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Grants from the Envision Financial Community Endowment totalled $202,720 in 2013.
Please click here for a list and descriptions of the projects supported. Below are project highlights.

The Canadian Red Cross has its sights set on bringing awareness to bullying. It aims to do just that at Hope Secondary, and Envision Financial is happy to help.

In 2013, Envision Financial provided Red Cross with a $5,170 community endowment grant to support the Red Cross anti-bullying initiative at Hope Secondary.

Students heading back to school are going to face many decisions in regards to bullying over the next school term, and it’s just not those who bully or youth being bullied that have to make tough decisions; bystanders witnessing bullying have decisions to make, too.

The transition into secondary school is a daunting part of every adolescent’s life and grade seven boys and girls are faced with many choices, challenges and changes in their first year of secondary school. To help with this transition, with funding support from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, the YWCA Metro Vancouver has been delivering an after-school program for grade 7 girls and boys in Surrey. 

For many parents and children, a normal school routine includes packing a lunch box to make sure children have the food they need to sustain them throughout the day. However, some are not as fortunate and do not have resources readily accessible to have anything available to eat before school or to take with them. The sad reality is that many kids don’t know whether there will be anything available when they come home from school either.

The Salvation Army’s Pantry34 program is ensuring all youth in Abbotsford have access to healthy, nutritious snacks and beverages at any time of the school day, as part of their normal school routine.

Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children Society works to open doors to healthier and happier lives for single/high risk mothers (occasionally fathers, too) and their children in Chilliwack. When participants start with Sardis Doorway, many of them are starting from a place of isolation, addiction, abuse, low self-esteem, poverty, un- or under employment, low education and little hope. Sardis Doorway helps these parents and their children move past their hurdles towards health and self-reliance.

One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in art, sport or recreation activities because of financial barriers, which is why programs such as the Chilliwack Central Elementary Community School Society’s (CCECSS) 2nd Day After School Program are essential to a thriving community and youth population. Initiated in February 2012, the free after school Central 2nd Day program offers inner city elementary school-aged children with supervised educational, recreational and cultural opportunities that otherwise would not be provided to them. Additionally, it connects youth in crisis with a caring community of support. 

A safe afterschool environment, homework tutors, life skills and recreational activities are taken for granted by many Langley youth and families. But for immigrant and refugee youth who face many barriers, obtaining these resources and support aids in the transition to life in a new country. Now, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment to the Langley Community Services Society (LCSS), the Society will be able to give much-needed support to immigrant and refugee youth during the new school year.

Vibrant Abbotsford is an initiative of the United Way of the Fraser Valley (UWFV) focused on building a more vibrant city through the reduction of poverty. The initiative’s most recent project is the Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club, a project that will purchase household and food items at wholesale cost, leveraging low-income residents’ buying power and passing along savings to participants.Envision Financial is proud to support the Abbotsford Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club program with a $5,005 donation from the Envision Financial Community Endowment administered by the First West Foundation.