Hundreds of B.C. youth formerly in government care are receiving money when they need it most, thanks to the Youth Futures Education Fund. This year 811 former youth in care are eligible to receive funds while they pursue their post-secondary education. The funds help them pay for part of their living expenses while they study,
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It’s not often the labour movement gets to recognize the accomplishments of its activists, so at the 2019 Labour Appreciation Night, presented by Pacific Blue Cross, four community leaders were honoured. This year’s event was co-hosted with the Vancouver and District Labour Council, New Westminster & District Labour Council and for the first time, the
The health benefits of knitting are many – stress, anxiety, pain and memory loss reduction, and creative fulfilment. Another benefit: community building. Every Monday, Lower Lonsdale’s Knitting Kittens, a group of 12-15 women gather at North Vancouver’s John Braithwaite Community Centre for conversation, friendship and charitable works. “When I came here I was very depressed.
What’s the secret of a long life? For 86-year-old Bernice, it is painting, crocheting and playing ukulele, while 93-year-old Janine credits eating properly – meat, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. And like 74% of seniors over 85 they are living in their own homes. Like a growing number of Richmond citizens, these women are at the
Over 350 advocates are set to descend in at the Provincial Summit on Aging November 6 to 8, hosted by Healthy Aging by United Way and the Community-Based Seniors’ Service Leadership Council. The second biennial summit will bring together leaders from local organizations, older adults, family and friend caregivers, academia and government. The diverse group
Bob Wiens, a true champion of local love, was recognized as the 2019 Joseph and Rosalie Segal United Way Community Vision Award at a dinner with friends and family at the storied Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Now in its 33rd year, the Community Vision Award recognizes individuals or families who have shown outstanding commitment to local love through
Working together makes all the difference when it comes to building community, according to United Way of the Lower Mainland research. Volunteering is 21% more meaningful when you do it with people you know. It’s something students from Clayton Heights Secondary School completely agree with. Earlier this month, 30 Grade 10 Math students travelled from
United Way’s Period Promise campaign continues to make strides once thought impossible by getting free menstrual products into more places than ever before. We’re doing this with school districts, the provincial government, municipal governments, unions, and with businesses who want to be a part of the solution. The Period Promise Policy Agreement is how we’re
When starting college or university, most young people have support from their families to cover living expenses like rent, food and transportation. Unfortunately, these supports are not available to everyone, including former youth in care. Youth like Soraya Bellou. From foster care to medical school Growing up, life could be challenging and unstable for Soraya
On October 8 a crowd of community champions gathered at the Woodward’s building in Gastown for Better Together by United Way. Better Together was an event designed by donors, for donors. After consulting with United Way supporters earlier this year, event organizers heard there was demand for something simple, with major impact. There was a call to
According to new research released today by United Way of the Lower Mainland, almost half (46%) of British Columbians say they sometimes feel lonely – but there is an upside. The same poll also found that giving back as part of a group, whether you donate time or money, makes us feel better than doing
The Vancouver tech community gathered this past Sunday to hack the Grouse Grind, taking part in the 4th annual United Way Tech Grind presented by McMillan LLP. Teams raced to the top of Grouse Mountain – all 2,830 steps, 2.9 km and 853 meters in elevation – all while raising funds for United Way’s School’s
Soccer helps create community The empty, lush grass field of Burke Mountain’s Victoria Park left Robert Birungi wondering who owned it. In his native Uganda, he says only the very wealthy could own or afford to play on grounds like this. “I asked my wife are we allowed to use this,” Robert says. “She said
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day
United Way of the Lower Mainland is investing an additional $150,000 in the Youth Futures Education Fund, so more B.C. youth who have aged out of foster care can thrive at school – and in life. When starting college or university, most young people have support from their families to cover living expenses like rent,
Who doesn’t love a block party? They’re fun, simple, inexpensive, and a great way to get to know your neighbours! That’s precisely why residents of the Clayton Heights neighbourhood in Surrey took to the streets this weekend, for the area’s first Block Party Day. The more the merrier What helped make this weekend such a
Have you ever heard of “community care?” Earlier this year, an article on Mashable.com made waves among progressive do-gooders and community builders. In it, author Heather Dockray makes the provocative case that when trying to overcome burnout, relying on self-care may not be as helpful as it seems. She advocates for community care instead. What is community
Enter the Tote your Local Love contest giveaway, here! “To me, local love is feeling a deep connection to both people and place, as well as taking action to make things better where you live.” Once a volunteer for community development work in Kenya and Rwanda, Kama now brings her drive to enrich others’ lives locally as an engaged teacher, blogger and mother.
Enter the Tote your Local Love contest giveaway, here! Reg Lok is something of a triple threat– harnessing body, mind, and spirit to build joy among her neighbours. Reg is a kinesiologist, mom of two and works in digital marketing – all the tools she needs for a full life. To Reg, local love means
Gloren Guelos shares the secret to her success, and it’s routed closer in local love than you’d think.
Enter the Tote your Local Love contest giveaway, here! Gloren Guelos is a multipotentialite. If this term is new to you, you’re not alone. It means she draws from many passions and creative pursuits—including dance teacher, mentor, volunteer, holder of the Miss BC 2016 and Miss World BC 2019 titles, and current competitor for Miss