Zipline Rides at QE Park Raise Funds for Toy Mountain

IMG_0387Tuesday, August 18th – In support of Toy Mountain 2015, CTV Vancouver teamed with Greenheart International Development Corporation FlightLinez Vancouver.  100% of the proceeds from the zipline rides through Queen Elizabeth Park were generously donated to The Salvation Army to provide aid to families facing serious life challenges.

(Photo: Executive Director, Major Russ Holland, takes flight)

6th Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive

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Each fall, many parents struggle to equip their children with the proper supplies to begin the school year.  Therefore, each summer we aim to ease this stress for families living in Vancouver and Burnaby by distributing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in Grades 1-12.  To donate school supplies, please drop donations off at 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:00PM) or click here!  Supplies needed include:  pens, pencils, pencil crayons, markers, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, duotangs, paper, and backpacks.

‘Growing Your Own Hanging Garden’ with Carefree Greenery Ltd.

IMG_1843Thursday, July 16 – A BIG thanks to Don Mitchell and Merrilee York of Carefree Greenery Ltd. for demonstrating how to construct a hanging garden using a plastic bag, and fertilizer, along with tomato and marigold plants. The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club workshop demonstrated to its 20 participants that an accessible garden can be conveniently grown in your own kitchen, living room, or balcony, etc.  Participants continue to learn healthy and affordable ways to produce their own food each week.  Call 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com for registration details!

Help Change a Life—Send a Child to Camp

ImageProxy.mvcSummer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.  Just one camp experience can change a child’s life forever.

Kids learn valuable, life-long lessons at camp.

“There was more to camp than just fun and games. Rock climbing and three-day canoe trips taught me the value of teamwork.” —Tom

At camp, kids gain confidence and self-esteem by learning new things.

“Canoeing and rock climbing made me feel good about myself.” —Kyle

Not all families can afford to send their children to camp.

“Camp is the only vacation I’ll get.” —Rebekka

Camp provides kids with three meals a day.

“I’m a big fan of the spaghetti and meatballs.” —Julia

“I had six glorious days of food.” —Mike

For over 115 years, The Salvation Army has provided camping programs for children in need. More than 4,000 children attend Salvation Army sleep-away and day camps each summer.

Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp.  Click here to help give a child the joy of attending camp. Your donation will have a lasting impact on a young life full of potential.

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For more information about Salvation Army camps across Canada, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities for Web & Graphic Design, and Digital Marketing Students and Alumni

volunteer-11Currently, we are seeking volunteers to aid us in the enhancement of our website www.salvationarmyvcfs.com and the development of strategies and digital marketing tools pertaining to seasonal programs, such as our Christmas Kettle Campaign.  We are looking for students and alumni eager to provide insight and gain valuable hands-on experience by using their skills and learning to help restore hope and dignity to vulnerable and marginalized people.

For more information, please call 604-872-7676 or email volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

TELUS Days of Giving

IMG_5057A BIG thanks to the 19 TELUS employees who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast on May 20th, 22nd, and 25th and  served over 300 meals.  “We give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities. We are committed to driving strong social outcomes in the areas of health, education and the environment by harnessing the power of technology to improve healthcare, ensure our youth’s future success and promote a sustainable environment.” – TELUS

‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’

IMG_2017A BIG thanks to Vancouver Coastal Health – Healthy Living Program  for approving a $4,000.00 grant to help support our Community Gardening Club and `Growing Your Own Food Bank’ initiative.  The project is scheduled to operate from June, 2015 to May, 2016 and aims to secure fresh produce to low-income families.  Through promotion and education, our goal is to enable participants to maintain a garden of their own, make healthy choices, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.