The Caring Neighbours’ campaign is once again seeking to help vulnerable children, youth and families.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver is launching its annual Caring Neighbours campaign, which runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 31.
“The holiday season poses unique challenges for many people, especially our community’s most vulnerable members,” says Maria Howard, CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver. “We are there for them during this trying time and throughout the year, to offer support that is non-judgmental and trauma-informed.”
Money raised through the campaign helps give the gift of “brighter tomorrows” to people in New Westminster and the rest of the Lower Mainland, said a FSGV news release.
“By rallying behind our campaign, the community supports programs that open the door to life-changing opportunities — whether it’s empowering someone to overcome barriers to building their financial well-being or encouraging a survivor of domestic violence to write their next chapter,” Howard said. “There is no greater gift than this.”
According to FSGV, many local youth and families lack the tools and resources they need to thrive —inequalities that become magnified during the holiday season.
“FSGV serves severely marginalized homeless youth, people in poverty, high-risk victims of domestic violence, and survivors of extreme violence, abuse or neglect,” said a news release from the non-profit. “The mounting cost of living has made it increasingly difficult for many of these individuals and families to access essential resources. When their basic needs go unmet, it can have a detrimental ripple effect across many areas of their lives. FSGV’s programs help stabilize unhoused youth, survivors and families in crisis and empower them to start a new chapter through food, housing and mental health support.”
Family Services of Greater Vancouver has set a goal of raising $250,000 with this year’s fundraising campaign. Amazon has committed to matching the first $50,000 in donations received.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver provides programs and services that support individuals, families and communities, including helping youth experiencing homelessness, families and children impacted by trauma, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable people.
For more information about FSGV or the Caring Neighbours campaign, go to www.fsgv.ca.