The Vancouver Foundation announced earlier this week that they have committed $2 million towards flood response efforts to the Fraser Valley and Interior.
A disbursement of $1-million will go to the Canadian Red Cross to get help to people in and around areas affected by recent flooding. These funds will provide a vital lifeline to those communities at a critical time and boost the Red Cross in their efforts to help those areas recover and rebuild.
The remaining $1-million will be activated in the coming days through flexible, unrestricted operating grants to local organizations at work on the ground in BC’s Fraser Valley and Interior. This funding will provide targeted support to groups serving those who experience the greatest vulnerability like migrant workers and land-based Indigenous nations in those regions. These one-time grants will flow to approximately 20 local organizations through a community-informed process that is now underway.
“I’m proud that we were able to play such a meaningful role in supporting our province through COVID since the start of the pandemic, that we can be here when communities need us in the face of extreme weather today,” stated Kevin McCort, president and CEO of Vancouver Foundation.
The Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation organization and over its existence has distributed more than $1 billion to community projects and programs.