We would like to acknowledge the significant contributions made by the city’s faith-based and non-profit sector, the funders who have come to the table, and the many volunteers who have donated their time to support our community, especially our most vulnerable, during the COVID-19 pandemic. One year after its onset, your contributions have enhanced health outcomes, provided hope, and likely saved lives, as well as built a foundation of cooperation, support, and trust.
- COVID-19 At-Risk and Vulnerable Populations and Seniors and Persons Living with Disabilities Task Forces
- Federal Government’s Reaching Home Program ($197,000)
- Fraser Health Authority (Health Contact Centre)
- Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (Appliances and Food)
- New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society (Coordination Services)
- New Westminster Inter-Ministerial Association (Coordination, Venues and Volunteers)
- Vancouver Foundation ($100,000)
- United Way of the Lower Mainland ($166,150)
The collective effort has accomplished much, including:
- supporting five food security and resource hubs that are providing food for upwards of 750 residents per week;
- information distributed through the hubs to ensure that community members are accessing the financial assistance and government benefits they are entitled to receive and are aware of the array of support services in the community;
- offering friendly support calls, including health checks, to frail and isolated seniors;
- harm reduction services are being expanded to address the overdose epidemic;
- a laundry program for those experiencing homelessness in partnership;
- a shower program at Canada Games Pool for those experiencing homelessness;
- enhancing sanitation through the provision of portable toilets;
- facilitating access to warm clothing and other essentials through drop-in centres and programs.
These accomplishments are a result of the collaborative partnerships with local non-profit and faith based organizations, without whom this would not be possible.