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New charitable ‘Biz for Good’ program part of $1M SOS initiative

Project part of Project Rebuild Campaign in PQB region
An SOS client receives groceries dropped off by SOS Volunteers. The SOS Biz for Good initiative for small businesses local to District 69 is part of the SOS Project Rebuild Campaign, focused on supporting seniors, helping children thrive and reducing poverty in the area. (Submitted photo)

Small businesses are the heart of communities and despite a tumultuous year, many have continued their commitment to supporting vital charitable organizations like the Society of Organized Services (SOS).

“SOS is such a strong supporter of our community for people who are in real need,” said Rob Ohs, team leader and realtor at Ohs Marketing Team at Royal LePage.

SOS has historically relied on its Thrift Shop revenue to fund the majority of its programs and services, and the organization experienced a significant loss of revenue over the past year.

As residents persevere through these difficult times together, SOS has created a new charitable giving program to make supporting our community easier and more convenient for small businesses. This new initiative, called SOS Biz for Good, is an important part of the $1-million SOS Project Rebuild Campaign focused on reinforcing the safety net for residents of District 69.

Ohs Marketing was the first company to sign up for the new initiative.

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“I grew up here and I have always felt we have had such a strong tradition in this community for supporting one another that I wanted to continue to be a part of that,” said Ohs.

SOS Biz for Good will help SOS rebuild capacity to provide a sustainable resource and program base that will protect and strengthen the community now while investing in solutions to meet the emerging needs of the future. It will help shine a light on the good works of the business community while supporting seniors, helping children thrive and reducing poverty in the area.

Raymond James Qualicum Beach Branch and Windsor Plywood Foundation have also joined SOS Biz for Good.

Businesses who contribute a single donation of $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 or spread their contribution over 10 months, are entitled to a host of public recognition and benefits including the ability to tell their story of doing good.

“When you support SOS, you know your contribution will directly impact our community,” Ohs said.

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