Donate your Compass Cards and help those in need

Feb 17 2017, 10:55 pm

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with spare Compass Cards – such as those used by out-of-town visitors and then left behind – a new partnership between TransLink and United Way might just have the answer for you.

People can now donate new, or semi-used, unregistered Compass Cards into donation kiosks at various skytrain stations.

The value of the donated Compass Cards will be converted into transit passes to help children, families and seniors at United Way-funded social service agencies.

The passes will give vulnerable and less fortunate families the ability to travel to their jobs, medical appointments, and school.

“Some of the region’s most vulnerable populations are reliant on both United Way funded programs and services – and on TransLink,” said Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services for TransLink said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of this new initiative and the ongoing commitment employees across the TransLink enterprise display to our United Way campaigns each year.”

There are five donation kiosk locations where customers can donate their unregistered Compass Cards across the system:

Canada Line

  • Waterfront
  • Vancouver City Centre
  • Broadway–City Hall

Expo Line

  • Granville Station (Dunsmuir Street exit)
  • Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium–Chinatown Station.

“This program will remove one more barrier for people in need. said Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland. “When we work together, we can really accomplish positive change in the community and help people in need in different ways.”

For more information on this and other initiates, people can visit United Way of the Lower Mainland’s website.