Back in 1990, then-councilor Mary Ashley, brought forward an idea to council: that there should be a community-based fund set up to help local non-profits do what they do. The Community Foundation model – where only the interest earned from a pool of money is dispersed so that the fund can last in perpetuity – had been catching on, and she thought one could be started for Campbell River.
Council agreed, and seeded the fund with $5,000.
That fund, thanks to generous donations from the community over the years, has now reached over $2 million, the interest from which was distributed to 27 different organizations last week at an event at the Museum at Campbell River.
Recipients of this year’s Community Foundation grants are as follows:
St. John Ambulance: $2,500 towards the Therapy Dog program, which sees local dogs trained to visit with seniors in care homes, kids in schools and other people who would see benefits from a little furry visitor.
Christian Life Children’s Centre: $2,000 for training that will help caregivers from various early childhood education programs within our community.
Campbell River Beacon Club Society: $2,000 for its PsychoSocial Rehabilitation programming.
Campbell River Volunteer Society: $3,500 to put on a series of workshops entitled “Building Community Through Understanding.”
Discovery Passage Aquarium Society: $2,000 for its Public Education and Engagement Program, which keeps the price down on admissions for school classes.
Campbell River Child Care Society: $1,600 for Children’s Voices Matter, a review of the Campbell River Children’s Charter, which directs the future of the community by looking at the needs of its children.
Campbell River Alano Club: $1,500 towards a long-overdue flooring replacement.
Campbell River & District Museum and Archives Society: $2,000 for repairing/refurbishing the popular Treasures of Siwidi Exhibit.
Multicultural & Immigrant Services Association: $1,100 for its New Foundations – Newcomer Integration Indicators Project.
Campbell River Arts Council: $2,000 towards the upcoming 50th Parallel: Art & Earth Festival being held this fall, celebrating the meeting of arts and the environment.
Greenways Land Trust: $4,000 for its Fruit Tree Pilot Project, which hopes to demonstrate and build capacity for a community gleaning project to increase the community’s food security.
Cedar Elementary School: $2,000 to create a learning garden.
Quadra Circle Community Connections Society: $2,000 towards the Quadra Seniors Healthy Meals Project, which sees healthy meals delivered to Quadra residents.
Campbell River and North Island Schizophrenia Society: $1,800 towards its “Hearing Voices” project, which will allow the public to hear what it’s like to live with some forms of dementia.
River City Arts Festival Society: $2,500 towards the always-popular River City Arts Festival, held downtown each summer.
Autism BC Campbell River: $1,600 towards behavioural interventionist training.
1st Willow Point Scouts: $2,000 towards replacing old equipment, such as flags and pinewood derby track.
Campbell River & District Association for Community Living: $3,000 towards developmental kits for kids to help identify and mitigate learning disabilities.
Campbell River and North Island Supportive Recovery Society: $1,000 to help replace some office furniture at the Second Chance Recovery House.
Campbell River Head Injury Support Society: $5,000 for its Mind Over Matter program.
Campbell River Salmon Festival Society: $1,000 to support children’s activities at this year’s SalmonFest at Nunns Creek Park.
Campbell River Angel Tree Society: $3,000 so they can add literacy and art supplies to this year’s Angel Tree recipients’ deliveries.
Laichwiltach Family Life Society: $1,700 to support the 2019 Every Child Matters Walk for Reconciliation.
Campbell River Maritime Heritage Society: $1,500 for a new projector for community groups to use when booking the Thulin Room at the facility.
Campbell River Family Services Society: $3,200 to facilitate an Open Studio Art Group for vulnerable youth within our community.
Campbell River Hospice Society: $1,220 for Virtual Hospice Relaxation Therapy equipment, to allow those in hospice care to virtually relax on a beach, go for a stroll in the mountains, or experience things they didn’t get to in life, such as wandering the streets of Paris or going on a roller coaster.
Campbell River Children’s Choir and Performing Society: $2,500 to support an upcoming trip to Washington State to work with a world-renowned conductor at the Fort Worden Children’s Choir Festival.
For more on the Community Foundation, visit crfoundation.ca or call 250-923-5575.