Not-For-Profit of the Year Finalists
For a Not-For-Profit organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the Tri-Cities community.
- Has an established reputation within the community for providing exceptional programs & services.
- Provides innovative programs & services that would not otherwise be available to those in the community.
- Has a strong local impact.
- Has exceptional reach within the Tri-Cities community.
2017 Winner: ACCESS Youth Outreach Services
Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity Society
Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity Society (CRCCS) is a young and growing charity operating in the Tri-Cities. The charity was started in 2011 after a local family suffered a tragic loss and experienced the difficulty with access to grief support in our community first-hand. The charity has a mission to offer support and assistance to children and their families experiencing the loss of a loved one. The Society does this through several programs including one-on-one counselling to help families work through their grief, a lending library to facilitate access to books and resources within the community, camp and activity funding to help kids get back to being kids and help families to reconnect, bursaries to graduating students wanting to continue with post-secondary education and an annual toy drive to help families that have lost loved ones and families in the community that just need a little extra at Christmas. CRCCS started in the living room of a grieving husband and father, growing steadily every year to now operating out of an office in downtown Port Coquitlam and supporting hundreds of people in the community through counselling, camps, and bursaries.
Crossroads Hospice Society
Crossroads Hospice Society provides compassionate care and support to people with life-limited illness and their families, and offers support to individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It cares for the community with compassion, respect, dignity, and integrity, and always striving for excellence.
Programs offered include:
- complimentary adult and youth grief and loss support programs
- community grief support
- grief support groups for adults & youth
- grief’s journey walking group (no cost)
- getting through the holidays while grieving workshop
- winter celebrate a life community event
- and labyrinth healing garden.
Crossroads Hospice also has Hospice Palliative Care Support Volunteers who are trained visiting volunteers who support patients in hospice, at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and in their own homes; pet therapy; patient legacy projects including recording now, memory albums, and handprints; art care program; virtual reality therapy program; tea service program – weekly tea carts filled with fine china, assorted teas and goodies are offered to patients and families; music program; relaxation therapy including Reiki and foot massages for hospice patients and families; and caregivers group.
SHARE Family & Community Services Society
SHARE exists to connect, engage and strengthen individuals & families. The programs and services focus on uprooting poverty, improving social well-being and building an inclusive community. For 45 years, it has provided community-based services to those in need. SHARE programs directly benefit over 35,000 people in the Tri-Cities, New Westminster and adjacent communities by meeting their basic needs for food, clothing, and social services.
The generous support we receive from community members and businesses goes towards funding programs that make a significant impact in our community. Programs like our Early Intervention Therapy program which works with children, their families, and other service providers to help children participate in everyday activities. EI Therapy Services include Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
The SHARE Food Bank distributes 5000 pounds of food to a minimum of 375 families every week, 37 percent of whom are children. The Food Bank provides bi-weekly food and emergency hampers for Tri-Cities’ individuals and families in need, regardless of the source of income. The Tiny Bundles program provides weekly hampers and extra protein, dairy, formula and fresh produce to mothers who have children under 1-year-old, and are nursing and/or pregnant.