United for after-school activities
Three-year School’s Out funding commitments by United Way of the Lower Mainland are helping Surrey children to be active, social, and engaged after school.
School’s Out is recognized as the largest grant in the region supporting after-school programs in some of the Lower Mainland’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods.
Among the beneficiaries:
• Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland will receive $105,000 for the Surrey Study Buddy Program.
• Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC will receive $180,000 for the Surrey Boys and Girls Club.
• DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society will receive $360,000 for Power Hour2.
• Options Community Services will receive $359,436 for S.T.A.R.R. Prevention Programs at James Ardiel and K.B. Woodward schools.
• Scouts Fraser Valley will receive $180,000 for SCOUTSabout Surrey.
• Umoja Operation Compassion Society will receive $150,000 for the Umoja After-School Program.
• Alexandra Neighbourhood House will receive $180,000 for School’s Out Club and School’s Out Play Away Day Camps.
• YMCA will receive $180,000 for YMCA BLAST (Bringing Learning to After-School Time).
“We all want children to be their best, but children age six to 12 are experiencing increased isolation and disconnection,” said Michael McKnight, president and CEO United Way of the Lower Mainland. “Without early help, these children are at risk during their teen years.”