The Ark/ Lunenburg County Association

 

Annapolis County Trails Society

 

 

The Southwest Nova
Biosphere Reserve

Ardoise Community Hall

Ardoise is a small community in Hants County with a big heart; the Ardoise Community Hall being at the centre of it all. The hall has been open for 37 years, providing the community a space for private rentals, dances, auctions, vendor fairs, dinners, music events, fitness classes, a Haunted Hall, our Family Fun Day, and holiday events; always something going on for every age group! The association is run by a small group of people who must organize events as fundraisers to keep our hall open. Find us at #likeusonfb, www.ardoisehall.ca or call (902) 757-3127.

 

The Digby East Fish and Game Association

The Ark/ Lunenburg County Association for the Specially Challenged is an organization providing programs for adults with special challenges in a happy, trusting environment. The Ark, located at 655 King St in Bridgewater, is an adult service center supporting employment, vocational training and programs in health and education. The Ark gives its members positive work activity, healthy living concepts, creative activity programs and supported community employment. The Ark also lets post secondary students wishing to pursue career in human services and related fields, do placements there. For more information visit The Ark online at http://thearkns.org/Site/Welcome.html, call 902-543-1189, or email theark@ns.sympatico.ca

 

Valley Cursillo Movement

The Digby East Fish and Game Association (DEFAGA) is a non-profit organization protecting the areas wildlife and their habitats. Founded in 1960 and incorporated with the Nova Scotia Wildlife Federation the same year, the organization has been running and helping the community for over 50 years. DEFAGA holds benefits/fundraisers, dances and other community events for the people of Digby and the surrounding areas; they also offer rentals for weddings and more. The organizations accomplishments have not gone un-noticed; they were awarded the Curtis Trophy from the Nova Scotia Wildlife Federation for re-stocking the Sissiboo River system with native trout fingerlings. To learn more about DEFAGA find them on Facebook or call 902-245-4886.

 

Bridgetown Area Community Fund

Valley Cursillo Movement is part of a worldwide Christian organization founded in Spain by Eduardo Bonnin. Its mission has been to reach family, friends, and those in the workplace who need to be touched by the love of God. Cursillo, which is Spanish for "short course in Christianity", weekend course for men will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Digby, from Thursday – Sept. 24 to Sunday Sept. 27. For women interested in a life-changing Cursillo weekend course, the next one is from Thursday Oct. 1 to Sunday Oct. 4, also at St Patrick’s Church in Digby.

This year, the Diocese of Yarmouth Valley Cursillo Movement will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Cursillo in the Maritimes, and invites every person who has ever attended a Cursillo Weekend in the past 40 years to a Reunion! It starts 5:30 p.m. Friday July 17, and 8:30 a.m. Saturday July 18, at the Digby East Fish and Game Association, 1492 Ridge Road, Digby N. S.

For more information about Valley Cursillo, call June Turcot  (902) 245 - 6579 or email turc.mel@hotmail.com.

 

The Bridgetown Area Community Fund (BACF) began in 2008 as a way to support the future of Bridgetown and the surrounding areas. The BACF is an umbrella organization of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and is a way for people, businesses and groups to contribute to the area through donations that are distributed amongst eligible recipients in the community. BACF makes sure all areas of concern are taken care of, including culture, education, heritage, tourism, recreation, volunteerism and more.  To learn more about BACF and how to donate visit them online at http://www.bridgetownareacommunityfund.org.

 

Lawrencetown Village Strutters

The Lawrencetown Village Strutters is an organization for women who meet once or twice a month to get together and have fun. The group is for women to who want to make new friends, take some time for themselves and have a good time; they go to the movies, restaurants, and much more. The Village Strutters is currently made up of 25 members, they accept all age groups, the oldest member being 97. For first time members there is a fee of $10 and after that it’s $5 a year. To become a member of the Lawrencetown Village Strutters call 902-584-3027 or Carole Longley 902 584-3679

 

Family Matters

Family Matters is a non-profit, community-based organization serving families in Annapolis County.  The organization gives support to children ages 0-6 and their caregivers through free services and programs designed to promote health and well-being. The programs help with early literacy and give social development opportunities for pre-school children. The organization also provides information and support to parents/caregivers, and they’re currently introducing new programs to offer families with school-aged children. Family Matters is located at 10 Middle St. RR#1 in Lawrencetown, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-399-7119 or email them at familymatters@ns.sympatico.ca. To learn more about the organization and their programs visit them at http://family-matters.ca.

 

The Clean

Foundation

Since being funded in 1988 through the Act of Legislature in Nova Scotia the Clean Foundation has been providing the knowledge and tools it takes to get people thinking and working towards a positive environmental change. The foundation partners with individuals, governments, organizations, communities and businesses to help make this environmental change happen. Their work includes practical on-the-ground programs, contributions to policy change, building partnerships, engaging youth and encouraging broad participation through education. The Clean Foundation is located in Dartmouth, to learn more about them visit their website http://clean.ns.ca, email them at info@clean.ns.ca or call them toll free 1-855-736-3474.

 

Annapolis County 4-H

Annapolis County 4-H is an organization aimed at giving young people great experiences and teaching them how to make a positive impact on their community. 4-H members take part in life skills or livestock project work and activities that build confidence, positive self-identity, self-esteem and a sense of achievement. 4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in the world and can be found in over 70 countries. To learn more about 4-H and how to join you can find them online at http://www.4-h-canada.ca, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/4HNovaScotia or call 902 843 4467.

 

Kings Historical Society

The Kings Historical Society preserves and promotes the natural and cultural history of Kings County. They were established in 1978 and acquired the old Kings County courthouse in Kentville, which they renovated and turned into the Kings County Museum. The museum is home to archives, rotating exhibits and a genealogy department where people can look up their family roots; entrance fee is whatever you are able to give. You can support the Kings Historical Society by becoming a paid member, who receive two newsletters a year and entrance to the Community and Family History Research Centre at no charge (non-members must pay $5 per day). For more information visit them online at http://www.okcm.ca or call 902-678-6237.

 

Lawrencetown and District Lions Club

The Lawrencetown and District Lions Club have been helping the community in countless ways since it was formed in 1985. The club collects eyeglasses to distribute to those in need, roadside cleanups to help protect the environment, help youth through drug awareness campaigns and much, much more. The club does fundraising through catering banquets, ticket auctions and more. They meet the first and third Tuesday of every month and are always looking for new members who are willing to volunteer. To learn more about the Lawrencetown and District Lions Club visit them online at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/lawrencetown or find them on Facebook. You can e-mail them at secretary@lawrencetownlions.ca

 

Cloth For a Cause Nova Scotia

Cloth For a Cause Nova Scotia helps qualifying families in need by providing them with a starter set of reusable cloth diapers. Switching to cloth diapers can have a huge impact on your wallet and the environment, you will no longer have to spend money on disposable diapers that just wind up in landfills. Since stating the Nova Scotia chapter two years ago the non-profit organization has been able to help over 80 families in the province. To learn more about Cloth for a Cause, to fill out an application or to find out how to donate visit them online at http://clothforacause.org or find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ClothForACauseNovaScotia.

 

Carleton Road Industries Association

Carleton Road Industries Association is a non-profit, charitable organization in Lawrencetown, at 515 Carleton Rd. Their goal is to give vocational, and life skills training to adult residents in Annapolis and Kings Counties who are diagnosed with mental, intellectual, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. Carleton Road Industries Association offers a wide range of quality programs to help make the transition into the workforce for its members as smooth and successful as possible. The Association also provides employment opportunities with supervision from their qualified staff. To learn more about Carleton Road Industries Association and the programs they offer visit them online at http://carletonroadindustries.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarletonRoadIndustries, you can call them at 902 584 3332.

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The Red Door is a community-based program offering confidential sexual health services, health education and health promotion for persons aged 13-30. The Red Door prides it self on having a non-judgemental atmosphere and is open to anyone who needs their support and expertise. Serving more then 1,000 clients annually the Red Door has doctors, nurses and trained volunteers to help with sexual health related issues such as free pregnancy testing, birth control education and counseling, support for relationships, sexual orientation and gender identity and much more. The Red Door is located in Kentville on 35 Webster Street, suite 202 on the second floor, you can call them at 902-679-1411, visit their website at http://www.thereddoor.ca or find them on Facebook.

Family Matters Family Home Day Care Agency

The Family Matters Family Home Day Care Agency is a non-profit agency that is part of the Annapolis County Family Resource Centre; it is the only agency located within the Annapolis County.  We work with childcare providers who wish to become approved with an agency, as well as connect parents looking for care with potential childcare providers. All homes are screened; require Child Abuse and Criminal Record checks, First Aid, a willingness to participate in training and must meet regulatory requirements. We offer support to our care providers with regular visits, monitoring and more as well as act as a link to services to families and child care providers to our many community partners to, “Build Happy, Healthy Families”, in Annapolis County and beyond.

 Visit www.family-matters.ca  and look under Home Day Care Agency tab for more information.

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (SNBR) is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized region of natural and cultural heritage. The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association supports and celebrates this through conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building for research and education, the three elements of biosphere reserves. SNBR covers five counties, Annapolis, Digby, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Queens and the association not only recognizes the protected areas but the surrounding areas and communities as well. They have a variety of projects on the go aimed at bringing communities together and educating people about the SNBR, so we can make this part of the world a better place. For more information on The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association visit their website http://www.swnovabiosphere.ca/your-biosphere/.

 

VANSDA is a non-for-profit organization operating through project based funding provided by various Provincial and Government of Canada Departments. It’s guided by a volunteer group that also make up its Board of Directors and a secondary group of Associate/ Resource members. These individuals come from various parts of the Valley, representing communities or organizations with an interest in the economic development of the African Nova Scotian community.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association’s (VANSDA) goal is “To improve the quality of life for African Nova Scotians in the Valley by building Partnerships in Employment, Training, Government /Economic Development”, with their main focus being increasing employment opportunities.

 

Kings Point-to-Point Transit

Kings Point-to-Point Transit is a charitable organization providing a all residents of Kings County, east of Aylesford, including seniors and those with disabilities. Kings Point-to-Point will take you anywhere in Nova Scotia and is able to transport seniors and those with disabilities.  The services run 7 days a week and need only 48 hours notice; there is a one-time only membership fee of $10. All of the vehicles used by Kings Point-to-Point are inspected semi-annually in accordance with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. For bookings call 902-681-2846 during their office hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4:30pm, or fill in a drive request form on their website http://www.kppt.ca. You can also e-mail Kings Point-to-Point at info@kppt.ca or find them on Facebook.

 

The Conway

Workshop Association

The Conway Workshop Association is a non-profit organization in Digby providing residential and employment/vocational training programs for people with disabilities. The Conway Workshop Association offers supportive housing arrangements within the town of Digby where inhabitants are encouraged to learn basic living skills. The organizations vocational/workshop program can be found at 63 Shreve St. in Digby and provides supported skill development in all aspects of firewood processing. Other programs include literacy and numeracy skills, job readiness, communication, food preparation training and more. There is also an employment program, providing an individualized approach to finding and maintaining competitive and supported employment. For more information on their programs and services, or to see what products they have for sale, including firewood, picnic tables and garbage boxes, visit them online at http://conwayworkshop.com, call 902-245-5391 or email conwayworkshop@ns.sympatico.ca.

 

The Kings County Family Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization helping families by providing them with quality programs and resources in a supportive environment. The main goal of the KCFRC is for all families to have the same opportunities to reach their full potential. There are three types of programs offered by the KCFRC, those for children, those for parents and those for both children and parents. The centre is located 503A Main St in Kentville, to contact KCFRC call 902 678 5760. You can learn more about the organization and their programs by visiting them online at http://www.kcfrc.ca or finding them on Facebook.

 

The Evangeline Recreation Society

The Evangeline Recreation Society is a non-profit organization located in Berwick. Their goal is to help people suffering with a mental illness, like social anxiety or depression, physical health issues, or who are feeling lonely and/or secluded. The society is for people in the Annapolis Valley and provides their members with a welcoming atmosphere to help them socialize with others who can relate to them. You can find the Evangeline Recreation Society at 130 Commercial St in Berwick, if you want to learn more about them call 1-902-538-9349 or find them on Facebook by searching The Evangeline Club – Berwick.

 

Chrysalis House Association

Chrysalis House Association is a non-profit organization providing abused women and children with shelter, support, counseling, advocacy and outreach. They are located in Kentville, serving West Hants, Annapolis and Kings counties, but every area in Nova Scotia has a transition house providing these services. The Chrysalis House recognizes all forms of abuse, helping women who have been physically, physiologically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused. They receive government funding but also depend on regular fundraising and donated goods from the community. The best way to get in contact with The Chrysalis House is through their distress line, 902-679-1922 or toll free at 1-800-264-8682. To learn more about The Chrysalis House visit them online at www.chrysalishouseassociation.org.

The Annapolis County Trails Society works with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, other levels of government, individuals and trail organizations to construct and maintain a trail system along the old Dominion Atlantic Railway. They have succeeded in getting Kingston to Lawrencetown with Bridgetown currently under construction; next the society is going to tackle from Bridgetown to Annapolis County, followed by Bear River. The Annapolis County Trails Society is made up entirely of volunteers and are always looking for more to help with their goal that will benefit the entire community. To learn more about The Annapolis County Trails Society or about volunteering with them visit www.annapoliscountytrailsociety.ca, info@annapoliscountytrailsociety.ca or call 902-584-3050.

 

The Clean Annapolis River Project, CARP, is a community based, non-government organization whose goal is to enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed (a watershed is an area of land where all the surface water drains into the same place). CARP uses science, leadership and community engagement to meet their goals and currently has six major programs on the go, including Wood Turtle Outreach, Broken Brooks and CARP’s longest running program, Annapolis River Guardians. Community involvement is very important to CARP and they’re always looking for new volunteers and partners. To learn more about CARP or about volunteering with them visit http://www.annapolisriver.ca/aboutcarp, you can call them at 902-532-7533 or toll free at 1-888-547-4344. CARP is located at 314 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.

 

Red Bear Healing Home Society

Red Bear Healing Home Society is a non-profit society run by volunteers providing a very important service for Nova Scotians, free voice mail. People who are experiencing disadvantages like poverty, homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless are able to stay connected with potential employers, service providers, landlords, friends and family. Members receive a private voice mailbox accessible through any phone 24/7, if you are living outside of the local calling area of Halifax you may need to pay a long distance charge. To sign up call 902-448-4744, for more information visit their website http://www.redbearhealinghome.ca or find them on Facebook.

 

CAPRE (Community Association of People for Real Enterprise) supports individuals labeled as having an intellectual disability in creating, owning and operating their own micro or small business. The organization has support workers who are there to help with all stages of owning a business. CAPRE, which has been operating as a nonprofit organization since 1999, helps people with intellectual disabilities who want earn an income through enterprise realize their personal potential. You can find CAPRE at 9822 Main St. in Canning or can reach them at 902 582 1280. If you would like to know more about CAPRE please visit www.capre.org.

Community Inc

Community Inclusion, or Community Inc for short, is a non-profit organization helping people with disabilities find employment, assisting employers in Kings and East Annapolis Counties in creating inclusive workplaces and in doing so, building a more inclusive community. Community Inc has staff in place to serve and support their 300+ clients in their search for employment, while being considerate of their disabilities. To learn more about Community Inc visit them online at www.communityinc.ca or check them out on Facebook. You can find Community Inc at their Middleton Office (temporary location) on 90 Commercial Street, 902-825-1255, or at their Kentville Office on 28 Aberdeen Street, Suite 5, 902-679-7469.

Community INC locations accepts good used business clothes that is donated to clients, spring is coming and it will be time to clean the closet!!

                      the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia

The Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia was formed as a support group for brain injury survivors and their families. As well as being a supportive arm of the organization, The Annapolis Valley Support Group of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia promotes and supports head safety, and puts out brochures and publications on brain injury awareness. The Annapolis Valley Support Group meets on a monthly basis at the West Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick, and also invites brain injury survivors and/or their families to drop in the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Kentville Baptist Church between 10am and noon. To learn more about the association visit http://braininjuryns.com, email valley@braininjuryns.com or call 902-665-2765.

The Valley Child Development Association is a non-profit registered charitable association who provide personalized family programs to help children and their parents. The association serves people in Kings County and the District of West Hants who are experiencing challenges in some form.

 The organization specializes in helping young children who are not developing as quickly as other children their age. The four programs offered are Early Intervention, Behavioral Intervention, Parenting Journey and Kings Early Years Screening for School (KEYSS). If you would like to learn more please visit http://valleychilddevelopment.ca, call 902 678 6111, or email info@valleychilddevelopment.ca.

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