Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association Uses Funds from Smart and Caring Community Grant to Pivot Summer Camp Activities During COVID-19

10 September 2020Grants & Funding, News & Announcements

The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association (FVBIA) was the successful recipient of a 2020 Smart and Caring Community Grant for their Young at Arts Summer Program. Check out the update below on how the FVBIA pivoted their summer program during COVID-19 times to meet the needs of the local children they serve.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic threw some major wrinkles in our usual planning for the Young at Arts program this year as we had no idea if we would be able to have an in-person summer camp like previous years. The summer camp provides education, respite and food for the children with acquired brain injuries (ABI), siblings or children with a parent with ABI so it was imperative to find a way to provide a similar program.
Fortunately, with some creativity we were able to come up with some fun, remote options for children in case we couldn’t get together in person. Even though we were eventually able to do an in-person day camp for some of the children who could abide by strict COVID-19 protocols, it was important to make sure that none of the families were left out of the program due to transportation issues and other barriers.
In order to address concerns about lack of respite over the summer and giving families ideas for keeping children active during the summer, outdoor fun packs of toys and projects were delivered to 10 families in mid-July. These packs included Hula Hoops, sidewalk chalk and stencils, bubbles, footballs, beach balls, and badminton sets to help keep the children busy and active as COVID-19 made doing everything more expensive and challenging for families. We had numerous families approach us and tell us what fun the children were having with these activity hampers.

Since we know how hard it is to keep children entertained and every parent needs a break from planning activities once in a while, we put together a family movie night hamper for our “campers”. These hampers were filled with all the things one would find at the movies, except the movie itself – Popcorn, Twizzlers, Jujubes, etc., and a Boston Pizza gift card.
Art is also a large component of our Young at Arts program so we provided our “campers” with online art instruction over Zoom. Kits of the art supplies needed to follow along were dropped off to each family and John LeFlock, our local artist, did four remote art classes.

FVBIA also joined forces with a local teacher, Jeana Boyd, who held several educational zoom meetings for the children. Those that attended were very inquisitive, asking so many questions that it was difficult to finish all the material. Topics such as the human body, body systems and local plants, biodiversity and food webs were covered.
— Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
We’re so thrilled to hear how the FVBIA used the funds from a Smart and Caring Community Grant to offer fun and engaging summer activities for kids with acquired brain injuries, their siblings and kids who have parents with acquired brain injuries. Local organizations like this are vital to the health and longevity of our community. These opportunities would not be possible without the donors who support our Smart and Caring Community Fund each and every year.
To learn more about the Smart and Caring Community Grant, click here.
To learn more about the FVBIA, click here.

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