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Matched Savings Project Application

Nov 30, 2016

The deadline for Matched Savings Applications is today by 3:00pm.

Living Wage Week Oct. 31st - Nov. 6th

Oct 31, 2016

Learn more about what a Living Wage is and why it is an important part poverty reduction.

Welfare Food Challenge - What can you do?

Oct 31, 2016

Why it truly takes a village so we don't just give up.

Welfare Food Challenge Day 5

Oct 20, 2016

Today's blog will be short. I'm hangry.

Welfare Food Challenge Day 4

Oct 19, 2016

Judgy Wudgy Was a...Me!

Welfare Food Challenge Day 1

Oct 17, 2016

I share what I bought and my meal plan.

Welfare Food Challenge 2016

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.

Financial Empowerment Begins Again This Fall

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.

Pacific Community Resources Society certified as the Fraser Valley’s fourth Living Wage employer

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.

Mount Lehman Credit Union certified as the Fraser Valley’s third Living Wage employer

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.

Poverty Reduction Summit Recap

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.

Living wage rises again in 2015: $17.27/hour required for Fraser Valley families to make ends meet

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.

Living Wage Week brings together communities across Canada

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.

Harvest Box and Bulk Buying Club Project Update

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.

Living Wage Fraser Valley Project Update

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.

Banking on Youth Project Update

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.

$17.02/hour required for Fraser Valley families to make ends meet

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.

Harvest Box 2013 Wrap Up

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.

Vancity recognized as the Fraser Valley's first Living Wage employer

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.

Living Wage Fraser Valley - 2013 Update

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.

Free Yourself: Youth Filmmaking Weekend

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.

Banking on Youth

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.

Top Abbotsford Employer

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.

Employer practices

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.

Neighbourhood Action Grants

May 2, 2011

Vibrant Abbotsford funded community projects focused on poverty reduction, neighbourhood safety, social and cultural diversity, affordable recreation, and team building.

Abbotsford Connect

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.

Harm Reduction

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.

100 Conversations: How does poverty affect you?

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.

Myths and Truths about Poverty in Abbotsford

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.

Creating Election Excitement

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.

Neighbourhoods Project Report

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.

Economic, Social and Civic Opportunities for All

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.

Abbotsford Community Poverty Profile

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.