Thank you for your interest in supporting our local charities.
Give Where You Live is an exciting giving campaign that empowers you to join others in West Vancouver & the North Shore in supporting a select group of local charities. It's a crowd-fundraising campaign that also has a matching component, so your donation can be doubled!

Grant Requests

Health & Wellness

Avalon Recovery Society
One Day At A Time Counselling Program

Avalon Recovery Society, provides completely free, life-changing services to women and families recovering from addiction.

Avalon has a wait list exceeding 100 women on the North Shore, waiting to receive counselling support. They currently do not have the resources to meet the demand and are determined to hire a full time counsellor to eliminate the waitlist and provide barrier free counselling. With the pandemic, Avalon experienced a dramatic increase in need for their services and they responded by expanding their services and hours of operations. In order to meet the need, funds raised will be used to provide more access to counselling, both one on one and group therapy sessions while they wait for their 1-1 care. This would allow Avalon to provide free, high-quality counselling to approximately 115 additional women each month to meet demand.

Donations made by December 31st will be matched, up to $11,000, by funds at the West Vancouver Foundation - doubling your giving!
Requested
75,000.00
Funded
13,449.53
 
Family Services of the North Shore
North Shore Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau ensures that low-income families, individuals, and seniors living in our community can celebrate the holidays. Christmas Bureau recipients have an average monthly household income of $1,528 (family of 4), and in 2021, the program supported nearly 2,500 people living in our North Shore community including 925 children. Your financial gift will guarantee that our team can provide individually-selected presents and holiday gift baskets for more than 2,500 people in just a few short months.

Family Services of the North Shore is a non-profit, community-based agency. For over 60 years, we have been committed to making deep and lasting impact across the entire North Shore, from Deep Cove to Bowen Island and every point in between.

Donate by December 31st and your donation will be matched by the Foundation's Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund, up to $10,000 - doubling your giving!
Requested
60,000.00
Funded
5,609.53
 
Harvest Project
Care Program

Harvest Project provides individualized safety-net services to residents facing challenging life circumstances. Support includes coaching and counseling, a rent bank (interest free loans), food support programs, clothing and referrals.

The Care Program is an innovative program that serves to engage individuals and families in moving forward from places of serious challenge and dysfunction, to healthier and more whole lives within our community, right here on the North Shore.

Donations made by December 31st will be matched, up to $10,000, by the Foundation's Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund - doubling your giving!
Requested
50,000.00
Funded
5,285.00
 

Environment

Ocean Ambassadors Canada
PickUp3 North Shore

Ocean Ambassadors Canada, based in West Vancouver, is connecting our community with the ocean and educating them about marine pollution and ocean health. Our school programs and summer camps give young ambassadors the opportunity to forge a deeper relationship with the ocean - inspiring them to lead the way in reducing ocean plastics and protecting what we love.

The PickUp3 North Shore project is part of a growing movement launched so that every one of us can play our part in protecting our ocean, lakes, rivers, forests and more. The concept is fun and simple: Pick up three pieces of garbage every time you visit a beach, body of water, trail, or anywhere in nature, and track clean-up within our community here: https://pickup3.org/. To grow this movement, Ocean Ambassadors is raising awareness at local events and providing education workshops for community groups, schools and businesses on request. Be on the lookout for signs at your favourite community beaches, as a reminder to PickUp3. Through the power of a social network, the goal is to have 90,000 people from West Vancouver and the North Shore participating as PickUp3 ambassadors in the first year of the project.

Your donation will support our team to provide education workshops and raise awareness at beaches in our community. Donate by December 31st and your donation will be matched by the Foundation's Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund, up to $10,000 - doubling your giving!
Requested
30,000.00
Funded
2,189.55
 

Seniors

North Shore Community Resources Society
Supporting Vulnerable North Shore Seniors

North Shore Community Resources (NSCR) is dedicated to individual and community well-being through facilitating social connections, empowerment and community participation.

Our seniors programs goal is to provide a one stop hub of information and services where seniors can be connected to supports that empower them to remain independent in their homes, mitigate isolation, improve community connection, and ultimately increase a sense of well-being.

At NSCR, we recognize that ones sense of health and well-being is much more than just physical health. We offer services that target aspects of health such as social support, maintaining a home, access to recreational opportunities, health services, seniors' benefits, transportation, food options and more. Strengthening seniors empowerment, inviting participation and increasing community connection through our Better at Home, Caregivers Support and our Seniors One Stop (information, navigation and referral center) programs is our goal.

Donate by December 31st and your donation will be matched by the Foundation's Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund, up to $10,000 - doubling your giving!
Requested
35,000.00
Funded
6,484.53
 
West Vancouver Senior's Activity Centre - DWV
Feed the Need - West Van Seniors Food Security Program

The Seniors' Activity Centre's meal program began as the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light a genuine need among this community's most vulnerable seniors, who lacked the financial means to access regular meals. Feed the Need provides 3 free meals a week to vulnerable seniors (average 85 years or older) who are struggling with food security and without family or community support to help. This program provides a nutritious meal, that they would not otherwise have access to. The meals are delivered directly to the door, packaged and delivered by volunteers, that take the time to check and care for each senior. Your donation will ensure that these seniors continue to receive healthy and nutritious meals and access to protein that they can not afford until the end of 2023.

This program started in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic delivering 3 meals a week to low-income, disabled and vulnerable seniors in the community. The recipients of the meals were identified through collaboration with the local health authority, BC Housing and First Responders. The program has had a significantly positive impact on recipients who are reporting positive changes in their mental and physical health.

Donations made by December 31st will be matched up to $20,000 by the Foundation's Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund - doubling your giving!
Requested
100,000.00
Funded
31,926.20
 

Youth

365give Society
Student Leadership Program
365give, based in West Vancouver, has a very simple mission - to change the world one give, one day at a time. Our purpose is to Teach, Inspire and Empower the hearts and minds of people locally and globally resulting in a happier, healthier world for everyone.

365give is developing a new Student Leadership program to serve schools and students from grades 5 through university. The program is based on a community service-learning model that will empower learners to give within their school communities, their local communities, and a global issue. There is a gap in the education space for a service-learning program that needs to be filled to teach our youth how to positively create change in our world. With your help, we will develop students on the North Shore to become deeply engaged citizens both locally and globally.

Until December 31st, donations made will be matched, up to $10,000 - doubling your giving!
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
4,169.53
 

Arts & Culture

Kay Meek Arts Society
Summer Youth Conservatory

The mission of the Kay Meek Arts Society (dba Kay Meek Arts Centre) is to provide professional artistic presentations across a variety of disciplines for residents and visitors of the North Shore and Metro Vancouver region; to provide professional venues for artists and community organizations to perform and showcase their work; to facilitate opportunities for arts education and development; and to maintain facilities at the highest standards in order to do so.

The Kay Meek Summer Youth Conservatory Program is an annual musical theatre intensive for youth from the age of 8 to 18. Working closely with program instructors and industry professionals, students are introduced to all aspects of the theatre craft and participate in the building of an entire production including character development, production design, and production management.

Donate by December 31st and your donation will be matched by funds at the West Vancouver Foundation, up to $5,000 - doubling your giving!
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
2,284.53
 

WVF Community Grants

Caring Community Fund
Help our community thrive and grow, today and tomorrow. The Caring Community Fund supports a wide range of important charitable causes and ensures your gift is directed to the areas of greatest need based on the West Vancouver Foundation's Vital Signs research and ongoing assessments. Donations to this fund support our grant programs such as Community Grants.