The United Way’s Blue Love Campaign has received some love from a $15,000 donation by Abstract Developments.
The funds will go toward counselling, peer support and outreach services for youth in crisis and young first-time mothers who need mental-health support.
“We are honoured to partner with United Way to help ensure youth in crisis and young moms get the help when and where they need it most,” said Rebecca Miller, director of sales for Abstract Developments.
The donation comes as demand for services at United Way Southern Vancouver Island has increased by more than 50 per cent over the past year.
That has put additional pressure on already stretched resources at United Way-funded community agencies like the Pacific Centre Family Services Association in Colwood.
“Pressures on our counsellors to support more youth and their families have been challenging,” said Liz Nelson, executive director for the association, which she said is grateful to Abstract Developments for its “generous donation” to the Blue Love Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $1 million to support mental-health programs across Southern Vancouver Island by the end of the year.
For more information, or to make a contribution, go to uwsvi.ca/bluelovecampaign.