Inn From the Cold is keeping homeless kids safe this winter. We want to help! We assess each vehicle donation individually here at Donate a Car Canada. Sometimes an old clunker that looks like she's ready for the scrap heap will surprise us. One old Safari van did just that, with happy results for this homeless outreach charities.Continue reading "Inn from the Cold" →
Youth at risk are one of Canada's most vulnerable populations and they need our ongoing care. Several of our charities are doing boots-on-the-ground work. Their staff are advocating for, feeding, and housing kids. They are friends of this sector of our human family.
Canadian youth at risk can find themselves in trouble on all sides. Their place in society is not a given. There can be heartache at home, at school, and in broader society. When donating your car, consider giving to a local charity that is working with these kids to keep them safe. Be part of helping them get healthy, find community, and pursue purpose.
Youth at risk are served from two Covenant House locations: Vancouver, BC, and Toronto, Ontario. The work of CH in both locations provides whole-person help. They seek to protect and safeguard our kids with love and respect. Helping teens find shelter and safety are key. Caring for mental and spiritual health are part of the package.
RaY | Resource Assistance for Youth
Winnipeg's hurting youth (largely an indigenous peoples' population) are served by a locally based and operated outreach. Through years of endeavor, they have zero'd in on mission. They are a "proactive provider of prevention, intervention, outreach and support services." How do they do this? In so many ways, including a thrift shop and a job training program.
Alberta-grown, with locations in Calgary and Edmonton, Streelight is one of YU's high energy endeavors:
Streetlight is just one of YU's many outreaches. Working on school campuses, building friendships, and providing job support all come in to the picture. They have an auto repair training program, too!
Do these works jive with where you see your donation dollars heading? Re-visit our charities list for more organizations like these three. Youth at risk are a hurting population in every Canadian province. Find out where you can help near where you live!
Photo credit https://www.covenanthousebc.org/about-us/our-impact/
Black History Month in Canada is from February 1 - 28, 2019. From philosophers to our Prime Minister, our citizens honor this effort.
Prime Minister Trudeau on this month's significance
Viola Desmond honored
You may be familiar with names like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Canadians have their own iconic figures in the ongoing (so slow in maturing) growth of equal civil rights. Viola Desmond is one such woman. HalifaxToday.ca notes, "In 1946 Ms. Desmond was arrested and later tried after refusing to sit in a segregated area of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. It became a catalyst for equal rights in Canada." This month she will be honored with a coin bearing her image -- a solid reminder of the courage she exemplifies.
Our role in ensuring equality
We each play a part in moving our country toward equality, belonging, and respect for all. I am a screamingly white (and straight) girl with the happy luck of being born into a life where I can murmur, "First world problems, am I right??" I do so with honest self-deprecation and more than a dash of awareness of my own privileged life. For my part, the line is clear: Just don't be a jerk, Sandra. Do be kind. Be real. Care deeply and authentically.
I should ask questions about things I don't understand. And ask those questions sensibly. I must offer dignity to all in the manner I wish to receive it. To all, and in the manner I wish to receive it. I must not assume. Anything. Because the truth is, I just don't know. I don't get it. I can't possibly get what it is to be born a person of color, an indigenous person, or an individual struggling with sexual identity. So, the privilege extends: it is on me to grow my understanding. To support governments and policies and consumer choices that ensure equality and inclusion? That's my Canadian-born right and responsibility. And to love as I would be loved? Well, that's just common sense.
Your caring cause
If this is one of those issues that lands close to home for you, visit our charities page to explore the supporting charities that are benefited by our program.