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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Community MVP is Sandy Teel

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Community MVP is Sandy Teel and beginning now through August 2nd at 2:00 PM ET, you can vote for her to be the 2017 MLS WORKS Community MVP Grand Prize winner. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation for their charity of choice. Sandy and her family are choosing Covenant House Vancouver! Be sure to vote daily for Sandy Teel.

Sandy and her whole family are incredible supporters of Covenant House and you can read why she was selected as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Community MVP:

Sandy Teel is living proof that acts of kindness can change lives. Her son, Andrew Teel, spent his early childhood growing up in many different foster homes. Some of his foster experiences were very negative, but Andrew’s life changed forever when he was adopted by Sandy and her husband. Sandy has helped Andrew overcome the negative experiences of his childhood by sharing her passion for soccer and helping him find positive ways to give back to their community. Sandy and Andrew both avidly support the Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as the Club’s #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign, which benefits the Vancouver Street Soccer League and Covenant House Vancouver, which welcomes more than 1,300 street-involved youth each year. Recently Sandy and Andrew organized the Twoonies for Teens campaign, which has raised more than $49,000 for homeless and at-risk youth.

The Teels genuinely believe that every life is valuable, and recognize that Andrew could easily have been one of the homeless and at-risk youth that they are so passionate about helping. Consequently, Sandy and Andrew have dedicated their lives to helping disadvantaged young people build brighter futures.

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A weekend of swimming, soccer and salad!

This past weekend was quite a busy one. At one point, we had up to twenty young women here at the Crisis Program; so we made sure to run some fun activities to keep the youth active. On Saturday, we took some youth to the swimming pool in Kits—everyone loved it! The next day, four youth went out for an afternoon of soccer in the park (one even scored a goal during the first game, it was amazing).

Despite all the busyness though, the balcony garden is proving to be the perfect quick get-away spot. Throughout the weekend, youth would head up there with their instruments to sing, play some music and just relax. I think there’s something about being up there with the fresh air and the plants that we’ve all cultivated together that really makes the space special.

 Gardening picture

Before we knew it, some of the herbs and vegetables from the balcony garden were ready to be harvested. Five of the girls participated in our cooking program this weekend and used some fresh pickings from the garden to make a Greek salad and a potato salad. Not too shabby if I can say so myself!

Greek Salad Picture     Potato Salad Picture

All in all, it was another great summer weekend here with the youth. We’re looking forward to more just like this.

Thanks to our Covenant House family our Matching Gift Challenge Goal was met!

This spring, a challenge was issued and our supporters came through in a big way for us. Throughout the months of May and June, Robert Little and two anonymous donors partnered with us to match all donations up to $90,000 – and together thanks to our Covenant House Family, we reached our goal!

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters: caring individuals, community groups, schools, foundations, corporations and more, who came together for our Matching Gift Challenge! You have provided TWICE the help and TWICE the hope to the youth who seek out our help and love. The funds raised will go a long way in helping our youth become healthy, independent adults.

A huge thank you to Robert Little and our anonymous matching donors for their incredible commitment to our young people!

Thank you

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