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Are you a student looking to volunteer over the summer? Then look no further!

If you are looking to get some volunteer hours in over the summer then volunteering with Covenant House Vancouver is for you!

We have specific positions available to students that require less commitment and a less rigorous application process. You won't be working directly with our youth but you will still be helping to make a huge difference for the young people in our community.

Types of positions available:

Thank-a-Thon Program

Times:
Monday's or Friday's
Between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm in an office setting
Volunteer for 2-4 Hours

Duties:
Thank-a-Thon's are when our volunteers call our donors just to say "thank-you". Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples' lives.

Skills Required:
Ability to speak on phone in a friendly manner. You should be comfortable phoning and thanking our donors.

Gift-in-Kind Sorting

Times:
Monday to Friday
Between 9:00am and 3:00pm in our donations processing area
Volunteer for 2-4 Hours

Duties:
CHV receives donations of food, clothing and small house hold items. These donated items need to be sorted, washed and organized before they are used by our young people. Wear comfy clothes and help us organize our donations.

Skills Required:
Be prepared to help with light lifting, sorting and helping with laundry. This is great if you like to keep moving and not be seated at a desk.

For more information please contact:

Amanda Emes
Volunteer Coordinator
aemes@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-820

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Only 7 days left to have your donation matched!

Make a donation to Covenant House Vancouver before June 30th and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Robert L. Conconi Foundation!

With this matching gift challenge, you can help save twice as many of Vancouver’s homeless youth from the streets. Please seize this special opportunity.

As a self-made businessman, Bob attributes much of his success to his stable upbringing. He understands how vital we are to struggling kids who don’t have the kind of love, respect, and support that makes all the difference in the world.

Please donate today to help us meet our $150,000 goal by June 30th.

On behalf of the Conconi family and our young people– Thank you!

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Raymond James Employees Give Back in a Big Way

Thank you to Raymond James (Vancouver) employees during Raymond James Cares Month for their incredible contributions to Covenant House Vancouver!  During the month of May, Raymond James employees contributed 2 volunteer days sorting clothes donations and coordinated a food drive, donating over 100 items for homeless youth.  Earlier in the year, Raymond James Canada Foundation and the Cash Management Group led by Andrew Johns at Raymond James also contributed financially, truly demonstrating that Raymond James cares about youth in our communities!

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Brad completes his goal of getting his trades certificates

Today when I went up to our Drop-In to refill the coffee canister for our Shelter youth, I heard a youth call my name…”Hey Jaclyn…what’s going on?” It was a youth I had known for nearly 4 years named Brad. He no longer accesses our Shelter but frequents our Drop-In for hot meals, clothing and other supports on a regular basis. Brad has had a long history at CHV and with the Shelter and his stays were often challenging.

Brad was quite involved with the street culture here in Vancouver. Drug use and mental health concerns were a few of the challenges that Brad faced on a day to day basis. He often struggled in Shelter because of this, and his stays were never very long…usually just a few days before he would leave for the streets again. Underneath Brad’s tough and sometimes gruff exterior was a creative, witty and talented young man who longed to belong to a “normal life” in contrast to his tumultuous and unpredictable experiences with his family (especially his mom).

I would often sit with him when he was in Shelter and we would talk often about music, which was a passion of Brad’s. This type of interaction with Brad was not common with most staff in Shelter as he was always very guarded and selective about who he would open up to…even in the slightest of interactions. Through Brad’s stays, he often spoke about wanting to return to school to learn a trade but often was distracted by the outside world and street life so this goal continued to get pushed to the side.

The day that I saw Brad I remember how healthy he looked. He shared with me that he had been clean for 2 weeks and it really did show. I complemented Brad on this accomplishment and joked around with him that another perk of being clean off of drugs was that he was much more pleasant to talk to! Brad laughed at this joke and reluctantly agreed with me. During our conversation Brad shared that he was finally following through with his goal of getting his trades certificates. He was so proud of himself about this feat.

At the end of our conversation I wished Brad the best of luck with his program and encouraged him to stay focused on his goal and returned downstairs…coffee pot in hand. A few weeks later as I wrote this story, a staff member from the Drop-In came into the Shelter office asking if the Shelter has ever helped Brad get ID as he was upstairs looking for support with this. I laughed at the timing of this request and advised him of what I knew. I took this opportunity to ask this staff member if Brad had finished his trades certificates. To my delight, I found out that he in fact did and was currently looking for work. This was really nice to hear and I hope that Brad continues on this path into his future.

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