Centre celebrates milestone
It’s been the heart of the community for 25 years.
The Whitevalley Community Resource Centre reaches a milestone anniversary this year, and the demands keep growing from residents of Lumby, Cherryville and the surrounding area.
“People always need support,” said executive director Gay Jewitt, who has been involved since the agency first began.
“We all need a hand once in awhile and I am glad we are here to help.”
Among the services offered are counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after-school activities, Kid’s Zone in Cherryville, summer day camps, toddler programs, cooking classes for those on a budget, seniors drop-in, health information for seniors, Good Food Box and Internet access.
In 2013, there were 16,482 telephone calls and walk-ins at the centre, while there were 2,217 client contacts and 15,044 e-mail communications.
But the reality is that money is required to keep the services moving ahead.
The agency came close to closing a few years ago, and as a result, the Legacy Fund campaign was launched. The goal is to raise $800,000 over five years, with the principle remaining in an endowment fund and the interest generated each year helping cover operational expenses.
Presently, about $55,515 has been raised.
“It takes ongoing nurturing and reminding people of what we’re trying to achieve,” said Jewitt.
As part of the campaign, businesses are urged to match donations made by their employees.
“It can have a huge benefit if you can double up on the dollars being donated,” said Joanne Kineshanko, campaign co-chairperson and president of Kineshanko Logging.
“It spurs people on to support the cause.”
In 2013, there were 1,270 visits to the Parent and Tot drop-in program and 3,768 lunches served at the Seniors Drop-in. More than 88 backpacks were handed out to students at local schools and 213 Good Food Boxes were distributed to residents.
Forty of the 64 children at Cherryville Elementary take part in the after-school program, while there are 57 children in Lumby and Lavington involved in the program.
“It’s so near and dear to my heart,” said Kineshanko of WCRC, which she has been a board member of for 24 years.
“I have seen the positive impact on people’s lives and the impact on the community.”
To raise awareness about the campaign, there will be a special breakfast at the White Valley Community Centre Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m.
“We have invited all of the people who have donated and potential donors,” said Jewitt.
Among those getting behind the campaign is a group of mothers who raised $950.
“We have had people come in with $10 and other sums,” said Jewitt.
“A friend wants donations to the campaign instead of gifts for her birthday.”
For more information to the campaign or to donate, call 250-547-8866 or go to www.whitevalley.ca.