BCAA is committed to improving B.C. roads and communities. By providing support for the Road Safety Foundation and the United Way and by organizing local volunteer opportunities for our employees, BCAA makes a meaningful impact on our communities so our Members and fellow British Columbians can live their lives better.
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
A member of the BCAA family, the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit organization focused on improving road safety for all British Columbians. Each year, more than 28,000 people are injured and more than 400 are killed on our roads. What’s more, the majority of these crashes are not accidents—they are preventable. The goal of the BCAA RSF is to support and promote safe, responsible use of B.C. roads by delivering inspiring leadership, innovative road safety strategies and creating sustainable partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries. Ultimately, the Foundation’s primary objective is to eliminate injuries and deaths on B.C. roads.
United Way Workplace Campaign
BCAA has been a long time campaign supporter of the United Way and conducts a workplace campaign in all its locations throughout the province each year. Together, BCAA team members rally to raise funds to help our local United Way branches provide and support social programs needed in our communities. For its 2010 campaign, BCAA received the Quantum Leap Donors Award from the United Way Lower Mainland for its achievement of an extraordinary increase in donor participation. More recently, BCAA received a United Way Gold Award for delivering strong results in its 2011 campaign and was also a finalist for the Leading the Way Award. BCAA employees are looking forward to another successful campaign in 2012.
Through structured volunteering opportunities, "BCAA Volunteers" is a way for BCAA employees to play an active role in giving back to the communities in which they live and serve our Members. For our 2012 "BCAA Volunteers" event, employees from all over the province joined forces to repair, rebuild and revitalize the Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society (STaRS), a non-profit charitable organization that provides subsidized therapeutic horseback riding lessons for people of all ages who are faced with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.
Watch a video of our day at STaRS.
Child pedestrian safety
Far too many child pedestrians are injured or killed on the roads each year. According to the BC Coroners Service, over 2,400 child pedestrians are seriously injured and approximately 30 are killed each year in Canada. Most of these injuries occur in September and October, followed by May and June. Kids between 5 and 14 are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities. To help keep our children safe on our roads, BCAA has produced "Slow Down, Kids Playing" signs which are available at all BCAA Service Centres throughout the province. Visit bcaa.com/kidsplaying for more info.
Community Child Car Seat Program
Child passenger safety is one of BCAA's most important road safety priorities. BCAA's Community Child Car Seat Program provides child car seats, in partnership with United Way Lower Mainland, to eligible non-profit agencies and community programs to use within their existing programs or to provide to families in their communities with children age nine and under.
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of accidental death among children in B.C. An average of 1,300 children under the age of nine are injured and three are killed in vehicle crashes in B.C.
It's estimated that as many as five per cent of British Columbians don't use a child car seat when transporting children in motor vehicles, yet a correctly used child car seat is the most effective tool in reducing the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes.
BCAA's Community Child Car Seat Program helps put up to 1,000 children in child car seats each year, helping prevent serious injury or worse in the event of a crash. Our goal is to put children in child car seats who otherwise may have gone without.
Child Car Seats are distributed through United Way, reaching all areas of B.C.
Visit BCAARoadSafety.com to learn about child passenger safety or to apply to the Community Child Car Seat Program.