The Sorrento Centre has been hard hit by the COVID-19 emergency. Download a letter outlining our COVID-19 challenges below.
Fully 70% of our revenues are from earned income. As COVID-19 began to bite deeply, we were forced to cancel more than 40 events, including our biggest festivals. We are asking for your financial help to weather the ongoing storm. We have used the “pause” in operations for three things:
First, be a good neighbour. Over the past two months, our kitchen has properly prepared and safely delivered 5,368 meals to seniors, low-income families, women and youth who are hungry. The daily number of meals continues to rise. While most costs are covered by BC Housing, some meals are not covered and we have other costs.
Second, complete necessary improvements across our campus and farm. Everything from spring seeding to improvements and routine maintenance – the work continues with our small core staff team.
Third, prepare for our ‘safe, slow, small’ gradual re-opening: The Sorrento Centre is committed to the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours. In every part of our operation, we have increased protocols (and increased costs) to meet and exceed WorkSafeBC and public health standards.
Here are two ways you can help the Sorrento Centre:
1. Make a one-time donation $100 or $250 or more to help us weather the storm and cover our
increased costs, even as our revenues have dropped.
2. Make a regular monthly donation of $10 or $25 or more to ensure the financial resiliency of the
Sorrento Centre in the coming days.
The Sorrento Centre seeks to live fully into our vision and values with ethical practices that are socially and financially responsible. We are grateful for many donors and granting organizations who contributed more than $360,000 in 2019. We are committed to:
You can designate a donation to "general operations" - we'll make sure that it is allocated to the most important needs. Or you can specify that your donation goes to one of our special funds, such as our farm, our reconciliation work and our Solar for Spes campaign.
You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly contribution.
More than two-thirds of our annual revenues come from earned income - the remainder is from donations and grants. Your financial contributions help us to achieve our goal as a "gathering place for all". We are a registered not-for-profit and charitable organization.
General operations: Designate your donation as "general" and we'll make sure it goes to current needs. This might be more bushes for our rose garden, a boost to programming, subsidies to help lower-income guests to participate in our programming. "General operations" means invest the funds wisely in major operational and programming priorities.
Farm donations: Your gift will go directly to our natural farm. We are currently laying the foundation for a big new greenhouse that will extend our growing season. We are also developing plans to restore a heritage barn on our site as a community education centre. The food from our farm goes to our kitchen, as well as foodbanks and community food programs in Sorrento, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. "Farm donations" means invest the funds in agricultural priorities.
Celebrating reconciliation: Engaging more deeply in the journey of reconciliation with our Indigenous siblings, closing the gap between humans and the natural world, and healing the divisions amongst people - these are all part of our ongoing reconciliation initiative. We host events on our campus, join in activities in our region and focus on action. "Celebrating reconciliation" means invest the funds in our reconciliation initiative.
Solar for Spes Bona: Phase one of the comprehensive plan for the greening of our campus is a solar array on our iconic administration building. Not only will we cut electricity purchases, but we'll start to sell back into the BC Hydro grid and lower our carbon footprint. Win, win, win. "Solar for Spes" means help us to lower our carbon footprint.
Contact us directly: Call our office at 1.866.694.2409 (toll-free) or use the contact form below.
Let us know how you'd like to help (ie - make a credit card payment, send a cheque or e-transfer, set up a monthly contribution). We'll reply as soon as possible.