Your Bowen Island Community Foundation administers two funds to assist individuals in crisis:
– Helping Hand Fund –
Every community support leader we speak to has stories of people living on Bowen who face personal and often invisible emergencies. They may be disconnected from social support systems or too shy or proud to reach out for help. To help our support organizations respond to such situations, by augmenting their resources as needed, the Foundation created the Helping Hand Fund.
The Foundation seeded the Helping Hand Fund with a $5,000 major grant in 2012 and since then has been granting $10,000 a year in support.
The Helping Hand is capably administered by a dedicated volunteer committee. In all grant decisions confidentiality is maintained. The Foundation is appreciative of the volunteer committee work of Gary Ander, Marcus Behm, Louise Macintosh, Oydis Dike Nickle, and Amanda Ockeloen and Larry Lunn (BICF Board representatives).
If you, or someone you know, needs a helping hand, please contact HelpingHand@bowenfoundation.com for a confidential inquiry.
– Youth At Risk Fund –
There is a need for more support of young people on Bowen Island whose lives and opportunities are being compromised as a result of drug use, trauma, and mental illness. The Bowen Youth at Risk Fund will provide both education for the community and treatment and counseling for young people on Bowen who are looking for assistance in dealing with these issues.