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COMMUNITY SERVICE

2017 PROJECTS

33OAK BAY VOLUNTEERS SERVICES SOCIETY REQUESTING $20,000 th Volunteer Engagement 40 Anniversaryoakbayvolunteers.bc.ca Oak Bay Volunteer Services provides direct one-to-one volunteer services to Oak Bay residents in need. While honouring its upcoming 40 th anniversary, the organization will look to expand outreach to attract new volunteers. Volunteer engagement will also be expande d through the provision of workshops and other training opportunities. The overall goal will be to provide much needed volunteer services to help individuals maintain independence, improve quality of life and reduce social isolation. Both volunteers and clients will benefit through an improved sense of belonging. Vital Signs Indicator: Belonging & Engagement 34OUR PLACE SOCIETY REQUESTING $40,000 Securing Food for Greater Victoria's Most Vulnerable Citizens ourplacesociety.com Our Place is the largest meal provider for the Capital Region's most vulnerable citizens. The program has grown to serving 1,800 meals per day (50% increase over four years). To ensure safe storage of an increasing volume of perishable food donations arriving daily to meet increased demand, refurbishment and expansion of the refrigeration system is required. Funding is requested to purchase an additional walk-in cooler and refurbish the existing walk-in cooler system. Hundreds rely on Our Place for their nutritional needs, and refrigeration is critical in continuing to provide food security for this vulnerable population. Vital Signs Indicator: Standard of Living 35PACIFIC TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE BLIND SOCIETY REQUESTING $10,000 Blind People in Chargepacifictrainingcentre.ca The Blind People in Charge program offers a two day per week program for blind adults in Victoria. Blind instructors and mentors serve as role models, teachi ng the basics of independence and blindness-specific employment-readiness skills such as Braille, adaptive technology, cane travel, public transportation, cooking, and other life skills. The program connects participants with community resources, such as housing and financial aid; focuses on a positive approach to blindness; and uses an empowering style of teaching, where blind people learn to take charge of their own lives. Training of this nature has a proven record of creating successful outcomes. Vital Signs Indicator: Standard of Living 36PENDER ISLAND CHILD CARE SOCIETY (PICCS) REQUESTING $17,080 Supporting Child Care: Enhancing the Early Yearsdragonflycentre.ca This Pender Island Child Care Society (PICCS) initiative will serve Pender Island families by providing an extra caregiver to PICCS' expanding childcare program and nurturing its Pre -K class with music, art, and drama programs. This expansion will support the needs of families that may be at r isk due to social, economic, and demographic factors of rural living by allowing them to get back into the workforce or by offering respite. In 2014, PICCS ran a successful music and dance program with the Pre-K class, allowing children to jump start their learning experience before transitioning into the school system. Vital Signs Indicator: Getting Started in our Community

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Make it happen! 2016/2017  

We are pleased to share summaries adapted from community grant applications received from local charitable organizations for projects and pr...

Make it happen! 2016/2017  

We are pleased to share summaries adapted from community grant applications received from local charitable organizations for projects and pr...

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