Adopt-A-School

CityReach partners with over 50 schools in the Greater Vancouver Area through food support, seasonal events, and other essential resources to see students, schools, and communities thrive.

Program Overview

We believe that children deserve our greatest investment.

Local schools are deeply connected to families and their specific needs, and so, we love being able to partner together to make an impact in our community and its future.

We are pleased to support 50 schools in the Greater Vancouver Area. Our current Adopt-A-School initiatives serve schools in Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Surrey with the following programs and initiatives:

PRIORITY REFERRALS
We offer priority referrals to our Food for Families program and to events such as the Back to School Blast and our Boxes of Love Christmas hampers. This allows us to make sure we meet the needs of the local families who need it most, while simplifying the process for the families involved.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES DISTRIBUTION
In addition to offering schools access to refer families directly to our ‘Food For Families’ program (dependent on capacity), we also offer schools the ability to pick up sets of fresh food hampers to then distribute personally to families from their school. As well, we can arrange to have our team on-site to coordinate the delivery and serve families during the distribution.  In this case, we bring all of the food and set up the equipment, schools just provide the location. Volunteer opportunities are currently available to serve at our Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Surrey locations.

SPECIAL PROJECTS
Thanks to our volunteer teams and partners, we provide special kits for schools by request. Our current projects include Hygiene Kits for preteens, Sensory Kits for classrooms, extra seasonal clothing and more. We love to work with each school’s needs and offer creative solutions that make the most impact.

STUDENT COMMUNITY AWARDS
At the end of each school year, we offer the CityReach Community Awards to various graduating elementary students at our adopted schools. We love to see students serving and investing in their communities, and are happy to be able to recognize and celebrate their achievements.

ON-SITE SUPPORT
When schools need assistance with extra-curricular activities or special events, we are thrilled to be able to come along and offer volunteer support. These are scheduled by request, and are a great way for volunteers to help ‘serve our schools’!

CLEAN-UP CREW
One of our available projects is the ‘Clean-Up Crew’, where we coordinate garbage pick-up on select school grounds. Volunteers meet weekly to ensure the school area stays clean and safe, so that children can focus on what they do best - playing! Thanks to the City of Vancouver’s ‘Adopt a Block’ program, all volunteers are given proper equipment and safe-practices information before each shift.

‘SERVE OUR SCHOOLS’ NETWORK
CityReach is proud to be a founding member of the ‘Serve Our Schools’ network, in partnership with City Gate Vancouver, City Dream Centre, Promise Vancouver, Vancouver Urban Ministries and Union Gospel Mission. Our goal is to resource and equip churches and other organizations to connect with their local school and offer support where needed. When communities invest in local schools and families - the possibilities are endless and we see students thrive!

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

To join us in serving our local schools and families through Adopt A School initiatives, please contact Cheryl McManus at cherylm@cityreach.org

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BECOME ONE OF OUR SPONSORS

We are always looking for partners to join us by donating funds that directly impact schools and vulnerable families. We also highly value in-kind donors to support specific projects throughout the year. To join us as a sponsor individually, or through your church, company or organization, contact our team today!


BECOME ONE OF OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS

Are you a local teacher, youth worker, or principal interested in bringing ‘Adopt-A-School’ projects to your school? Check out the list below to see if we are already connected. If you don’t see your school listed, contact us to arrange a meeting to see how we can support your school and families.


JOIN OUR ‘SERVE OUR SCHOOLS’ NETWORK
If you are a local leader in a church, faith community, or other organization, looking to come alongside our work and adopt a local school in your neighbourhood - you’re invited to join our network! Email us to get started!

For more information, please contact Cheryl McManus at cherylm@cityreach.org

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about CityReach's programs, including eligibility, accessing services, and getting involved as a volunteer or donor.

What kind of donations are helpful for these programs?

We are always seeking more donors and partners to support our work and our local schools and students! This can be as an individual, team, family or business. We are currently seeking financial gifts to support our various initiatives and projects, to help meet our goal for this term. These financial gifts make a huge impact, and with low operating costs, are always stewarded well. As well, we are always looking for donations of NEW items such as: non-perishable individual snack items, toothbrushes, mini toothpaste, deodorant, period products, and other personal care items.

How can I volunteer with Adopt-A-School?

Our volunteer opportunities vary by season, school requests, and location. Opportunities may include delivering food hampers to schools in your area, assisting with special events and projects at a school, and packing resources such as our Hygiene Kits and Sensory Bins. Most opportunities occur during weekdays. For more information, contact our team for fill out our submission form above.

How can I add my school to your list for support?

We're so glad you asked! We are accepting new school partners in all of our locations and areas of service (Vancouver SD39, Tr-Cities SD43, and Surrey SD46). Please check our list of current schools supported, and if your school is not yet listed, please contact cherylm@cityreach.org to be directed to your area rep for personal assistance.

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