On March 27th, the SurreyCares Community Foundation, in partnership with the Surrey Now-Leader, the Surrey Board of Trade and The Sehali Foundation, launched a special emergency fund to benefit organizations providing services to some of the most vulnerable sectors of our community. We have set the goal of raising $500,000 by April 10th.
The recipient organizations have been selected based on high priority needs.
Surrey/North Delta Meals on Wheels - Surrey/North Delta Meals on Wheels (SNDMOW) is a volunteer community service that delivers freshly prepared, ready to heat, nutritious meals to recipients' homes. They are mostly supporting the vulnerable elderly population at this time Cloverdale Community Kitchen - The Cloverdale Community Kitchen (CCK) exists to build a strong and healthy community with a focus on alleviating poverty in Cloverdale, Surrey and Langley. Funds raised through the Surrey Community Relief Fund will help in supporting their new food delivery program that delivers food (made in their commercial kitchen) to seniors. Surrey Food Bank - The Surrey Food Bank provides food to families living in Surrey and North Delta. They pride themselves in supplying nutritious food in a respectful and dignified environment. Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre – supporting All Nations Youth Safe House (ANYSH) in Surrey. ANYSH offers a 30-day home-like space that is safe, comfortable and caring when youth ages 16-18 are enduring times of hardship. ANYSH is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. It offers 6 warm, clean beds, daily nutritious meals, access to a computer, phone TV and leisure activities as well as other supports.
"Supporting the charitable sector in Surrey is at the core of what we are here for. This is a difficult time for everyone, and we know that those who are already marginalized in our community will be disproportionately impacted. If you have the means, we urge you to help in this effort." says John Lawson, Chair of SurreyCares Community Foundation.
We believe, with strong community support, we can make it to our goal and beyond so we can provide support to even more organizations on the front lines. So whether
it's $5 or $500, you can help us get to $500,000.
After we raise the first $500,000, we will continue to raise another $500,000 so that we can support more organizations that are serving vulnerable populations in our community. This will include those serving the homeless, new immigrants and refugees, seniors, people with disabilities and others who may be negatively impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
"The Surrey Board of Trade recognizes that it is imperative that we do all that we can during this critical time to support the organizations delivering services to the most vulnerable in our community. We all understand that the extraordinary measures put in place to fight this pandemic are putting increased demands on many of our social support agencies. This fund will help them to not only meet those demands but to do so in as safe a manner as possible.” Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade We've seen many in our community step up to help, and we've also seen agencies on the frontlines struggling as the need has risen and donations have slowed. We need to get funding to them now so that they can focus on delivering much-needed services.
"The pandemic we are facing with Covid-19 clearly proves we are all in this together, we are one. Pooling our resources together in the safest possible manner, we must come together as a community to help everyone in need. At The Saheli Foundation, we are very grateful to the many amazing organizations within our community who are providing front line assistance to the most vulnerable. Joining hands and doing whatever each of us can at this turbulent time is the only way to overcome this challenge. Together we shall persevere.” Devinder Maan, The Saheli Foundation
We are fortunate in Surrey to have many compassionate and caring individuals, organizations and businesses. Now, more than ever, we need you to step up and donate today.