For over 10 years, Homeward Trust has partnered with Raising the Roof and has raised more than $100,000 for local youth and family homelessness initiatives. Raising the Roof is a national Canadian charity focused on long-term solutions to homelessness. The charity funds local, grass-roots agencies working to alleviate and prevent homelessness in their communities.
Fundraising events are held throughout the campaign, culminating with Toque Tuesday. This one-day blitz sees hard-working volunteers selling specially branded Raising the Roof gear at various locations including downtown LRT stations.
Jocelyn Falconer has been a Toque Tuesday volunteer for four years. “As a mother, the idea of youth homelessness breaks my heart,” Jocelyn shares. “Any way that I can assist an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness, I am completely on board!” She says that the day is busy, but well worth it: “The generosity of our community coming together is intoxicating!”
“Volunteering for Toque Tuesday fills my heart,” Jocelyn adds. “During the day, my job has me working with individuals who struggle just to make ends meet. Being able to volunteer allows me to give that little bit extra.”
Proceeds from this annual campaign support efforts to end youth homelessness in our community and across Canada.This year, funds raised in Edmonton will support the programs and services run by e4c, Edmonton John Howard Society, iHuman, and Youth Empowerment and Support Services to move youth from high-risk situations to positive futures.
If you are interested in volunteering for Toque Tuesday, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
Raising the Roof gear is also available at the Homeward Trust office (Monday – Friday), and both Find locations.