Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會, a youth and senior-driven organization in Chinatown, is holding a fundraising campaign until December 21st, 2022. Yarrow is looking to generate $15,000 in donations to support marginalized seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. This year, donations of over $50 dollars are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
Donations from this fundraiser will help to support seniors like 吳婆婆 Wu Popo access medical care, essential social services, housing and spaces for cultural celebration and social connection. In this season of giving, your generous donations to Yarrow can go a long way in supporting our community.
Since 2015, the organization has been providing culturally and linguistically accessible programs and services, developing senior leadership to organize for culturally competent healthcare services, and supporting the community’s demands for affordable housing in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Yarrow’s vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth.
According to Melody Wise 梁茵韻, Chair of Yarrow’s Board of Directors, “our community’s service needs are rooted in systemic inadequacies and inequality. It is well known that racialized people and people who do not speak English as their first language face disproportionate barriers to necessary medical care, essential social services, and safe and affordable housing. To make our organizational vision of a thriving and equitable Chinatown real, we need to build grassroots power and demand long-term solutions. For this, Yarrow depends on continued support and generosity from our community.”
Similarly, Todd Huang 黄承陶, the Treasurer for Yarrow’s Board of Directors, urges that “this fundraiser will help us maintain our programs, such as our culturally appropriate grocery delivery service and social outreach work. Any funds that come in will ensure that Chinatown seniors have the support they need to age with dignity and care and have access to the services they need.”
Annually, Yarrow supports more than 500 seniors, most of whom are women, low-income, and non-English-speaking. The number of seniors accessing their services has grown by 50% since the pandemic began in early 2020, and community need has remained high. Now, Yarrow is fundraising so they can continue to meet growing demands for their core programs and services, including free grocery delivery to seniors who are homebound and/or low-income, medical accompaniment and interpretation, intergenerational phone call check-ins, drop-in hours for miscellaneous assistance, casework for complex income, health, and housing issues, and senior-led peer programming to support seniors’ social connectivity, physical health, and leadership building.
Throughout the months of November and December, individuals who wish to help Yarrow reach their goal of $15,000 can visit https://www.yarrowsociety.ca/donate to make a donation. This year, the organization will be able to provide a charitable tax receipt for donations of $50 or more.
Individuals who would like to learn more about Yarrow’s programs and services can email email@example.com and follow @yarrowsociety on Instagram and @YarrowSociety on Twitter for more information.