Organization Mission Statement
Mission: To advance the quality of volunteerism and community engagement.
Vision: Working together to build strong and healthy communities through volunteerism.
The organization serves the following population
All members of Campbell River & surrounding area.
The funds donated will be used to
Brighter Day Project - Chloe Valentine, Volunteer Campbell River’s youth engagement worker has made a short video to help explain this unique project. Brighter Day will bring youth (15-29) and seniors (+55) together, building connections and relationships through shared activities, experiences, hobbies, and events. Youth and seniors will build a sense of belonging, increased security through dependable and safe experiences, and participate in learning experiences with topics such as communication, technology, mental health, safety, healthy relationships, healthy nutrition, activities. Seniors will know they matter and can share guidance and wisdom and youth will benefit from caring connections and wisdom of elders. Project Goals include building a sense of BELONGING for all participants; providing valuable information and support about mental health and reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and isolation in all participants; increase shared understanding of each other to reduce stigma and increase safety. Youth (age 15-29) will plan, design and implement this project, with the feedback and involvement of seniors, and the support of community agencies, especially those who support youth and serve seniors. This project is important because Campbell River has an increasing aging population (+55 is close to 20,000 in 2017 and expected to increase in the coming decades - Island Health 2018) and some of these individuals have relocated from other areas to be near their family (isolation). The incidence of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide, is increasingly a concern for youth of Campbell River (2018 McCreary Report on Adolescent Health). Youth suicide and substance use continues to be a significant concern in this community (Foundry, 2018). Resilience research identifies that a sense of belonging and healthy relationships can have a very positive impact on health outcomes for all ages and youth who have caring, healthy adults and elders have more positive health and success in their future (www.rlifeproject.ca). This project will bring together these two groups who will benefit from connecting with each other and building positive relationships, shared experiences of fun and recreation, and increase knowledge on several topics of importance to both seniors and youth. We were fortunate to receive funding from the CR Community and RBC Youth Launch to initiate this project, but the funding will only last until August. Support from 100 Women will help us continue this important work until March 2021. Thank you!
(Note: we are making adjustments to the project based on COVID19 but the work is continuing.)
The organizations current sources of funding are
Grants including Gaming, Sponsors, Membership Fees, Rentals, Workshop fees and Fundraising.
Visit their website for more information: volunteercr.ca
This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.