To all Friends and Staff of Covenant House,
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the volunteers at Covenant House. Our volunteers demonstrate what it means to have compassion, humanity, strength, and kindness every day. Their countless hours of dedication make our community brighter for those in need. Their actions foster a spirit of inclusion for those youth that feel alienated from their families, their friends, and their neighbors. Our volunteers are not just volunteering; they are repairing a social fabric that has been pulled apart. They understand the power of their collective actions, and remind us of the endless possibilities that come from working together. From coaching recreational activities to preparing meals for youth to collecting donations, they make Covenant House possible. Without them, we couldn’t provide the services we do. They are an integral part of our team and a cherished resource, and so we thank them for all their hard work.
Thank you, volunteers, for everything!
The Program Management Team
April 6-13th is known as National Volunteer Appreciation Week and Covenant House Vancouver would like to send a big "Thank you" to all our Volunteers! This week our blog will feature all things volunteer related including wonderful notes from our youth, a poem and other great volunteer experiences.
Covenant House Vancouver Volunteers have:
-Donated 7252 hours of their time last fiscal year (equivalent to 3 full time staff members)
-Thank-a-Thon volunteers helped us thank 12,865 donors this past fiscal year
-GIK volunteers helped sort thousands of pounds of clothing and household items
-At this time we have 84 regular volunteers
Covenant House Vancouver would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of you who volunteer with us whether it be just for one afternoon or year-round. You share your expertise, passion, life experience and patience as you help our youth to become independent adults and we truly could not do it without you.
We thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!
A big thank you to CIBC for their generosity! Their donation of $5,000 will go towards our Rights of Passage (ROP) program where our young people learn the skills they need to live independently.
Most young people grow up with parents that love them and teach them everything they need to know about growing up and caring for themselves - things like meal preparation, managing finances and how to keep your home clean. When our youth first come to ROP they have often not yet learned these important life skills. ROP teaches them how to deal with their past and confidently move toward the future.
A big thank you to CIBC for providing our young people the chance to learn how to live healthy, happy and successful lives free from homelessness.
Pictured above is Lisa M. Thomas Senior, the Assistant Manager Operations (left), Ravneek from Covenant House (centre) and Jinous Goerzen, the Branch Manager (right) presenting the donation of $5000 from CIBC.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a group of youth on an outing to the driving range with another youth worker. I personally had never golfed before so I was looking forward to the challenge of learning along with the youth. We were able to take 4 youth along with us, most of who had never golfed before.
On the drive there the youth were predicting who would have the furthest shot and who would have the best accuracy. Once we arrived at the driving range we were faced with a wall of clubs to choose from and luckily my coworker had golfed before and was able to help myself and the youth pick out some clubs. Once outside we picked 5 wickets side by side and started hitting the balls.
We must have been quite a sight as I saw some seasoned golfers taking a break from their practice to watch us laugh and attempt to hit the balls. There were many missed attempts, periods of frustration and bouts of laughter. One of the youth in particular had gone golfing before so he was seen going up to each of the other youth providing advice and guidance. We ended the session with a contest, with each youth hitting a ball one at a time to see how far they could go. Everyone stopped, encouraged each other, commended good efforts, and laughed at epic fails. It was nice to see the youth let go of their issues and concerns to spend an afternoon participating in a healthy activity.
On the way to the van, one of those "pro" golfer types pulled one of our youth a side and said "you guys did a really good job, hope we see you back some time". That youth then told everyone else of this comment and everyone instantly mentioned how much fun they had and how much they improved throughout the afternoon. After the outing I asked the youth what they thought about golfing and the consensus was that it was a fun time but that none of them were looking to become pro golfers in the future...but you never know!