IMG_0410UnitedNOW! Council are collaborating with Pacifica Housing staff and residents to improve Pacifica’s community gardens. On Sunday April 10th between 10am-4pm, UnitedNOW! council members will be volunteering alongside Pacifica Housing residents and staff at Oak Park – 616 Goldstream Ave to prepare the community gardens for the upcoming gardening season.

The teams will work together and give the gardens a complete clean-up and help residents prepare the gardens space by helping with weeding the garden beds, working the compost, and cleaning the greenhouse.

The community gardens at Oak Park are used by families and individuals living on the property to grow food and flowers. The gardens are also an integral component to this year’s Virtues Youth Group Curriculum: Understanding the relationships between the natural environment and the food we eat. Virtues has their own community garden plot where they plant fruit and veggies that are then harvested for Youth Group community meals.

United Way’s Day of Caring program brings United Way funded partners together with United Way donors to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. By participating in a Day of Caring, donors better understand how together they are positively impacting the lives of vulnerable people across Greater Victoria. Donors learn about the issues facing our region by getting to see first-hand how their gifts help individuals and families move from poverty to possibility, and build stronger communities.

In 2009, United Way started the UnitedNOW! Council to provide opportunities for young people in their 20’s and 30’s to volunteer, become more engaged in the community, while meeting new people, having fun, and working together to make positive change.

United Way and Pacifica Housing have been partners in making Greater Victoria a better place for all since 2007.

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About Pacifica Housing

Pacifica Housing is a leading, innovative provider of affordable housing and support services in Greater Victoria, Duncan, and Nanaimo. With 32 buildings totalling 842 units, Pacifica currently provides homes for over 1500 people. Pacifica Housing also operates the highly successful Greater Victoria Streets to Homes Program. Streets to Homes moves adults from chronic homelessness directly into long term, private market housing and provides additional supports to ensure they stay housed. In addition to housing services, Pacifica runs youth groups, community gardens and community meal programs.

About United Way

United Way ‘unites’ the generosity of people – business, labour, government and individual donors – with the skills, knowledge and expertise in our community to help those in need. This collaborative approach is building a stronger, more resilient community to serve current and future generations.

As the region’s largest non-government funder, we assist charitable organizations by identifying and funding programs to address immediate needs and underlying causes of our community’s most pressing social challenges.

We are active in our community all year round through fundraising and community building, and provide multi-year funding to create a strong and stable network of services. For 79 years we have served this community and raised over $155 Million.  Our work, as a community leader, is as relevant today as it ever was.  And with the ongoing support of our donors, we will continue to changes lives.  Together, We Are Possibility.

 

For more information

Sacha Sauvé

Manager of Fund Development

Work: 250-385-2131 ext 103

Email: ssauve@pacificahousing.ca

www.pacificahousing.ca

 

Heather Skydt

Director, Marketing and Communications

United Way

Work: (250) 984-2269

Email: heather@uwgv.ca

www.uwgv.ca