📢 The EWR has been stood down and emergency sheltering spaces are CLOSED. Thank you to all our volunteers for your help! 📢

Support us by hosting a clothing or food drive in your community!

How to hold a Food/Clothing Drive in Your Community

Step 1
Make a logistics plan

Form a committee to determine when, where, and how you’ll hold your drive. Get your members’ input and tap into their connections and expertise.
Step 2
Set a goal

And make it measurable: pounds of food collected, number of meals supplied, or dollar amount raised. Look for matching opportunities from other organizations that could double or triple your impact. Take a look at our list of Most Needed Donations to see what sort of things you are looking for from the community.

Step 3
Promote your event

It’s important to let your community know what you’re doing so they can come out to support you! Make sure you include all the relevant information (who, what, where, when, why, and how) on your posters so people have all the information they need to make a donation. Distribute physical posters amongst your community and/or post them on social media so they can be shared socially. Let us know about your drive so we can help you promote it!
Step 4
Track your success

Consider naming a “champion” in your organization or community whose responsibility is to help set goals and to promote and track their progress. Keep track of volunteer hours to properly acknowledge the help received from your community.

Step 5
Thank your donors

Even if you can’t thank each contributor individually, show your gratitude by posting photos from your event on your website and on social media.

Services We Offer

Outreach Resource Centres

A "One-Stop Shop" of services for our vulnerable neighbours so they can easily access basic life necessities and resources for social aid in one convenient location. Our 2 locations operate weekly Wednesday and Thursday in Burnaby.

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Burnaby Neighbouhood Pantry

Run in partnership with The Neighbourhood Church the Neighbourhood Pantry is a safe, non-judgemental space where our community’s most vulnerable can receive essential grocery items with dignity. We operate weekly besides cheque issue week.

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Mobile Shower Program

We offer our guests biweekly access to the basic necessity of a hot shower in an effort to combat the negative stigma of poor hygiene amongst those experiencing homelessness. Guests are provided with fresh towels, clothing, and hygiene supplies.

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Extreme Weather Response

EWR makes safe spaces available when the weather is severe enough to pose a higher health risk to people who experience homelessness. It operates during times of extreme heat or cold. These collaborative initiatives bring the wider community together to reduce the harm to the most vulnerable. Our cold weather service provider is Lookout Housing and Health Society.

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