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.
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.
The Open Door Group’s Gardengate program contributes up to 20,000 pounds of organic produce to the Kamloops community each year, providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to low-income families and individuals. The produce donations are disbursed to local charities and food share organizations, including New Life Mission, the Salvation Army and Kamloops Food Bank. However, harvest contributions have been limited due to not enough funds. Now, with a $5,100 grant from the Valley First Community Endowment administered by the First West Foundation, the Gardengate program is expanding to provide even more support to the community.
The basic necessity of healthful food is often taken for granted, but what is easily accessible for some is not for all. A $6,500 Valley First Community Endowment grant administered by the First West Foundation is assisting Penticton & District Community Resources Society (PDCRS) to ensure nutrition for some of the most vulnerable community members: low-income families and youth.
How do you bring about transformative change in teens? How do you build empathy and a better awareness of the lives and challenges of those around you? And how do you do all this in just one day? The answer is a workshop called Challenge Day. Over 270 students and 80 adult volunteers in Mission recently attended one of three Challenge Day workshops, thanks in part to a $9,700 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment housed with the First West Foundation.
Reach Child and Youth Development Society is an organization that has been supporting children with special needs and their families for over fifty years. Over that time, they’ve seen the number of children who need their services grow significantly and they now need a new home to provide those services effectively. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment housed with the First West Foundation, Reach is getting closer to their goal of raising $4 million.
Mental illness is a hidden issue in our communities that usually only surfaces when tragedy strikes. Most would be surprised to learn that nearly 650 children and youth in the Fraser Valley suffer from mental illness each year. Now, thanks in part to funding from the Envision Financial Community Endowment toward the Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADT) at Surrey Memorial Hospital, some of our most vulnerable youth have the support they need toward the road to mental health and wellness.
The ADT Program supports youth whose mental health symptoms are affecting their
Abbotsford Community Services has been awarded a $7,500 grant towards their “Art of Supervision – Training and Curriculum Development” program, providing supervisory training for all supervisory-level staff at the organization plus the development of curriculum for ongoing training of new supervisors. Abbotsford Community Services has 30 supervisors and 300 staff; this new program will allow the organization to fulfill their mandate of promoting from within.
The Envision Financial Community Endowment has provided a $10,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley in support of its In School Mentoring Program. The program focuses on the mentor/mentee relationship and aims to help children and youth increase their self esteem, develop character and respect, and make better lifestyle choices.