COVID-19 FUND: WOMEN + FAMILIES

Ensuring that women, infants, and families in our community continue to receive the support and care they deserve.

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KEEPING WOMEN’S HEALTH A PRIORITY

The BC Women’s Health Foundation has established the COVID-19 Fund: Women + Families to support the increased health needs of women and newborns in our community during this time of crisis. The fund contributes to the following:

WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE

Investment Needed: $600,000

Isolation policies create serious challenges for women at risk of violence, and for those trying to provide support services. Funding for virtual communications platforms and direct assistance will allow women’s shelters, transition houses, and organizations across the province to support women who are experiencing violence.

Our Foundation is working collaboratively with the Ending Violence Association of BC to deliver life-saving resources to women as part of a COVID-19 provincial gender-based violence response.

Support women from across the province to get the emergency support they need.

NICU FAMILIES IN NEED

Investment Needed: $150,000

Families can struggle to make ends meet financially when their critically ill baby is being cared for in BC Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); especially during the current crisis that is COVID-19

Your support will offer NICU families regular meal delivery and other resources to get them through this challenging period. Some families live in the NICU for many months at a time. Your donations provide immense relief to parents, allowing them to be fully present to support the care of their babies.

NEW + EXPECTING MOTHERS

Investment Needed: $150,000

There is an urgent and growing need to support new and expecting mothers whose financial challenges, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis, can disrupt their ability to access the medical care they need.

Many of the women supported are experiencing high-risk medical challenges during pregnancy and must leave their home communities to attend appointments at BC Women’s Hospital. Their relocation to the city can last days or even weeks – and now the usual low-cost accommodation options have been severely curtailed.

Your donations will cover the cost of local accommodation, transportation, and meals. The impacts are profound for the mental health of the women, and the physical health of both the women and their expected babies.

INDIGENOUS WOMEN + FAMILIES

Investment Needed: $25,000

The wisdom of Elders is essential during this unprecedented time.

Support new virtual counselling sessions where Elders provide emotional and cultural guidance to Indigenous families receiving care at BC Women’s Hospital.

Your donations will also fund the traditional medicines needed for cultural healing ceremonies, as well as direct aid to families in the form of gift cards for emergency food and clothing.

For more information on our COVID-19 Fund: Women + Families, please contact Carleen Pauliuk, Senior Director of Philanthropy at 604.875.2270 or carleen.pauliuk@bcwomensfoundation.org.


BC Women’s Health Foundation is BC’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the full spectrum of women’s health. The information shared is intended to educate, inform, and point readers to credible sources. It is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of qualified healthcare professionals with any questions specific to your medical condition. For more information, visit HealthLinkBC.ca.