Friday, May 21, 2021

Friendship House among groups to receive Funding support from BC Government on Friday

The British Columbia government distributed some more money through the BC Community Gaming Grant program today, with Josie Osborne, the Minister of Municipal Affairs sharing the word with a number of organizations on the North Coast and Northern British Columbia, including Prince Rupert's Friendship House.

The local organization on Fraser Street was the recipient of funding for a range of services that it provides in Prince Rupert, among  the  programs included are food bank services, traditional and cultural programs, and adult literacy programs

The 80,000 dollars in funding was welcomed by Anna Zanella, Executive Director of Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert, who noted how it will help to deliver those programs that address a number of community needs. 

“The Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert is a community organization that has provided a vast variety of services in the areas of health, culture, education and recreation for people in the North, while emphasizing the needs of the First Nations People. We’re an organization that people have relied upon since operations first began in 1958, and this funding will help us continue to keep up with the needs of the community.”

The other six grant recipients in the city include:

Prince Rupert Unemployed Centre Society  -- $33,000
Prince Rupert Lions Club -- $30,000
Prince Rupert Growing Space Society -- $18,500
Change Makers' Education Society -- $12,000
Prince Rupert and District Hospice -- $9,400
333 Recovery Homes Society -- $1,800

As part of today's announcement, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice noted how the demand for services and help has increased over this last year of COVID.

“The need for support in areas like health, culture and education has only grown since the pandemic began. This funding will be able to help a wide range of organizations to continue to support people and help them keep up with the growing needs of the community.”

The full list of grant recipients provide wide can be reviewed here.

More background on today's announcement is available here.

Further notes on items of interest from the BC Legislature can be explored here.

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