Despite global trauma and tragedy, COVID-19 reveals an occasional silver lining. We have seen improved climate conditions, people are finding new ways to collaborate while practicing social distancing, and we see example upon example of people and businesses stepping up to support one other. In the Comox Valley, while so many people and businesses are struggling, the coronavirus has inspired others to do even more for their community. For Current Environmental, it means establishing a partnership with Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS) to support those who are most vulnerable in our community.

“Our organization has been very fortunate to stay afloat throughout this pandemic,” says Rupert Wong, Partner at Current Environmental, “and we felt compelled to do something that would have a positive impact on our community. We already support environmental stewardship groups and athletic programs, but this time, we wanted to help an organization working directly with people in need. As a neighbour to the old thrift store, we have seen first-hand the agility, innovation and resilience demonstrated by CVTS, and we felt this was the right fit.”

CVTS has had to overcome significant financial hurdles in the past 16 months. First was the fire at the social enterprise thrift store, Too Good To Be Threw, in January 2019, where everything was lost, followed by the closure of the temporary locations due to coronavirus. “We rely heavily on funding from the thrift stores to support and sustain our programs and services,” says Heather Ney, CVTS Executive Director. “Coronavirus has changed all of our lives, and the impact it is having on nonprofits is particularly tough. CVTS has been working hard to determine how best to continue to meet the increased needs in our community while managing the financial loss due to the pandemic, which is why we are so completely thrilled to partner with Current Environmental. I believe both our organizations are contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of the Comox Valley, balancing the needs of the environment, our communities and our clients.”

Wong says Current Environmental is committed to working with CVTS on a long-term basis, and they are in good company. “We have an amazing community with individuals and businesses that continue to support our organization” says Ney. “If not for the support of the business community, our many community partners and service organizations, and countless individuals, we would not be able to provide the services and programs so desperately needed by thousands of women, children and families across the Comox Valley.”

CVTS is a nonprofit organization providing services in the Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay areas and
beyond (including Denman and Hornby Islands) to women, children and families who have experienced
violence, who are unsheltered or struggling through poverty, and those who are working to overcome
addiction. To support CVTS, call 250.897.0511 or go to www.cvts.ca/contribute/.

Michele Vanderwoude

Director,Resource Development, Comox Valley Transition Society