Under One Umbrella Society- Vision and Mission
At the recent strategic planning session members of the Under One Umbrella Society spent time updating our Vision and Mission to better reflect our current work. This was a valuable exercise and the update was long overdue. Developing the new statements truly was a team effort and came from thoughtful discussion and contribution from everyone present at the meeting.
Our Vision- A proactive working to eliminate homelessness and poverty in open, honest, inclusive and creative ways.
Our Mission- To engage the Grandview Woodland community and other partners in seeking solutions to homelessness and poverty through dialogue and action.
We hope you share in how we would like to see our community in the future and encourage you to come to our meetings and get involved to make it happen.
UOU recieves HAW 2013 Grant
The Under One Umbrella Society is proud to announce that we are once again successful applicants for the City of Vancouver Homelessness Action Week (HAW) Grants. UOU was awarded $2,500 and with this we launch our annual fundraising campaign for our next homeless connect to be held March 15, 2014. Every year since 2007 our grassroots group has hosted folks in the community who are homeless, at-risk of homelessness or just having a hard time to come out and enjoy some amazing food and entertainment and get connected with important local social service providers. The next Under One Umbrella will be held once more at the Maritime Labour Centre in East Van. For more information, to get involved or to donate please get in touch.
Thanks to all our Supporters
June was a busy month for the society as we hosted a dinner fundraiser at The Kettle on June 8. The dinner was a big hit and we’d like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the food and entertainment and gave so generously. We also participated in Car Free Day on Commercial Drive on June 16. Many thanks to Vancity for sponsoring our table and providing a tent with other community partners.
The society raised a total of $1,000 with both events and we are grateful for the support. On July 27 Under One Umbrella will hold another planning day to help guide the direction of our work over the next couple of years including our next homeless connect event and a planned public art installation. All our work is community driven and we encourage anyone who lives or works in Grandview to get involved.
We Want to Make Dinner for You
Join the Under One Umbrella Society, friends and neighbours for a traditional Malaysian Laksa Dinner Fundraiser. Dinner will be held at The Kettle Friendship Society (1725 Venables St.) on Saturday June 8, 2013. 100% of the funds will directly support the work of the society and next year’s 2014 Homeless Connect event. Cost: $25.00 – register yourself and your friends now! Cash or cheque payment at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner at 6:30. Entertainment and readings from Voices from Grandview Woodland. This event is also in memory of our friend and society member Seth. Can’t make it to the Laksa Fundraiser? You can still support the program by donating or signing up to volunteer at the Homeless Connect Event on March 13, 2013. To donate or to volunteer click here: http://underoneumbrella.net/ Check out the eventbrite sign up here http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/6437078475#
Under One Umbrella Day
At the sixth annual homeless connect Under One Umbrella, March 16, 2013 was proclaimed Under One Umbrella Day in the City of Vancouver by Deputy Mayor Clr. Geoff Meggs on behalf of the Mayor of Vancouver.
At this daylong service fair 40 non-profit agencies, community groups and individual service providers along with 50 volunteers from the community welcomed 452 guests through the doors. Guests at the event were served a healthy and nutritious meal while treated to entertainment and encouraged to connect with the services available. While it can be difficult to track all the connections that were made the following is a summary of some of the numbers from the surveys and feedback from service providers.
500 Meals served
400 self-care kits given away
50 oral screenings by UBC Dentistry
130 referrals to Quest
35 foot care treatments
40 hearing tests
75 check-ins with BC Housing
750 pounds of fruit distributed
1000 jars of peanut butter distributed
A dozen bikes repaired
50 referrals for Community Voice Mail
8 volunteers passed the free Food Safe course
And hundreds more connections were made among all the service providers in attendance. Thank you to everyone involved in this important community based event.