There are many adjectives that people use when describing the feeling of going back to school, and fun isn’t always one of them. However, going back to school is a great opportunity to socialize, get involved with clubs and extracurricular activities, and it’s a great opportunity to help others, while having fun!
I’m talking about fundraising. You can have fun, while supporting vulnerable and at-risk youth. When you fundraise for Covenant House Vancouver, in many cases, you are supporting your peers, some of whom aspire to go back to school.
To help you get started, we have listed some ideas on ways that you can fundraise, but feel free to get creative!
- Virtual/In-Person Skate/Run/Walk/Bike-a-thon
- Pink Day T-Shirt Sale
- Online Silent Auction
- The Card Project (thecardproject.ca)
Who doesn’t love a causal or pyjama day? They’ve become very popular since the pandemic started.
Simply choose a date to host your Casual/Pyjama Day and we’ll supply the stickers and posters. We can give a virtual presentation about the programs Covenant House offers and create a fundraising page on our website, so that school communities can make their donations virtually rather than bringing donations to school.
On the day of the event, students can wear their stickers and dress casual, to show their support for homeless youth.
Sleep Out: Student Edition*
On any given night there are between 500 and 1,000 young people living on the streets, in Vancouver. Vancouver’s downtown streets are dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace.
Many youth are re-victimized on the streets, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances have become worse. Exposed to the elements, lonely, afraid, and without hope; this is the reality for youth on the streets.
Sleep Out is a great way to show secondary students a glimpse of what life would be like if they experienced homelessness, by sleeping out for one night, without the comforts of home. It’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing youth experiencing homelessness that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night—to be vulnerable, so they can be safe.
Host a Sleep Out: Student Edition and we’ll provide you with a personalized online fundraising page, a virtual presentation about Covenant House programs, an event planning guide, and ongoing support.
Students who participate will also receive 12 hours of community service.
Covenant House supports homeless and at-risk youth by providing love, hope, guidance, and life skills. The funds you raise will help meet the immediate needs of homeless youth by providing them with food, clothing, a warm bed, and counselling.
* For secondary and post-secondary students only