‘Doing our part’: matching offer for Rapid Relief Fund

Donate at RapidReliefFund.ca. More options below. 

A matching challenge from Vancity was almost halfway to its goal on Thursday evening.

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The credit union is matching donations made to the Rapid Relief Fund before midnight on Saturday, hoping to turn $100,000 into $200,000. By 7 p.m. Thursday, more than $46,000 had been donated.

CEO Tamara Vrooman said Vancity, which has branches in Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities, is happy to be involved with the fund, which was launched by the Jawl Foundation, the Victoria Foundation and the Times Colonist. “We wanted to do our part,” she said.

The Rapid Relief Fund supports people in need because of COVID-19. It was started on March 21 and reached its first goal of $1 million 36 hours later.

Over $5.4 million has been raised to date, and more than $4.1 million in grants has been given out to groups in Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

How to donate

Tax receipts will be issued. If you are open to receiving your tax receipt by PDF, please include an email address with your donation.

• Online: RapidReliefFund.ca

• Phone: 250-381-5532

• Mail: Send cheques
(made out to the Victoria Foundation) to
RapidRelief Fund,
Victoria Foundation,
200-703 Broughton St.,
Victoria V8W 1E2

The Rapid Relief Fund was created by the Victoria Foundation, the Jawl Foundation, and the Times Colonist to help people in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CHEK Television, Coast Outdoor Advertising and Black Press are helping to boost awareness. Every dollar received from donations goes out as grants to the community.

Donations are being distributed through the Victoria Foundation.

victoriafoundation.bc.ca/rapid-relief-fund-disbursements

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