You remember Giving Tuesday is coming up, right?
We got into why our Bus Program is so important to Pacific Parklands Foundation in our last blog post.
However, just to recap for those of you who weren’t tuned in…
We know that a lack of transportation can be an obstacle in accessing our Parks; it is our belief that the amazing learning opportunities and experiences our parks have to offer should be available to everyone.
This is why we have created the Bus Program – a chance to connect children, youth organizations, community centers, seniors groups and organizations that support people with disabilities or challenges to nature. The grant will cover the cost to hire a bus for the purpose of visiting a Metro Vancouver Regional Park. To see who can apply, head over to our FAQ Page!
Since we’re on the topic of the Bus Program, we thought we’d share a story that we feel particularly demonstrates the benefits of nature on all people.
Forest and the Femme
The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is not exactly known for its green spaces. What the Downtown Eastside is known for is trauma, poverty, addiction, and misery. It also happens to be one of the poorest postal codes in Metro Vancouver.
Many women in particular on the Eastside are vulnerable, isolated, and have little or no opportunity at all to experience nature and the confidence and healing it can bring.
In fact, many of these women have never been outside of the city.
Forest and the Femme is a society that connects our region’s most disadvantaged women to nature and aims to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment, and self-worth.
How did Pacific Parklands Foundation Help?
We believe in the healing power of nature. We believe that our Regional Parks have so much to teach and to experience. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet, to be in awe, to explore, or to develop confidence, our Parks have so much to offer.
Pacific Parklands Foundation recognized the need to help the women of the Downtown Eastside and provided a $2,000 grant to the Forest and the Femme.
The grant helped them purchase a vehicle so that the women Forest and the Femme connect with can explore our Regional Parks as well as other wilderness places in the Lower Mainland.
Our Bus Program is similar in that we have seen the effects of nature on so many different people of different ages and backgrounds and we know that it heals. We want to connect as many people with challenges as possible to our Regional Parks and continue extending the learning opportunities to all.
Don’t believe us that Nature Heals?
Check out the Forest and the Femme’s Video:
Got it? To help Pacific Parklands Foundation connect other people including children, clubs, seniors, community centers, as well as others with challenges, remember to help us with our Bus Program campaign for #GivingTuesday!