“The key to success is perseverance; you have to just keep going."
You likely have never met the man who said that. His name is Robert Little, a long-time supporter of Covenant House who has generously offered to match your donation if made by June 9th.
In addition to Robert’s amazing gift, another friend is adding $30,000 to Robert’s $50,000 for a Matching Gift Challenge total of $80,000. Every dollar you give will be doubled. But the deadline is June 9th. We hope that you will seize this special opportunity – this Matching Gift Challenge – to help provide our young people with the love and support they need.
Special thanks to Robert Little and our anonymous friend for their incredible support!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have launched their fourth annual fundraising campaign #BuckUp for Mental Health in support of us here at Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign runs from today and culminates at the ‘Caps match on Saturday, June 3 when Whitecaps FC take on Atlanta United FC at BC Place.
This year, the ‘Caps are aiming to raise $50,000 in support of Covenant House Vancouver and their mental health programs. There are more ways than ever to get involved in #BuckUp for Mental Health:
1. Raffle - new this year is a raffle with only 1,000 tickets available at a cost of $20 each. The grand prize is a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere WestJet flies. Order your raffle tickets online at www.whitecapsfc.com/raffle
2. Auction – fans can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items with all proceeds benefitting the campaign and Covenant House Vancouver. Check out the auction online at www.whitecapsfc.com/auctions
“A few dollars may not seem like much,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi, “but when we all come together for this worthwhile cause, we can make a big difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable youth in our community.”
“I spent the first six and a half years of my life in foster care hoping I would find my forever family. Finally, we found each other,” said Andrew Teel, a Covenant House supporter who has raised almost $50,000 for the cause. “But most kids have to stay in foster care until they age out. That is why Covenant House is so important. It really does save lives.”
Funds raised through #BuckUp for Mental Health will be donated to Whitecaps FC community partner Covenant House Vancouver, which serves more than 1,300 homeless youth who access their services every year, many of whom struggle with mental illness.
To donate to #BuckUp for Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver or to order a raffle ticket or bid on an auction item, please visit whitecapsfc.com/buckup.
Last week we welcomed Therapy Dog Numa back to work from her medical leave (she had surgery on her leg but is doing great). Despite the physical limitations of a cast, Numa is once again hard at work in the Pender Crisis Program, providing maximum therapeutic ear scratching opportunities for our youth and currently considering the best place to take a nap.
Thank you to The Boeing Company for their incredible donation of $25,000 USD to support the youth in our Rights of Passage program! Because of Boeing’s generosity, 25 deserving young people will receive safe housing and support to learn vital life skills as they transition to independent living. Boeing has been a dedicated supporter of Covenant House Vancouver since 2006.
Thank you Boeing! We are eternally grateful for your ongoing investment to improve the lives of youth who have experienced homelessness.