ACF has taken up the Governor General’s challenge to help build a “smart and caring nation” as Canada approaches its 150th birthday by making a commitment to support programs that help children in need from now until 2017.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
In the past we have granted over $230,000 to some of the following programs: sending 50 children to the Abbotsford Food Bank’s soccer camp, funding the Youth Commission’s nutrition program, making it possible for children to take music lessons at Bakerview Music Academy, supporting the Salvation Army’s Camp Sunrise; and funding counselling for at risk children and their families in crisis through the Abbotsford Restorative Justice & Advocacy Association. The campaign also provide funding for 20 Starfish Backpacks. The Starfish BackPack Program is a joint initiative of the Abbotsford Food Bank and the Rotary Club of Abbotsford that provides food for children in need every Friday for every weekend during the school year. The Rotary Club of Abbotsford has raised much of the money for this project through support from local businesses and other organizations and given countless hours of time co-ordinating volunteers and promoting the program. To learn more click here.
The Smart and Caring Campaign has also provided funding for the Power Hours After School Program at Harry Sayers Elementary, a program supported of the City of Abbotsford and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Watch our 2:53 second video to learn more about these two important community programs.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Our grants are funded from the income of our Smart and Caring Community Fund. For every dollar donated to support this fund, ACF grants a dollar to a local program for children in need up to a maximum of $300,000 by 2017. For info on the programs funded in 2016 see our Grants-Summary-2016. If you are a local business that would like to support our community campaign we have lots of ideas for how you can participate, see Infosheet for Businesses
BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR
ACF funded 20 Starfish Backpacks in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Every Friday approximately 263 children and their families receive food for the weekend during the school year. But another 137 children are still waiting for their backpacks. Help fund more in the future by making a monthly gift of $45 for 12 months. Click on the button below to become a monthly donor today.