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Vancity is helping build the wealth of BC communities

Vancity is helping build the wealth of BC communities

Community Project Grants contribute nearly $300,000 to 37 local not-for-profits

Vancouver, BC, September 27, 2010: As part of Vancity’s commitment to the communities it serves, the credit union is contributing $289,802 in grants to not-for-profit organizations across the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.  The grants will fund initiatives that benefit the social, environmental, and economic well-being of the communities in which they operate.

Shared Success is rooted in how we are redefining wealth to encompass not only the financial, but also the social and environmental prosperity of our members, and our communities,” says Patrice Pratt, Vancity Board Chair.  “As a financial co-operative, it’s rewarding to know we can help these organizations to make a difference, and we congratulate them as they continue their important work in building healthy, sustainable communities.” 

The Community Project Grants are part of Vancity’s Shared Success program, where 30 per cent of the credit union’s annual net profits are directed back to members and into communities. These grants are awarded three times each year to not-for-profit organizations focusing on climate change, social economy and poverty reduction.  Vancity’s strong financial performance in 2009 means $15.2 million is being  reinvested this year through Shared Success.

Additional information for local not-for-profit groups, including how to apply for future community project grants, can be found at

The grant recipients, by community, are:




Eco-Yard Smart Program

Societe Place Maillardville Society

Job Club & Job Club Advanced



Chilliwack Community Services

Family Literacy Programs



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley

In-school Mentoring

Trinity Western University - Environmental Studies Program

Langley TWU Community Garden

Maple Ridge


Dream Rider Theatre Society

Keep Cool! In Fraser Valley



Mission Adopt-A-Block

Stream Litter Clean up

Port Coquitlam/ Port Moody


Parent Support Services Society of BC

Financial Services Strategies for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Society for Community Development

The TCHTG Community Engagement Project



Green Bricks Education Society

Green Bricks Workshops

St. Alban's Community Meal

St. Alban's Community Meal

Richmond Fruit Tree Project

Winter Food Production Project



Guildford Park Community Group Society

After School Tutoring Program

Klah-how-eya Aboriginal Centre of SACS

Life Skills for Aboriginal Students

School District No. 36

Floral Design Project for At-Risk Students

Umoja Operation Compassion Society

Literacy & Life skills for Life



Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver

Club Connections

Co-operative Auto Network

Electric Vehicle Project

Hope in Shadows Inc.

2011 Hope in Shadows Calendar Project

Inland Refugee Society of BC

ESL and Life Skills Program

Pacific Community Resources Society

Learning is First (LIFT)

UBC Faculty of Education

Intergenerational Landed Learning Project

Vancouver Museum Society

MOV Family Food Workshops

Vancouver Native Housing Society

Orwell Hotel's G.R.O.U.N.D project

Vancouver Native Housing Society

Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen Garden Phase 4

The Wise Social and Athletic Club

A WISE Direction

Victoria / Gulf Islands


City Green Solutions Society

Conserving the Gifts of Water and Energy

Food Link Nanaimo Society

Vancouver Island Food Security Network

Food Roots Distributors Co-operative

Food and Agriculture Film Series

Home is Where We Live

Urban Agriculture Hub

International Women's Catering Coop

Marketing Plan and Productivity Enhancement

Pacific Peoples' Partnership Association

Pacific Wayfinders

South Island Pride Community Centre Society

Queer Youth Leadership Training

The Power of Hope Society

Hip Hop Hope! Youth Voices in Victoria

T'Souke Nation

Ladybug Garden and Greenhouse Project

Victoria Car Share Coop

Mobility Options: Low - Income Housing Car Share

White Rock


A Rocha Canada

The Plot Thickens: Developing Community Gardens

About Vancity

Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union, with $14.4 billion in assets, more than 414,000 members, and 59 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. Vancity is guided by a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

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