Photo Caption: 100 Women Who Care in South Georgian Triangle present a donation cheque to BVO towards its Holiday Hampers. www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com/how-it-works
Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO), a community-based, charitable organization in The Blue Mountains, has been “making good things happen in our community” for over 35 years, with programs and services to enhance the lives of local children, families, youth, seniors, and individuals. Its Treasure Shop, a popular thrift store in Thornbury, is recognized as a community leader for diverting waste and its impactful recycling efforts. BVO operates programs and services for children and parents, as well as emergency services, education and information sessions for seniors, youth engagement, Holiday Hampers (food and gifts), volunteer opportunities, and a community garden.
Although 2020 was a challenging year, BVO managed to initiate activities that have laid the groundwork for programming during COVID-19 and beyond: starting a free telephone-based activity and information program for connecting isolated seniors, called “Seniors Centre Without Walls”; launching a new website and securing much-needed funds through third party fundraising events organized by generous members of the community. For example, BVO Challenge 2020, an initiative created by teenage athletes from the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, raised almost $24,000 for the organization.
“Like other charitable organizations in our region, COVID-19 impacted our operations significantly,” says BVO Executive Director Carolyn Letourneau. “Certain BVO programs have resumed, either remotely or with intensive safety protocols and procedures in place. Our Treasure Shop is open; however, it has not resumed its regular hours of operation due to COVID restrictions.”
“We are serving the community safely, with extra precautions to protect everyone,” says Letourneau, adding that donations and third-party fundraising events are welcome, and volunteers are needed for BVO to remain sustainable. “BVO is grateful for the support of our community partners, donors, and friends, and for the community’s respect in these difficult times. We are also grateful to our staff and volunteers, who enable us to continue making good things happen in our community. We encourage everyone to continue being kind, talk to your neighbours, and keep doing what you can to stay safe.”
Check out our new website and follow us on social media for program and service updates: www.bvo.ca