We've provided a $25,000 grant to YWCA Metro Vancouver in support of YWCA Single Mothers Support Groups in Surrey & Aldergrove. These groups assist single mothers and their children with essential services, information, resources and connections that are critical to their social, emotional and economic well-being throughout COVID-19.
Since its inception in 1897, YWCA Metro Vancouver has worked tirelessly to achieve women’s equality. The YWCA operates 66 programs in 75 locations across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, reaching more than 48,000 individuals each year. The YWCA’s holistic, integrated programs and services aim to help lift women and families out of poverty, provide the best start for children and create new opportunities for education, employment and leadership.
Jennifer Bateman, Program Coordinator of YWCA Single Mothers Support Services shared, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for single mothers and their children. Women have shared that mental health and anxiety are profound challenges, compounded by other challenges like unemployment and debt. YWCA Single Mothers Support Groups are designed to provide women and their children with access to the social, emotional and financial supports needed to help them cope during these challenging times.”
The grant is made possible through the Government of Canada's new $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund, which saw over $900,000 allocated to SurreyCares.
Christine Buttkus, Executive Director of SurreyCares, explained that “the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the ongoing need for support of vulnerable community members especially with their increased need for emotional and financial support. By funding this program, YWCA will be able to provide women and children with access to high-demand comprehensive services.”
Individuals and businesses who wish to support Surrey charities are asked to give to the Surrey Community Relief Fund. In partnership with the Surrey Now-Leader, Surrey Board of Trade and The Saheli Foundation, the goal is to raise $500,000 to support the most vulnerable populations in Surrey.
Find out more about YWCA Metro Vancouver and its comprehensive services at www.ywcavan.org.