The Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCSS) was founded in 1995. The organization identifies and fills gaps in Vancouver’s inner city. They currently serve 1,500 youth, children, families and seniors.
NICCSS is a consortium of community based organizations, resident groups and consumer groups who work together in the coordination and delivery of services to children and families and individuals. These programs are all focused Vancouver’s Inner City population, addressing gaps in existing social services for residents in these neighbourhoods. The range of services that they provide includes early childhood development, youth and family support, seniors’ support and social enterprise projects. Their programs frequently involve a number of community organizations working collaboratively together to address issues affecting our community on many levels.
NICCSS’ ask of SVP is to help develop a social credit lending system that would act as a financial safety net for young people who have aged out of the foster care system.
SVP grant commitment: (February 2017) A one-year Innovation Grant of $30,000 which includes generous co-funding from the BPS Wealth Management Group at CIBC Wood Gundy (represented by SVP Partners Geoff Bertram, Tom Porteous and Eric Southam) in the amount of $9,000.
Director of Community Programs: Amanda Pollicino
SVP Lead Partners: Larry Achtemichuk and Nick Bedford