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North Delta community garden upgrades

Delta Rise Community Garden, in North Delta, improved its facility by providing equipment to those who may not have had their own, purchasing a potting table to help those with mobility concerns and those with larger harvests to more easily sort through their crops, and to make it easier to use the gardening hose. Funding for these improvements came from the Delta Community Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation.

Seniors townhouse community BBQ

A 46-townhouse complex of mainly seniors held a BBQ in the common area on August 28th. With several new residents in the complex and everyone having been restricted from connecting with each other during Covid-19 the event was a great time to get together. The event was funded by Delta Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation.

Garden to attract butterflies as pollinators

As a new member of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project, Pamela Swanigan was delighted to receive space from the the Ladner Community Garden board and funding for plants from the Delta Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, funded by the Vancouver Foundation, to establish a garden for butterflies which, along with bees, are pollinators. The new butterfly garden is at Ladner Community Garden, 6467 Holly Park Drive in Ladner.

Bike Park & Pump Track built with grant support

A group of local dads worked with the City of Delta this summer to revamp a local bike park and pump track, thanks in part to a Neighbourhood Small Grant. They brought in an expert to design the new bike park and then bought the materials. The timing could not have been better to give kids in our community something active to do during these pandemic times! The funding from this neighbourhood grant has allowed me to nourish and energize the kids and families with cold drinks and pre-packaged snacks. I was also able to provide tools such as shovels, rakes and a hose for the kids to help with the maintenance of the jumps. The fact that I could reward them with some sustenance and equipment was a nice recognition of their efforts. However, the benefit of the Neighbourhood Small Grant was so much deeper than just providing snacks. Equipping these kids to build, sustain and take ownership of their bike park is a lesson that cannot be measured. — story and photos by Kristin Visscher, Project Leader

Rock the Block party in Tsawwassen neighbourhood

In the Stahaken Place townhome community in Tsawwassen 32 people from 12 families got together for the first time at a block party on August 7, 2021, thanks to a Neighbourhood Small Grant. Lulu Xie and Loretta Prim, who organized the event, said people were mingling and chatting. One neighbor found out their daughter was a colleague of another neighbor’s father. Another found out that a neighbor was the framer for another neighbor’s house, another who worked in the same industry, and some kids were in the same school. — story and photos by Lulu Xie

Kindness Kits and Zoom Meet Up

Twelve Kindness Kits went to any Delta residents who signed up, and eight participated in a meetup on Zoom, in Kindness Kits and Zoom Meet Up, with support from the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

Produce boxes help families in need

One in four children in BC are poor and live in poverty, according to Statistics Canada (2016). Of the children being raised by single parents in BC, 50% are poor, according to BC Child Poverty Report Card, 2016, and single mothers are going hungry to feed their children. Mamas for Mamas is there for those parents who need help navigating eligible resources, applying for social supports, and getting direct intake support while joining a community that truly looks after each other. With help from a Delta Foundation grant of $3,821, Mamas for Mamas is providing Sustainable Nourishment Produce Boxes to help low income families or those in crisis looking for food resources.

School District’s indigenous heritage Giving Tree Project funded for information plaques

With red cedar trees having been planted at every Delta School District school and district site, as a way to build understanding, and show appreciation and respect for local First Nation culture, a $4,000 grant from Delta Foundation will help further the scope of this Giving Tree Project so a three-foot post can be installed next to each cedar with an information plaque to educate students and the community about the significance of the cedar. Each plaque will include a QR code linked to an educational video and will showcase art created by Karl Morgan, local Tsawwassen First Nation carver.