Community Associations To Get More Help
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George City Council has unanimously supported adopting a strategy to give Community Associations in the City more help.
There are 7 community associations in Prince George, and they offer a variety of programs to residents in their respective neighbourhoods. But the volunteer run Associations are facing challenges not the least of which is finding, and keeping, volunteers.
Although the City already provides some services and support, the strategy makes four recommendations to offer further assistance.:
- Increase staff support. Currently .4 FTE is allocated towards supporting Community Associations. Work needs to be redistributed so that up to 1 FTE is allocated to supporting Community Associations.
- Develop partnership agreements between the City and Community Associations.
- Formally recognize that the Community Associations are the face of the community.
- Examine how to best meet the needs of areas of Prince George that are not currently represented by a Community Association.
The strategy also calls for a base budget of $20 thousand dollars to help some of the associations achieve their goals. The strategy concludes that the recommendations can be achieved by “reallocating city staff resources internally and reaching out to partnering organizations”. Those partner organizations include School District 57 and the YMCA.
Councillor Susan Scott wanted to know if there was any information on how many households might be included in the area that is not yet served by a community association, but was told that information is not available.
A number of Community Associations already receive grants from the City, and the further financial consideration of $20 thousand dollars will be part of the upcoming budget discussions which are set for late January and early February.