On behalf of everyone at Alexander Holburn, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a wonderful Festive Season!
2020 Charitable Initiatives
At Alexander Holburn, we believe in creating a lasting, positive impact in our community. We do this through a diverse range of programs that were developed to align with the firm’s core values of balance, teamwork, and trust. Our breadth of programs encompasses sustainability and charitable initiatives, as well as mentorship and networking opportunities. In 2019, Alexander Holburn rolled out our “12 Months of Giving” campaign as part of our broader “AHBL Cares” initiative. From fundraising to charitable initiatives such as volunteering, each month the firm participated in at least one charitable cause or initiative throughout Vancouver, BC. Learn more about our 2019 campaign here.
Given the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the firm was unable to carry out in-person volunteer activities as we traditionally would have for the 12 Months of Giving campaign. As a result, we redirected our 12 Months of Giving resources and donated to three charities in support of mental health, the food bank, and caregivers.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the Crisis Centre of BC, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, and Mamas For Mamas, as they provide critical services and resources to those who need them the most. We invite you to find out more about the organizations below and learn how you can get involved:
Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
The Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgemental, confidential mental health, and crisis support 24/7 through phone lines and online services. They also provide education and training programs that promote mental wellness and equip schools, organizations, and communities to assist people at risk of suicide.
If you or someone you know is struggling, the Crisis Centre is here for you.
You can reach them at:
- Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
- Anywhere in BC 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
- Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
- Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1 am)
- Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1 am)
For more information, please visit the Crisis Centre BC website, here.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank assists approximately 8,500 people weekly across Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and the North Shore. They were established to provide temporary hunger relief, but the need for food support has continued to grow. They provide food support to over 80 community agencies throughout these communities, most of which are located downtown, such as housing agencies, transition homes, and after school programs, who in turn provide meals and snacks to thousands of people each week, including people who are homeless. They receive purchases, and distribute approximately 4.5 million pounds of food each year. They receive no government funding and exist solely through the generous donations of individuals, corporations, and foundations in our communities.
Thanks to their purchasing power, they can double the value of each donated dollar that they receive, meaning their gift will go even further in helping to provide healthy and nutritious food to the community. As an example, Alexander Holburn’s gift this year could provide a week’s worth of food to around 1,500 families of three.
For more information, please visit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank website, here.
Mamas for Mamas
Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. Their mission is to change the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to financial barriers faced by struggling families. While their name is Mamas for Mamas, they welcome caregivers of any gender identity or expression, including men, trans*, non-binary, and two-spirit clients. They envision a future where no Mama or child is left behind. The most recent statistics from Citizens for Public Justice reports that a staggering 5.8 million people in Canada (or 16.8%) live in poverty. They are committed to giving a hand up, not just a handout, to those struggling by providing them with essential needs.
For more information, please visit the Mamas for Mamas website, here.