A local Chilliwack charity will be able to help even more at-risk and homeless youth, thanks to a donation from a Canadian foundation.
A total of $7,230.85 was raised for Chilliwack Community Services as a result of The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project in December 2020.
Nationwide, the annual fundraiser in support of critical housing and support programs for at-risk and homeless youth in communities across Canada brought in a total of $1,162,195.
Funds came from in-store and online donations at several Home Depot locations across Canada, and all the money raised at each store stays within that community.
Here in Chilliwack, customers donated $5,230.85 and The Home Depot contributed an additional $2,000 for Chilliwack Community Services.
In B.C., more than $190,000 will be distributed to 26 charities throughout the province.
“This year has been challenging for so many Canadians, and I want to thank all of our customers for their generous donations,” said Pamela O’Rourke, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice president of merchandising, The Home Depot Canada. “Our charity partners urgently need support which is why 100 per cent of every customer donation stays in the community it was raised to support local at-risk and homeless youth.”
The Orange Door Project took place between Dec. 1 and 20, 2020. The funds raised are distributed to 125 organizations across Canada that are committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Home Depot Canada contributed an additional $2,000 on behalf of each store to address COVID-19’s impact on charitable organizations.
In a November 2020 survey of its charity partners, 87 per cent reported there has been increased demand for services since the pandemic began. Of that group, 80 per cent found it’s more challenging to provide effective services under the current conditions, and one hundred per cent feel that donations are needed now more than ever.
About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to helping prevent and put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the foundation has pledged $50 million by the end of 2022 to improve housing options, support life-skills development programs, and invest in research that ensures funding is directed to the most effective solutions designed to help youth build brighter futures. For more information, visit: Orangedoorproject.ca