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UBC students are fighting youth homelessness with hot chocolate!

HOT CHOCOLATE by donation!  Wouldn't you LOVE some hot chocolate in this cold and wet weather? 

Starting from Tuesday, January 17th 10am until Thursday January 19th 4pm folks  will be by the UBC  bookstore giving out some warm hot chocolate by donation (minimum of $1.00). All proceeds go to the  5 Days for the Homeless - UBC Vancouver  campaign and  Covenant House Vancouver  to help homeless youth! 

Join the fight against youth homelessness with some  hot chocolate!

5 Days for the Homeless  

Chip Up for Charity raises $9,474.16 for Covenant House & North Shore Rescue!

For the past three years Chip Up for Charity has been recycling Christmas trees in support of Covenant House Vancouver and North Shore Rescue. The first year $865.66 was raised and 70 trees were chipped, the second year $5056 was raised and 70 trees were chipped. This year $9,474.16 was donated and 708 Christmas trees were chipped and recycled!

Here are some fun event numbers:

$15,395 raised in total
1161 trees chipped
The event has grown 913% since the first year

Special thanks go out to event organizer Brendan Uren,  Alex from VanCity who handled the donations, Mairi from the District of North Vancouver, Doug and the Pacific West Tree Services team for volunteering their services, event sponsors Mr. Lube and Bean Around the World.

Huge thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated and supported this event! 

Chip Up for Charity 2017

Healthy, fun activities bring community and wellness to our youth

Working on the weekend, I have the unique position of not only supporting the youth with their daily life tasks and personal plans, but I also get to plan and coordinate various recreation activities. For many of our youth, before coming to Covenant House, they have not experienced healthy recreation activities on a regular basis. Some of our youth have very few sober friends or connections, and their “fun” activities in the past often involved drugs or alcohol. For others, a lack of funds has limited their recreation options.

Covenant House Vancouver seeks to help them on both fronts. We help youth connect to local community centers, many of which offer low-cost options for our youth (which they can continue to access once they leave our program). Through the kindness of various community donors our youth have also had access to many activities they likely would have never experienced on their own including: box seats to a Vancouver Giants game, Vancouver Canucks tickets, BC Lions tickets, rock climbing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. We have staff that are avid gym goers and outdoorspeople who plan regular trips for our youth. We also coordinate regular board-game activities, walks, bowling outings, movie nights, and simply going out for coffee. When youth come to us on the weekend saying they have nothing to do we simply point to our whiteboard of activities and show them how much we have to offer. It’s not  unusual   for us to offer a variety of different activities for our youth to participate in on the weekend and they can usually find something that interests them.

We like to encourage the youth to work hard towards their goals during the week and engage in healthy, positive activities on the weekend. I’ve had youth approach me after some of our activities, saying that had they not been staying at Covenant House they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience that activity. Having a plethora of healthy activities can also be key to help keep a youth sober, especially when they have friends asking them to go to parties. It’s easier to turn down a party when they have a hike and an evening activity to look forward to. Being homeless and without money can be isolating, and our youth often don’t have the luxury of spending $15 to go to the movies or have the gear to go for a day hike on their own.

While the youth that come to Covenant House all have their own struggles and challenges, they love participating in “regular” activities that help them feel more connected to the community and more like “regular” people. Thanks to the support of our staff, donors and volunteers they have the opportunity and community to experience fun, healthy activities.

Collage of youth activities

Thanking Minuteman Press Surrey!

Sending a big thank you to Minuteman Press Surrey for providing us with discounted envelopes and thank you cards and helping fulfill our printing needs in an affordable way.

Minuteman Press also donated all the donation boxes for Kicks & Cuts which will be in New Balance stores across BC.

Thank you Minuteman Press Surrey for your ongoing support!

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