LVI Project Launch – Clay Tree Society To Benefit from Community Support


Clay Tree Society To Benefit from Community Support

Team Seed has partnered with Clay Tree Society in Nanaimo for our applied community leadership project. Clay Tree is a CARF accredited agency providing support to one hundred individuals ranging in age from nineteen to seventy. In keeping with the society’s philosophy, “People Helping People”, their seven programs focus on community inclusion, employment, recreation, life skills, volunteer opportunities, artistic exploration, personal empowerment and independence for adults with developmental disabilities. These programs foster independence and promote community inclusion for persons served.

The plan is to relocate the Bridges Program to an under utilized area in the woodshop. A small kitchen area, washroom, separate office, flooring, paint and lighting would create a new space for this program. By moving Bridges, the existing room can be transformed to accommodate individuals requiring additional supports and care. With this in place, Clay Tree plans to open a Seniors’/dementia program.

The team proposed to raise $4000 for this renovation that will expand programming for the Clay Tree Society by applying for grants and hosting fundraising events in Nanaimo. So far the fundraising initiatives have raised $3,300 through a Beer & Burger fundraiser with an additional $500 coming from the Coastal Community Credit Union Building Healthier Community fund. We also received a $200 award from one of our team members. We have achieved our original fundraising goal, but will continue to explore additional revenue opportunities by hosting a burger and pop sale at a Save on Foods at Brooks Landing on April 9thfrom 11am – 5pm.

Through this process, Team Seed has learned that it’s important to meet regularly, share the work load, have open and honest communication with each other and play to each member’s strengths for an effective team dynamic. While we stayed focused on our end goal, we constantly reminded each other that the learning process is just as important as the community project.

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