Want to rally friends, family and coworkers to help end homelessness one young person at a time? Covenant House’s personal fundraising page gives you tools to build your own web page, send emails, set fundraising goals, collect donations and acknowledge your supporters.
You can set up an engaging page for yourself or a community group to track your fundraising progress; engage your community; and share your events using social media. United with your friends and family you can make a huge difference in the lives of Vancouver’s street youth.
Ideas that work well on personal fundraising pages include:
• Have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Ask for donations for Covenant House instead of gifts from your friends and family.
• Are you taking part in a run or marathon? Set a fundraising goal, and have your friends and colleagues support you by donating towards programs that help homeless youth.
• You can create team pages with a captain and individual members (sport/community events tracking your individual and group progress.
To visit our Personal Fundraising Page Program click here. For more information or assistance please feel free to call or email:
Development Officer – Community Giving
Thank-a-Thons are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and 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.
Starting Monday October 5th, volunteers will meet at Covenant House from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!
2. Christmas Helpers
Help us spread Christmas cheer to our young people by helping us during the holiday season. We need volunteers to help us sort and organize donations, help with season backpack task and ever gift wrap. If you love Christmas and want to help put a smile on a young person’s faces this is the volunteer position for you. This position is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. (Space is limited to contact us soon)
3. Group Volunteer support
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to get your office/team/friends to team up and volunteer together. October through January is one of our busiest times for our gift-in-kind department. We love having group assist us with the sorting of our in-kind donations such as food, clothing, and household items. If you’re looking for a season activity for your group to get involved in this one is for you!
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about these volunteer opportunities please call Amanda Merler at 604-639-8920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!
Shirley came looking for a bed on a cold night accompanied by Vancouver Police Victims Services Unit. She was very visibly pregnant, and scared. She told us, that she came across the country with her boyfriend, the father of the baby she was carrying, looking for a new start. Shirley told us that she and her boyfriend were staying at the boyfriend’s mother house and she knew right when they arrived that it was not a safe place to be. There was drinking and partying going on and people were coming and going at all times of the day and night.
Their plan was for her boyfriend to find a job as soon as possible and for the two of them to get a place, however, after only a few days of arriving in Vancouver, her boyfriend relapsed into his own drinking and drug addiction, the two of them had a fight that was turning physical, the neighbors called the police. Shirley was in a new city, without any friends and support, and the baby due any day. She told us she grew up in foster care, and that she was afraid her own baby would be taken from her.
We took Shirley into our Crisis Program and our entire team sprang into action. A community support worker escorted Shirley to a clinic for prenatal checkup and to the hospital for an ultrasound. We connected her with a Social Worker and assisted her with applying for Income Assistance. We referred her to the Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program, connected her with a doula and helped her secure a spot in a supported housing program for pregnant mothers. She would receive child care, parental support and counselling for up to one year after the baby is born.
It was great to see Shirley get the care she needed. With support and positivity around her, Shirley started to relax, and looked forward to her birthing process, instead of being scared and alone. She started to smile and look forward to the future for herself and her child.
It was heartwarming to see how the other youth doted on Shirley and supported her during this time. Although we do have pregnant moms in the Crisis Program on occasion, never did we have one so close to giving birth and the excitement was growing. Every day we came in for our shift, the first question we asked was: did Shirley have her baby yet?
After her baby was born, Shirley called us – she had a healthy, strapping baby boy. She moved into her supportive housing from the hospital, and sent a card complete with a baby picture and thanked us for being there for both of them when no one else was. A few months later, during the summer, she even came to visit us with and last time we heard, she and her baby are both doing great.
This is one of the most common questions we get asked at Covenant House Vancouver. There are many reasons why a young person may end up on the street but most of the time a young person flees to street believing it will be safer then where they currently are living. The list of hardships bestowed upon our youth read almost like a check-list of reasons why young people end up on the streets:
1) physical, sexual and or/emotional abuse that leads to apprehension, then foster care;
2) re-abuse or lack of care once in foster care;
3) early exposure to drugs and/or alcohol;
4) interrupted education;
5) mental illness ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to bi-polar or schizophrenia.
The list goes on but these 5 elements are all too common amongst the young people we serve.
Our continuum of care provides a wide range of services to help young people heal from past wounds and develop the skills necessary to make it on their own. Like all young people our youth want to be loved and cared for in a safe environment where they can grow and develop into independent adults. Thanks to the support of people like you Covenant House Vancouver is able to be a safe haven for our youth.