Reach donation brings First West total to $77,000

Reach Child and Youth Development Society recently received a $25,000 grant from the First West Foundation — Envision Financial Community Endowment towards the Building for Children Together Capital Campaign.

Added to $25,000 donations in 2012 and 2015, plus $2,000 from First West employees in 2014, a total of $77,000 has been contributed to Reach.

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“We are very appreciative of how Envision Financial and its employees have offered sustained support for local children and youth with needs over the last five years,” said Reach executive director Renie D’Aquila.

The First West Foundation supports initiatives that help to create resourceful and resilient communities. The Envision Financial Community Endowment funding focus is on programs and supporting vulnerable populations.

Reach Society has a 50-year history of supporting children with special needs and their families. The relationship between Envision Financial and Reach is very much built on a foundation of shared values and purpose.

“This is an ambitious project and one that we are excited to be part of,” said Susan Byrom, executive director of the First West Foundation, which administers the Envision Financial Community Endowment.

“We have a long history with Reach Child and Youth Development Society and we’re proud to support such a vital need in the community of Delta.”

Building for Children Together campaign funding is making the new Reach children’s centre in the heart of Ladner a reality.

The 20,000-square-foot-building currently under construction adjacent to the Ladner Pioneer Library will allow Reach Child and Youth Development Society to provide more programs for children with special needs and increase the number of children served.

The three-storey centre will provide therapy and counselling rooms, youth program areas, specialized lending libraries, an inclusive pre-school with accessible playground, and expanded event space.

In addition, the new central location will make Reach services more visible and easily accessible to families.

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