The Students’ Union Student Executive Team is excited to have launched a new multi-campus campaign that aims to support youth experiencing homelessness in both Waterloo and Brantford called #SUCares about Homelessness!
From February 1st to 28th, we will be looking to raise funds and awareness, as well as collect items to be donated to our local shelter partners. See below more information on our shelters, and what, where and why you should donate!
OUR SHELTER PARTNERS
Argus is an award winning charity dedicated to a vision for all youth to have a place to call home and opportunities to thrive. They are located in Cambridge, serving Waterloo Region and surrounding area. Along with their shelter, Uptown Thrift is a social enterprise operated by Argus. 100% of proceeds from sales are used to create supportive employment for youth in need.
Uptown Thrift Instagram (in support of Argus)
For over 35 years Nova Vita has been providing holistic, client-centred residential and counselling services to abused and homeless women and their children, and counselling services to perpetrators of domestic violence in Brantford and Brant County.
oneROOF Youth Services is committed to providing for the safety, support, and overall well-being of youth who are homeless or at risk, aged 12-25, in Waterloo Region. oneROOF Youth Services values unconditional positive regard, empathy, understanding, integrity, supportive approach, distinctiveness, vital volunteers and staff, community education and acceptance of everyone for who they are as a person first. Without community support oneROOF Youth Services is likely not to exist.
WHAT WE WILL BE COLLECTING
Please note: our lists of what to give and not to give were developed upon consultation with our three shelter partners and based on the want/demand for specific items at each of their locations.
WHAT TO GIVE:
- Cash/gift cards
- Monetary, Walmart, grocery stores, etc.
- Hygiene products
- Brand new full size AND mini shampoo & conditioner, face wash, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, tampons etc.
- Socks and underwear
- Brand new bras, underwear and socks
- Non-perishable foods
- Nut-free, light and easy to carry around snacks
- Spring clothing
- New or gently-used hoodies, sweat pants, dry-fit wear, etc.
- Pillows and blankets
- New or gently-used
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
- Winter clothing
- Perishable food items
- Used/open items (aside from clothing and blankets)
WHERE YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR ITEMS
- Waterloo Students’ Union Office
- Brantford Students’ Union Office
- Waterloo Dean of Students Office
- Brantford Dean of Students Office
- Centre for Student Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Alumni Hall
- Office of the President
- Wellness Centre
- Graduate Students Association (GSA)
- Golden Grounds
- RBC in the AC
- At all Students’ Union programming and booths
On the fence about donating? Don’t know if your donation will truly make a difference? We want to assure you that your donations will be going directly to one of three shelters. Many shelters are self-sustainable, so all donations are pivotal to their ability to supporting the youth in their shelters. Every little bit counts, so we appreciate your consideration in supporting this cause!