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

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  1. By Joe Topacio, April 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    All these organisations are terrific but my vote goes to May’s Place Hospice.

  2. By Anonymous, April 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Don’t want to be the negative nancy but covenant house, Raincity and ugm have ridiculous amounts of cash as is. $2000 is a drop in the bucket to them, plus they are questionable in many of their methods.

    Why not give it to a small organization that does well that it would actually make a huge difference?

    • By This Space, April 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you for your comments. The organizations that got put forward were picked by The Flats on Georgia. We’re not sure what method they used in picking them but we do appreciate them for donating and appreciate the organizations for getting involved. Harvest is required to pick one of them. Maybe you could recommend some other smaller organizations to them for the next time they generously donate money for a good cause?

    • By Anonymous, April 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      While UGM is fortunate to have thousands of generous donors – unlike hospitals or universities, the vast majority of gifts are small given my people across BC who believe in helping their neighbour in need. To say they have “ridiculous” amounts of cash is itself ridiculous. I`d highly suggest you take a tour of their new facility, (all programming is funded by donors -as for 601 E Hastings, all levels of government and many generous corporations and individuals made it possible to build that facility) and talk to the staff. Instead of being negative about an organization that has been making a difference in the neighbourhood and the lives of so many who call it home for over 70 years, why not appreciate their positive impact? $2000 could help support any number of amazing programs – sending kids to camp, shelter, meals, the Mobile Mission, women`s art programs…If you have questions about methods or finances, then ask, I know someone would be more than happy to give you answers.

  3. By Leeanne, April 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I lived in the DTES for a few years and have seen the great work the UGM does there. Best of luck, guys!

    • By Alanna, April 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      UGM has been the heart of Chinatown since 1940

  4. By Anonymous, April 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I guess I should have read it all before commenting.

    A vote for May’s Place it is!

  5. By Kathy, April 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I should’ve read the comments before voting as well. I’ve been volunteering with UGM for awhile now so I voted for them.

  6. By Judy, April 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I think that the Ray-Cam Community Centre, which provides programs and supports for local children, seniors and families, should have been considered. Too often, these families are forgotten when it comes to garnering public support.

  7. By Margo, April 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Everyone deserves a home – I give my vote to RainCity for their “Housing First” approach to helping people.

  8. By Edwina Pinto, April 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for the update on all these organizations. I would like to vote for
    May’s Place.

  9. By Anonymous, April 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Continue with your good work UGM. I vote for you.

  10. By Ruth, April 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    All these organizations are worthy of the award, but for me the vote goes for May’s Place. It’s an oasis in the desert for folks at the end of their lives. My mother spent the last days of her life here.


  11. By Steve Robinson, April 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    3. RainCity Housing
    The work they do is absolutely critical and with the growth they are seeking to fuel to help even more people get some degree of safety in the DTES, absolutely have my support!

  12. By Susan Burgess, April 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I vote for May’s Place!!!

  13. By Adela Camarillo, April 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I vote for Union Gospel Mission

  14. By Adela Camarillo, April 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    UGM have been the great support in making the difference for individual who are marginalize in the community since 1940.

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