The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is excited to have recently awarded close to $500,000 in charitable grants to Sea to Sky non-profit organizations.
“The Foundation is committed to helping organizations that benefit residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor. It is truly rewarding to disburse these funds to some amazing local non-profits.” said Mei Madden, Executive Director of the WBF.
$135,000 in grant funds went to Whistler Community Services Society to help with the buyout of their program assistance van, and to support their Outreach Program, Food Bank, and the much-needed continuation of the Temporary Emergency Housing Program in Whistler. WCSS offers a variety of social services and mental health programs to help support a range of people.
Zero Ceiling Society received over $62,000 to help prevent youth homelessness and support at-risk youth. Their unique programming includes supportive housing and employment, case management, life skills education, mental health supports, and outdoor recreation in a safe, supportive environment.
Over $47,000 went to Squamish Helping Hands Society to support two important food solution initiatives. Supported programs include the Meals on Wheels Food Program that provides fresh, healthy, affordable meals and a friendly visit to Squamish seniors and other vulnerable residents, and the Squamish FOOD4KIDS: School Meal Program, that provides nutritious lunches to students in our local schools.
The Sníchim Foundation received over $30,000 toward land-based learning activities for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim immersive language learning programming. Grant funds will help with efforts to revitalize the language of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People. The Sníchim Foundation is committed to carrying out the works of their ancestors and improving the quality of lives for the people of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation.
$75,000 will go toward assisting the Pemberton and District Public Library Association in making important accessibility upgrades and outdoor space enhancements to the entrance of the Pemberton & District Public Library and Community Centre. The upgrades will improve access for all visitors to the Centre.
Whistler Secondary School received a $50,000 grant that will match funds raised by the school Parent Advisory Council to help build an outdoor classroom and multi-purpose room for the use and enjoyment of all students. Grant funds will go toward the steel structure required to move the project forward.
Also included among the successful recipients within the fall funding period were The Wellness Almanac, Whistler Gymnastics, Junior Achievement of BC, Indigenous Life Sport Academy, Squamish General Hospital Auxiliary, Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment, Pemberton Off Road Cycling Association, Sea to Sky Hospice, and The Point Artist-Run Centre.
The Foundation also matched all Whistler Blackcomb employee donations to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Environmental Fund which supports environmental projects in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Help us support our local communities by participating in the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s winter fundraiser, the TELUS Winter Classic on March 3 & 4!
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