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About The Street Store.

The Vancouver Street Store is a free outdoor pop-up store, facilitated by Employ to Empower, that takes place annually in December for residents in the Downtown Eastside. The goal of this event is to provide a dignified holiday shopping experience where residents are uplifted and offered a hand up rather than a hand out. Since 2014, the Street Store has made an impact in the community by working with 921 volunteers, sharing 52,773 donations and spreading holiday cheer to more than 5,851 residents.

Street Store 2021 Information:

This year, we will be hosting our 9th annual Street Store on December 10th at Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell St.) from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The event’s theme is Warmth, where we hope every guest will be wrapped with warmth in their new jacket and filled with warmth by the community.

Our Supporters.

Donations:

Donation Drop-Off Information:

    • November 25th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
    • November 26th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: 41 East Hastings St

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:

Volunteer Opportunities:

Hairdressers/Hairstylists – You will have the opportunity to provide free haircuts to our guests! This is a very popular tent as many folks love a fresh cut.

Be a Clothing Sorter Volunteer – You will support collecting day-of donations from the community and sorting donations into bins.

Street Store Day-of Volunteer – You will have the opportunity to be a street marketer, tent sorter, wayfinder, and more. Multiple shifts available.

Be a Donation ChampionWe 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!

  • Application Form: https://forms.gle/bP42QA5PUeSDe8cq5

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