Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) is excited to announce their new online Bingo nights starting Wednesday, April 28.

“Bingo is back, but it is going to look a little different,” says Kate Ashton, Program Coordinator for CCSS. “We are meeting on Facebook Live each Wednesday. The livestream starts at 6pm with the games starting at 6:30pm.”

This will be the 6th year of CCSS coordinating Bingo Nights in Cumberland. It’s become a popular community activity with the added bonus of raising $15,000- $20,000 per year toward the Society’s programs. “We are looking forward to restarting Bingo Nights, in a format that is safe for participants and volunteers. The new online platform also provides an opportunity for families and friends in other parts of BC to join in the fun,” says Sue Loveless, CCSS Executive Director.

Over the past year, CCSS has worked hard to adapt programming to meet the needs of the community. Working with community partners, CCSS established a Food Share, which provides regular deliveries of Healthy Food Boxes to households facing food insecurity.

After-School and Community Programs were moved online, or outside, and take home craft and science kits were distributed in lieu of in-person programs. “We are getting quite good at being flexible! With the cancellation of our major fundraising events, we hope that online Bingo will provide much needed funds to support our Healthy Lunch Program, After-School Activities and Food Share,” says Kate Ashton.

To purchase a card, please go to the CCSS Bingo store located at ccss.bingobetter.com/welcome . Cards are $10 for a single sheet. This sheet will be used for all 5 games played that night. Sheets either need to be printed 5 times, or a non-marking dabber needs to be used, such as buttons or coins.

The livestream is located on the CCSS Bingo Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ccssonlinebingonight

Online bingo will be different, but a whole lot of fun! Play online with your friends and family. You can even play with people from out of province, as long as the cards are bought by a BC resident. Grab some take out from a local restaurant to complete the night. See you online!

Kate Ashton

Program Coordinator, CCSS, Cumberland Community Schools Society