Neighbours Build Hope with Opportunities

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

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

Paying by phone will open earning possibilities for Megaphone vendors

Paying by phone will open earning possibilities for Megaphone vendors

Peter Thompson has noticed a decline in the number of people carrying cash these days and that greatly affects his business. As a vendor for Megaphone Magazines and Hope in the Shadows calendars, Peter relies on people having an extra toonie to spare while leaving the Whole Foods on 4th Avenue and Vine Street. “About… Read More

Binners’ Project shows value of coffee cup recycling and income opportunities for inner city residents

Binners’ Project shows value of coffee cup recycling and income opportunities for inner city residents

United We Can and the Binners’ Project have been long-time community partners of Central City Foundation, so CCF is proud to have been a sponsor again this year in the Coffee Cup Revolution, a day to show the value of recycling coffee cups not just for environmental reasons but also as an opportunity for binners… Read More

The women at Tradeworks get that competitive edge

The women at Tradeworks get that competitive edge

For the women who come to Tradeworks Training Society, being offered a chance to transform their lives fosters real hope in the future. Many are exiting the sex trade industry or have overcome substance abuse. Others lack education or are single mothers with limited opportunities to develop new skills while taking care of children. But coming… Read More

Unique Aboriginal hotel and art gallery gives First Nations artists new opportunities

Unique Aboriginal hotel and art gallery gives First Nations artists new opportunities

Cody Lecoy paints and carves in large scale, with some of his art being eight feet high. Finding studio space that the Aboriginal artist could afford was very difficult, so it was an ideal opportunity when he was invited to become an artist in residence at Skwachàys Lodge, which included subsidized housing. “Having a living… Read More

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