Oxford Community Foundation has launched a new fund to help all of us recognize the “unsung heroes” of Oxford County. The new fund gives anyone an opportunity to make a donation small or large to recognize someone special in their lives who contributes, often quietly, to the betterment of our community.
We all know a local hero in our community. These people usually don’t ask for recognition of their efforts; they just keep contributing in a quiet and generous way. They don’t think of themselves as heroes. But we know they are.
The Heroes Among Us Fund is a great way to recognize a hero’s birthday, anniversary, retirement, friendship, death or as a gift at Christmas – especially for those who already have everything they need and are community minded.
Read below for how to donate, the inspiration behind the fund and the different levels of recognition for our heroes among us.
How to Donate
A custom Heroes webpage is coming soon. For now, please click on our “Donate Button” on the right. In the “MESSAGE FOR OXFORD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (OPTIONAL),” please include the following information:
- Name of your Hero
- Address of your hero so that a “Heroes Among Us Certificate” can be sent to them (or if you prefer the certificate be sent to you for you to present to them, please make a note of this)
- Important: please include why they are a hero
All contributions to the new fund, in the name of these unsung heroes, will grow and live on forever through ongoing annual grants back to worthwhile Oxford County initiatives. All donations will be pooled and invested together in a community fund. The investment income earned will fund annual grants to meet ever-changing community needs and priorities. For examples of how Oxford Community Foundation grants have supported our community, please check out our past recipients under our Grants tab above.
The Fund’s Inspiration
The fund was inspired by two of these quiet, unsung Oxford County Heroes: Deb Landon,
retired Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Area and Sam Horton, retired sergeant of the Oxford Provincial Police, both instrumental in helping to establish the Hawkins Family Fund in memory of Laurie, Rick, Cassandra and Jordan. They have been named the first two heroes recognized via the new fund.
Talking about the Hawkins Fund this past summer, Sam Horton reflected, “It isn’t until
there is a passing like this that we go ‘Wow that person was really important.’ Laurie helps us remember that there are heroes among us. There are some really important heroes among us, even today, that we forget about sometimes.”
Sam’s profound words inspired the new fund.
“ When Deb and I agreed to the interview I had no expectation of this positive outcome and I am pleased. My view has not changed and I look forward to this program developing and our unsung heroes being recognized,” Sam commented when told about the new fund he inspired and his recognition as one of the first heroes.
Deb Landon said, “Thank you for recognizing Sam and me as your local heroes…We don’t do what we do in the community for recognition. We do it to make living in Oxford County a wonderful experience – a safe place to call home.”
Various levels of hero recognition have been established and donors are welcome to
make ongoing or subsequent contributions at any time to build the fund in their hero’s name. All heroes will be recognized in the year of the donation on the OCF Website and in
the Annual Report. All donors will receive a charitable receipt and acknowledgement that a contribution has been made to the “Heroes Among Us Fund” in their hero’s name. Heroes will receive a Heroes Among Us certificate and a note informing them that the donor has made a gift in their name. Small or large donations, in any amount, can be added at any time. Once a hero reaches $2,000 in donations, their name will be permanently recognized on OCF’s wall of heroes and once a hero reaches $10,000 in donations, community grants will be personalized and made in their name each year.