Powell River Community Response Fund has awarded an additional $6,000 to be distributed to two different projects affected by COVID-19, bringing the total amount donated to local community organizations to more than $148,465.
“It’s inspiring to watch our community pivot during these challenging times to find ways to continue to not only meet basic needs but to celebrate and further enrich our community during COVID-19,” stated Caitlyn Bryant, First Credit Union community relations specialist, in a media release.
The Community Response Fund money was allocated as follows:
• Powell River Brain Injury Society ($3,000) – support the purchasing of food needed for a new weekly meal program that supplies regular, safe and healthy food access and shares nutritional information with clients during COVID-19.
• Powell River Salmon Society ($3,000) – support the development of interactive, online Pacific salmon educational programs aimed at engaging and educating students (including immune-compromised students) in qathet Regional District during COVID-19.
The release stated that the allocated funds provide frontline services to vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. Services could include food security; financial wellness; health and hygiene; home care or personal support services; information and navigation; legal supports; mental health and wellness; shelter; safety; social inclusion and learning, and transportation.
Next funding intake date is October 30. Applications for funding will be available on the Powell River Community Foundation at prcommunityfoundation.com/community-response-fund.
Partners in the fund are calling on organizations and individuals to give now at prcommunityfoundation.com.
Powell River and District United Way, Powell River Community Foundation and First Credit Union, with support from the regional social planner, have launched the community response fund to support the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the fund is to support community service charities and not-for-profit organizations meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable individuals and families affected by COVID-19.