One of the reasons I love working at Covenant House Vancouver is the opportunity to connect with our donors and supporters. One recent visit has really stood out and I would like to share my experience.
When young Matthew dropped in to our Drake Street location with his mom and his sister Kristina, my spirits lifted upon meeting them. One look at this little guy and I knew he had something special to share. His eyes were so lively, and his energy seemed hard for him to contain. I invited them up to my office, and learned that Matthew had a donation of $57.00 that he wanted to give to us. He had just turned 6, and had collected from his friends in lieu of birthday presents. He told me in his own words that he wanted “to help the young people who needed it”. He had been inspired by his older sister, who had also collected donations for us the previous year instead of presents on her birthday.
Matthew and Kristina were so happy and excited to be giving and they couldn’t stop smiling. Their mom later shared that some of the parents and kids at the school that Matthew attended were inspired to do the same thing.
It really was like a ray of sunshine in my day, to see firsthand the generosity of these youngsters. I’m so grateful for parents like Matthew’s mom, who are encouraging the spirit of giving in their children, creating a generation of caring and community minded individuals.
What inspiring young philanthropists!
Shared by Jen Moric,
Development Officer - Individual Giving
Some female youth in ROP had a comfy movie night with me tonight. It was girltastic! Movie selections were Pitch Perfect and Katy Perry: A Part of Me documentary. (Pics below).
Each youth pitched in with making snacks or yummy juices. We cheered our juices to a happy and safe summer ahead.
Have a great weekend, from ROP.
Suzanne, Youth Worker
It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous. And it’s impossible to ignore.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Covenant House Vancouver will be joining people across the US and Canada – including local service providers, national advocacy organizations, elected officials, celebrities, LGBT youth, and community members – for the first ever #40toNoneDay.
#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!
All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?
Get involved at www.40toNoneDay.org