Emily Cares

Help us help students.

Imagine you’re a student who has to choose between buying food and paying rent. Perhaps you’re new to Vancouver and are feeling anxious and alone. Maybe a recent falling out with a friend has you depressed and unable to focus on your studies. Every day, students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design face stressful situations like these. The need for counselling has increased by 15 percent this year alone. While we can’t prevent life’s difficulties, we can help students through them with your support.

The Emily Cares Student Emergency Fund is an innovative new program designed to support our students in three complementary ways:

• Emergency Food: providing access to vouchers for urgently needed food, helping alleviate one of the basic necessities for wellbeing. Update: Our food voucher program is rolling out this winter!

• Crisis Prevention: expanding workshops promoting mental health and support community events like Hope and Cope to provide tools for students in need.

• Wellness Programs: increasing programming that promotes wellness and builds community, such as Emily Carr’s Wellness Commons and the newly launched Oasis Wellness Garden (see below for details). Update: we also have a new therapy dog, Crop, and weekly meditation sessions have been scheduled!

The Oasis Wellness Garden

The Oasis Wellness Garden is a new addition to the fourth floor terrace this academic year. Orchestrated by Counselling, Wellness & Accessibility with support from Victory Gardens and VanDusen Botanical Garden, the garden was developed to provide a safe and peaceful space for students to take a break from life’s pressures. At the Oasis, students can garden, gather, meditate, read, sketch and be revitalized by the beauty of nature. With the help of our donors and the enhancements outlined in the Emily Cares fundraising campaign, we will make it accessible year-round, a sanctuary for students whenever they need it. Learn more about the Oasis Wellness Garden.

Here’s how you can help us help students even more.

For as little as a latte or a movie ticket, you can change a student’s life. 

Your monthly gift of $5 will provide mental health care packages to four students over the course of a year. A $10 monthly gift will provide up to five emergency grocery vouchers, and a $25 monthly gift will purchase a gravity blanket for all students to use. A $50 monthly gift will help expand our wellness program, sustain our dog therapy program, and provide students with resources that were never before offered at Emily Carr University. 

$15 - $100$100 - $200
Over $200
Mental health care packages
Food vouchers
Light blankets
Yoga and meditation
Gardening supplies & plants 
Dog therapy
Mental health education
Garden greenhouse
Free food events
Community events
Gravity blanket

Are you a student?

Your gift of any size is greatly appreciated!

Sign up today through CanadaHelps to become a monthly donor or complete and return the Donation Form to make a one-time gift.

As a further incentive, monthly donations to Emily Cares will be matched in 2018, so you can double your impact on a student’s life and help make this a permanent support program at Emily Carr University. Your gift today to the Emily Cares Student Emergency Fund is an investment in a student and a valuable contribution to their creative future.

Help us help students. Make a difference by becoming a donor today.