March 15th, 2019, saw the recipients of funding from the 2018 Kitimat Telethon receive their cheques from Kitimat Community Foundation president Sarina Germuth.
The telethon, in its 39th year, raised $145,000 during the event, with the total grants handed out for 2019 at $108,793.81.
Tamitik Status of Women: Tamitik Status of Women (TSW) provides services for the underprivileged, empowering clients for further growth and independence in a time of need, crisis or hardship. TSW programs reduce isolation while increasing social connections.
$21,600 – Supplies for Angel Tree, baby needs, hygiene, furniture, food, school supplies, and recreation passes.
Special Olympics, Kitimat, BC: The Kitimat Special Olympics enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. The vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create an inclusive community.
$5,000 – Rental fees at Kitimat sports facilities and sports equipment necessary for athletes to participate in their sport.
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Society, 63 Kitimat: The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR 63 Kitimat) makes funds available to purchase vessels and equipment to maintain life-saving services on the greater Douglas Channel area.
$10,000 – purchase of safety gear and tracking device for water rescues
Kitimat Museum & Archives: Provides arts, heritage, and cultural services to Kitimat citizens and visitors. Funding is spent on Museum services, youth programming, and exhibitions for the benefit of Kitimat, Haisla and region.
$5,189 – Supplies and support for the Museum in the Classroom Art Workshops and Museum Explorer Program and contribution to the installation of the Delta King Exhibit.
Kitimat Community Services Society: Is committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens in the Kitimat Valley by providing programs to enhance personal, academic, and employment potential.
$7,421 – equipment and items for activities for the resource area for job searching, Adult Literacy and the Victim Services programs.
Kitimat Community Development Centre: The Kitimat Community Development Centre (Kitimat CDC) is a family resource centre providing child, youth, family and community services in Kitimat.
$40,783.81 – Equipment for the Stepping Stones Daycare, children’s nutrition program for the Kid’s Place and Kildala Pre-schools/Aftercare, program as well as fees for attending community activities. Tools, equipment, and resources for the Speech-Language Pathology, Infant development, Pre-natal/Healthy Babies and Building Blocks Programs. Also a sanitizing dishwasher for the Centre.
Kitimat Arts for Youth: The Kitimat Arts for Youth (KAFY) supports all visual and performing arts for youth in the communities of Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.
$8,800 – contribution towards Music & Munchies Band Workshop 2019 and KAFY Beyond Band Week early in 2020, instrument purchase and repair for the Kitimat Band Program and Theatre Camp 2019.
Kitimat Understanding the Environment: Kitimat Understanding the Environment (KUTE) aims to educate the public about environmental protection, and to protect the environment by operating a recycling depot.
$10,000 – public education campaign to promote and encourage recycling and educate how to properly maintain household compost.