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Langley charities recieve $22,000 in grants from Envision Financial

Envision Financial is giving more than $22,000 in grants to charities serving Langley.

This year, grants from the Envision Financial Community Endowment are being used to support children, families and youth at risk.

Recognizing the opportunity to strengthen the work being done by its charities, Envision grants have also been used to support organizational development initiatives such as leadership training and workshops to help improve the skills and abilities of staff or volunteers.

The latest grants were provided to:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley – $10,000 to support their flagship In-School Mentoring program which provides vulnerable children and youth the opportunity to receive positive long-term mentorship;

• Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C. – $10,000 for the After School Prevention Program which provides children and youth a safe environment and activities during after school hours as an alternative to playing on the streets or staying home alone, and

• Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services – $2,000 to help build a new basketball court at the youth drop-in hub ‘Building 272’ for homeless and vulnerable youth.

“The First West Foundation is so pleased to offer our support and funding towards these important community organizations through grants from our Envision Financial Community Endowment,” said Seline Kutan, executive director of the foundation.

“We understand how vital it is for children and youth to have somewhere to play and someone they can talk to in a safe and caring environment.

“The work that Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C. and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services does is a shining example of how we can work together to provide programs and spaces that will help protect the youth and families in our communities.”

Loren Roberts, program/ project supervisor for Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services, said that without Envision’s support, their drop-in space would not be as successful as it currently is.

“With help from community partners like Envision we are able to provide much needed support to the youth in our community,” she said.

“Whether that be help getting off the streets or just having a place to hang out, use a computer or play some basketball.”

Envision Financial’s Employee Giving Campaign ran from Oct. 9 to 18.

During this time, employees and members were encouraged to make a donation to the First West Foundation to support the Envision Financial Community Endowment.

Those interested in making a donation, can visit any Envision Financial branch.

In 2012, the First West Foundation is donating more than $207,000 from the Envision Financial Community Endowment to projects in communities served by Envision Financial.

For more information about the First West Foundation and the Envision Financial Community Endowment, visit firstwestfoundation.ca.

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