, hutches, and tablecloths. Please take into account that the furniture bank will only accept donations that are gently used and are in working order. The furniture bank is also seeking volunteer drivers and movers to work half a day per month. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please contact Dave Locke at 519-890-4353.

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is proud to support the We Love Windsor Furniture Bank through the Fast-Track Grant Program. This program provides up to $1,000 in funding to local organizations to help support emergent situations. For more information on this program, or to learn more about how you can work with your community foundation to give back to Windsor-Essex, please visit the grants section of our website.

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation, originally founded in 1983 as Heritage Windsor, is a perpetual community trust for philanthropic purposes. It exists to manage donors’ legacy funds, and make grants to support local community programs. Through the Community Foundation’s many philanthropic programs we are able to establish community partnerships that last a lifetime.