The Outreach Opportunities Fund Committee selects outside organizations to receive a portion of the Sunday offering.

Outreach Opportunities Fund (OOF)

Chair: Melody Mason 

Statement of Purpose:

To distribute 25% of funds collected during the Sunday service to community charities, both those that are independent of the church and those that have some connection to the work of church committees. Priority is given to organizations undertaking social justice, refugee support and settlement and environmental sustainability work with a focus on vulnerable or other marginalized communities. Preference for funding is given to groups working primarily in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Members:

Steven Epperson, Carolyn Grant, Elizabeth Geller and Bruce McIvor

Currently Collecting for:

Normally, OOF donates a portion of the Sunday service collections to a registered charity over a four month period. Given the current circumstances, the OOF Committee took the decision to send a cheque for $2,000 to the current recipient, the Aboriginal Mother Centre (AMC), in mid-April rather than wait until the end of May. The funds are urgently needed to assist AMC extend its outreach services during this covid-19 crisis. 
 
Even though OOF donations have decreased over the past few weeks due to having virtual services, we still found that there were sufficient funds in our OOF  account to offer an additional $2,000 to another recipient. Our focus was on the DTES, given the critical situation the homeless and other vulnerable groups are facing there. The Committee decided to award the funds to PHS Community Services Society to help meet the demand for more meals in the DTES as so many kitchens have closed down because of covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, we will continue to ask congregants to send in their donations to OOF to replenish our fund. A new recipient will be selected for the four month period beginning in June. All contributions are gratefully received. 
 

Activities and Accomplishments

In 2018-2019, OOF distributed over $13,000 to the following organisations:

  • Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (to be allocated to Warriors Against Violence activities)
  • Community Legal Assistance Society
  • Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
  • Rainbow Refugee Coalition
  • Westcoast Environmental Law
  • Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
  • Sole Food Street Farms

Representatives from the above organizations gave a short presentation to the congregation on the purpose of their work.

Future Plans

Three organisations will be selected to receive funds from OOF during the next year. In the past, the  committee has chosen the recipients but we now ask members of the congregation to nominate local charities for consideration by the committee.

To nominate an organisation please click on this link: OOF Nomination form or take a paper form from the bulletin board at the main entrance to Hewett Hall and leave it in the OOF mailbox in the UCV office or email it to Melody Mason.

OOF Nomination Form

History

Here are some of the organizations we have supported in the past.

2011

Kinbrace

Elizabeth Fry Society $2500

2012

ACORN $2500
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities now the Disability Alliance  $2500
Elizabeth Fry Society $1000
Rhizome Movement Building Centre $1500
VAST $1500

2013

Covenant House (no record)

ACORN $2500

Kinbrace $3000

Aunt Leah’s Place $2500

2014

Pedal Foundation $400
ARA Mental Health (Action, Research and Advocacy) $1600
West Coast Mental Health Network $2000

2015

Mom2Mom – Child Poverty Initiative $2,000

Kinbrace $2000

2016

Kinbrace – $1500.00

Vancity Community Foundation for activities related to Raise the Rates & Single Mother’s Alliance $3,000.00

2017

RAVEN Trust $2810

Qmunity $2800

Portland Hotel Society for activities related to Overdose Prevention Society $1681

Community Legal Assistance Society $2025

2018

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (to be allocated to Warriors Against Violence) $2693

OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society $1635

Rainbow Refugee Coalition $2000

2019

West Coast Environmental Law $4010

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre $2367

Sole Food Street Farms $2000

2020

Aboriginal Mother Centre $2000

PHS Community Services Society $2000