The Sunshine Coast population may be widely disbursed, but it is close-knit in providing support to its community. Hundreds of clubs and nonprofit organizations operate regionally, some of which are listed below with links to websites where available. The Sunshine Coast has its own Community Foundation, a central Volunteer Centre, and an exceptional Community Services Society that runs a broad range of social service programs for people of all ages. Through the Gibsons & District Public Library and the Sechelt District Public Library, residents have easy access to the resources of over 80 Vancouver area libraries. Roberts Creek and Pender Harbour feature volunteer-run ‘reading rooms’ for their area residents.
Business organizations include three separate but cooperative Chambers of Commerce (Gibsons, Sechelt, and Pender Harbour), the Sechelt Downtown Business Association, and Community Futures of the Sunshine Coast. The Chambers offer regular networking events, the SDBA organizes Sechelt’s annual Canada Day parade and community celebrations, and Community Futures offers various business incubation and development programs.
Recreation and social activities for all ages abound and are listed below with links to websites for further information. (See also: Recreation Facilities)
The Town of Gibsons and the District of Sechelt are home to most of the Coast’s places of worship, listed below with links to websites where available. Many of these offer material as well as spiritual support to the less fortunate. Gibsons’ St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church and the Salvation Army each run a monthly food bank (supplemental to the weekly food bank operated by Sunshine Coast Community Services Society), and the Sally Ann also offers a hot lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays. Christian Life Assembly Pentecostal Church is active in the annual Elves Club Christmas Hamper project for those in need. In Sechelt, St. Hilda’s by the Sea Anglican Church hosts the homeless shelter in one of its buildings, and volunteers provide a hot dinner for shelter residents during the cold weather.
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