Founded in 1940, Union Gospel Mission tackles the hard hitting issues that can ravish communities such as homelessness, poverty, and addiction. Their Vancouver based services encompass many categories, and includes education and job preparation so those formerly struggling can be properly integrated back into their communities, life recovery programs, nutritional meals, affordable housing for low income members of the community, and more.
Presently, UGM serves over 320,000 meals annually with the help of 7 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission.
More information on how to give can be found here.
Canuck Place is British Columbia’s paediatric care provider for children with life threatening illnesses. Since opening its’ doors in 1995, Canuck Place has been able to offer children and families services such as symptom management, end of life care, art and music therapy, loss, grief, and bereavement counselling, all provided at absolutely no cost.
You can learn more about how Canuck Place serves families in the Vancouver and Abbotsford area here.
KidStart is an amazing prevention and diversion program that has been operating out of the Greater Vancouver Area since 1984. This mentorship program encourages children of varying backgrounds, social and economic status, and upbringing to develop their own interests, build their life and relationship skills, and helps them to become active members of their community by engaging them in a variety of local activities. These services are often necessary for young children that are struggling in school, have a complicated home life, or simply need a role model that will help guide them to the point where they’re able to flourish in all aspects of their life.
You can learn more about supporting KidStart and PLEA here.
The BCSPCA takes a firm stance against animal cruelty through their many programs and services. Established more than 120 years ago, the BCSPCA is the largest sheltering organization in the world, with no less than 36 branches in British Columbia.
Last year, the BCSPCA found homes for 14,379 animals, registered 24,000 animals in the BC Pet Registry, rescued 21,808 animals, and all in all, helped a staggering total of 47,776 animals.
You can learn more about how to get involved here.
Animals Asia, founded in 1998, works diplomatically with zoos and safari parks in Asia, intent to improve animal management and raise awareness about the needs of the animals being held in captivity. This is done primarily through coordination with governing authorities that can help push their agenda and ensure these animals receive the quality of life they deserve.
To date, Animals Asia has rescued over 600 bears from bile farms, and has taken them to be rehabilitated at one of their award-winning bear sanctuaries they have spread across both China and Vietnam. Their ultimate goal is to restore autonomy, respect, and fair treatment to all animals.
You can learn more about getting involved here.
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