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Join us at Fair in the Square 2017

Join us at Fair in the Square 2017

Central City Foundation and Vancouver Community College will host the 11th Fair in the Square on Sunday, May 28th at Victory Square Park in Gastown, and we’d love to have you with us. Fair in the Square, in its 11th edition this year, is a no-cost community fair for people from across Vancouver including our… 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

Neighbours come together for Fair in the Square 2015

Neighbours come together for Fair in the Square 2015

At Central City Foundation we are committed to bringing neighbours together, but in our city lives that’s often easier said than done. Fortunately we’ve found the perfect formula to getting our neighbours to meet and greet: barbecue, music and great company. Once again Central City Foundation took over Victory Square Park in our 9th annual… Read More

Measuring the Social Return on Investment of Central City Foundation’s properties and programs

Measuring the Social Return on Investment of Central City Foundation’s properties and programs

To prove how effective Central City Foundation is at creating real impact with its donors’ dollars, CCF partnered with Urban Matters to release a study that puts the economic and social benefits of Central City Foundation’s investments into real numbers. President and CEO, Jennifer Johnstone, presented the study “Exploring SROI at the Central City Foundation,”… Read More

Clean, quiet and safe housing on the Downtown Eastside provided by Central City Foundation donors

Clean, quiet and safe housing on the Downtown Eastside provided by Central City Foundation donors

Before he moved into the Abbott Mansion, Rick lived in a building on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that he describes as dirty and dangerous. “It was pretty tough there, it was really bad,” the 60-year-old says. In the past, Rick says he struggled with addiction and got into trouble with the law, but he now lives… Read More

Fair in the Square 2015

Fair in the Square 2015

On Sunday, May 31st, come celebrate your neighbours in the inner city with dozens of social enterprises, artists, community organizations, terrific local bands and musical artists, who will donate their talents to entertain us at Fair in the Square from the Victory Square Park stage. Enjoy a delicious BBQ including cupcakes, beverages and more served up… Read More

Comfort, Company and Connection at the Dugout Drop-in Centre

Comfort, Company and Connection at the Dugout Drop-in Centre

It’s Superbowl Sunday, and most of the folks hanging out at the Dugout are cheering for the Seahawks. A few dissenters are rooting for the Patriots. The Dugout Drop-in Centre was always intended to be “a beer parlour without the beer,” making a Superbowl party a natural fit, says Colin Stansfield, taking a break from… Read More

Sole Food Farms: “They made a job for people like me”

Sole Food Farms: “They made a job for people like me”

There was a time when Alain Guy knew absolutely nothing about farming. But now, as a Sole Food Farms supervisor, he can do it all, “from scratch to finish.” Central City Foundation donors helped make Sole Food’s fourth location—and first perennial farm—possible by providing a grant to help purchase 800 plastic container boxes and other… Read More

Keeping Seniors Safe From Bedbugs

Keeping Seniors Safe From Bedbugs

Frank Frederick Jr. is all too familiar with the agony bedbugs can cause. “I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy,” says Frederick, a volunteer at the Vancouver Second Mile Society on East Hastings, who had bedbugs himself more than a year ago. That’s why Frederick is determined to help his neighbours get rid of… Read More

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