Abbotsford charity’s online platform raises $600,000 for flood recovery – Hope Standard

An Abbotsford charity has so far raised more than $600,000 for flood recovery, which will be distributed Monday (February 14) at the Arnold Community Church.

The total was raised through various campaigns facilitated by GiveClear Foundation Canada on its online platform.

Donors and recipients gather at 10 a.m. at the church, where funds will be distributed to:

• Arnold Community Church Community Rebuilding Fund, helping flood-affected families purchase replacement appliances, furnaces and hot water tanks – $245,000 for 58 beneficiary households

• Abbotsford Community Foundation to help flood-affected businesses, including farmers, recover, approved by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce – $130,000 to 26 beneficiaries

• Samaritan’s Purse, which provided its disaster relief unit, set up and operated a 200-bed evacuation shelter and recruited local volunteers, training them and equipping them with vehicles and specialized equipment to clean up damaged houses; will also help communities manage recovery – $150,000 split equally between Abbotsford, Merritt and Princeton

• Fraser Valley Center Search and Rescue to support emergency equipment projects for volunteers who played a vital role in evacuating those stranded by floodwaters – $60,000

• Western Agriculture Labor Initiative to fund the immediate needs of migrant workers in the event of loss of personal effects – $12,000 for 24 workers

Donors include the Giustra Foundation, the Jim Pattison Group, Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service, the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Young Presidents Organization (BC Chapter).

Tammy Kyte, executive director of GiveClear Foundation Canada, said the organization’s online giving platform was created to raise funds for charities and community projects in a “simple, fast and efficient way”.

“Our hearts were heavy as we witnessed the local flood devastation in British Columbia first hand, and it is important to us that we do all we can to provide immediate and continued support as the recovery unfolds. continues.

One hundred percent of donations to the Fraser Valley Flood Relief Fund go directly to relief efforts. Donations can still be made to giveclear.ca.

GiveClear Canada is a Donor Driven Fund (or DAF) – created to leverage investments that support local and global charities.

A DAF works like a “bank account” for donations – allowing donors to receive a tax receipt immediately, but the funds can then be held until a charity is chosen, or the funds can be invested and can grow for future donations, without incurring tax on the gains.

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Stephen V. Lee