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New Westminster-based charity inundated with support for mobile work crew

Fraserside achieves fundraising goal for new truck
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Fraserside Community Services achieved its goal of raising $40,000 to replace a truck for its mobile work crew, after its previous truck was stolen last October.

Fraserside Community Services Society is overwhelmed by an outpouring of support from the community for a new truck for its mobile work crew.

The mobile work crew is a social enterprise that benefits adults with developmental disabilities in the community. Through the program, these individuals receive real pay for real work – and experience a sense of responsibility and belonging in the community.

On Halloween 2020, the team’s truck was stolen – leaving the program’s future uncertain, as the truck is used to transport the team and the tools and equipment they need to complete their work.

Fraserside recently launched a campaign to raise $40,000 to purchase a new truck for the program. In response to media coverage, the New West-based non-profit has been flooded with donation – and 144 donors helped it meet its goal after only one week of fundraising.

“We are so grateful for the incredible response from the community,” Fraserside CEO Lynda Edmonds said in a news release. “The crew is thrilled that they will have a new truck in time for spring and will now have a reliable vehicle to take on jobs.”

Back to work

Fraserside Community Services Society provides housing, employment and social supports for people living with disabilities, people facing homelessness, living in poverty, suffering from chronic mental illness or substance use issues.

According to Fraserside, all donations exceeding the cost of the new vehicle will be put toward the non-profit’s highest priority needs to do the most good for the people they support. The society provides housing, employment and social supports for people living with disabilities, people facing homelessness, living in poverty, suffering from chronic mental illness or substance use issues.

The mobile work crew performs a variety of outdoor work such as landscaping, rubbish removal, power washing, recycling, groundskeeping and maintenance for customers throughout Metro Vancouver. To book the service, call the program supervisor at 604-723-3439.

 

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