On September 21st a group of donors joined us on a Seeing is Believing tour to learn how United Way is building strong, healthy, and happy kids in partnership with our Funded Partners.
Our first stop was John Tod Centre at 150 Wood Street on the North Shore. Here we learned about all the incredible work that the Boys and Girls Club is doing for all age ranges – from newborn babies to seniors. With several kids programs throughout the building, this amazing team also boasts an in-house chef that makes fresh meals daily with vegetables grown in their own garden! Children in these programs help plant and maintain this garden all the while learning about the value of fresh food and sustainability. On Friday nights the team also hosts “Nights Alive” as a safe, drug and alcohol-free, space for youth from all high schools to come hang out on a Friday night free of drugs and alcohol. Go Boys and Girls Club!
Then it was off to Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism. The Executive Director, Wanda, gave us a sneak peek of all the hard work that her staff puts in behind the scenes. Teamwork, accountability, and a feeling of warmth was evident in each classroom we visited. Between role play in classrooms and sensory perception training, the heroes working at Chris Rose are building kids up to successful integration into society.
Last, but not least – our final stop at Children’s Therapy Family Resource Centre. This centre has been part of our community for several years making an incredible difference in the lives of so many families and kids. The team at CTRC supports children with an identified need and their families by pairing them up with a certified professional and tailoring therapy options. CTRC helps identify developmental milestones of different ages and works with children on an individual basis. This resource is available to anyone by referral of a family member, friend, or doctor. This extraordinary organization even helped BC wildfire evacuees access they care they needed while in a unfamiliar community. Amazing work Children’s Therapy Centre!
Thank you to all of our non-profit partners for being heroes!
Seeing is Believing Tours, offer donors, volunteers and community members an opportunity to see first-hand where United Way’s money goes to work.
Participants are able to visit community agencies and hear directly from agency staff and clients about the difference United Way can make in the lives of individuals in our community. Click here to sign up or learn more!