Every December, our Appnovators donate their time and efforts to volunteer or raise money for non-profit and charity causes that are in need this time of year. Our blog post today features the Vancouver office’s creative endeavours to raise money for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS).
The idea for the holiday craft fair came about after several Vancouver Appnovators were brainstorming new and innovative ways to start a campaign to raise money at this time of year. Given holiday craft fairs are popular at this time of year, and that we have some very talented Appno-Crafters, these factors created a perfect situation to conceive, organize and put on the Appnovation Holiday Craft Fair.
The Craft Fair was held over 2 days at the Vancouver office December 7th and 8th with 9 Appnovators selling their handcrafted wares, with a minimum 25% of proceeds going directly to the GVFBS. Our Appno-crafters rose to the challenge and sold a variety of handcrafted goodies. As a result, $322 was raised for the GVFBS—over one third of the $877 of goods sold overall!
Big thanks to primary organizer Michelle Reid (tattings), and fellow Appno-Crafters Ellaine Chan (amigurumi animals), Janice Cheer (artisan bread), Nicole Chow (polymer clay sushi charms), Sean Farnsworth (craft beer), Janak Kapadia (jewelry), Aisha Kaliel (knitted animals), Wendy Leung (tote & wine bags, zipper pouches) and Harry Ma (gift tags) for contributing their time and effort to making this Craft Fair a huge success.
About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
The GVFBS was set up as temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1982 and has grown significantly in the three decades since then. Today the GVFB provides assistance to over 27,000 people weekly, 22% of members are children, 22% are seniors.
The needs of this community are met through multiple distribution locations, community kitchens, training workshops and partnerships with more than 80 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.
To this end the GVFBS receives, purchases and distributes approximately 4.4 million pounds of food each year. Because of this size, scale and their unique position in the local food system, the GVFBS has significantly greater buying power than can be achieved at the grocery store and can purchase as much as $3 worth of food for every $1 donated, maximizing the impact of donor’s generous contributions. Warren Wong, Appnovation’s Senior Vice-President of Talent & Culture, currently serves on the GVFBS Board of Directors.