ASCY/Community Projects

ASCY takes great pride in partnering with other agencies, organizations and groups in the community in its mandate to support the development and well-being of children and youth in Hamilton.

Over time, ASCY has provided and continues to provide administrative and infrastructure support to numerous projects, initiatives and community committees. The lifespan of a project is dependant upon the project goals and financial resources available and may be short-term for one or two years or for multiple years.

In this section, we will share information on the key community projects in which ASCY is currently involved.

Read To Your Baby Project

ASCY gratefully acknowledges Telling Tales and ArcelorMittal Dofasco at the Hamilton Community Foundation for their financial support of the Read To Your Baby project. This project gifts board books to children at their 18-month physical checkup. During this visit, health practitioners talk about how important it is for new parents to read with their baby. Parents are then provided with a daily prescription to read along with a new board book to share with their child, plus an invitation to get their child a local library card. Read To Your Baby has been underway in 143 medical practices across the city, and now we want to expand to all physicians who service young families.

Medical clinics in need of more books please contact Kim Burns at 905-574-6876 ext. 235 or by email at

Read To Your Baby is one of many projects organized by Early Literacy Hamilton; a community-wide collaboration of partners who share the goal of improving literacy in children.

Hamilton Community Foundation is Ontario’s first community foundation. Last year the Foundation gave 561 grants to 227 charities, granting some $5.8 million across the community. Since it was founded in 1954, HCF had distributed more than $88 million to thousands of community programs.

Telling Tales brings together authors and children for a free, one-day, outdoor festival that has been entertaining families since 2007. The 8th annual festival is on Sunday, September 18th at Westfield Heritage Village.



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