VanFire Charities is how firefighters help people when they’re not at the firehall. Firefighters raise funds, then build programs to help in-need people directly. All programs and fundraisers are managed by off-duty Vancouver Firefighters, who give their personal time, and also donate funds directly to VFC through voluntary payroll donations.
In 2018, the Vancouver Firefighters' Payroll Donation program raised over $140,000 for charitable programs. For example, in 2018, the Snacks for Kids Nutritional Program ensured that 300,000 food donations were made to almost 1600 at-risk youth in 40 Vancouver schools. These children come to school hungry, but they don't stay that way! VFC has other programs as well.
The VFC supports a multitude of organizations throughout the Lower Mainland, including CKNW Orphan's Fund, Burn Fund, BC Children's Hospital, VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Vancouver Hospice Society, Juvenile Diabetes BC, BC Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC, BC Cancer Research, Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, and many more.