To create opportunities with people to make positive change in their lives.
For over 80 years, Chilliwack Community Services (CCS) has been dedicated to meeting social and community needs in Chilliwack and surrounding areas. What began in 1928 with the efforts of a single woman helping a neighbour in need became a group of volunteers working for many years "to discover and look into needful and pitiful cases". It wasn't until 1966 that CCS became a registered Society with a new mandate "to identify and respond to the Chilliwack area's unmet social needs". That mandate has changed and grown so that today CCS provides extensive social and human services to a broad cross-section of residents throughout the Chilliwack area.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Society has approximately 100 employees and 240 volunteers who work out of several locations in Chilliwack and Sardis to deliver over 40 support programs.
Funding comes from contracts with provincial, federal and municipal governments, grants, fees for service and local service organizations. Personal donations, memberships, earned revenue, and various fundraising efforts comprise 20% of the total budget.
Membership is open to all individuals, community service agencies, and business organizations that support the mission of Chilliwack Community Services. By becoming a member, you are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting and nominate members to the Board of Directors. A quarterly newsletter provides members with regular updates on the Society and its service to the community.
There is no cost for services unless specifically noted. Confidentiality is assured.
About CHILLIWACK COMMUNITY SERVICES
Educational programming, resources and support to parents and children to help meet basic needs and promote positive child development as the strong foundation for life.
Group, counselling, and in-home support services to help stablize and preseve the family unit and assist people in making positive change in their lives.
Programs, resources and support to youth aged 12-18 that promote healthy connections to community, school, and family and assist in a positive transition to adulthood.
A variety of support programming to enhance quality of life, integration and community involvement, eg. volunteer opportunities, employment counselling, immigrant settlement and language classes, debt counselling, Christmas Sharing, meals on wheels, community drivers, and advocate for seniors.