West Vancouver Foundation has delivered $216,000 to seven community service organizations in West Vancouver and Bowen Island through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million to help community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility and sustainability of the community services that they provide through the pandemic recovery and beyond.
The following projects are being supported in West Vancouver and Bowen Island:
$22,000 was invested to fund Bowen Island United Church to Modernize the foodbank program.
$17,000 was invested to fund Dundarave Festival of Lights Society for their Unified Community Stakeholder Engagement Strategy project.
$59,000 was invested to fund Harvest Project to upgrade their Case Management Software.
$31,000 was invested to fund Kay Meek Arts Society to upgrade their website and ticketing system.
$32,000 was invested to fund Lions Gate Hospital Foundation for their Technology upgrade for donations processing and boardroom communications project.
$30,000 was invested to fund North Shore Restorative Justice for their Developing framework and tools for data-driven evaluation program.
$25,000 was invested to fund 365Give for their Connecting for Impact: Communications Transformation program.
Since the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, community organisations have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools.
“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like West Vancouver and Bowen Island, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable the organizations that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff, and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in West Vancouver and Bowen Island,” said Denise Howell, the Director of Grants and Communications.