Customers at the Home Depot location in Port Coquitlam can donate $2 to assist at-risk and homeless youth.
Until June 23, all donations will go to Access Youth Outreach Services Society for programs such as Project Reach Out, a multi-service, mobile drop-in bus that meets youth wherever they are in the community.
“As one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population in Canada, youth homelessness is an urgent and complex issue,” said Pam O’Rourke, chair of the board of directors of the Home Depot Canada Foundation. “We are working together, with our community partners, to help truly understand and address the unique needs of at-risk and homeless youth, so we can help end this cycle.”
The initiative is part of the Orange Door Project fundraising campaign, which supports 120 organizations committed to prevention end ending youth homelessness in Canada.
Jerome Bouvier, executive director of Access, launched the Reach Out bus in 2004. According to the organization’s website, the vehicle travels around the community to sites where young people congregate, giving them a place where they can feel safe to discuss their problems and be provided with information on issues like sex education and drugs.