Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Do you have a 7 – 12 year old who would love to go to camp? If so, they can!

Dates: Monday, July 29th to Friday, Aug 2nd (overnight camp)
Ages: 7 to 12 years old (when the camp is happening)
Fees: $320/camper. 
Location: Gibsons, Sunshine Coast. The transportation will be provided from Vancouver to the camp.  
Deadline: We will aim to fill up the spots by the end of June. Please take quick action if you are interested!

Email Ayumi@boundlessvancouver.ca, or call 604 – 872 – 7676 for more information. 

Kettle Host Luncheon

We were delighted to re-connect and share a lunch with past kettle hosts from our 2016 Christmas campaign. The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services is appreciative and grateful for such wonderful kettle hosts who braved our cold winter and warmed the hearts of many people with their smiles and cheerful bell-ringing.

Kettle Host Luncheon

Thank you for your joy, laughter, dedication and hard work!

This Christmas, Volunteer your Time and be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army!

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We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on volunteering as a kettle host or “bell-ringer” please phone 604-872-7676 or email kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.    We thank-you for your continued generosity!  Also, be sure to check out our Kettle Promotional Video and applications below.

Apply to Host a Kettle !

Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEER KETTLE HOST APPLICATION or request one from kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION.  Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Teryiaki-1History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.  In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness.  In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year.  According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign.  Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country.  The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services.  The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906.  Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide.  For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.  Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee.  Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations.  Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing.  By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round.  The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need.  The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach.  Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

Fraser Academy “Week Without Walls” 2016

IMG_0401A BIG thank-you to the students and instructors of Fraser Academy who volunteered at VCFS from February 16-18, 2016 during “Week Without Walls.”  This initiative was designed to help students develop into socially responsible citizens through community service work.  The students helped with tasks such as: sorting non-perishable food, packing food hampers, counting and sorting school supplies, and cleaning!  For more information please visit http://www.fraseracademy.ca.

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

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Dear Friends,

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services thanks you for your generous contributions this past Christmas and throughout 2015.  Your ongoing commitment allows us to reach out to those in our community who need it most.  Click here to learn more about our programs and services!

We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2016 and encourage you to follow us on Twitter or sign up for our Newsletter.  You may wish to visit us online occasionally for current and upcoming volunteer and donor opportunities.  For more information, please contact us at 604-872-7676 or email info@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

Have a Happy New Year!

Ways To Help This Christmas

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Dear friend,

Generations of Canadians have made donating to The Salvation Army their favourite way to help suffering individuals and families during the holidays. And it’s a wonderful Christmas tradition…

Children who would otherwise be overlooked get to experience the wonder of opening gifts of toys and clothes on Christmas Day. Families who are struggling to make ends meet receive food so they can share together in a festive holiday meal. The most vulnerable among us are welcomed in to share in the joy of the season.

But Christmas cheer is just a small part of what we provide. Through the generosity of caring people like you, The Salvation Army is meeting core human needs and bringing hope and restoration to those who need it most.

Will you keep the tradition going?

Please support our Christmas Campaign and give hope today by participating in one or more of the methods below:

1. Host a Christmas Kettle between November 12 – December 24, 2015! Gather family, friends, business colleagues together, or by yourself go for a few hours, a day, or several to spread holiday cheer in the community while collecting donations to support Salvation Army programs and help others in need. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Kettle Host Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com. To Host or Donate to an Online Kettle, visit www.fillthekettle.com, where you can also create your own friendly office competition against other departments or agencies!

To download a copy of our 2015 Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

To download a copy of our 2015 Group Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

2. Volunteer! Between November 16 – December 24, 2015, gather family, friends, or business colleagues together for a few hours or a day of packing toys for children and team building, or help us to unload and sort Toy Mountain on the eve of December 11, 2015! Individual volunteers are also needed to assist in the process of registering families for Christmas Assistance. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Volunteer Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

To download a copy of our Volunteer Application, click here!

To download a copy of our Group Volunteer Application, click here!

3. Donations by cash or cheque are accepted by mail or in person at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8. Or donate online by visiting our Online Donation Site. Be sure to designate your gift to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services Christmas Assistance Program. Or donate by texting “HOPE1000” to 45678! A $5.00 charge will appear on your next mobile phone bill.

4. Purchase and deliver new, unopened toys to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Toy Drive! Encourage your colleagues to collect new, unopened toys, gift cards, or children’s clothing and allow us to distribute. Currently, we are in great need of gift cards for teens age 13-15, i.e. Cineplex, Indigo, Old Navy, H&M, Winners, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off before December 24, 2015.

Please note, we are no longer able to offer the traditional Adopt-A-Family Program and facilitate meetups due to updated client confidentiality and privacy regulations, along with both client and donor security. We value your contributions to the community, and hope you continue to support us and the program recipients throughout this transition.

5. Collect essential toiletries and supplies such as: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, socks, gloves, scarves, toques, blankets, new clothing along with other goodies such as chocolate treats and candy for The Salvation Army to distribute to both homeless and at-risk individuals living in Vancouver. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8, before December 24, 2015.

6. Purchase and deliver new, unopened, non-perishable food items to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Food Drive! Currently, we are in great need of: peanut butter, rice, macaroni & cheese, dry noodles, and canned soup, beans, vegetables, fruit, tuna, and meat. These items will be distributed to families in need of emergency food both at Christmas and throughout the year. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God bless you!

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

Visit us online at www.salvationarmyvcfs.com

HAW 2015 Kensington-Cedar Cottage Connect

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The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Public Library-Kensington Branch invite you to the 2015 Cedar Cottage Connect as part of The City of Vancouver’s Homeless Action Week.

The event takes place on October 16, 2015 from 11:00AM-2:00PM at McAuley Park (NE corner @ Fraser & Kingsway).  The event will feature a community resource area showcasing local agencies who provide services aimed at homeless and at-risk individuals, i.e. health care, employment, housing, etc. and will also include FREE food! In addition, the public is also encouraged to attend in an effort to learn what they can do in the fight against poverty.

At 12:30PM all are welcome to attend the screening of a short video illustrating the real-life challenges of living on the streets only a 1/2 block away at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC.  Following the video presentation, will be an open community forum/discussion focusing on issues related to housing and homelessness in Vancouver.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  We hope to see you there!

NOWBC – Empowering Newcomer Families with Information and Resources

IMG_7118August 31, 2015 – The Vancouver School Board (VSB) Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program  invited The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services to participate in its Newcomer Orientation and Welcome to British Columbia (NOWBC) event which featured informative and educational activities for immigrant and refugee parents, students, and caregivers who have immigrated to Canada.  The NOWBC activities included concurrent information sessions, workshops and demonstrations on various topics relevant to “New Canadians.” There were also display areas where immigrant-serving agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, etc. showcased their programs and activities!