After more than two months, the team at Too Good To Be Threw Thrift Store are
ready to open the doors and get back to business. The thrift stores closed their doors in March – like
most other businesses – amid concerns over the risk of coronavirus to customers, volunteers and staff.
Starting June 1st, the doors will re-open at the Puntledge Road store, though the 5th Street location will
remain temporarily closed.
On May 22, 2020 Habitat for Humanity Canada held its virtual annual general meeting, which included
celebrating the achievements of local Habitats. Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) was
one of ten Canadian Habitat affiliates recognized with a national award. They received the Housing Innovation
Award for employing new, improved and innovative cost-effective construction technologies.
To support vulnerable seniors affected by COVID-19, UWCNVI has funded 25 local
organizations from the Malahat to Port Hardy through grants of up to $5000. The
COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund is funded by the Government of Canada’s New
Horizons for Seniors Program.
In the large, fenced, Community Garden, industrious workers have created the first two 20 x 20 foot plots to be used for garden planting. On Sunday, 7 excited amateur gardeners, under the able guidance of Xander the Green, dug in and filled the nutrient rich earth with hundreds of plants. A rudimentary watering system was set up and the fencing was secured so that wild foragers will be held at bay. This Victory Garden will be the talk of the hamlet when the produce starts rolling in.
We would also like to thank our airport partners—the small businesses that provide support to the
airlines and passengers. They have reduced staffing levels, are working remotely, or have
temporarily closed. Like many frontline services, the work of our airport staff continues to facilitate
critical humanitarian work and essential travel, including medevac, military, and limited scheduled
service via WestJet to and from Calgary.
The support we have received from our donors to the COVID-19 Fund, many first-time donors to the CVCF, and the Comox Valley Regional District and Courtenay Rotary Club, has made these grants possible. We can’t thank you enough for your support and for being part of our community’s collective response to this pandemic.
The Comox Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be providing
an additional $121,850 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new
partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and
the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350 million
Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support
vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“Local governments are working together to carefully develop staged reopening plans based on the WorkSafe BC, BCRPA and the Province of BC’s guidelines for our regional and municipal indoor recreation facilities,” explains CVRD Board Chair and EOC Spokesperson Jesse Ketler. “Once all the site-dependent plans are completed they will be posted online and at each facility. Consistency, collaboration and safety of our staff and residents is of utmost importance as we continue to move forward.”
Federal Dollars to be Invested in the Nanaimo Area by United Way to Support Community Agencies During the Pandemic
“Organizations doing critical work with vulnerable people in central and northern
Vancouver Island communities are well positioned to understand where the greatest
needs are in the midst of this public health crisis,” said Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul
Manly. “This funding will assist them to adapt to new service delivery protocols and
meet increased service needs. These are very challenging times for front line agencies,
I want to personally acknowledge them, and thank them for their efforts.”