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Local group washing windows to support Indigenous community

The group is washing, scrubbing and repairing their way to supporting a new Indigenous Family and Child drop-in centre in Kitchener
AO home
Photo courtesy of Stephen Jackson/TWITTER.

An organization based in Kitchener and Guelph is looking to raise cash to support Indigenous people in our community.

And they are willing to work for it.

Anishnabeg Outreach is in the process of launching their new Family and Child drop-in centre in Kitchener, but still need funding for vital materials such as diapers, formula and toys.

To pay for that, in comes AO Home - a window washing business started back in May that boasts 100 per cent of its profits going towards supporting the centre, which will in turn support indigenous people and programs in our community.

Executive Director Stephen Jackson says they are looking to employ post-secondary aged indigenous people in an effort to help train Indigenous youth and help them gain business skills. Spirit building would also be a part of that service.

He adds the community is responding really well to the service.

"If people want to support indigenous people this is an opportunity to do it and get value for their money back ... Unlike other businesses that make money for themselves, this one raises money for the charity ... The people that we talk to or that we do work for, they love the model and they do a lot to promote us."

Jackson says they are looking to expand the business to cover whatever homes happen to need - including painting, deck building and landscaping. They also provide siding and gutter cleaning services.

"Our business model is basically a social enterprise, so we literally are using this business to raise money for the Indigenous organizations that we support."

They service homes in Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener, Guelph, Stratford and Elora. You can reach out to them here.

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