The province-wide community of CRNs has improved the lives of seniors and other adults at risk of abuse and neglect throughout BC, and you have played a vital role in this. Together, we have:
- worked collaboratively locally and provincially with numerous community partners to address and prevent adult abuse and neglect;
- identified all the ingredients of an ideal coordinated community response.
Your personal commitment, hours of involvement, careful use of modest financial resources and caring heart are all deeply appreciated.
But as you know there is so much more to do!
Still, adult abuse and neglect remain a serious community issue.
Isolation, living in poverty or being labeled “old” or “mentally disabled” can make any of us vulnerable to abuse and neglect. It is estimated that nearly 10% of seniors experience some form of financial abuse, while 5% living in private dwellings experience abuse at the hands of family members.
It’s a sad fact that as our population ages, stories of abuse and neglect become more prevalent. For people with disabilities the risk of abuse is 150% greater. Over 70% of women with disabilities have experienced abuse.
BC’s CRN citizens and volunteers are responding to this problem, working together to make positive changes in community culture.
Today, there are CRNs established or under development all over BC. Together, we have made great strides in:
- awareness raising
- public and professional education
- protocol development including letting the community know how to get help
- encouraging prevention, and
- keeping track of the effectiveness of the community response.
Around the CRN table, our relationships with one another set the tone for how we complete these important tasks. We endeavor to welcome, value and include each citizen, knowing that the sum of our collective experience will be stronger when we recognize the value of each individual and their unique contributions. We collaborate, we learn from one another, and we share our experience. CRNs are microcosms of the caring communities we're working to create. CRNs are changing community culture.
The BC Association of CRNs was established to raise funds to ensure that CRNs in BC continue to thrive.
The BC Association of CRNs was established to coordinate fund development provincially and locally, and to ensure that additional public and private funding is secured to continue the work that we have started. In March 2006, the name was changed to the B.C. Association of CRNs.
As we embarked on this journey, we established principles to guide how funds will be raised and disbursed for the benefit of all - universality; non-competitive collaboration and coordination; accessible, timely and transparent processes; sharing resources; accountability; fairness and equity; and sustainability.
With these principles as our guide, your Association is:
- Securing contributions from the most promising prospects to ensure that funds continue to be available for your work. Already, the Association has raised $50,000.
- Supporting your local fundraising activities. The Association is working to help you raise funds in your community by providing counsel, strategy, fundraising materials, and letting your CRN know about new funding possibilities.
- Coordinating local and provincial fund development initiatives. The Association is working to ensure that funding requests are made by whoever is best placed to successfully apply and receive funds.
- Developing a longer term fund development strategy. Beyond following up on the top prospect funders, the Association is working with a resource development committee to develop a longer term plan that will ensure a strong financial base for the ongoing work.
- Creating a province-wide Public Awareness Campaign. Fundraising will be more successful when our work locally and provincially is more widely known. The Association has secured the help of a volunteer group from Leadership Vancouver that is creating a professional campaign.
- Keeping you informed. The Association is keeping you up- to-date and involved on the latest initiatives with a quarterly bulletin, the CRN website (www.bccrns.ca), and regular teleconferences.
- Providing you with professional development and training. The CRN Mentors Team is available to help you exchange information, share successes, address challenges, and will soon offer additional CRN related workshops.
Help us to help you. Please consider becoming a Donor.
While diverse citizen and volunteer involvement are an important element of the CRN movement, a strong financial base is also an essential part of our collective success. Your new Association is committed to making this potential for success a reality and provides the leadership to ensure that we all have the resources to continue our work to end adult abuse and neglect.
While government and foundation grants are important to our work, private donations serve as concrete demonstrations to these funders that CRN members and other supporters believe in the CRN movement too.
Nearly 80% of Canadians make financial contributions to organizations that are important to them. We invite you to include CRNs in your personal giving plan by helping to support the B.C. Association of CRNs.
You can become a Donor. Thank You!!!
The choice to become a Donor is yours and whether you do, or don't, in no way diminishes the significant contribution we know you already make.
Once again, thank you for being a part of our caring community!!!
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- Donna and Hugh Godwin
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