Four youth-serving organizations across Canada receive $25,000 Orange Door Award

One step closer to ending youth homelessness

TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - For its second consecutive year, The Home Depot Canada Foundation joined forces with The Street Youth Planning Collaborative – Youth Leaders Committee (SYPC YLC) to recognize four non-profit organizations that positively engage youth in their communities. Through The Orange Door Project, the selected organizations will receive $25,000 in supportive funding for their programs and services.

The SYPC YLC regularly advise and educate on the realities of youth homelessness, contribute to the planning of support services for youth, and participate in the development of programs for The Home Depot Canada Foundation; making them a natural advisor in selecting the award recipients.

"Harnessing the insights of our youth advisory committee is integral to our 360-degree approach in helping end youth homelessness in Canada," said Pam O'Rourke, vice-chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice-president, merchandising, The Home Depot Canada. "By courageously sharing their lived experiences of homelessness, we gain a realistic view of this important social issue. This directly contributes to the funding decisions we make in order to create lasting change."

"We know first-hand what it's like when you don't have a place to call home. That's why our youth committee provides feedback on how good social services can effectively support and engage young people," said Kyla Stewart, youth advisory committee member, SYPC YLC. "It's been a privilege to participate in the selection process of the awards. To know our decisions will directly affect the lives of youth-in-need and will really make a difference is empowering."  

The following organizations will receive an Orange Door Award:

  • Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth (Smiths Falls, ON)
  • Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (Sudbury, ON)
  • Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba (Brandon, MB)
  • Youth Impact Jeunesse (Moncton, NB)

About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that help 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, in 2013 the Foundation made a three-year, $10-million pledge to support long-term solutions that will put an end to youth homelessness in Canada. In collaboration with community partners, thought leaders, The Home Depot Canada's suppliers, customers and associates we are focused on improving places through renovation and repair projects and supporting programs that give youth the resources they require to build brighter futures. For more information, please visit: www.homedepot.ca/foundation

SOURCE The Home Depot Canada

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For further information: To coordinate a media interview or photo opportunity, please contact: Emily DiCarlo, Public Relations Specialist, The Home Depot Canada, Office: 416-412-4142, Mobile: 647-539-9059, Emily_DiCarlo@homedepot.com

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