West Island Community Shares has announced that it surpassed its fundraising goal of $1.2M, to raise $1.215M.
The funds were distributed April 21 to 40 West Island community groups, including two new ones at the Fund Distribution Celebration at the Salle Pauline-Julien. One in five West Islanders receives help from these community groups annually.
“Most charities were affected by the economic slowdown in the past year and we were no exception. Three weeks before our campaign ended, we were still $100,000 away from our goal,” said Caroline Tison, Executive Director. “But the West Island community rallied behind us and generously responded to our call.”
The two new groups to receive funding are Projet Cumulus, a substance-abuse prevention program for 12-30 year olds and The LGBTQ Youth Centre serving Montreal’s West Island by providing a safe and welcoming environment where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people can come to hang out, talk, and ask questions.
The community groups supported by West Island Community Shares help 50,000 West Islanders a year. More than half are children and youth struggling with food insecurity, bullying, homelessness, substance abuse, cancer, and other challenges.