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Our 2021 Room to Read Fundraising Goal

In the past eight years, Raven Supply has donated a portion of our profits to support global education non-profit Room to Read, which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Girl students in Sri LankaThis year, we have set a fundraising goal of $20,000, to sponsor 50 scholarships for girls in Sri Lanka. These scholarships will pay for tuition fees as well as school supplies such as books and uniforms. As part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program, students will also receive valuable mentorship and life skills training.

Girls in Sri Lanka face unique challenges and barriers to education. This is especially true in the Central Highlands and tea plantations where girls often work long hours for low wages, and in the border communities which still feel the impact of a civil war that only ended in 2009.

Girl in Sri Lanka reading a text bookRoom to Read’s Girls’ Education Program is currently focused on the border communities, where many girls were victims to the violence of war. Families were often displaced for years, living in camps that lacked educational opportunities. War-torn areas were also hubs for human trafficking and prostitution. Many parents, desperate for work, have now become migrant workers abroad, leaving girls at home to care for siblings and with no opportunity to go to school.

Despite the ongoing pandemic closing many schools on the island country, Room to Read continues to reach children by pivoting the way they deliver education, including adopting distance learning through technology and distributing printed materials for home study. Local staff are also trained to identify and support girls who may be at risk of dropping out, such as those who cannot study at home or whose family faced a sudden loss of income.

Girl student holding a bookWith this year’s fundraising goal, we look forward to achieving our target and provide girls in Sri Lanka with life-changing education. For every discount that we receive from a vendor or customer, we will match it with an equal donation to this cause.

Raven Supply supports a number of local and global organizations to benefit the wellbeing of our communities. Since 2013, with your generous help, we have raised over $210,000 for Room to Read projects in developing countries in Asia and Africa.

Updates on Fortis BC’s 2021 Rebate Programs

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Please be aware of updates to Fortis BC’s rebate programs in the new year. In 2021, FortisBC will phase out rebates for mid-efficiency natural gas boilers to prioritize the support of rebate programs for high-efficiency boilers. If you need assistance in submitting your application, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to help.

Fortis BC is committed to their environment goals, amongst which include reducing customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030, and tripling overall investment into energy efficiency programs between 2019 and 2022 to $368.5 million.

They have also adopted an increasing number of incentives to help customers achieve their energy goals. Earlier this year, a rebate program was launched to promote the installation of HVAC controls. This applies to connected thermostats, domestic hot water recirculation controls and hydronic additives. To learn more about your eligibility and apply for this rebate, please visit the Fortis BC website here.

Also available now are rebates for pipe and tank insulations. The pipe insulation rebate is calculated by the linear foot and the tank insulation rebate is calculated by the square foot. To learn more about your eligibility and calculate the total rebate for your pipe or tank insulation, please visit the Fortis BC website here.

We encourage all customers to take advantage of Fortis BC’s various rebate programs, which are designed to help you achieve energy efficiency in your homes and businesses. For all questions regarding our boiler products and available rebates, please reach out to a member of our customer service team.