United Way campaign helps turn house into home

Heather Skydt wants Greater Victoria residents to think back to the first time they moved into a new apartment or house.

Heather Skydt wants Greater Victoria residents to think back to the first time they moved into a new apartment or house.

Think about the basic necessities one needs to purchase to transform their house into a home — linens, dishes, art supplies, cutlery, sports equipment or tools.

As part of the United Way Greater Victoria’s Fill the House campaign, people are being asked to donate gently-used household items, that will be donated to some of the most vulnerable in the community.

The campaign calls for donations for the kitchen such as small appliances and cookware, the bathroom, such as personal hygiene and cleaning supplies, the bedroom such as sleepwear and new bedding, the living room and work or office space such as iPads, tablets, tools or flashlights.

The items will be donated to 10 community partners such as Artemis Place Society, Anawim House, Umbrella Society for Mental Health and Addictions, Our Place and the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, who will help distribute the items to youth, families, adults and seniors who need a bit of help on their road to success.

Skydt, the director of marketing and communications with United Way Greater Victoria, said the event is being used to talk about issues such as safe and affordable housing, and the importance of food security, employment programs and financial literacy.

“For this event, you actually have a really wide reach. Working through United Way and the 10 different partners, your contribution can go to a larger group,” said Skydt. “We just thought this was a different way to talk about the issues in our community.”

Fill the House takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot of Mayfair Shopping Centre at the corner of Blanshard and Finlayson streets.

For more information about the campaign, including a full list of items needed, visit uwgv.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Mom who lost son to brain tumour in March joins the 24th annual Brain Tumour Walk

The Brain Tumour Walk takes place at the University of Victoria on Sunday, May 26

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read