The CommUNITY Centre

Stay connected with COVID-19 resources for Vancity Members and British Columbians.

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At Vancity, we believe that for an individual to thrive, the community must thrive too. That’s why we’ve created the CommUNITY Centre – a place for members and employees to find and share up-to-date, reliable information about everyday finances, health and other questions you may have right now.

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Stories from our neighbourhoods

The Ellis Building

Chinatown

Smoke rolled down Main Street where the 110-year-old building became a victim of vandals with a blowtorch. As if the pandemic wasn't enough. Like others, The Ellis Building boarded up for protection when the streets emptied due to COVID-19, but plain walls also invited vandalism and fire.

While the fire was contained, some lost their art to ashes at the iconic Ellis Building. Home to 19 studios, it survives to continue bringing ratio fit denim, rock n’ roll jewelry, nostalgia and more.

Now guarded by a dragon and a flock of crows, painted by Paige Bowman, funded by a community that powers values-based banking.

Potluck Catering

Downtown Eastside

Somehow the superhumans at Potluck managed to make and deliver tens of thousands of meals in the DTES during a global crisis with a team of about 25 people.

“By feeding people where they are, we help keep them in place which helps prevent the spread of COVID.” – Naved Noorani, General Manager

In regular times, Potluck is a thriving catering and café "social enterprise". That's a business model that makes money for the purpose of good. For Potluck, that's providing on-the-job training by employing DTES residents with barriers to employment. Profits then go into meal programs for vulnerable residents and growing the business.

During this tough time, they received funding from Vancity through the Community Response Fund and pays it forward through partnerships with other businesses to help feed the Downtown Eastside safely.

Guides to grow your money and the local economy

Now is a good time to be deliberate with how you grow it, spend it and where you save it.

Podcast

Episode 1: The Big Picture - financial and social effects of the pandemic

Article

COVID-19 economic stimulus package for BC families and individuals

Article

Should I buy a house during COVID-19?

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