JULY 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for July is Downtown Chilliwack Community Market

The Downtown Chilliwack Community Market takes place Sundays from 10am to 2pm, from May 26th to October 20th, 2024, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:l? Peoples.

Get ready for an exhilarating weekly celebration of local growers, crafters, and gatherers coming together to create a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors, tantalizing aromas, and an atmosphere buzzing with excitement. At DCCM, our core values revolve around food security, education, and showcasing the incredible talents of our local crafters, artists, and makers. Picture a lively summer market where the community converges to discover and connect with locally grown, gathered, and crafted treasures.

Whether you’re a seasoned farmer or a first-time visitor, DCCM is your gateway to a world of quality food and goods that reflect the essence of Chilliwack. But DCCM is more than just a market – it’s a space where relationships flourish. Regardless of backgrounds, ages, or means, everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Inclusivity is our mantra, and we’re actively working towards making the market accessible to all. As part of the Downtown Chilliwack Farmer’s Market family, DCCM promises a warm and friendly community environment, extensive marketing support, and an infectious enthusiasm that will leave you eagerly anticipating each weekly gathering.

The DCCM is entering its 4th year of providing weekly markets where Chilliwack residents can connect with local growers, bakers, makers, and gatherers, and where vendors can offer their products to their local community. DCCM has quickly become Chilliwack’s most reliable source for high quality local food, art, and hand-made products.

The DCCM is run by a non-profit society built around community and food security. The market’s goal is to connect local families, individuals and seniors with local healthy food. This benefits both our local farmers and our community.

The DCCM is an inclusive space and works toward achieving accessibility for all.

1 in 10 Canadians are food insecure

Food security is a core value of the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market. Over the past 4 years, we have provided over $75,000 directly towards food security in Chilliwack, including BCAFM Nutrition Coupons and our own ‘Market Coin’ initiative.

Through these stigma-free initiatives, food insecure individuals and families can access the Market and where they can purchase fresh, local foods with anonymity and dignity. This empowers families and individuals to make informed food choices – regardless of background, age, or means.

The DCCM works alongside The Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society and Chilliwack Community Services to deliver food security initiatives to the community.

For more details visit HERE.

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE: (will be updated soon)

JUNE 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for June is StoLo’s  Memiyelhtel Youth Mentorship Program.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club, the $3000 grant will be used towards investing in the unique needs of Indigenous youth in our community an will assist Mémiyelhtel in providing critical supports. This money will assist with summer programming, so that the staff can continue to do outreach throughout the summer and stay connected with these vulnerable youth clients, this grant would allow for special events (i.e., the waterslides; adventure park; paintball; etc…) over and above regular programming in the summer.

The Mémiyelhtel program supports Indigenous youth living within the traditional, unceded territory of St?:l? Nation (specifically Chilliwack). The program provides holistic, long-term and intensive support to vulnerable youth between the ages of 12-19 years. As captured by the traditional Halq’emeylem name, the goal of the program is to help youth be well. The Mémiyelhtel program delivers culturally relevant, dynamic, and uniquely individualized supports that create engagement and foster life promotion. The ultimate goal is to support youth to have a strong sense of identity, self-love and acceptance, while celebrating their ongoing resilience and perseverance.

For more details visit HERE.

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE: (will be updated soon)

MAY 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for May is Chilliwack Youth Health Centre. This money will directly impact people in need in our community.

The organization became a society in 2016 with the collaboration of Chilliwack Community Services, PCRS and Division of Family Practice.  Prior to that, they were funded by MCFD.  They have rooms/spaces at Stolo and in the Neighbourhood Learning Centre in the CSS building.

They provide a variety of services all free to youth. There are no screening processes, no income requirements – they see anyone who comes in. They have counselling services provided by interns completing their university degrees, alongside accredited counselling supervisors and medical services provided by accredited professionals for free. Many of the supervisors are professionals who have come through the internship program who now supervise the students, help train them and then those students come back to donate their time and keep the circle of medical professionals and volunteers going.

Some of the additional services they provide are substance abuse counsellors, medical services (seen by Dr’s) and collaboration with Gender Support Network and work with LGBGTQ2. They have also gone into middle, high school to help the counsellors who are overwhelmed with students needs and have gone to elementary schools to run programs about emotional regulation.

They have a room in each location which is open to anyone and where the kids can come and hangout. There are always snacks and drinks available for them. Some kids fill their backpacks. Some kids come and hangout and are not always there to see a counsellor or Dr. It’s a safe space where they feel like they can be themselves, been seen and heard too. Jenn told me an example of some kids who have come to hangout in the room for a year before they go a speak to a professional.

CYHC receives a small amount of funding from government but is mainly funded by grants, fundraisers, and the generosity of many donors. They are looking for local businesses or individuals to partner with or individual donations.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club, the $3000 grant will be used towards feeding the youth in their spaces. It costs about $500/month to feed all the kids that come through. They shop at Costco and get items like juice boxes and granola bars, etc. With 3800 visits last year alone, that’s a lot of mouths to feed!

There is also a Run for Youth event happening on May 25th, 2024 to help fundraise!

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE:

APRIL 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for April is Chilliwack Community Cupboard. This money will directly impact people in need in our community.

The Chilliwack Community Cupboard is a Not-for-Profit Society run completely by volunteers.  They have a goal:  to help struggling families, with children living with them, under the age of 19 years with food and clothing.  All of the items are given away at no cost.

They accept donations of clothing, food, small housewares, bedding, towels, toys, etc., as well as cash and e-transfers.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club, the $3000 grant will be used towards providing food and clothing to those who need them!

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE:

MARCH 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for March is Ruth and Naomi’s Mission. This money will directly impact people in need in our community.

Ruth and Naomi’s mission support men and women in residential addiction recovery, provide close to 400 meals per day, manage apartments, provisions for basic hygiene and more.

The $3000 grant from Mount Cheam Rotary Club will be used towards Men’s & Women’s Recovery Programs.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club

Ruth & Naomi's Mission - City of Chilliwack

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE:

FEBRUARY 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for February is Chilliwack Learning Society. This money will directly impact people in need in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club, the $3000 Community Impact Grant for February is Chilliwack Learning Society.

The Chilliwack Learning Society (CLS) was incorporated in 1990 as the Fraser Valley East Literacy

 Association. It was founded by the then Fraser Valley College (now UFV), School District 33, Chilliwack Library, Chilliwack Health, Chilliwack Community Services and numerous local organizations, with the aim to “promote literacy for all groups and individuals” in the community.

CLS builds relationships and partnerships to better meet the learning needs of all community members, to make possible the successful learning, development and growth of the individual, the family and the community.

 

CLS:

  • Provide services and programs to adults who wish to learn; supporting them to achieve their personal or workplace goals.
  • Reach out to parents and caregivers of young children. Give them skills, tools and support to develop a love of learning and school-readiness in the child.
  • Work alongside the existing system of family development programs to increase pre-literacy supports and program sustainability.
  • Work alongside community agencies to encourage and develop learning opportunities for youth to progress beyond their current capabilities.
  • Work with local businesses to create or improve literacy and employability skills training in the workplace.

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE:

JANUARY 2024 RECIPIENT

Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant for January is Sardis Doorway. This money will directly impact

people in need in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of Mount Cheam Rotary Club, the $3000 Community Impact Grant for January is given to Sardis Doorway.

Sardis Doorway has been supporting mothers who find themselves parenting alone since 1987. They provide meals, support groups and\education…and they rely on donations to do the work they do. This $3000 impact gift from Mount Cheam Rotary Club will go towards purchasing groceries for their breakfast and lunch program. If you’d like to get involved, they’re often looking for volunteers to prep food and clean up, care for infants and toddlers, mentor mothers or join the Board of Directors.

Listen to the featured interview on STAR Mornings with Jess & Shawn HERE:

For more information on Sardis Doorway, visit their website HERE.

Each month we’ll highlight the recipient of Mount Cheam Rotary Club’s Community Impact Grant. Proudly supporting Chiliwack and the Fraser Valley… along with STAR 98.3 partners…Valley Toyota, Mark’s Chilliwack and Johnston’s Pork.