Donate!

Your donation supports YESS program and resources that help our youth reach their goals! Our youth are aiming for success in their education, health, and personal choices to achieve independence.

Monthly Giving

A gift each month makes a huge difference year-round for youth who are rebuilding their lives. Monthly giving also makes it easy for you to budget your donation!

Become a Member

Membership entitles you to attend YESS’s Annual General meeting. You’ll be given a vote in how YESS is run, and you’ll also receive our quarterly newsletter.

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Current Needs

You can support our youth by donating food, clothing, and other items. Our youth are between the ages of 15-24 and we can use all sizes, always.

We serve thousands of nutritious meals every year, and provide our kids with toiletries like deodorant and toothbrushes, as well as socks, footwear, and clothing. To meet their needs we rely completely on donations from the community!

We are changing our donation hours for the month of December! As of December 1, donation drop-off hours at Whyte Ave (9310 82 Ave) and the Armoury Resource Centre (10310 85 Ave) are:

Monday Whyte Ave 9AM-4PM
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-8PM
Tuesday Whyte Ave 9AM-4PM
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-4PM
Wednesday Whyte Ave 9AM-4PM
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-4PM
Thursday Whyte Ave 9AM-4PM
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-4PM
Friday Whyte Ave 9AM-4PM
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-8PM
Saturday Whyte Ave CLOSED
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-8PM
Sunday Whyte Ave CLOSED
Armoury Resource Centre 9AM-8PM

*Donating Christmas gifts? Make sure your donation is dropped off before December 23—that’s the day the elves start wrapping!

For more information about donating around the holidays–what to donate, how to pack your donations, etc.–read our Winter Giving 101 blog article!

Please call 780.468.7070 before bringing donations of large items such as furniture and appliances.

Current Needs

  • New socks
  • New wool socks
  • New underwear, men’s & women’s, all sizes
  • Winter jackets
  • Waterproof, quality winter gloves/mitts
  • Toques
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Winter boots and warm shoes, all sizes (but especially larger sizes, women’s 7-10, men’s 9-12)
  • Belts
  • Men’s & women’s deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner for black youth (Cantu or Revlon recommended)
  • Hand/body lotion

Tax receipts can be issued upon request for new items valued at more than $10 with a proof-of-purchase receipt.

Food Requests

  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Eggs
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Bacon
  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Ground beef
  • Granola bars
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Honey
  • Hot sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Gently used dishes and cups
  • Oven mitts

At the moment we don’t need

  • Any soup
  • Any beans
  • Canned vegetables other than corn
  • Creamed corn
  • Macaroni
  • Mac & cheese

Donating food

Nutrition is an important part of YESS programs and we make sure all our food is prepared properly and professionally.

You can help make sure your food donations are just what our youth need to stay healthy!

We cannot accept

  • Food not prepared in a commercial kitchen
  • Food not wrapped air-tight containers
  • Bread in black garbage bags (unless they are wrapped)
  • Items that are opened/have been tampered with
  • Food that has been at room temperature for longer than 2-3 hours

For example, homemade sweets and meals, dressed leaf-based salads, open products, items that aren’t fully wrapped

We can accept

  • Unopened non-perishable food items
  • Unopened perishable food items
  • Items from catering companies/restaurants that haven’t been served

For example, canned/dry goods, sealed dairy products, groceries with a receipt for a charitable tax receipt, fresh produce (home garden produce accepted), unopened fresh or frozen meat

Donating laptops and PCs

Access to proper technology helps our youth on their educational, employment, and personal goals.

Here are some guidelines to help make sure any technology donations suit our youth and their needs.

We can accept

  • New laptops/PCs (receipt required to verify)
  • Used laptops/PCs that are less than a year old (receipt required to verify)

Used laptops/PC that are over a year old and/or no longer functional come at a cost for us to dispose of responsibly. Thank you for helping us avoid these costs.

Tax receipts can be issued upon request for new items valued at more than $20 with a proof-of-purchase receipt.

Items We Can’t Use

  • Sugary snacks (candy, pop, donuts, etc.)
  • Encyclopedias
  • Exercise equipment and weight benches
  • Large appliances
  • Pianos
  • Ping pong tables
  • Pool tables
  • Shuffleboards

Any donations that we are not able to use in a timely manner or that are surplus to our needs may be shared with other non-profit organizations in need or used in our fundraising efforts.