Kamloops residents can contribute to ending youth homelessness this month with a $2 donation when they shop at Home Depot.
Until June 23, the local store will raise funds for A Way Home Kamloops Society’s efforts to provide housing and support services to youth at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
The initiative is part of Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project fundraising campaign, which supports 120 organizations committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness.
“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 Home Depot Canada Foundation’s board of directors.
“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.”
According to Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey, young people ages 13 to 24 make up approximately 20 per cent of the homeless population in Canada.
In May, The Home Depot Canada Foundation reached its five-year, $20 million goal to help prevent and end youth homelessness and increased its commitment to $50 million by 2022.
A Way Home Kamloops has a continuum of housing options for youth that include Youth Housing First, communal living and independent scattered suites.
Customers can also make online donations at OrangeDoorProject.ca.