YSM’s 22nd annual PATH clothing drive in partnership with the Toronto PATH.
From Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24, 2020, YSM will be taking over PATH, the longest underground shopping complex in the world. We will be setting up over 20 kiosks for our clothing drive, where Torontonians can drop off gently used clothing. Clothing collected from this drive will go to YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store, a community training and employment initiative for people who may face obstacles to regular employment and newcomers to Canada. Their goal is to help people living in poverty build stronger futures and work their way out of poverty.
Staff and volunteers will be accepting donations 7:30 am to 2:30 pm on January 20 until January 24. All donors will receive a ballot to enter to win one our great prizes.
To learn more about YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store click here.
64% of newcomers to Canada report that their most significant barrier to employment is their lack of Canadian experience.
Recent newcomers to Canada are more likely to be unemployed than established immigrants – the unemployment rate for established immigrants (10+ years) is 5.4% while the unemployment rate for newcomers of 5 years or less is 12.9%.
This is the 22nd year that YSM has held the clothing drive.
Over 6,000 bags are collected during the PATH Clothing Drive annually.
In the last year, $24,000 worth of gift certificates were redeemed by community members/program users in need. Including those seeking employment, who may otherwise not be able to afford clothes for interviews.