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Tommorrow is the Ride for Refuge in support of Covenant House Vancouver

Tomorrow on October 3rd, Covenant House Vancouver is once again participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping those who are displaced, vulnerable or who have been exploited.

Our teams the Covenant House Hubsters, The Wheel Deal and Tour de Farce have been training hard and doing lots of fundraising but we still need your support. We are so close to reaching our goal of raising $8000.00 so please donate to one of our team members or write a note of encouragement on one of our fundraising pages.

Simply click the link to help: 
Covenant House Hubsters
The Wheel Deal
Tour de Farce

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard 
Jen Moric 

Group picture of Covenant House teams at Ride for Refuge in 2014 

Three fun & easy ways to volunteer with Covenant House this fall!

1.            Thank-a-Thon’s

Thank-a-Thon's 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  

If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!

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Eunice the pig brings joy to our youth

Last week we were very happy to have a visit from a special friend who came to meet us all the way from her farm in Saskatchewan! The youth in our Drop-In space were thrilled to meet Eunice and she put smiles on all of our faces. It was very cool to learn about her (she has her own Facebook page!) and some of us were invited to feed her one of her favorite foods – mandarin oranges. Thanks to Covenant House supporters Willis and Geraldine Larson for bringing Eunice such a long way and for bringing joy and happiness to our young people!

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Sleep Out: Student Edition - An exciting way to take a stand against youth homelessness!

Attention high school teachers, students and parents - here’s an exciting way to take a stand against youth homelessness! 

Sleep Out:  Student Edition is an engaging way to show students a glimpse of what their life would be like if they were homeless by sleeping out for one night on school property without the comforts of home.  Sleeping out provides high school-age students with an opportunity to understand homelessness on a personal level through a relatable experience sleeping out “on the street”.

  • Covenant House provides teachers & students with resources to help students learn about homelessness in our community
  • Students have a personal online fundraising page hosted by Covenant House
  • Covenant House will visit the school to speak with “sleepers” about homelessness, the sleep out and the fundraising component (each student is encouraged to fundraise $200)
  • A great opportunity for students in classes focused on social justice or school clubs focused on community engagement

We know how much students can accomplish, and how passionate they are about helping those in need.   If you know high school-age students (or student groups) that would be interested in Sleep Out: Student Edition, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
Tel 604-639-8922

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