Nine area not-for-profit organizations received a total of $22,750 from the Campbell River Community Foundation on Wednesday.
The grants were handed out at the Museum at Campbell River and it was a milestone event. The foundation has now provided more than $100,000 in grants – $117,543.33 to be exact.
Even better, the foundation’s holdings recently topped $1 million.
“We’re really, really excited,” said outgoing chair Judy Shepley.
The interest generated from the foundation’s holdings are distributed annually to non-profit organizations. Here are this year’s recipients:
Accessible Wilderness Society – $3,000:
The society was established to create, develop, and promote barrier-free wilderness experiences for every person to enjoy. Their funded project will gather information to create a Vancouver Island Travel Guide so that more people can enjoy the trails and parks of Campbell River and beyond.
Beacon Club – $2,500:
Recovery takes peer support and skill building for those living with mental illnesses and addictions.
Through a series of workshops, Beacon Club members will learn new patterns of thinking that focus their energies towards more positive and present thoughts.
Head Injury Support Society – $5,500:
Urban renewal in the form of a multi-purpose garden is what the Campbell River Head Injury Support Society has planned. A commercial building on the corner of Dogwood St. and 9th Ave. is being renovated to become a housing unit, offices and meeting space. On the outside, asphalt and concrete will be removed to create a community garden to be run by the members.
Volunteer Centre – $1,550:
Through a series of fall workshops, the Volunteer Centre will focus on strengthening and growing non-profit agencies.
Women’s Centre – $2,700:
After conducting research on homelessness issues, the centre now wants to move towards action planning.
Southern Cortes Community Association – $1,500:
Their grant will go to hosting a workshop on the island that will provide a basic understanding of the Society Act, common problems with bylaws, provide advice on governance issues and review of regulatory compliance.
Swift Water Flood Rescue Team (Search and Rescue) – $1,500:
Search and Rescue will use their grant money to provide 10 members of their team with training or recertification in such techniques.
Tidemark Theatre Society – $3,000:
To provide tickets to seniors and families living on low incomes. They will receive tickets July’s production of “Good Timber: Songs & Stories of the Western Logger.” Based on the poetry of Robert Swanson, aka “Bard of the Woods,” it is a musical and storytelling production set to a multi-media backdrop.
John Howard Society of North Island – $1,500:
Getting ahead while learning to give back is what the Youth for Seniors program is about. Youth are given an opportunity to learn useful employment skills while doing yard work, light housekeeping and other tasks for Campbell River residents over 60 years of age. Since its start in 2009, 59 young people have supplied over 500 hours of support to 86 seniors.
under this initiative. The Campbell River Community Foundation is proud to be able to fund such worthy causes. Since the Foundation began in the early 90’s it has continued to grow its endowed funds. This year not only marks the year it could reach one million dollars, it is also the year that they celebrate a six figure goal.