Our Work

Have a look at what we've accomplished so far.

Partnerships + Collabs

These are some of the organizations we have worked with in the past, have received support from, or maintain a continued partnership with. We value meaningful partnerships with both individuals and entities in our communities to help us achieve shared goals.
Please direct any partnership inquiries to boltsafety@gmail.com and a member of our team will be happy to assist.
 

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Impact

ANNUAL REPORT
Read highlights of our work in the 2020-21 fiscal year here.
HOW WE'VE GROWN
  • 6 Co-Founders
  • 20+ Active Team Volunteers
  • 550+ Supporters across platforms
HOW WE'VE HELPED
  • 3 shelters received essential products
  • 30+ media interviews and appearances
  • 40% approx. increase in platform membership during COVID-19
  • 45% approx. growth of newsletter membership during the pandemic
  • $1,750 in grant-funded projects executed
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Timeline

 
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APRIL

Formed a team under the name 'HP-TIE'

 

MAY

Competed in the Anu and Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE (until November), where we began researching for and designing our idea

JULY

Shared our progress for the first time with local media

 

OCTOBER

Expanded the team

 

NOVEMBER

Had a social-media-based campaign to bring awareness to the imminence of threats to personal security- especially for women

 

Launched our first fundraiser by selling EMPOWER SAFETY wristbands. Proceeds helped us fund project costs as we worked on our idea into the new year.

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DECEMBER

Ran the month-long #StandForSafety campaign, where students shared their stance on the importance of safety.

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OCTOBER

Changed the name of our mobile platform on safety to BOLT in October 2019, a rebranding to better reflect the importance of speed when it comes to safety.

NOVEMBER

Shared our story with local media!

DECEMBER

Launch event for the BOLT platform on the 18th on UBC's Vancouver campus.

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JANUARY

Officially launched the BOLT space on the WIX mobile app on January 1st, 2020 (way to ring in the new year)!

FEBRUARY

Announced a collaboration with the Vancouver Police Department.

APRIL

Ran the #Bolt4Love campaign to promote connectedness and positivity during physical distancing health regulations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MAY

Expanded our team.

JUNE

Launch of a spotlight series on our blog, The Hub, called 'Spotlight: Perspectives', to increase the opportunity for members of our community to start conversations about issues that matter to them.

JULY

On 07-07-2020 we officially registered BOLT Safety Society federally as a not-for-profit corporation in Canada.

AUGUST

On the 31st, we launched the pilot stage of our 'Safe Hubs' initiative, funded by a grant from TakingItGlobal, The Government of Canada, and Canada Service Corps.

SEPTEMBER

In addition to donating care and essential supplies to local women's shelters, we were also featured in several media sources to talk about our Safe Hubs initiative.

OCTOBER

We launched the 'backyards with bolt' series (available on YouTube and IGTV, plus an extended version for members of our free platform), where we interview members of our community to talk all things related to safety, well-being, and other topics related to violence and abuse.

DECEMBER

Held our first virtual movie + discussion fundraiser night.

Collaborated with HEARTWORK to donate food to a local food bank during the holidays season!

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FEBRUARY

Ran a collaborative campaign and virtual discussion event, featuring panelists, on period poverty and gender-based violence with For The Menstruator

APRIL

Launched Safe Buddies to help people get home safe in response to increasing hate crimes against the Asian community, and stalking incidents of women in Vancouver. We were featured in several notable media publications, including CBC, Global News, and CTV

JUNE

Along with our Executive Director being awarded the Youth Leadership Society of BC's 'Outstanding Impact Award' for her work leading the Safe Hubs pilot project in the summer of 2020, we were awarded a monetary contribution from the Steps Together Foundation towards our organizational operations

JULY

Announced a partnership with the Strathcona Community Policing Centre to bring the Safe Buddies program to Strathcona, Vancouver

Announced our first-ever internship program, creating more opportunities for youth in our community to get involved with our initiatives

Announced that we were awarded a RisingYouth grant for Safe Buddies

AUGUST

Ran the #ButterflyEffect campaign in partnership with Heartwork Canada, raising awareness and allyship for survivors of domestic abuse. Our Safe Hubs team donated 'Wellness Kits' to local women's shelters.

The Safe Buddies team connected with local businesses, organizations, and community members.

And more work happening behind the scenes, stay tuned!

Operational Costs

Now that you've learned a bit more about our work, we welcome your support of our initiative.
In an effort to increase transparency about our operations, we share details of the financial aspect of our operations, such as what funding and donations go towards, in our Annual Report.

As a fully volunteer-run team, we truly value your support in helping us improve and increase our initiatives and projects.

Together, let's build safer communities.
If you are able to donate, have sponsorship-related, or other inquiries, we can accept e-transfers and inquiries at boltsafety@gmail.com 
 
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