The Vancouver Police Foundation is one of the amazing local non-profit organizations we’re proud to work with. Founded in 1976, the VPF funds police and community programs thanks to the support of local citizens and businesses. This has resulted in the VPF granting over $7.5 million towards over 150 innovative programs that save lives, prevent crimes and help people throughout our community.
The annual "Pulling Together Journey" is beginning in July and we are proud to help fund this initiative. Over 200＋ individuals, including VPD Cadets, Vancouver Police Officers, and other participants, join together to travel for nine days in canoes along B.C. rivers. This life-changing journey instills not only cultural pride, but teaches valuable life-lessons, leadership skills, and new friendships are formed. #VPF
A favourite part of creating content and managing social media for the VPF is getting to join them on location. This is where we see in-person how they positively impact our community and the people in them. Our collaboration recently hit a milestone with a video highlighting their recent achievements and thanking their supporters making it possible. Designed to sum up all the great aspects of the VPF, it premiered on the big screens at a Vancouver Whitecaps game on May 16th.
With the Whitecaps being a VPF community partner, they hosted a VPF event staffed by the Vancouver Police Department and volunteers for the video premiere. It was another perfect moment to share the great work they’re doing and have fun with the community – especially the young Whitecap fans.
Our media team was on hand to capture the event, other staff members joined in and enjoyed the day. We were also treated with tickets to the game and got to see our video play live, which was a nice change from the phones and laptops we’re used to.
It's time to #BuckUp for Mental Health! We would like to share with you the Vancouver @WhitecapsFC #BuckUp for Mental Health Auction. The Foundation has donated a behind-the-scenes VPD K9 experience for you and 9 of your friends! Homeless, lost, and afraid, more than 1,100 street-involved youth visit Covenant House Vancouver each year to find sanctuary and a brighter future. Let's help @WhitecapsFC reach their goal of raising $100,000 to go towards Covenant House's mental health programs for youth.
We truly admire and appreciate the VPF’s constant commitment to our community and want to take this chance to share what they’re about with their four main programs, along with just a few of many impressive accomplishments from only the first half of 2018.
Youth Programs – Funding programs to keep kids engaged, active, and away from high-risk activities.
Youth Connect 2018 continued this year thanks to a contribution of $10,000. This day-long event gives high school students a forum to discuss trends such as consent, diversity, healthy relationships, personal safety, and safe dating. Now in its 21st year, the Student Challenge for 2018 took in $45,000. Operated by the Youth Services Unit, these funds go to support up to 50 youths per year for the next three years. This gives them the opportunity to participate in activities promoting pro-social values and the development of life skills such as leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving.
The Vancouver Police Athletic League is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses recreational programs as a tool to foster trust and positive rapport between police officers and youths. The programs promote a positive self-image, enhance self-esteem and give youth a safe, supervised place to play. #VPF #PAL Visit our website online to donate and help support.
Community Outreach & Engagement – Partnering with community groups on programs that have a positive impact.
Their Get Work Cybercrime project received $10,000 to increase awareness of common cyber frauds and associated preventative measures. $10,025 was marked for workshops from the Women’s Personal Safety Team (WPST), which empowers women to feel safe and aware, along with provide the tools to counter asocial violence. This grant continues five years of support for the WPST, seeing it reach over 2000 women in that time.
The Women's Personal Safety Team (WPST) delivers personal safety workshops that empower women to feel safe, aware and provide the tools to counter asocial violence. With the past support of the Foundation, the program has grown exponentially in the last five years and has reached over 2000+ women in Vancouver. The team holds an annual Women's Safety Fair that facilitates community discussions and features a personal safety demonstration for women. #VPF
Mental Health & Addictions – Supporting programs that improve the lives of those in crisis.
$6,690 was raised for the VPD’s Peer Support Unit and their Family Mental Health Training Day. This pilot event was aimed to engage and support VPD families with the mental health challenges that their loved ones will face during their police career.
VPD's pilot tele-triage project enables remote off-site mental health assessment of clients and allows people to be assisted in times of crisis. The project is run out of VGH and has demonstrated that video assessments in the field can provide psychiatrists with information about clients including how they present during a crisis, their living conditions and an opportunity to connect with family members and caregivers. This valuable involvement with psychiatrists helps alleviate the strain on police, ambulance and healthcare resources. #VPF
Technology & Special Equipment – Helping the VPD acquire state-of-the-art tools that save lives and prevent crime.
With $22,000 raised, the VPF is funding a small tactical robot to assist the VPD’s Emergency Response Team. This will provide a safer alternative to both police and the subjects they’re dealing with during critical incidents. For the VPD K9 Unit, they raised $8,500 for a specialized utility trailer for when their furry team members and equipment are on the road.
With your donations, we are able to help the @vancouverpd recruit an integral part of the police family, the K9 unit. With their skills in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery and more, Vancouver is made safer. Your continuous support and donations help make the VPD a stronger team. Your donations make a tremendous impact on our community! Visit our website for more. #Donations
This is just a small sample of all the important causes the VPF is able to support, if you want to learn more or donate, please visit vancouverpolicefoundation.org