VANCOUVER, BC, December 23, 2021 /CNW/ – B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE AMERICAN: BTG) (NSX: B2G) (“B2Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company is providing further financial support to community organizations in Metro Vancouver and other areas of British Columbia in order to help the region’s most vulnerable and at-risk local communities. Through its More than Mining Fund, this year, B2Gold is donating CDN$1,000,000.
As part of its ongoing commitment, B2Gold is allocating CDN$750,000 to provide further financial support to four partner organizations in Metro Vancouver to assist with their continued response to address the social issues in Metro Vancouver that are further impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:
- CDN$250,000 is being donated to Greater Vancouver Food Bank (“GVFB”) to support people who are struggling to meet their need for food:
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising unemployment rate and consequent loss of income, the demand for food support in the local community has increased dramatically – and continues to rise. In order to meet this demand, the GVFB provides healthy food to those in need, supporting 10,000 clients and 110 Community Agency Partners each month across Greater Vancouver;
- CDN$200,000 is being donated to Covenant House Vancouver (“Covenant House”) to help provide shelter and crucial support to homeless and at-risk youth:
The ongoing opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have been extremely challenging for youth experiencing homelessness and have compounded the trauma that many individuals already faced. Covenant House offers a continuum of services, based on evidence-informed theories and practices, that care for the entire person. Programs range from outreach, drop-in and supported housing, to integrated mental and physical support services that enable youth to transition to independent living;
- CDN$200,000 is being donated to PHS Community Services Society (“PHS”) and CDN$100,000 is being donated to The Bloom Group Community Services Society (“The Bloom Group”) to assist with housing, health care, harm reduction and poverty:
Vulnerable communities in Metro Vancouver, such as Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, have long struggled with issues of homelessness, poverty, mental health, and substance dependencies. COVID-19 has escalated these issues, as evident by the spike in community overdoses since the pandemic began and associated community safety concerns. PHS and The Bloom Group provide housing solutions, health care, harm reduction, and health promotion for some of the most at-risk, under-served, and often overlooked residents in Vancouver and Victoria.Tweet