On behalf of the Child Development Society, Lorraine Aitken accepts $10,000 from Donald Gordon and Mark Burger of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.— Image Credit: Scott Stanfield

by  Scott Stanfield – Comox Valley Recordposted Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Comox Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $63,000 to 14 charities at its annual Community Giving Awards ceremony Thursday at the Comox Community Centre.

Money helps fund projects ranging from affordable housing initiatives to the purchase of a new refrigerator for a support group.

“We hear firsthand from the groups about how these funds will be used and how they will impact each organization’s clients and the community as a whole,” CVCF president Andrea Rowe said. “It’s inspiring to hear from so many groups that are working hard to make a difference.”

As in previous years, the foundation had a difficult time selecting recipients. They are as follows:

Later in the year, $24,200 in scholarships and bursaries will be paid to students.

This year, the foundation is awarding nearly $132,000 to charities and students, the largest amount disbursed since the foundation was founded. Since 1996, the CVCF has put more than $1.3 million into the community.

For more information, visit www.cvcfoundation.org.