Vying for grants
A pair of projects in Conception Bay North are asking for the public’s help to earn much-needed funding.
U-Turn Addictions Centre in Carbonear has made it to the second round in the Aviva community funding competition, as has the South River recreation committee’s pitch to fix up its softball field.
In order to earn the funding, both projects need votes from the public to make it into the next round. Only the top five in each category will move on.
It’s more than some funding for Jeff Bourne, who operates UTurns with his wife Tammy. The organization is in need of a new home.
For the past four years, the building has been a safe haven for drug users to seek help. They receive one-on-one counselling, take part in 1-step programs and receive emergency help. Thousands of people walk through the door each year seeking assistance.
“We’ve outgrown it,” said Tammy.
Inside U-Turn is two offices, which double as storage space, a meeting area with a table that seats eight and some small couches. It also has a fridge and a hot plate, for food.
“If we get 25 people in here for a meeting, you can’t even see who is in the room,” Tammy said, pointing to a wall that blocks the view of the couches.
They’d like to have a larger meeting space, a full kitchen, a full bathroom with a shower, laundry facilities and storage area for donated items and office supplies.
“For addicts, sometimes it’s hard to focus,” Jeff explained. “When you’re doing one-on-one counselling (in the office), there’s so much in there, they could be looking all over the place.
“And with addiction, they’re always scoping stuff out.”
The South River recreation committee created the Recreation Rejuvenation project and hopes to revitalize the local ball field, which hasn’t been used for quite some time. The group is also interested in creating walking trails.
To vote for either project, visit www.avivacommunityfund.org and search for Carbonear or South River.
Last year the Baccalieu Trail SPCA placed in the Top 5 of the organization’s contest and earned $6,000 to help fund a new shelter for the region.
The recreation complex in Placentia was also the recipient of $5,000 from Aviva.
Voting will close at 5:30 p.m. Newfoundland time on Oct. 23.