December 11, 2014

Chocolates for Charities

For every chocolate we give this year,  $1 will be donated to our Vancouver Downtown Eastside charities. The charities we've picked from  2014 are:

Covenant House. The Covenant House helps to provide essential services for homeless and runaway youth aged 16-24.
Saint James Music Academy. Saint James music academy believes in social transformation through the power and love of music. Through the inspiration and joy of collaborative music making within the framework of their orchestras and choirs. They give young people of the Downtown Eastside the opportunity to explore their creative potential, gain self-confidence, get an academic head start, and become role models within their families and community.

Potluck Café. By choosing Potluck we're supporting a social enterprise who provides training and employment opportunities for the DTES residents. Potluck prepares 30,000 free meals per year for people in the neighbourhood in addition to a community kitchen program.

W.I.S.H. is a foundation that helps increase the health, safety and well-being of women involved in the survival sex trade in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). Women come to W.I.S.H. to attend to their basic needs. A hot meal, showers, clothing or referrals for health care, shelter and detox support.

H.A.V.E. The HAVE Culinary Training Society is a culinary training school that provides food service job training and work opportunities to individuals in Vancouver who experience barriers to employment. HAVE's students are youth and adults facing barriers that may include mental and physical disabilities, poverty, addiction, age, ESL and homelessness.

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