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October 22, 2020
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Over 700 low income, unemployed and homeless people in North Delta have access to food thanks to pandemic emergency funding
For individuals and families experiencing job loss, homelessness and other financial struggles in North Delta, it has been an especially difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Access to food is most important for these members of the community. To relieve the stress of limited access to, and affordability of, food, and the additional stress that can lead to a rise in domestic violence, Deltassist Family and Community Services Society is substituting for the normally functioning food bank in North Delta which was forced to close during the pandemic.
 
“Deltassist Temporary North Delta Food Bank” is now serving 708 people in North Delta in need during the pandemic by purchasing every two weeks grocery gift cards so families can purchase perishable food and receive prepackaged food bags from the Surrey Food Bank. 
 
Delta Foundation has provided $70,000 in emergency funding to the food bank.
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Women and children escaping domestic violence supported through pandemic emergency funding
W I N G S Fellowship Ministries provides women and children in need, the opportunity to gain strength and live according to their worth. For women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, WINGS provides safe, warm, friendly, caring environments through housing and support services. The charity allows its clients to work through various stages of well-being, from crisis to long-term stability by providing a full range of support services. It provides a safe and supportive environment so that clients have the opportunity to hear about and understand their unique value and worth and begin to experience the potential this can mean in their lives.
 
During the “COVID-19 Mental Health and Well Being Project” WINGS is providing clients assistance with the self help tools to support mental well being and a way to reduce their contact with other people with help from the Delta Foundation, which has provided the charity with $18,000 in emergency funding.
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Sunshine Hills Virtual Garden Show supported with a Neighbourhood Small Grant
When plans to have a neighbourhood bbq were put on hold because of COVID-19 restrictions a  North Delta neighbourhood came up with a virtual replacement. The Sunshine Hills Virtual Garden Show attracted 51 entrants and 85 entries, with support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Delta Foundation, with funding from the Vancouver Foundation.
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Adults with mental illness trying to find a job and some stability supported through pandemic emergency funding
For people living with mental illness and with low income, sometimes poverty, Options Community Services help them help themselves and, in turn, promotes safe, healthy, vibrant communities. At the Delta clubhouse, Options provides psychosocial rehabilitation programs related to employment, leisure, basic living skills and wellness. It focuses on participants’ strengths and emphasizes a person’s potential for recovery -- recovery as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills and meaning.
 
The “Ready to Work (R2W)” project aims to reduce barriers in finding employment post-COVID-19 for those of age 19 years and older by increasing employability among clients experiencing mental illness.
 
Delta Foundation has provided $8,000 in emergency funding to the Options Ready to Work project.
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Sunshine Hills Poker Run support from Neighbourhood Small Grants
The Sunshine Hills Poker Run event on June 20, 2020, was a huge success, with the support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Delta Foundation.
 
One of the event organizers, Jennifer Dimmock, says: "The event attracted an overwhelming 113 registrants and 96 participated in the pouring rain. I've received so many positive responses and when I'm walking around the neighbourhood, others who didn't participate say they've heard it was a blast. As we followed Covid-19 rules, the amount of work that we put into it was insane...manually tracking poker hands and responding to almost 1000 text messages between 10am to 3pm for selfies that were submitted. This doesn't include the preparation prior to and even after the event was done. Everyone couldn't believe that it was just my husband and myself behind the scenes."
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Little sisters have a study buddy with a big sister thanks to pandemic emergency funding
Every day, youth in our community face challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and more. Big Sisters caseworkers carefully match Little Sisters with female adult mentors who help them overcome adversities, make healthy choices, and ultimately reach their full potential. The aim is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships and ignite the power and potential of young people. 
 
“Study Buddy” is one of three, no-cost tutoring and mentoring programs of Big Sisters. It is a weekly one-to-one mentoring relationship that focuses on school work for at risk girls aged 7 to 17 years from low income families, through one hour sessions outside of school time to work on school subjects and study skills. The program is continuing to provide this valued service with $ $5,055 in emergency funding from the Delta Foundation. 
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Near by Far Canada Day Block Party with Neighbourhood Small Grant
Since most plans were cancelled on Canada Day, one family in Ladner thought it would be nice to connect with their neighbours and have a 7 pm parade around our block, with support from the Delta Foundation with a Neighbourhood Small Grant from funds through Vancouver Foundation.

One of the organizers says, "Last year our street held our 1st block party and it was a success, so with most people home we sent out invitations for our neighbours to join us on the street (at the end of our driveways) for dinner, followed by the parade and doorstep photos.
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O'Keeffe family supports multiple causes in Delta
 
The O’Keeffe Family Fund, under the direction of Sandra O’Keeffe, has donated $2,508 to the South Delta Food Bank through the Delta Foundation. The Food Bank, which has experienced increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of five causes supported by the O'Keeffe family.
 
The South Delta Food Bank helps provide supplemental support in the way of groceries to 80 individuals and families dealing with short or long term poverty. 

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