Family Services of Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library Collaborate to Host Family Day Pop-up

Published: February 5, 2024

Vancouver, B.C. (February 5, 2024): Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV) has partnered with Vancouver Public Library (VPL) to host a Family Day pop-up event on Saturday, February 17. Taking place at VPL’s Central Library in downtown Vancouver, the event features activities for families along with a range of resources supporting stronger, more resilient individuals and families.

With the cost of living increasing every day, and inflation impacting the price of food, rent, and childcare, more and more families need help to meet their most basic needs. FSGV and VPL – two of the longest running organizations in Vancouver – are cornerstone resources for local families, providing tailored supports for people of all backgrounds. This collaboration aims to build strong, empowered communities by connecting individuals and families across Metro Vancouver to the information and assistance they need. 

FSGV and VPL’s Family Day pop-up event will address challenges facing families today and recommend solutions that help people build resilience. Participants can expect family-friendly activities as well as adult-oriented information, including: 

  • Financial coaches sharing tips to improve financial stability, navigate government benefits, and overcome other barriers;  
  • Resource workers suggesting community supports to help with a range of challenges; and,  
  • Family counsellors answering questions and recommending programming and resources. 

The event takes place in the Central Library promenade (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C.) on Saturday, February 17, between 10am and 2pm. 

“As the affordability crisis continues to hit families hard, we’re seeing impacts in every area of our programming,” said Maria Howard, CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver. “Families and individuals are struggling with their mental health, financial resilience, and overall wellbeing. We want folks across the Lower Mainland to know that FSGV is here for families of all kinds with trauma counselling, family supports, our Financial Empowerment program, and more. It’s okay to need a helping hand. You’re not alone.” 

“Every day we hear from Vancouver families who need support, but don’t know where to begin. That’s where the library comes in,” said Erin Watkins, Manager of Programming and Learning at Vancouver Public Library. “VPL is often the first stop to connect people with the help they need. Whether it’s finding the right book to help plan your family’s budget or make more affordable meals, or providing free parenting or tax planning workshops. Thanks to partnerships with organizations like Family Services of Greater Vancouver, we are able to offer additional programs that can help people cope with inflation and rising interest rates, take control of their credit, plan for retirement and their children’s post-secondary education, save for their future, and more.” 

FSGV and VPL’s Family Day event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.fsgv.ca. Join the conversation about challenges families are facing right now by following FSGV (@vanfamservices) on Instagram and by using the hashtag #FamilyIs. 


About Family Services of Greater Vancouver 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV) is a non-profit working to support and empower individuals, families, and communities. Our programs and services are designed to help people develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create positive change in their lives. 

Specializing in crisis stabilization, counselling, and poverty reduction, our staff work from an evidence-based and trauma-informed lens to meet people where they’re at and get them where they want to be. www.fsgv.ca 

About Vancouver Public Library 

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years.  

VPL offers free programming for families ranging from story time and creative activities for young people, to personal finance, employment and digital literacy workshops for adults. The Library also provides free access to WiFi, computers, and welcoming spaces where people can gather, work, play and connect. www.vpl.ca 


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