In 2012, the Foundation created the Bowen Island Helping Hand Fund, a new flow-through fund to help support the Island’s front line organizations respond more quickly, with the resources they need, to Bowen Island residents in need. The Foundation seeded the Helping Hand Fund with a $5,000 major grant and since then has been granting $10,000 a year in support.
The Helping Hand
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.
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 Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon (Little Red Church), Gary Ander, Amanda Ockeloen, Louise McIntosh and Larry Lunn (BICF Board representative) .