My Help Book BC is directory of key BC community resources and information. See Contents here. The last print edition was the 2017 Vancouver Edition. An online edition will available in 2021. A print edition may be available at a future date (post-pandemic).
See the MHB Blogfor expanded information and resources.
My Help Book BC is independently produced by 3PennyPublishing.com and is not associated with, or funded by, any non-profit, charity, foundation, or local/ provincial/ federal government body.
Publishing history: The first Victoria edition was published in 2014, the second in 2016, and the Vancouver Edition was published 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is My Help Book BC needed? Finding community opportunities and resources can be life-changing. But sometimes finding timely information is difficult, especially if you don't know what is available. This is especially the case when facing an unexpected life challenge or change. Despite masses of online information, many useful resources remain hard to find. Unfortunately for those needing help, even though community resources exist, too many people remain unaware or unable to reach out. My Help Book BC aims to help remove some of these barriers.
In addition, finding online resources is a skill in itself. A significant number of people may have problems with this for various reasons. (The BC Ombudperson's Office reports getting high numbers of phone calls even though email and online forms are available*).
Why publish a printed guide and not just an online version?
Information overload ––there is often too much online information to sift through
Paper preference ––some people find it easier to browse print information rather than online
Privacy ––nobody tracks your searches in a print directory
Discovery –– finding new information that you would otherwise have not known about
Visual or literacy barriers to finding online information
Aren't there many community resource guides already? My Help Book BC is curated for key resources rather than being a full listing of every single community resource. Its aim is to allow the general public and family and community helpers to find key information quickly and easily. Read some reviews & comments here.