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Vancouver Community Pocketbook

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Having spent years working in the non-profit and government sectors, I’ve seen the need to make information and resources more accessible. There are so many organizations and programs out there which can help people in need, but finding them can be difficult, and knowing how to take the right steps to get support is a headache.

This is especially true if someone doesn’t have regular access to the internet, or is a senior with low computer literacy.

To address this gap, I’ve prepared a 109-page booklet that is being distributed for free to individuals in need and local organizations working with low-income persons, seniors, newcomers, women fleeing abuse, and people with disabilities.

Please consider lending your support so we can distribute as many copies as possible - 100 percent of each donation goes to printing costs and it is deeply appreciated.

Read more about the book in this article from Vancouver Is Awesome. 

WANT A COPY?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why create this book?

As many as 25 percent of low-income British Columbians still don’t have regular internet access, and seniors also have lower rates of computer literacy than the general population.

With so much moving online during the pandemic, many of these people have been left behind and lack access to information and resources which could help change their lives.

The book serves to make information more accessible to those who need the most support.

What's in the book?

The book includes the following:

  • An extensive directory of local resources, including funding and saving opportunities 

  • Dozens of tips and tricks to help people find local support

  • Interviews with local non-profits, advocates, and public representatives

  • An overview of tenants' rights and human rights in BC

  • Guidance on applying for social assistance

  • Fun facts about BC and Vancouver

  • A built-in notebook

  • Much more!

How much does the book cost?

The book will be distributed at no cost to local community organizations working with low-income persons, seniors, newcomers, women fleeing abuse, and people with disabilities.

How can I get a copy?

We'll soon have a list of providers, as well as a sign-up sheet, posted here.  

 

How can I help?

Spread the word! Let people know about the book.

 

If you're so equipped, donations help as well, with 100 percent of the donation going to printing costs.

Which organizations distribute the book?

The Vancouver Community Pocketbook's distributed by several organizations, such as:

  • Directions Youth Services

  • Disability Alliance BC

  • Dr. Peter Centre

  • Evelyne Saller Centre

  • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

  • McLaren Housing Society of BC

  • Rainbow Refugee

  • Rise Women's Legal Centre

  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 

  • Vancouver Public Library

  • YWCA Crabtree Corner

  • West End Community Policing Centre

  • West End Seniors Network

  • Wish Drop-In Centre

I have another question

Feel free to send it over to spencer@bcdisability.com

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