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Which Organization should “Heart of Chinatown” funds go to?

Last night we were invited by The Flats on Georgia down to Brixton Cafe, to participate in a event called “The Heart of Chinatown” community contest.

The Flats on Georgia explains:

“The Flats on Georgia is excited to announce our Top 5 nominees for The Heart of Chinatown Community Contest. We combed the community looking for the difference makers, the game changers – the people driving positive change every single day. Through the Heart of Chinatown, we have collected an eclectic mix of businesses and individuals who make Chinatown a great place to live and work.”

Harvest and This Space were both nominated to participate and made the top 5.  The other nominees were great organizations and people:

Get Warm Project (@GetWarmProject): Shauna Beaudoin, Krista McKenna and Sara McKenna
Pull Focus Film School (@pullfocusfilms): Samantha Allen and Steve Rosenberg
Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association

The panel of judges were then left to decide who the winner of The Heart of Chinatown would be. The judges were:

Rick Chung – Lifestyle Editor for Vancouver Is Awesome
Frances Hui – Socialite Extraordinaire
Dr. Kerry Jan – Vancouver City Councillor

Harvest Community Foods ended up winning!

The prize is $2000 to dontate to one of four different, but equally amazing, local organizations. We figured why should we decide who gets this donation?  Why not, just like we did with Harvest, let the community decide. We only have until 3:30pm tomorrow, April 13th 2012, to decide who gets the money.  All these organizations are doing important work in the Downtown Eastside. So please vote and let us know which Organization you would donate to?

1. May’s Place Hospice

– support up to 2 patient’s stays at May’s hospice for 3 weeks
– provide end-of-life and bereavement counselling for up to 2 patients and their families
– enable May’s Place to purchase much needed new medical equipment
– train and orient up to 10 new hospice volunteers

2. Covenant House

– cover all costs involved (food; shelter; professional services, etc.) with housing up to 2 youth in their residential Crisis Shelter for 5 days
– allow Outreach Workers to make up to 18 significant contacts with youth living on the streets – a crucial first step in introducing them to the programs and services that make up their Continuum of Care
– Pay for up to 200 meals for youth in their care – one meal per day includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks

3. RainCity Housing

– RainCity Housing and Support Society is an organization dedicated to providing the best possible services to those in need with a strengths-based, “Housing First” approach. “Housing First” is a recovery-oriented supportive housing approach that offers people who are homeless a place to live and then provides the help needed to support their housing maintenance, health care needs and community participation such as education/training, volunteering or employment.
– RainCity Housing offers temporary, transitional and long-term housing. You support helps those currently living with multiple challenges an opportunity to feel whole again, make a home, lay roots, build their lives and to have hope.

4. Union Gospel Mission

– provide up to 600 meals to people in need
– send up to 6 children living in poverty to summer camp for one week
– support up to 2 individuals in UGM’s Alcohol & Drug Recovery program
– supply up to 4 people earning their high school diploma at UGM’s Hope Learning Centre with textbooks and materials

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