Bridging the Generations: Virtual Resources to Stay Connected
An application was received from Volunteer Grandparents requesting a grant to offset additional costs for maintaining existing programming from 2020 July to December. Volunteer Grandparents supports and encourages multi-generational relationships, and the concept of the extended family. The Family Match Program matches senior volunteers (i.e. grandparents) with families who have children aged 3 to 14 years and do not have grandparents. The School Grandparent Program provides senior volunteers for elementary school activities through which volunteers share their skills, knowledge and experience. Letters to Seniors Program supports isolated seniors in care facilities with encouraging drawings and messages sent by youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization plans to establish a pen pal program, and to use funds for recruitment, screening and training of senior volunteers; to increase program enrollment and promote its services; and to develop a new online mentoring program. In 2020, approximately 125 Burnaby residents are benefiting from the programs.
CPA: 2019 - $1,500 in-kind printing* / 2018 - $1,000 in-kind printing** / 2017 - No Application
*$1,500 in-kind printing grant was awarded to Volunteer Grandparents for printing costs for the Family Match and School Grandparent Programs.
**$1,000 in-kind printing grant was awarded to Volunteer Grandparents for printing of promotional materials for their 45th anniversary campaign.