Coast Capital Youth Team Helps Cool Aid Tenants

Active ImageOver the last several months, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union’s Youth Team has been helping tenants of Cool Aid and of the YM/YWCA.

It started with planting a garden. On Sunday May 4, 2008 the Coast Community Youth Team restored a flowerbed outside the Pandora Youth Apartments which are maintained by the Victoria Cool Aid Society and managed by the YM/YWCA Outreach Services. They provide transitional housing for youth aged 15-19 years with eight independent, fully contained bachelor units. With youth supporting youth, the Youth Team felt it would be an important area for the Coast Community Youth Team to tackle.

In the following weeks, the Youth Team also put out “Wish Boxes” in the staff areas of each of the 12 local branches of Coast Capital asking staff to contribute needed items such as socks, towels, blankets, clothes, bus tickets and toilettries. The result was a show of concern by other employees at the credit union which the Youth Team delivered in 13 overflowing boxes of needed items on June 18 for Cool Aid’s housing program tenants.

The same day, Coast Capital provided 100 tickets to the United Way for the 2008 Tall Ships Festival.  Cool Aid tenants, patients, shelter users and other clients have been invited to enjoy the show courtesy of Coast Capital.

Cool Aid would like to thank the Coast Capital Youth Team for caring about the homeless and vulnerable and reaching out a caring hand. The Coast Community Youth Team members are:

Members of Coast Capital's Youth Team and the boxes of the credit union's donations for Cool Aid tenantsRobin Cushing—
Youth Team Leader

Nigel Syrotuck
Anjuli Cheema
Rosie Mazzola
Paige Lindsay
Megan Sebastian
Annelies Bekes
Paul Molina-Plant
Meagan Cowan
Erin Stead
Tricia Pubben
Jenny Cheng
Sammy Moor

Several of the team members pose on the right with John Crean, Cool Aid’s manager of housing, after delivering the donations collected from credit union employees for Cool Aid’s tenants. A high-resolution image is available by clicking on the photo.

In November 2006, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union provided the Community Casual Labour Pool with funding totaling $6,450. These funds were provided to assist workers in the Labour Pool secure work boots and bus tickets in order to attend job placements they would otherwise be unable to fill.