BC Interior Community Foundation provides funding via new Emergency Community Support Fund
Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.
Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.
We are proud to have partnered with the CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally throughout the Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo Region to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we have invested $154,580 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.
The BCICF is pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:
- $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.
- $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.
- $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.
- $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.
- $20,000 was invested in the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association to help them keep their 3 remaining staff & continue their work with existing clients who are able to ride without volunteer assistance, as all volunteers have been disallowed due to current health guidelines.
- $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.
- $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 that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.
The Emergency Community Support Fund