Hundreds of volunteer students giving back to Downtown Eastside community – BC

A non-profit organization made up of hundreds of high school students has helped people on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

A few years ago it started very small as a handful of students tried to make a difference.

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Project Hastings co-founder Nick Zhang said:

The non-profit Project Hastings currently has over 250 student volunteers, most of whom are still in high school.

Since 2020, they have raised over $20,000 and distributed nearly 25,000 meals.

Volunteer Michelle Lin said, “I experienced firsthand how young people come together to create change.

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“Small actions can really make a big difference.”

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The organization’s support is now very important to the community as the city works to dismantle the East Hastings Street tent camp.

We deliver food and other essentials through fundraising, donations, grants and corporate support.

“When you go to Hastings, it’s a very comfortable environment,” said Jeffrey Zheng, another co-founder.

“Everyone is welcome. Everyone has their own story and that, most importantly, is what we have to recognize.”

Volunteers offer free time during weekends, Pro-D days, spring breaks, and summer vacations. This growing team hopes to make small changes for those in need.

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