Outreach Opportunities Fund
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.
Cecilia Gruber, Jennifer Malcolm, and Melody Mason
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: email@example.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.
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.
Here are some of the organizations we have supported in the past.
The Treehouse $3000
Quest Outreach Society $2500
Aboriginal Mother Centre $2000
Sole Food Street Farms $2000
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (to be allocated to Warriors Against Violence) $2693
RAVEN Trust $2810
Portland Hotel Society for activities related to Overdose Prevention Society $1681
Kinbrace – $1500.00
Mom2Mom – Child Poverty Initiative $2,000
Covenant House (no record)
Aunt Leah’s Place $2500
Elizabeth Fry Society $2500