Here when it counts.

The Abbotsford COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) has been closely following the impact of COVID-19 on our community and in response the ACF Board has announced the establishment of the Abbotsford COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

We know the demands the COVID-19 pandemic have placed on the charitable and public health sectors and can only anticipate the long-term effects it will have on our communities.

As a community foundation, we take seriously our responsibility to listen and support community in whatever way we can. The ACF responded with immediate support for charitable organizations serving vulnerable persons by providing $30,000 in emergency funding to be distributed equally to four of the local agencies that provide shelter and food services for the most vulnerable people in our community. We challenged the community to consider donating to the fund with the goal of raising an additional $30,000 in matching donations from the Abbotsford community. We are so amazed at the response and support that we received and in total we were able to raise $112,000!  The Vancouver Foundation provided a special grant of $30,000 which we distributed as additional COVID-19 emergency supports to UFV – Student Food Bank, Abbotsford School District – Fuel Up program, The 5 and 2 Ministries – meal program for the homeless community and SARA for Women for the Warm Zone.  This emergency relief fund was open to contributions by government, corporate or non-profit organizations, and individuals.

The four charities that initially receive funding were:

  • Archway Food Bank
  • Cyrus Centre
  • SARA for Women
  • The Salvation Army

“As the Charity for Charities, the ACF has distributed more than $600,000 in grants since 2013 to Abbotsford charities for their programs that help vulnerable children and families,” said, Lorna Hart, ACF Past Chair. “We are proud of our history of over 40 years of giving to the Abbotsford community and this emergency response fund demonstrates ACF’s ongoing commitment to inspiring, impacting and investing in our community.”

We want you to know that the Abbotsford Community Foundation will be here when it counts. We have been here for you for 40 years and will be here when it counts for 40 more.

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Recognition

We recognize that a number of organizations in our community have gone above and beyond in their support of this new fund.  The following have made $5,000+ gifts to the ACF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: