Marshmallows, S’mores and camping to fundraise for youth in region experiencing homelessness

Youth Haven provides services to youth in Barrie, Orillia and Simcoe County

Youth Haven’s second annual Backyard Campout is taking place this long weekend.

The fundraiser to support programs offered by the not-for-profit has a target of $10,000.

“We encourage friends and families to participate either at designated campgrounds or failing that, why not pitch a tent in the living room or backyard?” said Youth Haven executive director Lucy Gowers.

Participants can photograph or record videos of their evening, then share using the hashtag #byc4youthaven.

Youth Haven has also partnered with the Downtown Barrie Business Association and Barrie’s Live Music Show as part of Open Air Dunlop to present musical acts at Meridian Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, as well as live pop-up busker and musical performances throughout the downtown.

The organization will also have a booth at the event to provide the public with information about its services.

Money raised from these events will go toward Youth Haven’s numerous programs including housing, employment and educational supports, mental health counselling, and other community resources.

“Due to COVID-19 protocols, the youth in our emergency care were moved to a hotel over a year ago,” says Gowers. “We are currently working with various agencies and health officials to prepare for the transition back to the shelter, likely in the next few months, if the current COVID situation stays on track.”

Youth Haven has an emergency shelter and a transitional home in Barrie, with outreach services in Barrie, Orillia and Simcoe County.

There is still time to pitch your tent. Just follow the link here.

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