On Saturday, June 1, Hope in Shadows launched their 11th annual photography contest for Downtown Eastside community members, and Salt Spring Coffee volunteered at the event, serving fresh coffee.
Hope in Shadows is a non-profit organization that works with communities that are impacted by poverty, and their projects aim to empower low-income people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond. Their flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar, which is coordinated by Pivot Legal Society. Since their first calendar launch, Salt Spring Coffee has been a strong supporter of Pivot Legal Society.
At the event, 200 contest cameras were distributed to contestants, and the first ever block party was held outside the Pivot Legal Society office at 121 Heatley Street. There was a live music tent, along with media coverage, and (you guessed it!) Salt Spring Coffee. For Downtown Eastside community members — many of whom feel the effects of poverty and marginalization daily — this event is an opportunity to celebrate the support networks that exist here. And it encourages the search for happiness in small places and simple things. It also allows people to explore their artistic and creative energies, and attempts to reposition the identity of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Salt Spring Coffee strongly supports community projects such as these, and looks forward to participating again in the future.
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