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Foundation ready to create new seniors fund

The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation is teaming up with its Victoria counterparts to pool funds to create $15,000 to benefit local seniors.

Cowichan chair Sheila Service promises the new fund will affect the quality of life for seniors living in the Cowichan region.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to leverage matching funds from the Victoria Foundation to create a $15,000 fund that will be dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors in our community,” she explained. “To establish the fund, we have to come up with $7,500 and we’ll be out fundraising to get there by Feb. 28, 2014.”

Building a relationship with the Victoria Foundation allows for decisions on distributions from the fund to be discussed and made by the local board of the CSCF with the first distribution in 2015.

“While the initial fund amount is $15,000, donors may continue to build the fund by directly donating to the Victoria Foundation or through the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation,” a press release stated.

“There is always a need for volunteers or other community groups to somehow leverage funding for projects,” said Service. “We see this as an opportunity to help those groups with projects such as gardens, pathways or accessibility improvements to existing buildings, as a few examples.

“Sometimes small groups just need a boost in the budget to make projects move forward.”

The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation is a registered charity operating as advocates for seniors services and assisting in community responses to emerging issues for seniors living in the Warm Land.

For information on donating to the fund call executive director Vicki Holman at 250-715-6481 or visit the website here.

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