• James Armstrong

Developing deeper community support for the VSPCR


A fundraising hand knitted blanket created by the community group Le Prescott Club de Tricot was presented recently to the VSPCRF volunteers and staff (left to right) Julie Bouchard, Isabelle Dupras, Jessica Bouthillier, Daphné Lamoureux, Ginette Plante, Madeleine Langlois, and Dr. Annick Terret-Hans.

Individuals and community groups who volunteer to raise funds for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) were high on the priority list of Events Coordinator Madeleine Langlois who recently received a hand knit colourful blanket created by the members of the Le Prescott Club de Tricot 2018. “They knitted the pieces for the blanket and raffled it off and donated the proceeds to the residence,” said Langlois adding that the winner of the raffle had decided to donate the blanket as well.

Goal of community events

Langlois described the importance of third party community events as the up-and-coming method of raising funds for the non-profit organization. “Last year (2017), the community events brought in over $90,000,” she said noting that as more community members become involved, the result is an increased awareness of the services provided by the residence.

“We are doing this to keep the residence going for the next community member who is going to need its services,” said Langlois. Each year, the VSPCRF must raise $1.8 million to provide free palliative care services to the population of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the surrounding area.

No event is too small or too large, according to Langlois. “We help them to help us,” she said but there are certain criteria.

Criteria for an event

The event has to be initiated by an outside individual or party other than the staff or regular volunteers of the residence.

“Our involvement is helping them promote their event on our website and social media,” said Langlois. To that end, once the event has received the approval of the VSPCRF, Langlois said official logos would be provided to identify the event as a legitimate fundraiser for the organization. “We have always had community events like this, but we decided we wanted to develop this further and help it grow,” she said.

Tool kit

Over the past year, Langlois has developed a tool kit for individuals or organizations wanting to hold their own fundraiser for the VSPCRF. She cited, as an example, the annual spaghetti supper organized by Marie-Lyne Leblanc and her family.

“This was their fourth year and they raised over $7000,” she said. Another popular event is coming up on Saturday, June 9 is the ‘Back to Chez Maurice II’ concert featuring bands, DJs employees, and customers from the 1980s to the present.

The tool kits are available online at www.mspvs.org and Langlois said she would be available as a resource person to help out with the details.

“Our goal is to have a recognition evening later this year to say thank you to the people who organize community events,” she said pointing out that a lot of time, effort, and organization goes into producing a successful event.

“These are events that can happen all year round,” she said noting they also take place apart from the VSPCRF’s own fundraising events such as the Annual Draw/Tirage on Friday, June 8 for $12,000 in prizes.