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YSM is excited to be a part of Ride for Refuge 2020!

Our goal is to raise $24,000, and, together, we can make that happen!

You can choose to walk, bike or do a fundraising activity you love – is up to you. Whatever you do and wherever you do it, you will help YSM continue to serve our vulnerable neighbours.

Summer is here and with lots of free time, Ride for Refuge is a great opportunity to do your favourite fun activity and help families in need, street-involved youth and adults experiencing chronic poverty move from surviving to thriving.

Although we are social distancing, we can still transform Toronto together and end chronic poverty in our city.

Show us what moves you with #RideForRefugeYSM

Bikers at ride for refuge event

Three Easy Ways to Register!

Do you want to be a team captain and bring together your family and friends to make a difference this fall?

Start by selecting Toronto Downtown or Ride Anywhere, then select Create a Team, choose Yonge Street Mission as your charity. 

Are you looking to join a team?

Register by choosing Toronto Downtown or Ride Anywhere and search for the team or team captain’s name.

Not sure if you want to create or join a team.

Register as an individual and join a team later.

Or we invite you to join our Friends of YSM team using the button below.

walked at ride for refuge

How to participate:

  1. Register and join or create a team in support of YSM with three or more friend
  2. Select one of 15 RIDE Freestyle fundraising activities like walking, baking cookies or reading books. You can do the same thing all together, or mix and match within your team. Do what you can, wherever you can. Remember No bike is required.
  3. Pick a date between August 1 and October 3, national event day, to start or end your activity.
  4. If you are walking or biking, map out some safe walking or biking routes.
  5. Fundraise and share!

Key Facts:

Since the beginning of COVID-19, YSM has served over 11,000 people.

The demand for YSM food bank has increased more than 210% since March 19,2020.

Toronto is the child poverty capital of Canada 1 in 4 of our city’s children live in poverty.

500,000 Toronto residents struggle with poverty:  37% are female single parents, 46% are recent immigrants.

On average a low income family has less than $10/day for basic needs, such as food, after rent.

YSM's COVID-19 Response

YSM has entered phase one of our re-opening plan.

Our modified services include increased services via phone, video calling or screened on-site services by appointment with enhanced safety protocols.

Please see our COVID-19 response page for ongoing service updates (food, counselling, etc.) and how you can help.