There are many ways your school can get involved and significantly impact the lives of homeless youth.
If you would like to make a real impact, engage your community and learn about your homeless peers, consider having a Sleep Out event in your school.
Sleep Out is an exciting initiative where students can have fun while raising money and awareness for homeless teens.
Students, Grades 6 to 12, supervised by a teacher, spend time after school in their school in their gym, library, parking lot or other approved space, to learn more about the plight of homeless youth and raise funds to help.
We’ve put kits together to help make the planning easy. Please contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 204-7038 to let us know about your plans to host a Sleep Out at your school.
Other ways to fundraise
You can also help youth at Covenant House by organizing a fundraising event at your school.
We are very grateful to the more than 200 schools across South Central Ontario that raise funds, with great ideas like these:
Auction of Re-Gifts
“Dress Down” Day
Change for Change Drive
Electronic Devices for a Day
Issuing Tax Receipts
We often get in
We often get inquiries about issuing tax receipts for the
supporters of your event. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulates tax receipting
Here’s what you need to know:
- Donations you receive in support
of your Sleep Out event are eligible to receive a tax receipt.
- Donors can receive a tax receipt
for gifts of $15 or more.
- We require first and last name of
the donor, full mailing address and donation amount to issue a receipt to the
- Tax receipts can be issued only
to individuals and organizations that make a donation without receiving
something in return. Tax receipts cannot be issued for any of the ideas listed
under the ‘Other ways to Fundraise’ section above.
- Contact us at the email below if
you have any questions about tax receipting.
Host a food drive
Did you know that Covenant House has a food bank? Each year, hundreds of kids rely on our food bank to get them through the month. These kids are often former residents who have moved on to independent living but struggle to earn enough money each month to pay for food on top of rent, utilities, transportation, toiletries and clothes. This is especially true if they are still in school.
When you donate non-perishable food to Covenant House, you are helping a teen on their path to independence.
Youth Philanthropy Initiative – Toskan Casale Foundation
Many students support our youth by getting involved with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) program through the Toskan Casale Foundation. Visit www.goypi.org for more.
Students in Grades 9 and 10 have a unique opportunity to fundraise for our youth. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is a Toskan Casale Foundation program designed to empower youth to participate in the development of their communities and engage them as dedicated problem solvers and volunteers. Covenant House is a grateful grant recipient of this program.
We welcome students raising funds for our organization. Please contact Robin at the information below to schedule a date and time to meet and answer questions.
For information about school fundraising or the YPI program, contact:
Special Events Coordinator
Covenant House Toronto
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