Envision Financial - Current

Grants from the Envision Financial Community Endowment totalled $314,610 in 2014.
Please click here for a list and descriptions of the projects supported. Below are project highlights.

Supporting clients in crisis is what social service professionals do. Juggling at-risk clients is a large piece of the puzzle and they do it every day.  Learning how to mindfully support these vulnerable populations while practising self-care is where the Yoga Outreach Society steps in.

Imagine leaving your war-torn homeland with the clothes on your back and arriving in a foreign land where you don’t speak the language. Add poverty, extremely low levels of literacy, unemployment, isolation, mental health issues, trauma and hopelessness to that mix and that is where Umoja Operation Compassion Society steps in.

A $20,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment Fund assists Umoja in offering programming to minority immigrants and refugees from all around the world. Citizens from Egypt, Somalia, Burma, Uganda, Botswana, Yemen and Russia, to name a few, seek new opportunities and a new life here in Canada.

Strong, nurturing relationships are essential to fostering safe, prosperous, healthy communities. Thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, the Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) was determined to facilitate just that with its established Educating for Peacebuilding program in Langley.

A partnership between the Langley School District and Community Justice Initiatives was born out of the need to create safe schools through an effective, sustainable approach that does not rely upon punishment and isolation to deal with discipline issues.  Instead, the focus is on creating a safe, respectful classroom where students are encouraged to share their feelings and be accountable for their actions.

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.