No one is happy about folks sleeping in doorways and in our public parks, especially the people who have no place to call home. In attempting to do something constructive to help the homeless get back on their feet, our community partner, Abbotsford Community Services, has put out a proposal for supportive housing for 20 people. No one disagrees that this is needed, but it appears there is some disagreement with where it is built.
The fact is it has to go somewhere. and where better than where the folks who need it currently are? BC Housing will be funding it, and if this doesn't go through, we will most likley not have a second chance.
The myths surrounding this are rampant; please read the info ACS has posted here. United Way has carefully looked at the proposal, and we are in complete support of it. Please join us with yours.
Where can you get an investment that multiplies 18 times?
What is a child's success worth? Had an interesting converstation with David Sheach, the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters this week. Statistics show that the investment made in giving a child a mentor will reap 18 times the cost.
For $39 per paycheque, or $2,000 per year, your investment would grow to $36,000. And that is for just ONE YEAR.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley is one of our community partners. Invest in United Way, and you're investing in their programs that are investing in our children's future. How great is that?
Couch Surfing is Not a Sport
From the youth at Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services:
“I am a couch . . . I am more than just a place to find loose change or crumbs between cushions. I can tell a lifetime of stories and have been a “makeshift” home for many young people. I am the only place to do homework, converse with friends, eat and sleep. I can be there for a long time or short time, but often I am the only constant support in times of crisis. If I was not a couch . . . who would be?”
At United Way, a donation goes to 25 community partners - charities that are helping your friends, neighbours, clients . . . plus last year we invested in 14 local programs that help kids succeed and reduce poverty and homelssness. It is difficult to give our donors feedback on exactly who their donation helped - our recent stats show almost 1 out of every 3 people in the Fraser Valley were touched by United Way last year. There would be thousands of success stories!
We've asked our Community Partners to start sending us these stories, and will update them here in this new blog. Hopefully, our thousands of generous donors will feel the love that they have shared with individuals in our community, and know that their gifts are changing lives.
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Interesting research shows that donors are less likely to want recognition and more likely to want results. When someone gives to a charity, it makes them feel good. They are giving back to their community, and changing someone's life. What makes them give second time is the realization that their gift was used to do exactly that.
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Did you hear . . . we raised $809,743 for the Fraser Valley in 2013. That is $9,743 over our goal. Thanks to our supporters.
At the Abbotsford Heat vs Chicago Wolves with the Fraser Valley Labour Council. Ticket $$ supporting United Way.
Thank you to Photography by Davina (Davina Graham) for the professional photographs used in the 2013 campaign. For more information about Davina's talents, please visit Photography by Davina.
Also, thank you to all our models, who are local children and families participating in United Way funded events. We appreciate your smiles.
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