Being stuck at home for the last couple of months has really made me appreciate how lucky my family and I actually are. We have the food we need, shelter, warm clothes, and everyone is healthy.
Since I’m not as wrapped up in the day-to-day busyness and drama, I’ve had more time to watch the news and just look around. This time has also brought to my attention how unfortunate others are. Many aren’t has as lucky and don’t have the bare minimum to get by. Dr. Bonnie Henry announced how many lives were lost to drug overdoses last month. Some of these people aren’t that far away, some are in plain sight. They need our help because they don’t have healthy families, warm places to sleep, or the opportunity for education.
If you’re also realizing how privileged you are and also wanting to take the opportunity to give back, here are a few ways you can help. Rally your local community and make your contribution that much bigger, considering supporting one these great charities listed below.
3 great charities with upcoming fundraisers
Step Up for Families campaign in support Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon’s (RMH BC)
Taking place through the month of June, Step Up for Families calls on the community to achieve their fitness goals while raising money for RMH BC families. Participants are encouraged to walk, run, or roll a total of 73km within the month, symbolizing the 73-room House that shelters parents and siblings of children requiring care at BC Children’s Hospital. All participating individuals (and teams) may tally their distances together to reach the 73km goal.
Each participant or team is challenged to raise a minimum of $125, which covers the cost of one family staying at the House for one night. The event is open to people of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels who wish to support families of RMH BC.
SLEEP OUT: HOME EDITION
On Friday, July 10th Covenant House Vancouver will host its first virtual Sleep Out: Home Edition. Covenant House is challenging individuals, families, and businesses to spend one night on their living room floor, on their balcony or in their backyard, and raise crucial funds to support our Street Outreach Program. This is a special opportunity to be a part of a positive movement that will bring our community together to help the most vulnerable youth. This event aims to raise $100,000 for Covenant House Vancouver Street Outreach Program. Registration costs $20.00 per person and will remain open until July 10th
IWANTtoBE presented by Beedie Foundation: Alone, Together: A No Gala, gala
June 4th from 6pm to 7pm
The 6th annual fundraiser was created and named to enable bright girls living in extreme poverty in Kenya to achieve their potential to be what they want to be. Each year, hundreds of girls win scholarships to high school and university through the proceeds of this event. Join Host Mackenzie Davis to hear inspirational speeches from two girls from Kenya, Millie, 24, graduating University with a degree in Journalism and Royashley, 17, finishing high school on an OGC scholarship, going to university next year. Register to make a donation and join in for the online auction. Donations of $99+ will receive an AG Hair gift box (valued at $95).
Thank you for taking the time to read and find out more about how you can help your these amazing charities. Be the change you know you can be! Please share with us in the comments your great community contributions and how you are helping to make the world a better place, in a time when we all need a little more to feel good about. Let’s work together to make sure no one gets left behind or lost in the COVID drama.