Kamloops, BC – Today, the BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) awarded $154,580 in grants to 13 charities across our region who address the needs of vulnerable and at-risk populations throughout the Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo region. These grants are part of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), funded by the Government of Canada. We are pleased to support the following:
- $16,520 was invested to fund the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society in Ashcroft to support an increase in rural Food Bank/Hampers to over 60 families within their region, a 64% increase in usual usage.
- $7,500 was invested to fund the Evergreen Acres Senior Housing Society in Clearwater to support increased sanitation for existing and new buildings of subsidized senior housing.
Kamloops (and outlying areas)
- $15,000 was invested to fund Hope Air to support outreach & accommodation for low-income patients who need access to medical care outside of Kamloops & Area
- $3,000 was invested to fund Spinal Cord Injury BC to provide peer support & information services for our area to reduce social isolation & support mental/physical health during COVID-19
- $2,500 was invested to fund Interior Community Services to support Covid-19 specific care for Transgender/Gender Diverse Youth in our area to reduce gender dysphoria and its associated mental health impacts
- $15,000 was invested to fund A Way Home Kamloops to support a COVID-19 Specific Youth Housing Outreach Worker to support double the intake of youth, & help mitigate triple the critical incidents, as well as provide more mental health care as they are seeing a significant increase in substance use/overdose and need to provide more after-hours & crisis support.
“A Way Home Kamloops is honoured to receive funding for a critical Youth Housing position that will ensure no youth is left behind by being provided safe and affordable housing during COVID-19. Youth will be supported to gain critical “adulting” skills that will set them up for future success and support their ability to transcend homelessness. Because of you, the lives of youth who are homeless are forever changed and their life trajectory is now bright with a future that holds education and employment.” [Katherine McParland – Executive Director, A Way Home Kamloops]
- $25,000 was invested to fund The Mustard Seed Foundation in Kamloops to provide a Community Support Worker & Advocate for our most vulnerable populations to assist them to access essential services to help prevent them from falling further into poverty during the COVID-19 crisis.
“The Mustard Seed Kamloops is so thankful to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the BC Interior Community Foundation for their generous grant of $25,000 for our advocacy work,” said Mario Borba, Managing Director of The Mustard Seed Kamloops. “The enhanced ability we have because of this funding to more greatly engage with those in our community and to connect them to programs, services, and assistance they need is a game changer. This funding helps us nurture hope into new beginnings for the people we serve and we are so grateful.”
- $20,000 was invested in the Centre for Seniors Information BC Interior Society to support the Seniors Activity Centre in adapting their existing social and educational programs & continuing to host these services that help to maintain good mental health and wellness & reduce feelings of social isolation.
- $20,000 was invested in the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association to help them keep their 3 remaining staff & continue their support work with existing clients who are able to ride without volunteer assistance, as all volunteers have been disallowed due to current health guidelines.
- $20,000 was invested to fund the Big Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre to support their continued operation of advocacy & support for local youth who have experienced child abuse; during Covid-19 when many agencies are shut down or only accepting online appointments it is important to make sure no one “falls through the cracks”
- $2,760 was invested to fund the Pregnancy Care Centre Society of Kamloops to support the continued operation of the ‘Holistic Wellness Initiative’, which assists mothers in building cooking skills, while maintaining proper social distance during COVID-19.
- $3,650 was invested to fund the Kamloops Food Policy Council to support their work to ensure food security for our region’s vulnerable population in conjunction with other regional providers.
- $3,650 was invested to fund the Better Living Centre in Lillooet to support a greater need for their Food Pantry Weekly Bagged Lunch Program which helps provide vulnerable populations with a weekly hot meal.
The ECSF is a $350 million fund implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local community foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.
For a full list of grants awarded through Community Foundations of Canada’s network, visit the CFC website.
The BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) was established in 1984 and currently holds over 220 Endowed Funds, the annual interest from which is disbursed to support a wide range of community projects, scholarships and bursaries. www.bcicf.ca