Envision grants thousands to Langley charities

Four Langley non-profit groups will receive more than $381,000 thanks to Envision Financial's Community Endowment

Four Langley non-profits will be getting some much-needed financial support, courtesy of the First West Foundation. The Foundation announced 33 community organizations will receive more than $381,000 in funding from its Envision Financial Community Endowment.

Among the charities benefiting is Langley-based Encompass Support Services Society. Encompass is a grassroots agency that provides a wide range of programming to the communities of Langley.

“We take pride in being accessible and able to provide services free of charge, which is a top priority for us,” said Loren Roberts, manager of operations at Encompass.

“Thanks in part to this $15,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, we’re able to maintain the quality and capacity of our services, and further enrich lives in Langley neighbourhoods.”

The Envision Financial Community Endowment was established in 1996 to provide an annual stream of grant funding for local charities and initiatives in the communities Envision Financial serves.

With $7.1 million in capital, the endowment supports projects benefiting vulnerable populations.

Additionally, recognizing the opportunity to strengthen the important work being done in the social services sector, grants are also provided to support organizational development initiatives such as leadership training and workshops to help improve the skills and abilities of staff or volunteers.

“These grants are about much more than money,” says Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation. “They’re about making a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable people in our communities”

This year, the Envision Financial Community Endowment is also granting financial support to Langley Community Services Society, Langley Senior Resources Society, PUCKS Powerplay Foundation, The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.