Neighbours Build Hope with Opportunities

Read stories about Central City Foundation grants that build jobs, income, training, entrepreneurship, potential, future for children and youth.

Groundswell on Granville Island

Groundswell on Granville Island

Central City Foundation donors support social entrepreneurs at Groundswell public market Groundswell is an alternative business school that gives students the tools, mentorship and community to build a social venture that helps solve real world problems. With funding from Central City Foundation donors, Groundswell alumni are sharing their businesses, mission and skills with the public… Read More

Megaphone payment app a great success

Megaphone payment app a great success

The Megaphone Magazine mobile payments app has seen fantastic results since it launched last September. The development of the ground-breaking app was funded by Central City Foundation donors, investing in innovative projects to improve the lives of our inner city neighbours. Megaphone Magazine is a street newspaper that provides employment to those who face barriers… 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

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

A new roof helps Aboriginal children thrive at Singing Frog

A new roof helps Aboriginal children thrive at Singing Frog

When the the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) discovered a major leak in the roof of Singing Frog Aboriginal Head Start preschool they reached out to Central City Foundation to provide emergency funding. With the support CCF’s donors, the roof was quickly repaired and now early Aboriginal education continues in a safe and comfortable… Read More

Britannia Carving Pavilion connects Aboriginal youth to art

Britannia Carving Pavilion connects Aboriginal youth to art

As a child James Harry watched his father, master carver Rick Harry, sculpt beautiful Aboriginal carvings from wood and metal, but not all youth have the opportunity to be introduced to art in the home. As an adult, James took up his father’s craft and started working with Vancouver School Board to engage with youth… Read More

Groundswell educates the socially conscious leaders of tomorrow

Groundswell educates the socially conscious leaders of tomorrow

Groundswell Education Society is a learning space where people with barriers to education or employment learn how to become socially conscious entrepreneurs. Sarah Kothlow is a former foster child who joined Groundswell’s Uprising program for youth exiting foster care. She followed a six month program that allowed her to start up her own granola company… Read More

The DTES Street Market transforms lives

The DTES Street Market transforms lives

Marcel Mouisseau’s table of trinkets is front and centre at the Downtown Eastside Street Market, which is why he is sure to welcome every person who comes through the East Hastings location. “I like to tell people to come in and have a coffee, make some friends and socialize,” says Mouisseau while making a sale.… Read More

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