WE DO CORE RENEWAL

At our core, we are a network of neighbours working together for the renewal of our city. We engage in place-based community development, encouraging engagement, collaborating with others, and developing resident-led leadership. Our focus is on the downtown core, the river to Giles, Howard to Caron. Our vision is to see downtown Windsor be a good place to grow up and a good place to grow old, and we collaborate with anyone who shares that vision. 

Our office is located at 371 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON, N9A 5X3. Stop by and get to know us. 

ORDINARY PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS

Swim 3.8 kms. Bike 180 kms. Run 42.2 kms.

That’s what it takes to complete an IRONMAN triathlon. It sounds nearly impossible, but ordinary people can do extraordinary things. On November 3, 2018, Mike Willms will go the distance in IRONMAN Florida. As part of his journey, he is fundraising for something close to home: the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative.

The DWCC wants to achieve extraordinary things in Windsor. Through initiatives like the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, Little Things Matter, sports and fitness programs, Community Cafe, neighbourhood cleanups, and community gardens, they are connecting people and renewing our community. Mike is a neighbour actively involved in many of these programs. Working together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Your donation helps the DWCC make all of this possible. Find out more here.

GET TO KNOW US

Our team of staff lives downtown. We’re neighbours, friendly faces, block connectors, and supporters of local restaurants, cafes, and businesses. We’ve been rooted in downtown Windsor since 2010 when a group of friends committed to being a faithful life-giving presence downtown. 

We’re involved in community gardens, breakfast club at a local public school, resident engagement, neighbourhood cleanups, the Little Things Matter Program, Sport 4 All, and a number of other creative programs that aim to bring people out of isolation and into community. As of 2018 we run the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market

SPORT 4 ALL

Sport 4 All is our barrier free sports programming across four priority neighbourhoods. Our Sport 4 All coordinators work alongside the DWCC and three other neighbourhood renewal groups: Our West End, The Initiative, and Ford City. Sport 4 All is proudly funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. For more information contact John at sports@dwcc.ca

NEIGHBOURHOOD ENGAGEMENT

United Way proudly funds our Community Development Coordinator Sarah as she works with residents, encouraging engagement and collaboration. Neighbourhood wide cleanups, resident-led initiatives, and local advocacy are also integral parts of what she is able to accomplish in our downtown core. For more information contact Sarah at sarah@dwcc.ca.

THE LIGHTHOUSE AT GLENGARRY

For over three years we’ve been actively involved in making the social housing buildings at Glengarry and University a good place to grow up and a good place to grow old. We have a live-in Peer Support worker who listens to residents, advocates on their behalf, and helps mobilize neighbours to make Glengarry a better place to live. We also have a drop-in centre that leads with hospitality; it is a safe space for any and all that offers light and hope to the neighbourhood. The Lighthouse and the community garden planted in the heart of Glengarry are resident-led initiatives. For more information contact Hughie at peersupport@dwcc.ca

GET CONNECTED

Every month we publish a downtown zine called Downtown Forever. In it we include a snapshot of some of the events going on, and some of the ways you can get involved. We love when residents get involved and engaged in city life, whether that is through sport, local politics, art, or the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market. We also love when neighbours contribute to the Downtown Forever publication. Check it out here: Downtown Forever