Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) is receiving funding for 10 different programs, from the food bank to services for youth and seniors, thanks to a $193,000 grant from the B.C. government.
The grant was awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program, which helps support the work of local agencies and clubs that deliver social services to those facing challenging and difficult situations.
Janna Dieleman, manager of donor and community relations at ACS, said the gaming grants allow the agency to continue offering services such as medical transportation for seniors, a health clinic for youth, legal advocacy for immigrant farmworkers, and counselling for families with issues related to their teenaged children.
“These gaming grants are critical to the continued health and well-being of the community in which we live,” she said.
Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas said ACS provides valuable services to the community.
“Thanks to this funding, they will be able to stock up the food bank in time for the Christmas season, and continue to provide assistance to our community through their many programs,” he said.
Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in community gaming grants distributed among specific sectors, including arts and culture, sports, environment, public safety, human and social services, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils.