What is "Give Back"?

Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Shop Small Vancouver. We believe it’s integral to allocate resources back into our community to ensure the continued existence and success of the places and people who reside here. There is no shortage of foundations and organizations in need at any given moment, so we are committed to researching, highlighting, and contributing to these funds as we grow with the community.

One of my goals for this space is to create a database of vetted local charities and mutual aid funds that’s easy to navigate, should you find yourself in a position to donate and find it challenging to choose where to do so.

If you have recommendations for places to donate, please send us an Instagram DM at @shopsmallvancouver.

From October 1st to December 31st 2022, 50% of all donations will go to each of these organizations:

Distro Disco Mobile Free Store

100% volunteer run mobile free store redistributing material resources to our unhoused neighbours on unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh land.

From this VanMag feature: The Distro Disco team has grown to 24 volunteers and a network of donors. “This is very much a group and community effort, and that extends to everyone who donates both material resources and money to us,” says Charlie Hannah. “It’s been very inspiring to see how people are stepping up and showing up for their unhoused neighbours.”

Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) Rape Crisis Centre

WAVAW offers trauma-informed feminist support to survivors of sexualized violence. Their services are open to cis and trans women and people of all marginalized genders, including Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people.

WAVAW provides an array of services including a 24 hour crisis line, hospital, police & court accompaniment, and a wide variety of counselling.

From July 1st to September 30th, we have decided to momentarily pause donations to regroup.

From April 1st to June 30th of 2022, $25 was given to each of these organizations:

SWAN Vancouver

SWAN promotes the rights, health & safety of im/migrant women engaged in indoor sex work through front-line service & systemic advocacy.

Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW)

At Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) we envision a matriarchal community where all Indigenous women in BC are safe and respected with a sense of belonging and connection to cultural traditions.

From January 1st to March 31st of 2022, $20 and $25 were given to each of these organizations, respectively:

Vancouver Community Fridge Project

The Vancouver Community Fridge Project is a decentralized food distribution network and mutual aid initiative created to provide healthy, free food and essential supplies to our communities across lower mainland.

Our mission is to combat food insecurity by encouraging our communities to take part in laterally-directed mutual aid, starting with providing free, safe, non-policed, accessible and nutritious foods through community fridges and pantries.

Urban Native Youth Association

Our Mission: Urban Native Youth Association is the centre of Indigenous youth excellence, supporting youth on their journeys by amplifying and celebrating their voices.

Our Vision: Empowered Indigenous youth leading and inspiring all Nations.

a note for transparency: I also tend to spend a portion of the funds on filling community fridges, a cause very dear to my heart!