2022 SurreyCares Annual Community Grants
This year we were pleased to be able to distribute $520,102.61 to our designated charity fund recipients and community grant recipients.
This year a total of $72,721.04 were distributed in community grants.
Community Grant Recipients were:
GENERAL COMMUNITY - TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: $18,380.94
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society: Amount: $2,880.94
Project Title: PIRS Trauma-Informed Community English Class for Women in Surrey.
This program is designed to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee women who possess low-level English communication skills, are new to Canada and are impoverished, along with facing participation barriers such as lack of childcare.
Paws for Hope Animal Foundation: Amount: $4,000
Project Title: No Pet Left Behind.
The program supports families in crisis who need temporary care for their pets while the families access medical care, in-patient treatment programs, shelters, or social housing that cannot accept pets.
Shelter Movers Vancouver: Amount: $4,000
Project Title: Shelter Movers Surrey Expansion Project: Capacity
Shelter Movers Vancouver works with survivors of abuse to address barriers for victims about leaving their violent partners. This program provides moving, security, and storage services to people across the Lower Mainland at no cost. This project aims to meet the growing demand and prevent any disruption of service in Surrey.
Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society: Amount: $5,000
Project Title: The Dosti Project (Mental Health Peer Support Groups)
This project's main objectives are to provide peer support for improved mental health, social support to build friendships, and educational and learning opportunities through guest speakers and workshops.
Surrey Christmas Bureau Society: Amount: $2,500
Project Title: Surrey Christmas Bureau Online Registration.
This project implements an online registration portal that eliminates face-to-face contact and safeguards information about clients, volunteers and staff. This system provides the security necessary for families as they upload private family information, including financial details to qualify for assistance.
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION - TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: $45,500.00
Canadian Disability Resources Society: Amount: $10,000
Project Title: Abilityconnect Program.
The program aims to help seniors and people with disabilities by connecting them to critical resources and programs. Through this project, the organization will be able to employ seniors and individuals with disabilities as well as provide valuable medical equipment and PPE resources to Seniors and the disabled members of the Surrey community.
Diabetes Canada: Amount: $5,000
Project Title: D-Camps: Helping children with type 1 diabetes.
This project aims to help children live fulfilling lives despite diabetes. Diabetes Canada will run a specialized diabetes summer camp, or ‘D-Camp’ this summer.
Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society: Amount: $10,000
Project Title: Fall Math & Reading Programs.
The project aims to help individuals with Down Syndrome develop and maintain their knowledge in comprehension, reading, math, and monetary skills. This program is designed to focus on the individualized needs of each student and strengthen their confidence to learn in a normal classroom setting.
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society: Amount: $7,500
Project Title: Mental Health Services for Youth with Special Needs
This program aims to offer mental health and counselling services to youth with special needs prioritizing marginalized, vulnerable and/or newcomer youth (new immigrants and refugees). The program will offer ten free counselling sessions (each one hour in length) to families that have youth with special needs, as well as connect them to cultural and community resources best suited to their needs and providing them with basic supplies.
UNITI partner Semiahmoo House Society: Amount: $10,000
Project Title: Employment-Based Learning Labs (EBLL).
This program aims to provide employment opportunities and support to people with developmental disabilities by helping them reach out and connect virtually and in person in the Surrey community.
Zajac Ranch for Children: Amount: $3,000
Project Title: 2022 Summer Camp
This summer camp program will enable children with disabilities or serious medical conditions in the British Columbia region to attend a fully inclusive summer camp. Most of these children have been excluded from mainstream camp experiences.
YOUTH - TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: $8,840.10
Alexandra Neighbourhood House - Youth Space: Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Where They’re At: Youth Outreach Project.
This project aims to support youth from ages 10 to 24 and their families living in the South Surrey and White Rock communities that are facing significant challenges such as social isolation, disconnection from their families, unstable housing, and mental health challenges such as low mood, high anxiety, and substance misuse.
PLEA: Amount: $3,000
Project Title: Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others (TCO²)
The TCO2 project provides workshops that are unique, interactive and empowering. These workshops are designed and delivered by young adults who use monologues, role-plays and other engaging activities to interact with children aged 10-18.
Rotary Club of Surrey Foundation: Amount: $2,840.10
Project Title: Starfish Back Pack.
This project helps famished children coming to school on Mondays while having little to eat each weekend. Food security is a fundamental right of our society; however, too many kids suffer from the lack of food security.
SurreyCares Community Foundation, in partnership with donors, made grants to the City of Surrey for Keery Park enhancements, to support the resurfacing of the South Surrey Athletic Track (Race2Resurface), and Surrey School District for support for youth and families with disabilities, and to post-secondary institutions including; Simon Fraser University, the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and Vancouver Community College to support scholarships and bursaries to graduating secondary school students pursuing post-secondary education through four of the SurreyCares's scholarship and bursary funds.
We were also pleased to support YPI programming through which grants were issued to the Phoenix Society and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.