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Each year, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BGC) helps more than 10,000 kids and families facing social and economic difficulties. In Surrey, Delta, and Langley, that translates to 300 per day and 1,195 each year. But with ongoing cuts to provincial social services coupled with an increasingly uncertain economy, BGC has recently witnessed a spike in demand for its after-school prevention program.
Imagine living every day filled with the pain of hunger, never knowing when or where you’ll get your next meal. For thousands of Surrey residents, this situation is a sad reality of life.
“It’s disheartening to know that a quarter of children in the province are living below the poverty line, and almost 20 percent of adults face food insecurity on a daily basis,” explains Elizabeth Crudgington, executive director of the Quest Outreach Society, a non-profit organization that runs a low-cost grocery market in Whalley.
A dozen local students are the first to test drive a new piece of technology that is revolutionizing how they train for a career in radiation therapy.
Thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Envision Financial Community Endowment administrated by the First West Foundation, BCIT’s Radiation Therapy department has purchased VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training), a virtual simulator that enables students to see 3D views and life-size visualizations of the human body.
PoCoMo Youth Services Society has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, housed with the First West Foundation. The funding supports Project Reach Out, an award-winning mobile drop-in centre and outreach program for youth.
Project Reach Out is PoCoMo Youth Services Society’s after-hours outreach support and services program, bringing services directly to youth. Reach Out connects with over 2,000 individual youth—that totals over 4,000 duplicated contacts annually. The street outreach model is a huge hit with the youth and provides a very effective strategy in creating relationships, thereby building trust and the opportunity to provide support and services when needed.
Seniors and those with disabilities can look forward to some safer and more accessible transit stops in Abbotsford thanks to a unique partnership between the City of Abbotsford, the First West Foundation, Abbotsford Community Services and Community Futures South Fraser.
Once construction is complete at the YWCA’s Alder Gardens, residents will be able to enjoy all the comforts of home thanks to a $8,581 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, housed with First West Foundation.
For more than 800 babies born annually at Peace Arch Hospital, infant resuscitation warming beds are critical for regulating body temperature and providing CPR or medications immediately after birth.
Teens visiting the Fraser Valley’s newest drop-in youth centre now have access to all the comforts of home thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, housed with the First West Foundation. The funds have allowed Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services (ANS) to purchase much-needed furniture and appliances for the Beat the Streets youth program located at 3089 272nd Street, Aldergrove.
Moving is always an expensive thing to do. But what happens when a non-profit is faced with all those extra costs?
That was the problem facing Langley Senior Resources Society (LSRS) earlier this year when they moved their Adult Day Centre program into a larger building and needed new furniture to fill the space.
Local residents coping with mental illness and poverty will soon benefit from a new Mental Wellness Centre in Port Coquitlam thanks in part to a $5,000 grant from the First West Foundation and its Envision Financial Community Endowment.