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Vancouver Street Store.

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About The Street Store.

The Vancouver Street Store is a free pop-up clothing store for residents in the Downtown Eastside, facilitated by Employ to Empower with its partners every December. The goal of this event at Columbia and East Hastings is to provide a dignified shopping experience, where residents are uplifted and offered a hand up rather than a hand out. Since the Street Store was founded in 2014, we’ve worked with 500+ volunteers, received 66,550 donations and impacted 6,000+ residents.

Street Store 2021 Information:

We hosted our 8th annual event at Oppenheimer Park 400 Powell Street from 10AM-4PM.

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Starting Again September 2022

What we only accept:

  • Men’s winter jackets + pants
  • Medium-sized to large-sized backpacks
  • Warm blankets
  • Men’s + Womens New Underwear
  • New Towels
  • Sleeping bags
  • New Socks
  • Unopened Toiletries
  • Winter accessories (gloves, scarves, hats)
  • Winter boots (especially larger sizes)

What we’re NOT accepting

  • Summer clothing
  • Kids clothing
  • Hotel size shampoos / toiletries
  • High heels* + Open-toed shoes

We ask the community to be thoughtful about their donations as we want to ensure that your donation will go to people who need it. If items like summer clothing / kids clothing are donated, they are often leftover and get donated to a thrift store. For maximum impact, please only donate high priority items to better serve the community and save our staff time in sorting.

How You Can Get Involved:

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Donate money to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the event. As you may be aware, the Street Store is how Employ to Empower began
  • Become a Donation Champion – We need volunteers to rally Vancouver to donate their clothing, shoes and *especially* winter items for this year’s Street Store. Donation Champions set up a drop-off point, sort and label the items and then deliver their collection on our drop-off days in late November!
  • Volunteer the day of event
  • Tell EVERYONE about this impactful initiative to spread the cheer

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