The Comox Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is getting a boost, thanks to a sister organization.

The Vancouver Foundation announced that it will be matching donations on a dollar for dollar basis during the month of May, up to a maximum of $30,000.

Comox Valley Community Foundation president, Matt Beckett says it’s amazing to see the support so far and he hopes the gesture will inspire others to help.

“We are very thankful for the community support we have received to date, which has allowed us to respond quickly to the needs of the not-for-profit organizations providing
service to our vulnerable neighbours during this challenging time,” said Beckett.

“We are also incredibly appreciative of the support extended by the Vancouver Foundation, and hope this inspires those community members who are able to further support our
efforts to ensure that no one goes without during this public health crisis.”

The CVCF’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund provides grants to the community where it’s needed most, with a focus on access to food, shelter, supplies and care for our community’s most vulnerable.

The first round of grants, totalling $102,000, were distributed in mid-April, supporting the efforts of 13 organizations including the Comox Valley Child Development Association’s Emergency Autism program, Cumberland Community School’s Food Share program, LUSH Valley’s “Good Food Box” delivery program, and the Coalition to End Homelessness’s housing and wrap-around supports program for the unsheltered.

To learn more about the Comox Valley Community Foundation, visit its website.