Community investment recommendations approved

A total of 27 community organizations have received a combined $38,448 from the city of Port Alberni’s community investment program.

A total of 27 community organizations have received a combined $38,448 from the city of Port Alberni’s community investment program.

According to a report by director of community development Theresa Kingston, 35 requests were made for a total of $72,874—$34,074 for in-kind services and $38,800 for funding.

Out of the $38,448 approved, $26,998 was for in-kind services and $11,450 was for funding.

New requests for funding included $320 in-kind to the Alberni Valley Transition Town Society for facility rentals for its food security round table program, $1,500 in-kind to Literacy Alberni for a meet and greet workshop and a re-branding consultation and a request from the Port Alberni Association for Community Living to improve accessibility at its new Dogwood Street location that was referred to the city’s engineering department.

Repeat requests were made by Heather Shobe for the gleaning project, the Bread of Life, the Port Alberni Salmon Fest Society and the Port Alberni Toy Run.

Two requests were denied by the CIP committee. The Alberni Valley Assisted Living Society (AVALS) asked for $4,400 to rent the Dogwood Room at Echo Centre and for help developing a new community volunteer resource service centre.

The committee recommended that AVALS present the new service to city council.

The chamber of commerce asked for $1,000 to develop a new Port Alberni ambassador program; the committee referred the chamber to the regional district.

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