AiMHi is launching a $100,00 30-day crowdfunding campaign. MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris, along with Mayor Lyn Hall attended the announcement this morning.
Prince George Motors got the ball rolling with an $8,000 donation, and are encouraging other businesses to match or beat their contribution.
The money will go towards the Infant Development program. Since 1979, over 3,700 families have been helped by the program. It provides services to children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for, or who may have a delay in development.
Over the past decade, the number of families using the service has almost doubled. Caseload0s for workers have gone from 25 to 49 families. AiMHi Director, Kathleen Moir, says an increasing demand for individual home visits means consultants are no longer able to facilitate group activities and connecting opportunities for families.
She says funds would help grow the infant development team, create a space for parents to learn specific skills to help special needs children, and mean more events for families to interact. Moir adds future physical, social and intellectual development depends largely on a baby’s early experience.