Entering a new community can come with multiple challenges, from finding the nearest library to childcare to finding a new sports league or volunteering opportunities to join.
“If you are new to the community, a new resident, a new immigrant, and just trying to get a feel for everything, you’ll be able to see it all in one place,” says Chrissy Bennett, community services coordinator at the City of Coquitlam.
This comprehensive solution is the new Coquitlam Community Directory, launching in April. Bennett hopes residents will view the directory as an easy-to-use digital resource listing non-profit organizations by category and alphabetically.
Bennett explains that, as a community member looking for “hockey programs for kids, chorale groups, festivals, arts, culture, and much more,” it will serve as a valuable resource and operate considerably more efficiently than a random Google search.
For non-profit organizations, this directory is a way to “make it easy to connect with citizens about what you offer,” she describes.
“We already have forty organizations listed now, but there’s room for more listings, and I would love to see it up to two hundred.”
The new Community Directory is part of the broader Community Support Recovery Program that the City of Coquitlam launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bennett notes that this new digital portal “supports not for profit, making it easier for people to find them, as not everyone has a website, and sometimes you won’t find information in a search without the company name.”
Local community groups can register now to appear in the City’s Community Directory. Signing up is simple and straightforward, not to mention, it’s free!
This directory serves as a genuine and reliable opportunity to connect with local residents.
To learn more, visit coquitlam.ca/supporthub.