Thank you for responding to the most critical needs of our region during COVID-19. Browse and donate to registered charities below.

Please also consider making donations directly to these local non-profit organizations:

Clayoquot Action: Support needed for public education, citizen research and monitoring, and advocacy all focused on wild salmon health. DONATE

Friends of Clayoquot Sound: Support needed for technology to increase environmental education and advocacy work. DONATE

Tofino Community Food Initiative: Support needed for "grow local" west coast video series and community garden initiatives. DONATE

Grant Requests

Charities continuing operations during COVID-19

Cedar Coast Field Station Society
The pandemic has reduced our operational funding.
We serve:
Local and visiting youth, researchers, all populations of our biosphere.

We need help with:
General operating expenses; ecological monitoring expenses.

Our needs:
We have lost most of our funding this season due to the loss of station user fees and reduced contributions from local businesses. Any donations will help us cover basic operating expenses and continue collecting long-term baseline ecological data. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.
 
 
 
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
Eat West Coast supports regional food security collaboration.
We serve:
All west coast communities: Toquaht, Ucluelet, Tla-o-qui-aht, Hesquiaht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Ahousaht, Toquaht, Tofino.

We need help with:
Getting the 'Garden Starter Pack' program to as many people as possible across the region! Packs that cost from $5 - $30 get a family started to grow simple staples at home. We also need help funding our 'Preservation and Traditional Foods' programming, which empowers community champions to share knowledge and help families take advantage of local and seasonal foods for lasting affordable eating, emergency preparedness, and sustainable food sovereignty – whether fished, hunted. harvested, grown, or cultivated.

Our needs:
We support collaboration across all communities on their food accuses needs, including Food Bank on the Edge, TUCG, TCFI, ULFS, Fish&Loaves and many more. Our main goal is to be a hub for connection, funding, and sharing of knowledge and resources across the region. While there are many funds for short-term emergency food access, this work allows longer term access and preparedness skills for future needs.
 
 
 
Food Bank on the Edge
During COVID-19 food bank demand has increased substantially.
We serve:
Ucluelet, Tofino, Indigenous Communities on the west coast

We need help with:
At this time we have plenty of volunteers and a good schedule to get those volunteers who no longer work on Tuesdays in to the Food Bank on off days to organize inventory, pre-pack hampers and sort donations. We are fortunate that we are doing well at this time.

Our needs:
We anticipate an influx in our numbers and it is happening gradually. We are increasing the size of our hampers by about 30% so it means more food to be bought. We have reorganized the way we purchase food but have a pretty good system going using SYSCO, GFS and Quality Foods in Port Alberni. Our basic need is food and we buy 90% of our food, the rest is donated. We accept co-op gift cards or direct deposit to our Co-op account
 
 
 
Pacific Rim Arts Society
COVID-19 has changed the way community arts can happen
We serve:
Tofino, Ucluelet, Area C and the 5 Indigenous communities in our region.

We need help with:
Volunteers (art shows, festivals and events); stable financial revenue.

Our Needs:
The Pacific Rim Arts Society has been bringing arts programming to our communities for 50 years. Many of our programs such as the Pacific Rim Summer Festival and Missoula Children's Theatre are staple events in our region. However, in the past few years, PRAS has relied solely on grant opportunities in order to continue to support arts and culture as well as youth arts initiatives. While these grants are extremely important, they do not cover additional costs for full time personnel, better use of our art space to local artists and other benefits to the community. With additional volunteer and financial support, PRAS would like to support the arts communities commensurably better.
 
 
 
Pacific Rim Hospice Society
The pandemic increases trauma and grief for many in our region
We serve:
Children, youth, adults and seniors in ten remote/rural west coast communities

We need help with:
Child/Youth Grief Counselling and Education Program (four schools); Seniors/Elders Programs and Services; Volunteer Training and Education.

Our Needs:
Hospice invites you to assist our staff and volunteers in compassionately caring for children, youth, adults and elders in helping them improve their quality of life when experiencing illness, injury, death and grief.

Children/youth and their families experiencing grief benefit from the support of a compassionate registered clinical counsellor; sustainable funding for a consistent, year round counsellor is paramount in relationship and trust building. Isolated seniors benefit from our social and educational programming, gentle walking groups and assistance with transportation to medical appointments.

Our volunteers and staff support hundreds of individuals each year, especially in the area of grief/bereavement and it is important to keep up to date with training in order to continue serving our clients with excellence.
 
 
 
Raincoast Education Society
COVID-19 has resulted in significant funding shortages for us
We serve:
All communities of Barkley and Clayoquot Sound.

We need help with:
Financial support to cover staff wages

Our Needs:
Our core staff remains committed to developing and delivering free high-quality educational programming for all ages in our communities. With the loss of several key funding sources in 2020, we are hoping to find a way to cover our basic operating costs.
 
 
 
Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society
We research the health & population of Clayoquot marine mammals
We serve:
The general public and scientific community of the west coast and beyond

We need help with:
Operational funding for marine mammal research and monitoring.

Our needs:
It is our mission to research and monitor the health and population of marine mammals in Clayoquot Sound. With Eco-tourism operations at a halt, we are no longer able to rely on our citizen science network for sightings reports and have lost a significant amount of real-time, on the water data and information. Donations from local whale watching tours account for a large portion of our project funding, without which we are unable to cover the costs of monitoring and documenting local whale populations and marine mammal incidents such as entanglement and strandings. Funds are needed to ensure we can continue to monitor marine mammals and fill the existing data gap during the critical migration period and beyond.
 
 
 
Surfrider Foundation - Pacific Rim Chapter
The pandemic requires us to adapt our programs and campaigns
We serve:
Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht

We need help with:
Funding for progressive recycling programs that are diverting waste streams from landfills and ecosystems, which is mitigating climate change and lowering plastic pollution. Increasing the number of youth reached and educated through the Youth Environmental Stewardship program. Creating resources to support the scale out of our programs and campaigns across the province and nation.

Our Needs:
Surfrider Foundation's mission is the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, beaches and waves. All Pacific Rim Chapter initiatives are working to eliminate plastic pollution, restore shorelines from plastics, support the shift to a circular economy, and mitigate climate change by working collaboratively with youth, businesses, government, industry, and individuals. We are also adapting to the current global situation to develop new resources, toolkits, and innovative ways to keep folks engaged, learning and taking action online and at home during this time.
 
 
 
Westcoast Community Resources Society
Covid-19 has made it harder to support our region's marginalized people.
We serve:
Women, children/youth, and the marginalized people of our west coast communities.

We need help with:
During the days of COVID-19: means of staying connected with clients (phone or online), supporting families feeling pressure (social isolation, financial stress, academic).

Our Needs:
WCRS provides safe and supportive services to individuals and families, supporting their right to explore options and make choices. We are committed to ending family violence and all forms of abuse, while promoting the equality and diversity of all people in the west coast communities. Our programs include a Transition House, Second Stage housing, outreach, and counselling for women, children and youth.

We seek donations of cell phones with internet capability and financial donations of any amount will help prepare us for resumption of in person client services.
 
 
 
Wild Pacific Trail Society
The want to help people to nature during the pandemic
We serve:
Community Members, school-aged children and youth, and visitors.

We need help with:
Support in transitioning education program to online platform; monetary & technical support for our naturalist.

Our Needs:
During this unprecedented time, we continue to connect people to nature, by means of finding new and creative ways to bring the Trail virtually to others. We have developed a "Learn where you live" naturalist web series with engaging activities. Our first episode has reached 4,714 people on our Facebook page, plus website views. Due to the pandemic, visitors are not traveling to the region, we have experienced a decrease in funds in our trail donation boxes. Funds are needed to ensure we can continue reaching people in isolation by offering our interpretive programming virtually.