Altrusa Club continues legacy of giving
For more than 20 years, the Kinettes have sponsored an annual $1,500 scholarship for students to attend post-secondary education. The Club also supports the Mini-O sports event for students with special needs, the Student Support Fund and Stock the Lockers campaigns. “We believe that kids are so important, and education is a tool that helps them to help the community,” said Cathy Johns, Kinette Club of Nanaimo Treasurer.
The Kinettes are one of the oldest service clubs in Nanaimo, celebrating their 60th anniversary a few years ago. When asked why the Kinette Club has chosen the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, Johns remarked, “We like the Foundation because the funds and the help goes right to the kids. It’s hands-on and the results have an immediate positive impact on their lives. The families know that they are not alone in their struggles”.
We are lucky to partner with such a community minded and committed group. Thank you to the Kinette Club of Nanaimo on behalf of all the students and families you have helped in so many different ways.
Coastal Community Credit Union – A Community Leader for Supporting Youth
The Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) has been a supporter of the Foundation since 1972, when they first started to sponsor an award for graduating students. Since then their involvement has grown.
In 2006, the Foundation received $5,000 from CCCU's Spirit Fund. In 2011, CCCU jumped on board with the Stock the Lockers campaign to help purchase school supplies for students in need, raising over $1,500 in their four branches in Nanaimo during the month of August.
This year, CCCU has donated $5,000 through their Spirit Fund to purchase two portable salad bars for two elementary schools in the district. Coastal Community Credit Union Insurance has also donated $2,500 to support the Mini-O track and field meet in the spring.
“We're passionate about the work done by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation and are pleased to support their initiative to provide healthy food in our local schools,” said Allyson Prescesk, Manager, Community Experience and Communications.
The Foundation is so fortunate to have an Island-based and community-minded employer supporting our programs. Thank you to the Coastal Community Credit Union on behalf of the students in Nanaimo and Ladysmith who you have helped in so many different ways. You walk the talk about being a caring community supporter.
The Altrusa Club - A Legacy of Supporting Students
The Altrusa Club has been a long-time supporter of students in SD 68, giving $100,000 over the past 50 years. As a community service club they focus their time and support on women, children and literacy, and this is why they support NLSF year after year.
In 1964 Altrusa began giving out a $50 award to a graduating female student for her post-secondary studies. This grew over the years and, as of June 2008, Altrusa was giving out five awards of $1,000 to SD 68 students in financial need.
In 2009 Altrusa wanted to expand their reach of students they were helping, and they had a strong desire to encourage students to make it to graduation. They decided to put their money towards the Foundation’s Student Support Fund. Through their experience of working with students, the Altrusa Club has become accurately aware of the many challenges needy students face at school - from coming to school hungry, lacking proper supplies, needing adequate clothing and foot wear, etc. They were happy the money was going to reach students who may not otherwise have the support to continue their studies and stay in school until graduation.
For the 2010 Stock the Lockers campaign, Altrusa generously donated $4,000 to help us make it to our $50,000 fund raising goal.
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