RayCam Community Association is a charitable organization operating in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, one of Canada’s poorest postal codes. The Community Association supports the work of RayCam Co-operative Centre which offers programs low cost to youth, families and seniors who live in the area. Programs are geared to meeting the challenges of our community, including food security, safety and the educational, social and recreational needs of our members.
With Cash or Gift Card
Drop off donations during centre hours at 920 East Hastings.
RayCam Community Association. If you would like your donation to go to a particular program please let us know!
General Programs & Services
Ray-Cam provides hundreds of hours of free quality programming for people in our community. Whether it’s cooking programs for families or special events, your donations help make our programs successful.
Youth Education Fund
Funding amounts vary from $50 to a max of $300 and for a young person this is often the first step in pursuing a bigger goal. YEF’s strength has been the flexibility in allocating funds aand the short turn around time. This meant that in many cases the fund “caught” young people at the right time, helping support their decision to better themselves through educational experiences.
The Youth Education Fund was created in 2000 by Bill Ekins, a City of Vancouver employee, Since then others joined in contributing to the educational fund including the Hager family who have been major supporters. We are very grateful to everyone who have contributed to this fund and to the young people who have demonstrated leadership and courage in the pursuit of their dreams.
Paul Thomas Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund has been established to honor the admirable work of Paul Thomas, a beloved RayCam Co-operative Center employee, friend and community leader who passed away in 2016. Paul worked at RayCam Cooperative Center for 20 years as Youth Programmer and was dedicated to the community, to the youth and families he worked with.
Youth aged 17-25 will be eligible to apply for the scholarship with proof of post secondary enrollment. The winner of this award will have known Paul in some capacity and hold characteristics of kindness, thoughtfulness, empathy and will be someone who puts the needs of others before themselves.