Three weeks ago, SVP alumni Investee Zero Ceiling reached out to their supporters for help in raising $10,000 before the end of September. The “Help us raise 10k in 10 Days” rallying cry spurred donations of over $34,000 to fund Zero Ceiling’s Work 2 Live program.
Individuals, families, local businesses, and foundations all chipped in to help Zero Ceiling exceed its fundraising goal. The Entwistle Family Foundation and the Fairmont Foundation each donated $10,000 to the campaign. Those gifts alone will fund one Work 2 Live participant for an entire year—long enough for them to develop the skills and experience to transition to living and working independently.
Zero Ceiling would like to extend a special note of thanks to SVP Fundraising Director Amanda Burrows for all of her quote, “brilliant fundraising advice, training, and mentorship” and for the 10K-in-10-days suggestion.
What is Work 2 Live?
Zero Ceiling’s Work 2 Live program offers supportive housing and employment to young people who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness. New participants are joining the program in October, and are ready to embrace new opportunities as members of the Zero Ceiling community.
Helping them settle in to their new Whistler home and community takes a lot of resources. Zero Ceiling provides practical support to participants that includes:
- subsidized rent until their first paycheck;
- a bus pass so they can commute to work;
- help getting a bank account and ID; and
- a fridge stocked with healthy food.
Zero Ceiling also spends time getting to know Work 2 Live participants. Whether sharing a coffee or heading up the mountain for a hike or a run down the hill, Zero Ceiling strives to build trust and have fun with participants, helping them work towards their goals while making them feel welcome in the community.
To find out more about how these donations help Zero Ceiling fight youth homelessness, check out the latest research on the Work 2 Live program from Royal Roads University. The report explores how the Work 2 Live program changes young people’s lives, and how Zero Ceiling can continue to build on its successes.
More Funding on the Horizon
In addition to their successful $10K fundraising campaign, Zero Ceiling has also confirmed funding from the Ministry for Social Development and Poverty Reduction—$270K over the next two years! The funding comes from the Ministry’s Skills Training and Employment Program for Multi-Barriered Individuals. The funding will enable Zero Ceiling to grow its Work 2 Live program by four participants in a year’s time. Zero Ceiling Co-Executive Director Chris Wrightson is optimistic about collaboration with other relevant ministries in future as well.
To SVP she says, “Thanks for all your support and guidance and everything you have done to help us get to this point. From fundraising training to developing our IT systems, SVP has been instrumental in strengthening Zero Ceiling as an organization and empowering us to grow our programs. We would not be here without SVP.”