Some Community-Oriented Organizations We Love!

One thing we are truly passionate about and supportive of is Vancouver Community-oriented Organizations that aim to create a more interactive and positive community for all.

There is always something for anyone and everyone, communities- big or small, and they always need to be nourished and encouraged.

That being said, here is a few that we know and work with that do it all:

Team Awesome
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“Team Awesome is a collection of creative, forward-thinking organizations, businesses, communities within Metro Vancouver working together to create a ridiculously awesome experience for the larger community to connect with new networks of people to benefit charitable causes.”

Facebook: Team Awesome

Twitter: @teamawsm

Instagram: @TeamAwsm

The Get Warm Project

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“The ‘Get Warm Project’ is a community blanket and goods drive that strives to ensure that members of our city will be warm this winter. Members of the community will be hosting ‘Get Warm Project’ donation boxes where you can donate the necessary supplies needed to keep people in our community warm this winter. All donations will be dropped off at Union Gospel Mission! Contributions will also be used for Union Gospel Mission Christmas hampers for the holiday season.

The Get Warm Project aims to establish leadership within our community and actively work towards positive social change.”

Facebook: Get Warm Project

Twitter: @GetWarmProject

Union Gospel Mission

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“Union Gospel Mission is a non-profit urban relief organization serving Metro Vancouver, providing hope for the hungry, hurting and homeless since 1940. If you find yourself without shelter, without food or without hope, we can help.”

UGM offers hope to the hungry, hurting and homeless. You will find us serving people in need across Metro-Vancouver. We have locations in the Downtown Eastside, Surrey, New West and the city of Mission. Our desire is to be a bridge for people striving to regain the basic necessities of life, restore their God-given dignity and hope, empowering them to rejoin the community as full and active participants. Union Gospel Mission is a non-profit urban relief organization serving Metro Vancouver, providing hope for the hungry, hurting and homeless since 1940. If you find yourself without shelter, without food or without hope, we can help.

http://www.ugm.ca/

The Lipstick Project

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“The Lipstick Project Society works in partnership with hospitals and hospices around the world to bring a quintessential spa experience to patients who are either in recovery or who are peacefully approaching the end of their life. Let’s just be honest, when you’re living in the hospital there comes a moment when a good manicure or a professional massage makes you feel better than any amount of morphine could.”

Fact: Being in the hospital sucks. Beyond the fact that your arms resemble a pincushion and that you are peeing in a bucket, you also start to crave feeling “normal” again.

The Lipstick Project exists to contribute to patients’ healing processes by acknowledging that feeling beautiful, relaxed and “normal”, if only for a few hours, can significantly impact a person’s level of comfort and happiness.

Utilizing a small army of volunteers, The Lipstick Project partners with hospitals and hospices around the world to bring light and love to men and women who are either in recovery or are peacefully approaching the end of their lives. We strive to bring comfort and joy to both patients and their families as they navigate an experience that is stressful and emotional.

Our volunteers are professional estheticians, registered massage therapists, professional hair stylists and trained make-up artists who all believe that the services they can provide are good for both a patient’s soul and body. After all, sometimes a foot massage or a fire-engine red manicure is just what the doctor ordered!

http://thelipstickproject.ca

The Looking Glass Foundation

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“We believe no one should have to leave the country to receive care. That’s why we’ve opened Canada’s first treatment facility for adolescents with eating disorders. Restoring health to the afflicted and hope to their families is our highest priority.”
When we look in the mirror, we see a true reflection of ourselves. But for thousands of young women and men, the mirror has a darker side. Rather than a true reflection, theirs is a distorted reality. For them, the mirror is a window into a more sinister, shadowy world. A world where you can never be too thin, you can never measure up, and every meal is a battle.

For those who suffer from eating disorders, the mirror is a daily reminder of a world from which they cannot escape. They are trapped inside themselves by a disease that consumes and controls every aspect of their lives, every moment, every day. Anorexia Nervosa. Bulimia Nervosa. Eating disorders that torture the mind as they ravage the body.

It’s not a choice they make. It’s not a phase they’re going through. It’s a disease, as real and as deadly as any other, and like any serious medical condition, it needs serious attention to be cured.

We are not Doctors, but we can help. We’re not a hospital but we help provide care. We help people on the path back to themselves. It’s a long road but we know it well. We’ve already taken it ourselves, or with our children.

We believe no one should have to leave the country to receive care. That’s why we’ve opened Canada’s first treatment facility for adolescents with eating disorders. Restoring health to the afflicted and hope to their families is our highest priority.

We are parents, friends and individuals who know the fear of living with a child suffering from an eating disorder. We have walked through worlds laid waste by these insidious diseases. We believe that the treatment available in Canada is not enough and have joined together to create an intensive treatment center for adolescents. We hope to provide the safety and support our children need to face and overcome their illnesses. Too many young people have already given up too much of their lives fighting this battle.

http://www.lookingglassbc.com

Nicole Bridger

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“Nicole Bridger is a dynamic fashion line for a new generation of women who want to look effortlessly chic while maintaining a commitment to the earth and its people. Each collection is composed of stand-out pieces which reflect one’s individuality and femininity. Every item makes an impression when worn alone, and when combined with other pieces the result is a statement of modern, refined style. Tailored from the highest quality ethical materials, every item flatters the natural curves of a woman’s body, making her feel graceful and elegant in any setting.”

http://www.nicolebridger.com

Loaded Bow

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“A series of private events with a curated guest list of exceptional women. Loaded Bow seeks to disrupt the traditional model of networking. We hand select cross-disciplinary female entrepreneurs to foster intersections of networks. Loaded Bow hosts intimate evenings with remarkable women, merging micro-communities and encouraging meaningful relationships. Curious? Request an invitation. Get social.”

http://www.loadedbow.com

Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

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Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion/clothing industry.
Mission

1. To educate and guide the apparel and textile industry towards more responsible ways of designing, manufacturing, distributing, marketing and selling their products.
2. To become a premium tool for retailers, distributors and agents to discover major sustainable brands and develop business relationships.
3. To inform the consumer on how to buy, use and dispose of clothes ethically.
4. To appeal to culturally-conscious, forward thinking individuals and celebrities who respond to design, fashion, art and lifestyle.
5. To establish Vancouver as a global destination for responsible fashion and couture, strengthening its image as a green, progressive, and trendsetting city.

Company Overview

The Canadian capital of conscious living is undoubtedly Vancouver, and with the successes of Eco Fashion Week (EFW) over the years the city has established itself as an international hub for sustainable style.

The clothing, textile and fashion industry represents more than $300 billion of annual revenue worldwide and is one of the most damaging industries to our planet. EFW educates and guides the apparel and textile industry towards the most responsible ways of designing, manufacturing, distributing, marketing and selling their products and at the same time informs and inspires the sustainable-minded consumer on their approach to using and disposing of their clothes.

http://www.ecofashion-week.com

The GIVE Project

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“Creating a culture and community of giving.” The GIVEproject is all about creating a culture/community of giving. Get a free GIVEband from us and start giving a little bit more every day.

Every band we give out is passed on with a conversation. In the spirit of giving, we don’t charge people for the bands. So far we have shared stories and connected with almost 3500 people, who are now wearing GIVEbands and giving more in their own lives. It’s pretty awesome!

The GIVEproject is simple in theory, but powerful in application. From simple and random acts of kindness to conversations that are able to change another person’s life, every day we are presented with opportunities to give.

It’s simple: grab a blue GIVEband and throw it on your right wrist. Look for any opportunities to reach out to those around you. Whether it’s starting a conversation with someone, sharing an idea, helping out in some way, or giving something to them, we challenge you to share more. Whenever you GIVE, you take your band and move it from your right wrist to your left.

Share stories of your GIVEs and you’ll be amazed by how you can inspire people. Visit www.PassTheGive.com where you can read and post on our blog to share your GIVEs and see what’s new with the GIVEproject.

http://www.PassTheGive.com

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Writer: Krista McKenna – Your SOCIAL in the CITY Correspondent
t: @kmckennaSC

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