CHILLIWACK  – Chilliwack Community Services is receiving $100,000 in support thanks to Community Gaming Grants announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin and Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness.

“Barriers such as poverty, social isolation, abuse backgrounds and other life issues often prevent learners from being successful at reaching their academic and employment goals,” said Family Literacy Programs Coordinator at Chilliwack Community Services Laura Watson. “With the funds provided through the Community Gaming Grant, the Family Literacy Programs in Chilliwack have been able to equip learners with the tools and skills necessary to ensure future success in their educational and vocational goals. Participants are supported not only as a student, but as a parent, partner, community member and lifelong learner.”

“Chilliwack Community Services has been serving the residents of Chilliwack for over 80 years,” said Martin. “The Family Literacy initiative provides day care and preschool for children, while their parents engage in the classroom with topics including English, math, computer skills and parenting skills. This valuable program promotes lifelong literacy and learning within families in the Chilliwack area.”

“Parents reading aloud to their children is one of the most effective means for fostering language development in young children” said Throness.  “The Family Literacy program offered by Chilliwack Community Services ensures that parents are able to support their children’s literacy, while gaining valuable language and life skills themselves.”

These grants have been awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Sports, and Environment.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.