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Donating Compass Cards for a good cause

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm PDT

(Alison Bailey, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Leftover money from Compass Cards raising money for United Way

Local charity asks transit users to donate passes

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – TransLink and the United Way are teaming up to help families in need as they are asking you to donate Compass Cards to help vulnerable people around the Lower Mainland.

You can drop new or used Compass Cards into donation bins and the value on the cards will be converted into transit passes to help children, families and seniors at United Way-funded social service agencies.

Chris Bryan with TransLink explains where you can donate. “On the Canada Line at Waterfront [Station,] at Vancouver City Centre Station and Broadway-City Hall. And then on the Expo Line, it’s Granville Station at the Dunsmuir Entrance and at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station.”

Over the past 25 years, TransLink and its operating companies have raised and donated more than $7 million to United Way of the Lower Mainland. “The United Way has a lot of agencies that they work with and do a lot of great work for families and children across the region. So, they will turn those into passes that can be distributed to their clients and that can help people get to work, get to job interviews, get to medical appointments, school — that kind of thing.”