Four responsive projects receive Emergency Community Support Fund grants

Through May and June 2020, CBT assisted with the local delivery of the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund, which provides much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

A committee of local volunteers reviewed project applications and recommended that funds be allocated to four diverse local projects that respond to a range of challenges, from mental health and drug use during the pandemic to the need for online youth environmental education.  Check out the project descriptions and contact information below to learn more or get involved! 

Project: Working Toward Wellness Together
Lead Organization: Westcoast Community Resources Society
Project Summary: Activities to increase mental health in west coast communities through outreach, training, signage, and address issues around Opioid overdose deaths working collaboratively for harm reduction.
Contact: exec.director@wccrs.ca 

Project: Emergency Animal Control in Underserved Indigenous Communities - Health & Safety
Lead Organization: British Columbia Humane Society (Tofino - CARE Network)
Project Summary: Make the rural & remote, Indigenous communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island safer by dealing with Dangerous Dogs and preventing dog fights and bites that have increased due to COVID-19.
Contact: info@coastalanimalrescuie.ca

Project: SIMRS Ocean Literacy Development Program
Lead Organization: Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS)
Project Summary: An accessible and inclusive ocean literacy program for vulnerable youth and children in remote, rural, and indigenous communities.
Contact: karyssa.arnett@simrstofino.org

Project: Forest Glen Emergency Gathering and Warming Centre
Lead Organization: Seaview Seniors Housing Society (SSHS)
Project Summary: SSHS will develop the Forest Glen common areas as an emergency gathering and warming centre as a safe haven for at-risk seniors in our community who would otherwise be alone and vulnerable in the event of catastrophe or disaster.
Contact: harskamp.diane@gmail.com

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We've met our Giving Catalogue fundraising goal

July 2, 2020
On Giving Tuesday Now (May 5th) CBT launched the Community COVID-19 Response Giving Catalogue, a place where west coast registered charities and not-for-profits share current and emerging needs with people who want to help. We are excited to announce that we have met our $30,000 for local organizations!

Red dresses in the office window

June 30, 2020
If you walk by the CBT office at 316 Main Street later this week, you may notice the red dresses hanging in the front window. The simple and elegant dresses are adorned with black silhouetted feathers and bring awareness to the staggering amount of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) across Canada, but especially those from our community.

2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants Announced

October 29, 2019
We're so grateful for all the amazing community members who are taking on a Neighbourhood Small Grant project this year This blog post includes a list of all the funded projects, the organizers, the approximate dates, and a summary of the project in the organizers' words. Make sure to check out what events are happening in your neighbourhood!