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COMMUNITY SERVICE

2017 PROJECTS

45VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY REQUESTING $40,000 Cool Aid Client Engagement ProgramCoolAid.org Cool Aid's Client Engagement Program will develop and deliver expanded strategies, processes and initiatives for residents, clients, patients and program participants to contribute to decisions affecting their living environments, healthcare and other supports and services received through Cool Aid. Funding is requested to enhance and expand Cool Aid's existing client engagement initiatives and facilitate ongoing opportunities for client involvement and participation across the organization. The program will contribute to a stronger sense of belonging and engagement a mong individuals with multiple issues and barriers (homelessness, poverty, mental health and addictions) in Greater Victoria, thereby enhancing clients' health and wellbeing. Vital Signs Indicator: Belonging & Engagement 46VICTORIA DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRE REQUESTING $35,000 Enhanced Employability Program for Persons with Disabilities drcvictoria.com In partnership with the Neil Squire Society, the Victoria Disability Resource Centre will work with 45 people with disabilities, 15 of whom are under 30 years of age, to enhance their employment prospects. The program will include one-to-one coaching in career planning, preparation of resumes and cover letters, interview skills, use of personal success stor ies in an interview, and creative job searches. Based on previous program results, it is expected that 40% of participants will obtain employment, 20% will return to school and 40% will benefit from improved employment skills, which can be used for future work and volunteer opportunities. Vital Signs Indicator: Economy 47VICTORIA RAINBOW KITCHEN SOCIETY REQUESTING $15,000 Rainbow Kitchenrainbowkitchen.ca Funding will support the Rainbow Kitchen, which provides a hot nutritious lunch to 125-140 people per day, five days per week. An estimated 1,100 individuals are served over 36,000 meals per year in a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming place, free of charge. Rainbow Kitchen guests include low income and often isolated seniors, working poor families, people temporarily unemployed or unemployable, and those dealing with mental health or addiction issues. Many guests have described this noontime meal as their “food security”. The Rainbow Kitchen relies on over 200 volunt eers and one staff member to coordinate and deliver this program. Vital Signs Indicator: Belonging & Engagement 48VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES SALT SPRING SOCIETY REQUESTING $8,000 Needs Assessment for Administrative Services Hub for Not-for-Profitsvcrsaltspring.org Salt Spring Island is an unincorporated community relying on services provided by not -for-profit organizations and volunteers. For these groups with limited resources, necessary tasks such as accounting, fiscal management, information technology and back -office skills can be overwhelming and debilitating to the services that they provide to the community. This project will explore a centralized "hub" model to help manage these tasks. This “hub” can address the common challenges that all not-for-profits have in terms of business efficiency. The organization would explore this as a

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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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