Port Coquitlam Community Foundation collaborated with Coquitlam Foundation and Port Moody Foundation to activate a Tri-Cities Community Response Fund with funding help from Vancouver Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and money raised by donors at our Stay at Home Gala.

Many charities and non-profits in our community who typically help residents in times of crisis are hurting because donations are down and needs from our vulnerable populations have risen substantially.

The Tri-Cities Community Foundations (TCCF) created a Tri-Cities Community Response Fund to support these organizations; lifting them up so they have resources they need. TCCF raised $140,000 at our Stay at Home Gala event on May 2nd, including a combined $90,00 grant from the Vancouver Foundation.

The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) provided additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. This funding is in response to vulnerable populations across Canada who continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children, women and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges. The ECSF funding is for projects carried out before March 31, 2021 that address urgent social inclusion or well-being needs of vulnerable groups as a result of COVID19.

Together the Tri-Cities Community Foundations have deployed nearly $650,000 in funds to charities in the Tri-Cities.

Total granted out in Port Coquitlam: $204,520
Total number of grants in Port Coquitlam: 40

PORT COQUITLAM GRANT RECIPIENTS

COVID19 TRI-CITIES COMMUNITY RESPONSE

  • Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society – COVID19 Safety Equipment
  • Coquitlam Search and Rescue Society – Search and Rescue COVID Safety Training Practices
  • Food Bank On Wheels – Home delivery of perishable & non-perishable food hampers
  • Hope for Freedom Society – Funding residential treatment of drugs and alcohol addition for homeless or individuals living in poverty
  • House of Omeed – Biweekly food baskets to refugee and newcomer families
  • Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial – Funding for Starfish Pack Program providing weekly back pack of food to children from homes struggling with food security
  • Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities – Monthly food support for Warm Place for Women clients
  • School District No.43 Coquitlam – MoreSports Port Coquitlam – Opportunties for youth who otherwise would not have access to play sports
  • School District No.43 Coquitlam – Food support for vulnerable students in Port Coquitlam
  • The Wilson Seniors Advisory Association – Farmer’s Market Coupon Subsidy Program for seniors and single parents
  • The People’s Pantry Food Recovery Society – Tri-Cities food recover and redistribution to help families free up financial resources for other concrete needs
  • Tri-City Transitions Society – Keep Calm and Turn off the Coffee Maker – virtual socializing support for vulnerable parents and caregives with children ages zero to six

EMERGENCY COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND – ROUND ONE

  • Backpack Buddies – Weekly meal pack delivery to over 50 vulnerable children in Port Coquitlam reaching the children who need us most through our school and community partners
  • Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland – Study Buddy program provides no-cost tutoring and mentoring to at-risk youth aged 7-17 from low income families
  • Crossroads Hospice Society – Core operational funding for Inlet Centre Hospice
  • Crossroads Hospice Society – Additional cleaning and technology equipment for operation of Hospice
  • Crossroads Hospice Society – Virtualized adult bereavement program for grief and loss support
  • Food Bank On Wheels – Home delivery of perishable & non-perishable food hampers
  • Kinsight Community Society – Digital Adaptation of Services for People with Disabilities
  • New View Society – New View service delivery shifts due to COVID19
  • Paws for Hope Animal Foundation – Aid for vulnerable pet guardians in Port Coquitlam
  • Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society – School Food Voucher Program
  • Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial – Funding for Starfish Pack Program providing weekly back pack of food to children from homes struggling with food security
  • SHARE Family and Community Services Society – SHARE Food Bank improvement project
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada – Play Packs From Home for chronnically and terminally ill children that are immunocompromised
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – Technology Program to Support Community Inclusion – loaning technology to vulnerable populations specifically low-income seniors, immigrants and refugees so they access online information and services and enhance their social inclusion
  • The Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association – Farmer’s Market Coupon Subsidy Program for seniors and single parents that provides access to healthy, locally grown food
  • Trinity United Church – Safe reopening procedures for their facility that provides space for SHARE’s food bank, Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Catherine’s soup kitchen and BC Housing’s extreme weather shelter
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver – Essential services and resources provided to YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Group Tri-Cities

EMERGENCY COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND – ROUND TWO

  • Access Youth Outreach Services Society – Virtual After School Programs; a continuation of COVID-positive programming
  • Backpack Buddies – Weekly meal pack delivery to over 50 vulnerable children in Port Coquitlam reaching the children who need us most through our school and community partners
  • Coquitlam Search and Rescue – Rapid Response E-Bike to allow volunteers search and rescue quicker
  • Crossroads Hospice Society – Virtual Infrastructure funding support
  • Hope for Freedom Society – Funding residential treatment of drugs and alcohol addition for homeless or individuals living in poverty
  • Kinsight Community Society – Virtual & In-Person Services- a re-designed hybrid model for persons with developmental disability, maximizing support while caring for their health, social well-being and vulnerabilities
  • New View Society – Operational support for technology, staff wages and air sterilization
  • Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial – Funding for Starfish Pack Program providing weekly back pack of food to children from homes struggling with food security
  • Talitha Koum Society – COVID19-response supportive counselling for clients and staff, many of whom are living with effect of trauma in their histories
  • The Board of Education – School District 43 – City Connect – Poco provides out-trips for vulnerable students from Port Coqitlam middle school to places in the community, building awareness and connections to the community
  • The YMCA of Greater Vancouver – Funding to provide YMCA Child Care, rent and fee relief to the teen parents who use the program and who have been significantly impacted by COVID19.