$7500 Community Challenge

Congratulations to Our Place Society for receiving the most votes in the Community Challenge.  W
ith their 2733 votes, Our Place Society received a $7500 donation from Community Savings.

The five other organizations that participated in the Community Challenge was each presented with a $750 donation to thank them for their valuable community work.

Thank you to everyone for participating and supporting the Community Challenge. One of the main goals of the Community Challenge was to raise awareness of the fantastic services and support being provided by these six organizations.

With the organizations actively promoting the Community Challenge, thousands of people visited the Community Challenge webpage and took an active role in supporting their local community. It was great to see the engagement by our Members and the public.

The story gets better for Our Place as one of the supporters of Our Place committed to donating $7500.00 to Our Place if they won the Community Challenge. As a result of their win, Our Place will be receiving $15,000 in donations! What a fantastic success!

Pictured, left to right: Donors David Green & Cheryl Alexander, Our Place Director of Communications Grant McKenzie, Victoria Branch Manager Kiyoko Shimizu-Forbes and Member Services Rep Ala.

Our Place serves Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable community including: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. We provide over 1,000 meals per day, showers, education, job skills, health care, addiction recovery services, clothing, counseling and outreach services; plus transitional housing & shelter spaces.
Our Place Society Website

Sanjeev Karwal, Youth Services Coordinator, Collingwood Neighbourhood, receiving $750 cheque from Lynn Staschuk, Manager, Vancouver Branch.

Neighbourhood House (CNH) strives to offer programs and initiatives that instill a sense of belonging, growth, and life-long learning in its participants. Founded on connection and inclusion, people of all ages, identities, and abilities have been welcome at CNH for almost 35 years. As a non-profit organization based in the Renfrew-Collingwood area of east Vancouver, programs are designed for affordability and language accessibility. These include educational, cultural, social, health, economic, and recreational programs. A central neighbourhood hub, CNH further aims to create a safe community through its collaborations with individuals, families, agencies, and other partner organizations.
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Website

Wes Everaars, Director of Development, Lookout Housing + Health Society, receiving $750 cheque from Carla Gilliland, Manager, New Westminster Branch.

Lookout serves the marginalized population by providing: shelter and housing for people who are or have been homeless; connections to community services; and assistance to individuals whose needs are not being met elsewhere. Lookout offers minimal barrier, trauma informed services that enable tenants to work towards greater stability and independence through activities such as cooking, budgeting, basic education, work programs, monitoring medications and basic hygiene.
At Lookout we believe that helping people help themselves is essential in addressing the challenges surrounding homelessness. Securing appropriate housing is the first most essential step in achieving independence and improved wellbeing. 

Lookout Society Website

Members of the Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society, receiving $750 cheque from Carla Gilliland, Manager, Port Coquitlam Branch.

The Port Coquitlam Fire Department has a long history of supporting our city. As dedicated volunteers and first responders we see the immediate needs of our community. In 2019 we founded the Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society (PCPFCS). Our goal is to create and fund programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of Port Coquitlam. We believe that a prosperous community begins with a full stomach. Our first initiative is developing and funding elementary school meal programs. These services ensure that the nutritional needs of our youngest citizens, and their families, are met.
Port Coquitlam Firefighters Facebook Page

Members of the Surrey Women's Centre, receiving $750 cheque from Ranjana Prasad, Manager, Surrey Branch.

A crisis centre for women and girls escaping domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence. Surrey Women's Centre is often the first and sometimes the only place they call for help. It is because of the support of the community that women and girls have a safe place to turn. 24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.
Surrey Women's Centre Website

The Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society represents Burnaby Firefighters in our mission to raise money for community groups and non-profit organizations. Our Society has no paid employees – members of Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 volunteer their time to administer the business of the Society. Our ongoing dedication to help our community is reflected in the kind of work we do: firefighters are prepared to put our lives on the line to protect the community. We know that protecting a community is about more than handling emergencies – it’s about helping people in our community every day – people who have to deal with health problems, disabilities, poverty, abuse, hunger and so many other issues. We know we can make a difference.

Burnaby Firefighters Website

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