One Billion Rising
Lower Mainland Initiative
Creating Care Packages for Women & Children in Need
Join our local project to provide care packages to women and children in the Lower Mainland. As part of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women, and the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative to work together for the common good of all, we can help these families on their journey through life's challenging times.
What We're Doing
For the past nine years, we've been hosting an annual event to help women, children, and families across the Lower Mainland. We've created care packages filled with basic items, and had inspiring conversations about how to help those in need.
In February 2019, we were honoured to have Vera Jones, from Indian Residential School Survivors Society, talk to us about the struggles facing Indigenous women in British Columbia. We also created care packages for almost 1,000 people in our communities.
This year, we're continuing the conversations we've started through our online event, and physically-distanced care package delivery will be providing even more people with life's necessities, such as:
- Soap and body wash
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Who We're Helping
We are continuing our annual tradition of helping women and children in shelters and low-income housing throughout the Lower Mainland, such as:
- Ama Transition House
- Azure Place
- Bill Reid Place
- Charlford House
- Cynthia's Place
- Dixon House
- Durrant Transition House
- Elizabeth Gurney House
- Evergreen Transition House
- Firth Residence
- Fraserside Emergency Family Shelter
- Joy's Place
- Kenkinow Native Housing Society
- Koomseh Housing
- Maxxine Wright Place
- Monarch Place
- Shimai Transition House
- Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
- Vi Fineday Family Shelter Society
How to Help
Interested in sponsoring this initiative? Find out more about how you can help local women and children.Contact Us
On February 1, we hosted an online event to help us learn about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, the effects of COVID-19 on domestic violence rates here in the Lower Mainland, and provide a first-person account from someone who has been able to make a new life for themselves, thanks to these shelters.Event Resources
We've already gathered volunteers to assemble and deliver care packages in a safe, physically-distanced way!Thank You
The live event for 2021 has already happened, however there's still a lot to learn. This year, we created 1,100 care packages for women and children living in shelters and low-income housing. As part of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women, this one-hour inspirational event launched our week of service. It also educated us about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, the effects of COVID-19 on domestic violence rates here in the Lower Mainland, and provided a first-person account from someone who has been able to make a new life for themselves, thanks to these shelters.
Live Event Recording
- Indian Standard Time Performing 'O Canada'
- Butterflies in Spirit Performance in Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
- JB The First Lady Performing 'The Most Unprotected Girl'
- JB The First Lady Performing 'Still Here'
- The Halluci Nation - Sisters ft Northern Voice (Official Video)
Statistics & Resources
- Canadian Women's Foundation
- Ending Violence Association of BC
- Vancity Community Foundation
- Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
- Women's Shelters Canada