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

Outreach Opportunities Fund (OOF)

Chair: Yvonne Marcus

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:

Cecilia Gruber, Jennifer Malcolm, and  Melody Mason

Current Recipient

The next OOF recipient will be the Overdose Prevention Society (November 2022-February 2023).

The mandate of the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) is to be leaders in the harm reduction movement with a continual push for change and justice, offer employment and advancement opportunities for members of the Downtown Eastside community, and continually work to break the stigma of addiction through  empowering drug users and fighting against preconceptions of substance use.

OPS continues to challenge the normalization of the opioid crisis every day. We are a community driven, grassroots initiative that bring people in from the alley and provide a safe and welcoming place to use drugs.

Please watch this informative interview with Sarah Blyth, Executive Director and other OPS staff. 

Services offered by OPS:

  • Safe clean environment for people to use drugs
  • Drug testing
  • Harm reduction supplies
  • Jobs for DTES community members
  • Housing support
  • Food distribution
  • Clean and safe washroom for homeless

We are also home to MYSAFE

Contact for those interested in volunteering: vanops.volunteer@gmail.com

History of the Overdose Prevention Society:

OPS was founded in September 2016 by three women who were concerned about how little was being done about the growing fentanyl crisis in Vancouver. In potential violation of the law, they set up a drug injection site in an alley in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside to combat the many overdose deaths and have saved hundreds of lives. Their peer-based services are beneficial to the health authority, to the community, and to the participants themselves and ensure access to health and welfare services to excluded, vulnerable and marginalized people.

Future Plans

Three organizations 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 organization, 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 Yvonne Marcus.

OOF Nomination Form


 

Previous Recipients

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

2022

Pivot Legal Society $2000
Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia $2000

2021

The Treehouse $3000

Mood Disorders Association of BC $2500

Indian Residential School Survivors Society $5000

Quest Outreach Society $2500

2020

Aboriginal Mother Centre $2000

PHS Community Services Society $2000

Burns Bog Conservation Society $2000

2019

West Coast Environmental Law $4010

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre $2367

Sole Food Street Farms $2000

2018

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

OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society $1635

Rainbow Refugee Coalition $2000

2017

RAVEN Trust $2810

Qmunity $2800

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

Community Legal Assistance Society $2025

2016

Kinbrace – $1500.00

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

2015

Mom2Mom – Child Poverty Initiative $2,000

Kinbrace $2000

2014

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

2013

Covenant House (no record)

ACORN $2500

Kinbrace $3000

Aunt Leah’s Place $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

2011

Kinbrace

Elizabeth Fry Society $2500