Oct 22, 2019 – Northern Environmental Action Team Facing Financial Hardship

Fort St John – The North Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is facing a financial deficit and is calling on the kindness and generosity of the community for support.  We regret that in recent months, payment performance of rent and other operating expenses has deteriorated due to long delays in contract reimbursement from awarded grants, as well as, increasing operating costs not covered by current funding. NEAT has experienced a breach of contract and operation costs have been delayed more than 60 days.

The Northern Environmental Action Team, is a Fort St. John based non-profit organization that inspires healthy, vibrant and connected communities to practice sustainable daily actions. Currently NEAT is the only organization providing services of this kind in the northeast.  NEAT programming including NOURISH, NEATfx, Energy Explorers, the Northern Co-Hort, Camp Wildlings, and Pro-D Days will all continue as planned. These commitments and programs are self-sustaining and will continue to have a positive impact in our community.

A local principal says, “The lessons being taught to the students by NEAT are invaluable. We appreciate their support. What is the most important for us is that the lessons learned aren’t just for the moment, they have become a part of a way of life for our community.”   

Over the past 30 years, NEAT has worked with more than 15,000 students and thousands of residents at trade shows and community events. We live and work in our community and believe wholeheartedly in NEAT’s work. “NEAT is a valuable voice within our community,” says Jeff Aitken, NEAT’s Board Chair. “There are generations of lives NEAT has positively influenced through our programming. We have hit a bump in the road and are working hard to build bridges that enable us to continue services into the future.”

In the last 24 hours, NEAT has made a partial payment on overdue balances. To restore its full capabilities and finish the year in the black, NEAT has a goal of raising $70,000. The organization has launched a social media campaign to explain why NEAT’s services are a vital part of our neighbourhood, using the hashtag #NEATfuture.

“We understand that this is a significant amount of money,” said Executive Director Karen Mason-Bennett. “NEAT has been providing important programming and supports to the Peace Region for 30 years. We have been working diligently to address the shortfalls and are committed to re-establishing a stable foundation. This infusion will help to pave the way for the next 30 years.”

For more information on how you can help, contact Karen Mason-Bennett via email at karen@neat.ca. Donations can be made here or you can show your support by shopping at NEAT Finds and taking part in the monthly raffle.

For More Information:

Communications Contact:
Sydney Reid
sydney.reid.radio@gmail.com
780-266-7934
Executive Director
Karen Mason-Bennett
Karen@neat.ca
250-263-8691