PARTNERS FOR LIFE PROGRAM
One of the ways the BC Lower Mainland Chapter has endeavored to provide a broad spectrum of service and professional opportunities for its members is to look beyond workplace safety and out into the community for areas where the Chapter and/or the members may contribute. Currently the Chapter has entered into partnerships with two organizations that look to the community for support and involvement while providing two different types of community service. The first partner is Canadian Blood Services which provides blood for life-saving transfusions and the other is Habitat for Humanity which provides low-cost, equity housing for Partner Families. Additional information and links to our partner organizations is set out below.
The Chapter is also seeking other partnerships that would be of interest and benefit to the members and the Chapter. If you know of such an organization or would like to put a name forward, please contact a member of the executive (click here).
The BC LMC has championed Partners for Life as it is a nationwide program that is designed for corporate and community organizations. By joining the program, the Chapter makes a commitment to save lives by donating blood as a team. We encourage members to also become “partners for life” either individually, or preferably, through the enrollment of your organization or group. The need for blood is ongoing, and patients that are treated for such things as cancer, surgery and trauma depend on a stable supply of blood year round, which is why Partners for Life organizations have the power to save lives!
When you or your organization joins the Partners for Life program, Canadian Blood Services will issue a Certificate of Membership that will act as a visible demonstration of your commitment to saving lives in your community. Your organization will also be recognized annually with a Certificate of Recognition for meeting your lifesaving goal.
It’s just their way of saying thank you for your dedication. Other initiatives will be planned that publicly profile your involvement and celebrate your achievements as a partner in this important program. However, the greatest benefit of all will undoubtedly be the fact that your organization has saved lives and helped countless Canadians that have needed blood or blood products.
If you would like to enroll in the program on behalf of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter (click here) to register and quote ID # CANA009876. You can register for multiple organizations so you can also enroll your organization at the same time – each registration must be completed individually.
Habitat for Humanity
The BC Lower Mainland Chapter has partnered with Habitat for Humanity by assisting in the development of an Occupational Safety & Health Program and Safe Work Procedures to protect the employees and volunteers involved in building the housing associated with their program. In addition, individual members have given of their time to assist in the construction process.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity works with partner families to build simple, decent housing. Houses are sold to Partner Families with no down payment and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. Families invest 500 hours of their own labor, called "Sweat Equity" into building their own houses and those of other families. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is currently building a 27-townhouse community in Burnaby, B.C.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is one of 72 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada and among more than 3000 affiliates around the world. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity International.
If you or your organization would like to become involved with the Habitat for Humanity cause or you would like additional information about their program (click here).