Ray-Cam 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 Ray-Cam 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.
Drop off donations during centre hours at 920 East Hastings.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to the centre. Please make all cheques out to:
Ray-Cam Community Association. If you would like your donation to go to a particular program please let us know!
We are currently in the process of setting up online giving through Benevity.
Many ways to help out!
Our centre supports community members in many ways and there are many ways YOU can support our centre. Whether it’s food for our empty cupboard fund or children’s books, your help is always needed and appreciated!
Non-perishable food items
•Soups (canned or packages)
•Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
•Salt & Pepper
•Mac n Cheese
•Mr. Clean, Lysol Cleaning
•Bed sheets (twin, queen)
•Crock Pots (slow cookers)
Grocery gift cards for families
Coffee cards and movie passes which are used as prizes and incentives for participation in educational programs
Baby and Children's Items
•Diapers, variety of sizes
•Diaper rash cream
•Kids coats, sizes 3 and up
•Toys (all ages)
•Art supplies, crayons, paper
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
Our Youth Education Fund helps pay for educational and creative opportunities for learning and success.
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.
Some projects which the YEF has supported: Contribution towards the cost of a post-secondary course, purchasing steel-toed boots for trade school, an educational summer camp, school supplies,as well as refurbished computers for elementary and highschool students with specialized needs.
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 Ray-Cam Co-operative Center employee, friend and community leader who passed away in 2016. Paul worked at Ray-Cam 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.