Nov 30, 2016
The deadline for Matched Savings Applications is today by 3:00pm.
Oct 31, 2016
Learn more about what a Living Wage is and why it is an important part poverty reduction.
Oct 31, 2016
Why it truly takes a village so we don't just give up.
Oct 20, 2016
Today's blog will be short. I'm hangry.
Oct 19, 2016
Judgy Wudgy Was a...Me!
Oct 17, 2016
I share what I bought and my meal plan.
Oct 17, 2016
I'm Taking Part in the Welfare Food Challenge 2016. I will blog about what it is like to live on $18 worth of groceries for the week.
Aug 25, 2016
The Matched Savings project will begin this Fall and serve youth aging out of care. In its third year, this project is funded by and in partnership with Coast Capital Savings.
Jan 6, 2016
In 2010, PCRS was one of the first employers in Metro Vancouver to adopt the living wage, advocating that paying a living wage serves as a strategic solution to BC’s rising poverty rate. This week, they have been recognized as the fourth certified Living Wage employer in the Fraser Valley.
Jul 16, 2015
Nine employers, including Mount Lehman Credit Union, were certified on July 2nd as Living Wage Employers by the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Mount Lehman Credit Union is now the third certified Living Wage employer in the Fraser Valley.
Jun 25, 2015
Here are some of the major takeaways from the "Poverty Reduction Summit: Every city, province and territory working together," held in Ottawa, May 6-8th, 2015.
Apr 29, 2015
$17.27 is the wage required to cover the real costs of raising a family in the Fraser Valley. This is the 2015 Fraser Valley living wage, the hourly wage that two full-time working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child care, food and transportation), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account.
Nov 5, 2014
Abbotsford residents make up some of the 1.8 million employed people across Canada who don’t earn enough at their jobs to pull themselves and their families above the poverty line. These are the working poor. Paying employees a living wage can change that for millions of Canadians.
Jul 14, 2014
In the last year, Abbotsford Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club took 1,498 orders for a total of 2195 Harvest Boxes (about 72 people per order period). Clients saved 38% of their costs on produce, with total savings to all participants being $10,821. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Jul 10, 2014
Living Wage Fraser Valley is now an established, multi-sectoral group who partners with Living Wage for Families to deliver an employer recognition program. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Jul 8, 2014
The Banking on Youth project has just completed it's 2nd cycle, with a total of 163 local youth now trained in Financial Literacy. Read more about what has been going on with this project for 2013-2014.
Apr 29, 2014
$17.02 is the 2014 Fraser Valley Living Wage - the hourly wage that two working parents with young children must earn to cover the real costs of raising a family. Up 65 cents (4%) since 2012, families must now spend $156 more each month to make ends meet.
Jan 6, 2014
The Abbotsford Harvest Box tackles food insecurity in Abbotsford by making fresh, healthy foods more affordable, cutting down on costs of living, and leaving residents with a greater proportion of their disposable incomes to spend on other essentials.
Jun 18, 2013
Today Living Wage Fraser Valley recognized Vancity as the Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer! Vancity employees can afford to be active citizens in their community, without relying on income subsidies.
May 2, 2013
For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and childcare quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at least $16.37 to escape severe financial stress in the Fraser Valley. This new report shows the real costs of raising a family in the Fraser Valley.
Jan 7, 2013
Abbotsford youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video to raise awareness of poverty in our community. A team of local youth collaborated with Reel Youth to create a video that raises awareness of poverty in our community. The helps shift attitudes and build compassion for youth living in poverty and stimulates public interest in poverty reduction efforts.
Jan 7, 2013
Sixty-one local youth completed Financial Literacy sessions as part of Vibrant Abbotsford's Banking on Youth initiative. Youth gained knowledge, skills and confidence and became better equipped to make positive financial choices that could prevent them from falling into poverty. Many participants were inspired to make positive behaviour changes including setting money goals, developing budgets, reducing banking fees and making plans to pay off debt.
Feb 2, 2012
Prospera Credit Union is Vibrant Abbotsford’s inaugural Top Abbotsford Employer Award recipient! Treating employees well benefits employers through increased staff retention and reduced advertising, hiring and training costs.
May 26, 2011
Employees earning less than a Living Wage and their employers were surveyed on topics such as familiarity with the Living Wage, employment satisfaction and hiring practices.
May 2, 2011
Vibrant Abbotsford funded community projects focused on poverty reduction, neighbourhood safety, social and cultural diversity, affordable recreation, and team building.
Oct 20, 2010
Abbotsford Connect is an annual event that provides services to people sleeping rough, staying with friends, living on the edge, or who just can’t make ends meet. The 2010 event reached over 215 guests and 27 service agencies took part.
Jun 3, 2010
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at," addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.
May 12, 2010
100 conversations were undertaken with randomly selected Abbotsfordians (at the bus loop, and a local shopping centre) to gather input on what poverty means to people, what they feel causes it, and what might be done to improve the situation. The results assist in the direction of our efforts towards community education.
May 12, 2010
Explore common myths about the standard of living in Abbotsford and shed some light on the poverty in our midst. This rich booklet highlights poverty myths as they relate to Canada in general and Abbotsford in particular.
Jan 19, 2010
Hosting a conversation café in Abbotsford around the topic of poverty provided a great opportunity for focused discussion among citizens and provincial candidates. Organizers learned a great deal about residents’ views on poverty while also recognizing a need for more education about the electoral process.
Jan 19, 2010
The Neighbourhoods Project gathered information about issues surrounding rural and urban perceptions of poverty in Abbotsford. The project led to conversations with immigrant and migrant farm workers and members of Abbotsford’s Indo-Canadian community – all with surprising and useful results.
May 27, 2009
Vibrant Abbotsford is a group of diverse community partners working together to generate long-lasting solutions that prevent and reduce poverty in Abbotsford, BC. To create conditions for reducing poverty in Abbotsford, we present low income residents with opportunities and tools to lift themselves out of their current realities instead of merely helping them to live with the reality of being poor.
Sep 26, 2008
Abbotsford faces unique challenges and opportunities in poverty reduction including rapid growth, a rural/urban dichotomy, a young population and an ethnically diverse community.