VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the TELUS Victoria Community Board announced it is directing $115,000 in grants to local, grassroots charities across Vancouver Island to support organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is committing another $215,000 for a total of $315,000 to be given out in 2020. TELUS and its 13 Canadian Community Boards have a longstanding history of being there for our local customers and communities in the face of adversity.
“In these unprecedented times, the value that our charitable sector provides our communities is more crucial than ever. As the charities and non-profits across the country work to rapidly pivot their programs, these funds are essential to the delivery of resources to those who need it most,” said Mel Cooper, Board Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board. “TELUS Community Boards have empowered local community leaders who know the needs in their communities best with the authority to make funding decisions that will have the greatest impact on the lives of their neighbours, and we are proud to support vital community work during this crisis.”
The nine grassroots organizations receiving emergency funding from the TELUS Victoria Community Board are:
- Frontier College Indigenous Programs – to support Indigenous health and education programs for the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations
- Greater Victoria Volunteer Society – to support a virtual volunteer program for youth with disabilities
- Growing Chefs Society – to support food security and literacy programs
- Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary – to support COVID-19 outreach program
- The Garth Homer Society – to support an employment program for students with learning and/or developmental disabilities
- The Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation – to support the Science and Engineering Education Program
- Victoria Compost and Conversation Education Society – to support online school programming
- Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – to support the COVID-19 Technology and Food Security program
- YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island – to support the Young Moms and Youth Apartment Supported Housing throughout the pandemic
Since 2005, TELUS’ 13 Canadian Community Boards have given $75 million to local, grassroots charities that help vulnerable kids gain access to the technology, health and educational resources that give them the opportunity to thrive in our increasingly digital world.
On March 18, the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation announced a $10 million commitment to urgently support and enhance public healthcare capacity and community response across Canada including funding to help purchase new medical technology and equipment, such as ventilators, as well as increased support for food security, outreach to isolated seniors, virtual education programs, and mental health initiatives.
In B.C. alone, TELUS has contributed $170 million and more than 5.3 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations since 2000.
For the latest information about TELUS’ support during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit telus.com/covid19.
About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.7 billion in annual revenue and 15.2 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world’s most established brands.
Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all Canadians for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and 1.3 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.