Rural Response for Healthy Children’s interest in social enterprise stems from a previous project funded by Status of Women Canada that identified opportunities in Huron to build economic opportunities for women. The project focus was on women who lead single family households and/or those who manage multiple part-time jobs while trying to secure quality, flexible child care.
Through Rural Response for Healthy Children’s ongoing work in the community of supporting families, we identified opportunity to deepen the understanding of social need in Huron County and engage local business to increase their ability for social impact. The idea emerged from a social enterprise pitch opportunity hosted in 2017 at Ashwood Inn, Bayfield. Rural Response for Healthy Children leveraged our second-place cash prize from the pitch event and was also awarded a grant from the Libro Prosperity Fund in 2018 to advance this project.
As a result, in 2019, Rural Response for Healthy Children and Huron Economic Development co-facilitated a six month series that engaged eight women in the creation of their own social enterprise business plan as well as a community plan to create an alternate revenue stream for Rural Response for Healthy Children.
In February 2020, the social enterprise plan was pitched to Community Foundation’s Canada Investment Readiness Program. We are currently awaiting review of the pitch and are hopeful the proposal is approved. Upon approval, a new corporate entity will be created and additional investment attraction will occur.
For more information, please contact our Executive Director, Selena Hazlitt.