The Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation was started in 2000 as a result of some local families wanting to give back to the community which helped them during their own time of crisis. The Foundation’s purpose quickly led to assisting families with emergency travel costs due to their child’s illness or injury.

We understand the hurdles that show up as a result of such a crisis and would like to help where we can to minimize the effects. Please check all of our pages here to see how we can help you.

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Our Vision

All children within our communities will be safe and healthy, and families will have access to timely medical care and emotional support when it is required.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation is to provide assistance to children stricken with serious illness or injury by way of financial aid for travel related expenses for medical treatment, and guidance for accessing other support.

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If you would like your donation to go to a specific child please contact us.

Guiding Principles

  • We recognize the distress a family experiences when dealing with a childhood medical crisis. Consequently, we will keep the best interests of the child and the family in mind and act accordingly.
  • We understand that a crisis is not predictable and that sometimes timing is crucial. We will make arrangements for assistance in the best time possible.
  • We recognize that the community wants to help families in need. Therefore, we will help facilitate community assistance in the most appropriate manner possible.
  • We realize that the need for children to travel away from our community to access specialized medical support may never cease. Therefore, the Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation Foundation will continually take steps to raise funds.


What we do

FINANCIAL AID: Provide financial aid to assist with travel-related costs for families of children under the age of 19 years, who live within the prescribed area, who must travel to receive emergency or necessary medical treatment due to serious illness or injury. The prescribed area is the west side of School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), generally described as the area north/south from Meadow Creek (including Argenta) to Nelway, and west/east from Balfour to Slocan (via Playmor Junction at South Slocan), and all points in between.

INFORMATION: Provide information to families on avenues to access assistance from other agencies that may be able to provide financial aid.

GUIDANCE: Provide guidance to family or friends of a child who wish to fundraise to further assist the child with travel and/or accommodation costs. Accept donations in honour of clients, to be made available by application as outlined by the NFOF policies and procedures.