As of March 30, the Salt Spring Island Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Relief Fund has grown to $93,000. Country Grocer and the Upper Ganges Liquor Store have donated $50,000, and community donations have reached $18,000. The fund was started with a Foundation contribution of $20,000 and a CRD Grant-in-Aid of $5,000.
Foundation Board Chair Brian Lawson says, “We are extremely grateful for the heartwarming response from these caring businesses and individuals. We are working to get funds out quickly to support the local charities that are fighting on the front lines of this crisis.”
Donations may be made at ssifoundation.ca or by mail to: Salt Spring Island Foundation, Box 244, Ganges PO, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2V9. Please indicate on your cheque that the donation is to be directed to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Grants from the fund will focus on community health-care preparedness, relief or assistance for vulnerable people in our community, such as seniors, and other pressing community needs as they emerge. The fund will operate on the basis of urgency and flexibility for the coming weeks, but will also assist charities as long as need remains, even beyond the peak of the crisis.
The Foundation is inviting immediate applications from charities acting on their own behalf or acting on behalf of a not-for-profit organization. The application process has been streamlined in order to get the funds working in the community as soon as possible. For full information, please visit ssifoundation.ca or contact the Foundation’s Operations Director, Shannon Cowan, at email@example.com
While the Salt Spring Island Foundation will be assisting with needs in the wider community, the Foundation also encourages community members to support the Lady Minto Hospital directly at ladymintofoundation.com/covid-19