Join us at Fair in the Square 2017

  On Sunday, May 28th, Central City Foundation and Vancouver Community College will host the 11th annual Fair in the Square – a no-cost community fair for inner city residents and neighbours from across Vancouver. More than 3,000 people are expected to join us in Victory Square Park to connect with their neighbours, celebrate community, enjoy the wonderful… Read More

Reel Youth: New camera equipment, new opportunities

Reel Youth: New camera equipment, new opportunities

When Max Paquin moved to Vancouver from Montreal as a teenager, he spoke almost no English and struggled to connect with his peers at school. His single mother encouraged him to get involved with Reel Youth, where he learned to express himself through the lens of a camera. “What I noticed from taking videos or… Read More

New Wellness Hub connects Indigenous youth to health and healing

New Wellness Hub connects Indigenous youth to health and healing

Rae-Ann is a vibrant fixture at the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), spreading positivity wherever she goes, and helping Indigenous youth find help, community and wellness. But before she discovered UNYA, she wasn’t feeling that way, she would even have described herself as closed off to the love of others. After the death of a… Read More

Supporting women overcome addiction at New Dawn

Supporting women overcome addiction at New Dawn

It’s not often that a bathroom or sauna can help change a life, but for the women at Chrysalis Society’s New Dawn house, that is exactly the case. “When I saw the sauna I was ecstatic,” says Kaylee. “Just to get a moment of peace helps me get back into myself and get back on… Read More

Megaphone Magazine launches new mobile payments app

Megaphone Magazine launches new mobile payments app

Central City Foundation’s partnership with Megaphone Magazine exemplifies our strong commitment to supporting programs that provide services that help people thrive by offering innovative opportunities for employment. Earlier this fall, Megaphone Magazine officially launched their new mobile payments app by inviting Mayor Gregor Robertson to Cambie and 10 Avene to be the first to download… Read More

“Central City Foundation helped a lot of people find employment because of these freezers”

“Central City Foundation helped a lot of people find employment because of these freezers”

After several years of unemployment, Glenda was uncertain she would be able to follow a routine and commit to a full time training program, let alone a full time job. When she walked into HAVE Culinary Training Society and met Chef Amber Anderson, she was not only handed chef’s whites, but the opportunity to build… Read More

One meal at a time: Helping new refugee claimants feel at home in Vancouver

One meal at a time: Helping new refugee claimants feel at home in Vancouver

When Natalia first came to Canada as a refugee from Russia, she had no friends, no family, knew no English and had only $20 to her name. Fortunately, she was connected with Kinbrace Community Society for support. Three years later Natalia and her family have a community they call home. Many come to Canada to… Read More

What to do when it feels like something’s missing

What to do when it feels like something’s missing

By Barb Justason, Central City Foundation board member Up until a few years ago, my primary concern was helping my clients make smart business decisions. As owner of a Vancouver-based market research firm, I work with organizations and businesses from almost every sector of the economy, helping them make money or gain influence. My broader… Read More

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