FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team, also known as NEAT, has been having financial difficulties since the Peace River Regional District cut ties with the non-profit back in November 2017, after 20 years.

According to Executive Director Karen Mason-Bennett, after the PRRD cut ties, NEAT would have to come up with 70% of their annual funding, which the PRRD accounted for. The non-profit ended up doing some lay-offs as well as closing a location and combining another location. When the option to take over ABC Thrift came about, they jumped at the opportunity, which helped keep the non-profit afloat with some form of income.

In October of 2019, NEAT announced they were facing a financial deficit and needed financial support from the community and set a goal to raise $70,000.

Fast forward a year, and things are looking up for NEAT. They recently closed their NEAT Finds thrift store, moved office locations, and have been working hard to get grants and sponsorships. NEAT has started a Northern Cohort that supports local producers in the region and Camp Wildings, which takes place in the summer months and helps kids explore the world around them and make connections.

Along with these areas, NEAT is also developing a brand new idea, a store for sustainable living, incorporating their organizations’ highlights, inspiring healthy, vibrant, and connected communities to practice sustainable daily actions.

Make sure to keep an eye on NEAT’s Facebook for updates.