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One For One: Support Sarah Shandl in collecting 10,000 volunteer minutes

We're excited to announce that Sarah Shandl has been nominated for a Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award for her work with Vancouver, we love you. Sarah and Vancouver, we love you have been strong supporters of CHV for many years.

All nominees are able to win the Connecting The Community Award. Determined by online votes, the winner will receive $10,000 to give to the YWCA program of her choice.

Here's where we need your help.

Sarah's decided to make the online voting process count for even more because, well, why not do more good when you can? For every minute you take giving her a vote, she's committing to give one minute of her time to volunteer in the community. One for one.


The goal: Collecting 10,000 volunteer minutes to be spent between local charities including Covenant House Vancouver!

Voting is open from April 30th - May 22nd. One vote per day, per IP address.

A huge thank you and congratulations to Sarah Shandl!
Now let's go do some good!

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Jill becomes a leader and role model to other residents in our Shelter

Jill is a youth staying with us in the Shelter that came from Winnipeg on a journey looking for a fresh start.  Since arriving she has experienced a range of emotions about leaving home and becoming homeless. She has had feelings of loneliness, regret, fear and anxiety. She arrived at our Shelter quite defeated and sad at how things were going for her.

Within a few days after arriving, she began to open up and become less guarded, talking/sharing more with staff and making friends with the co-residents. Through some support, she even began attending some social outings and community workshops. One week after arriving in our Shelter, she decided she was going to stay in Vancouver and give it a try. Shortly after this decision, Jill resourcefully found a daycare to volunteer at since she had wanted to become a teacher for so long and also spoke about plans to go to college in the future. 

This decision was made after she sought out support from her First Nations Band, who let Jill know that they might be able to financially help her to make her teaching dreams become a reality.  Jill also found two jobs as she worked on learning to support herself, which made for a very busy schedule.  She managed to balance both jobs, volunteer and save up for a place of her own while staying in Shelter. 

Seeing the look on Jill’s face as she proudly shows staff how much she has in her savings every week is a sight to see. Another amazing transformation we have seen with Jill is the natural leadership role she has taken on with new residents in Shelter. She has been quick to befriend and take others under her wing, showing them around downtown and taking them with her to her community workshops.  Jill reminds me of why the little things matter in our relationship with our youth and how empowering we as youth workers can be when we can just stop and listen to what they need.

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There is still time to honour your mom for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is only 4 days away, and if you need a unique way to celebrate your mom, consider an in-honour gift!

By donating to Covenant House Vancouver you will give the gift of hope to the more than 1,400 young people we help each year. Your mom receives a card by mail or email notifying them of the donation made in their honour and the tax receipt is sent to you.

Here’s how to make your tribute gift:

1)      Online:  Click the Donate Now button and at the bottom of the donation page you will see a section called ‘In Tribute’ where you can enter the information about your gift and the e-mail or mailing address of your mom.

2)      By Phone: Just call 604-638-GIFT (4438) and ask to make a tribute gift and we will take all of the relevant information for your donation.

3)      By Mail:  Include a note in your donation envelope letting us know who the donation is in honour or memory of, who we should notify and their e-mail or mailing address, your message and phone number.

For more information or special requests call us at 604-638-4438 or

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