Our December Community Round-Up

AIDS Vancouver Holiday Grocery


December is a busy month! Here’s our monthly round up some of the great events we’re participating in. If you don’t have enough to do this December, then join in on the fun!

Thursday, December 5th

Community Connections Event/Silent Auction – Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
A small non-profit organization which serves over 10, 000 children and adults living with cerebral palsy in B.C. today. Their services and programs consist of a wide range of information, public education and awareness, and support and advocacy services based out of their Vancouver headquarters. Many individuals and families turn to the association for much needed assistance when cerebral palsy touches their lives.

Christmas Party – Homeless Outreach Program
The progressive Housing Society is a non-profit and registered charity which provides community support to adults who have mental illness and are dealing with homelessness in Burnaby. Some of their clients are on disability benefits which cover their basic needs such as rent, food and medical needs, most are not. Progressive Housing has worked hard to develop a community where their clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness feel safe and cared for. They throw a Christmas party each season.

Friday, December 6th

Night of Joyful Voices – Megaphone
All money raised goes towards Megaphone’s vendor program, which gives homeless and low-income people a voice and an economic opportunity. Vendors buy each issue for 75 cents and sell it for $2. Find event information here.

Toque – Western Front
Established in 1973 the Western Front is one of Canada’s leading artist-run-centers for contemporary art and new music. They produce and present visual art, exhibitions, new music concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, performance art and other artist driven initiatives. The Western Front currently maintains programs in Exhibitions, Media Art and New Music, as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual materials. Through this diverse programming they continue to be a crucial platform for interdisciplinary, experimental art practices in Canada and internationally. Find event information here.

Saturday, December 7th

Christmas Party/Raffle – Aquaterra
Aquaterra will be holding a raffle of donated items. All proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Foodbank. Their fundraising goal is $300. They wish to give back to the community. 

REDACTED – Art for Impact is fundraising for Evidence for Democracy
Art for Impact celebrates arts capacity for social change.  Their organization focuses on five objectives: Building communities, making connections, raising awareness through dialogue, motivation positive action and change and encouraging personal growth.

Gunner Shaw Cross Country Race – Lions Gate Road Runners
The 30th annual running of this classic Vancouver race. The Gunner Shaw is known for its challenging, traditional-style cross-country course and for its post-race food and company. Find event information here.

Thursday, December 12th

Community Angel Barbeque in the Park
The Vancouver Food Bank is serving up turkey burgers and fresh, hot coffee in Oppenheimer Park Community Centre at 488 Powell Street from 9:30am onward. If you’d like to donate or get involved, contact the Vancouver Food Bank.

Tuesday, December 17th

AIDS Vancouver – Holiday Grocery 2013
The AIDS Vancouver Grocery program supports the nutrition of 1200 clients and their 238 children all year round. During the last fiscal year, we provided enough food to fill 23,000 bags! The Grocery is unique however in that it is set up like a grocery store where clients come in and choose their selection of food that we are offering, rather than being handed a bag of food. If you’d like to donate personally, you can do so on their website.

Friday, December 20th

Potluck Christmas Party – Potluck Café and Catering
The mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs with training and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). As a non-profit and registered charity, Potluck Café Society owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering to create jobs for neighborhood residents with barriers to traditional employment and earn revenue to support its community programs. Fundraising, donations and grants comprise the balance of our funding needs.

Potluck was founded in 2001 to help end the cycle of poverty in the Downtown Eastside Community and address the needs of its most nutritionally vulnerable residents through solutions that promote employment and nutrition. Potluck’s goal is to create an inclusive and healthy neighborhood through grassroots community economic development.


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