Supporting Island kids who have medical conditions, health challenges or disabilities.
Bear Essentials support is available to help cover:
- Travel costs associated with receiving health care that is unavailable in a child/youth’s home community e.g. transportation, parking, food, accommodation
- Medical or therapeutic equipment to address special needs e.g. Orthotics, insulin pump, specialized seating
- Therapeutic resources to support a child/youth e.g. Specialized formula, non-insured medications, therapies not publicly offered
Referrals to the Bear Essentials program are accepted from health care professionals.
For more information about making a Bear Essentials application please refer to the Bear Essentials Program Guidelines.
For more information about the Bear Essentials Program please contact a program manager at:
Email: [email protected]
Toll free: 1-866-382-2711
Bear Essentials is continuing to operate with program staff abiding by physical distancing protocols and monitoring emails and phones regularly. Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and Help Fill A Dream are communicating regularly and continue to monitor COVID-19 provincial guidelines and emerging needs while supporting families through Bear Essentials’ intended Travel, Equipment, and Resource focus.
Donations for the Bear Essentials Program are managed by our partner – Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Support Bear Essentials families today and donate now.