Warm Clothing Drive A Success!

We had a wonderful response to our call out for donations to the North Shore Firefighters.  A BIG THANK YOU to the many who have brought bags and bags of winter clothing and blankets to the hall these past three days.  We appreciate it, and today we were able to deliver two carloads to the North Shore.  

One 40-foot container has been filled and was shipped out today to help the people of Ukraine struggling with no heat or electricity.  The North Shore Firefighters are now working on filling a second container.  We are grateful for their efforts. You can still help! North Shore Firefighters are also accepting financial donations to cover the cost of shipping via the DNV Fire Charity or Defend Ukraine Foundation websites.  Tax receipts will be provided.

Help For CUAET Visa Holders Announcement 

Prescription Costs – On Sep 23, the Ministry of Health announced that Ukrainians arriving in B.C. with a Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) can receive 100% coverage of eligible prescription costs for one year under PharmaCare’s Plan C. News Release

Medical Diagnostic Testing Costs for Displaced Ukrainians – On Oct 3, the Ministry of Health announced that as of October 1, the Ministry of Health will be managing payment for the medical diagnostic test for CUAET visa holders. This means that CUAET holders will not have to pay out of pocket for the test costs. Those who have already paid for the testing can be reimbursed. News Release

Hosting Immigrants From Ukraine

Many displaced Ukrainians are now arriving and are needing temporary accommodation until they find something more permanent.  At this moment, we do not have enough community offers to accommodate all the new arrivals. 

  • You can identify yourself with S.U.C.C.E.S.S who provide settlement services to new immigrants and refugees.  Please contact Peggy Lau, Director of Settlement and Families Services at: peggy.@success.bc.ca  if you are interested in helping Displaced Ukrainian individuals or families needing a temporary place to stay.
  • Another option is to go to the BC Government Welcome Ukraine website.  Scroll down and you will see I want to help people from Ukraine.  There you will see a list of options for how you can help.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the process or we can also help connect you to our contacts who are working on placing new immigrants with host families.

Request For Help From The Richmond Food Bank

The Food Bank is having an influx of Displaced Ukrainians signing up for their services during their Saturday distributions (10:40-2:00) and there is a significant language barrier.

The Food Bank is looking for two translators that are fluent in Ukrainian to assist with newly arrived Ukrainians accessing services.  Please click on the following link if you are interested in volunteering:

Raffle Fundraiser A Success

A big thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser raffle.  We raised $1800 which will be very helpful towards assisting Displaced Ukrainians in our community.  We are very grateful to the following businesses that donated gift cards, coffee, and flower planters: Save-On-Foods, Freshco, Safeway, White Spot, Newmans Fine Foods, Seafair Gourmet Meats, St. Germain Bakery, Paradise Mountain Organic Coffee, Prickly Pear Garden Center, Chans Nursery, Polonia Andouille Sausage, Home Depot, Penguin Meat 4, and Bespoke Bags Steveston.

Ukrainian Migration Resources

The Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. have organized support for those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Government of Canada’s response includes special programs to help Ukrainian nationals and their family members find safety in Canada. For curated information and resources to support organizations and individuals who wish to help Ukrainian citizens arriving to B.C. and helpful information for Displaced Ukrainians, check out AMSSA – Strengthening Diversity in B.C.  ‘Ukrainian Migration Resources’ webpage.