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nTrust partnering with Covenant House to ‘Be Good’

Special thanks to nTrust for partnering with Covenant House Vancouver as a ‘Be Good’ charity supporter – donating a percentage of merchant fees to help youth in need.  

You can read more about nTrust and our partnership here.

Thank you nTrust for your community spirit!

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Vancouver Non-Profit to Host Their Own Version of the Soccer World Cup

KickOff Canada is a registered non-profit organization that hosts soccer events throughout our city raising money for various charities. It was started by 5 individuals that have witnessed the impact of soccer in impoverished communities around the world. They have seen the power soccer has and KickOff’s aim is to use the sport as their platform to assist charities and communities that are in need of assistance and bring awareness to the amazing work they are doing.

Their first and inaugural event is the KickOff World Cup happening on June 7th at the legendary Andy Livingstone Field in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Judging from the name, it is exactly what you think it is. KickOff Canada is having a tournament that replicates the FIFA World Cup on June 12th of this year. 16 teams from all over the Lower Mainland are going to compete in a 7-a-side competition for the bragging rights to see which country dominates the soccer scene here as well as support three wonderful charities, Covenant House Vancouver, Blind Beginnings and One World Futbol. The response KickOff Canada received from the community is extraordinary and even got featured by influential media outlets such as Vancity Buzz.

There are only a handful of teams left that can register so we suggest that you sign up before it’s too late. Their early bird team registration sold out in less than 3 weeks due to the high demand. Regular priced team registration is $280 and you can make your payment via credit card or cash. More information regarding the registration can be found here.

The 5 individuals behind KickOff Canada have done a remarkable job and we suggest you read up on their story. We also recommend you follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you can keep up with their journey and see what event they host next. We hear, it’s something genius and it will definitely cause a buzz!

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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.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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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