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The Salt Spring Island Foundation has established the COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 4, 2020 Update

The Salt Spring Island Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Relief Fund has reached $160,405 and is well on the way to the target of $200,000.

Grants from the Emergency Fund focus on community health-care preparedness, relief or assistance for vulnerable people in our community, such as seniors, and other pressing community needs as they emerge. To date, the Foundation has distributed $83,033 from the fund to Salt Spring charities. 

The Foundation is also distributing food gift cards through several local charities that have identified individuals and families w in immediate need. This is made possible through the generosity of Country Grocer and the Upper Ganges Liquor Store.

May 22/20 Letter to the Parish
Parish Council notes that parishioners who receive OAS will be receiving a $300 one-time tax free payment at the end of this month. For some amongst us, this will be very important money in meeting unexpected and hard-to-absorb costs as a result of the pandemic. Others of us are fortunate not to really need this money. Parish Council would like to suggest that those fortunate enough not to require this money consider donating this money to the Parish’s Covid Relief efforts in the community. Parish Council, with the support of our Missions & Outreach Committee, recently authorized an increase in the Incumbent’s Discretionary Fund to meet extraordinary need, authorized a contribution of $1000 to the Salt Spring Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, and authorized participation in a relief effort from the Salt Spring Ministerial to reach out to families with children to assist in meeting special needs. In short, there is real need in our community which will not be over soon and may, indeed, grow.   

Those who have real need of the money should use it; those who may not have real need, please consider donating it to the parish clearly marking your donation for ‘Covid Relief’ either in the memo line of your cheque, which you can place in the parish mail chute downstairs at All Saints to the left of the lower entrance, or in the notation line on CanadaHelps.   

Gyllian Davies+, Incumbent, & Churchwardens