ATTENTION: Calgary Organizations – help offered

We received this kind offer to help out community-based organizations who can use computers for flood relief efforts. Please get in touch with them directly if you can use their assistance. See message below.

***

Hello:

I am writing to advise that Alberta Computers for Schools (ACFS) is pleased to offer its services in support of your efforts to provide assistance to Calgarians and others affected by the recent flooding. 

We are able to provide computers and lap tops free of charge to community based organizations, schools etc. in very short order.  We receive our funding through the Federal and Provincial and receive, refurbish and redistribute computers to schools and other learning organizations.

In the case of Calgary and the flooding we are pleased to offer our services to you in any way possible.

If this is of interest to you please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rick Baker

Executive Director

Alberta Computers for Schools

12360 142 Street

Edmonton AB T5L 4X9

P: 780-427-9002

C: 780-721-7421

 www.cfsalberta.ca

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rebuilding Calgary together

*Photo credit: United Way of Calgary & Area

*Photo credit: United Way of Calgary & Area

It is amazing to witness the generosity and resiliency of Calgarians in this time of great need.

Here are a few ways for concerned citizens to help as we strive to recover and rebuild our great city of Calgary.

1. Ask your neighbours/friends/co-workers  if they need any help. There are many things you can offer. Shelter, food, basic necessities, a hand with clean-up or simply a friendly person to chat with can be very comforting in times of need.

2. Get a group together –friends, co-workers, family– and clean streets, pump basements, move furniture, clean homes, or anything else that may be needed to restore normalcy in the neighbourhood or workplace.

3. Contact your local community association to see if they need help within your neighbourhood or if they can direct you to high priority areas in your surrounding communities.

4. Check out YYCHelps.ca, a wonderful volunteer-run website that announces current volunteer needs.

5.  For large-scale, city wide clean ups, follow the City of Calgary. Alternatively, you can also follow media for these announcements.

6.  If you are unable to offer physical support, you may offer flood relief through donating supplies, equipment, food or money.  If you wish to send your support through monetary donations, you may do so through the Canadian Red Cross, Place2Give or seek out local charities of your choice. Here is a tip sheet on giving to charities in Alberta.

Some helpful reminders for flood volunteers:

Be prepared when you volunteer. Equip yourselves with gloves, masks, boots, bug spray, weather appropriate clothing, and any other gear needed to keep you safe. Read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet. Volunteers should especially take note of pages 14-21 before getting involved in any cleanup initiatives.

Be patient. The clean-up initiatives will take a lot of time and hard work.  You will be working alongside tons of fellow Calgarians who want to help just as much as you do, rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.  It may not be a pleasant experience, but patience, kindness and tolerance toward one another will facilitate the clean-up process. We all want the same thing after all — to rebuild the great city of Calgary.

Stay up-to-date and keep following our blog and social media pages for volunteering updates and information on the flood.

Stay strong, Calgary! We leave you with this beautiful and inspiring video. For our tomorrow…

Thank you to all of the city’s volunteers, rescue workers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies and everyone aiding the effort to rebuild Calgary.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

YYC Helps out!

Hey, Calgary! Here are some of our community’s current volunteer needs as gathered by YYCHelps.ca as of 6:45pm.

Before you volunteer, please ensure you have read over the Flood Awareness Booklet from the City of Calgary. Pay close attention to pages 14-21.

Requests From YYCHelps:

Request For Volunteers: 60 Volunteers Required ASAP in Inglewood

8+ homes needing assistance emptying basements entirely so power can be restored! Please bring work boots and gloves. Need mops, garbage bags, storage bins, wet vacs, generators, head lamps, flash lights, dumpsters, demo crews, crow bars, sledge hammers. More details

Request for volunteers – 20 Volunteer Project Coordinators

YYCHelps needs your help! We are in need of 20 individuals that can help us coordinate volunteers after we’ve sourced contacts from our database of growing Calgarians looking to help! More details

Request for volunteers – 100 Volunteers needed at Bow Crescent NW

100 volunteers required for Bow Crescent NW Cleanup to clean and empty homes. Please bring rubber boots, rubber gloves and protective eyewear. Volunteers are required to help clean and empty homes at Bow Crescent NW. If you have any pumps or generators, those will be required as well. More details

Request for volunteers – Roxboro

Couple requires help removing furniture and belongings from a basement. Family is out of town. Bring rubber glovers. Basement has been pumped and now just needs to be emptied onto the front lawn. More details

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Calgary Flood Donation Drop Off Points and Wish Lists

We know that Calgarians are eager to help wherever they can, but according to Mayor Nenshi, the real need for volunteers is yet to come. We still have a big clean-up job ahead of us  and we will let you know when that time comes.

Volunteering update: Currently, the City of Calgary does not need volunteers. Check back for updates.

In the meantime, if you feel the need to help or live near one of these drop off locations and it is safe for you to get there, here are a few donation drop-off locations and wish lists for people wanting to contribute at this point in time.
Note: This blog is updated regularly

  • NeighbourLink’s doors are open Monday June 24, they have a BIG donation coming in between noon and 2pm so please no donations at that time.  and accepting donations of water, blankets, food, formula, cleaning supplies, buckets, mops and products for those in need. *No longer accepting clothing. They are coordinating with agencies across Calgary to get them out. Call Melissa at (403)998-4502 if you have any questions on how to help or if you need help.
    Volunteer: The response to volunteer with Neighbourlink was amazing, but they are full up of volunteers now. Check back later in the week, there will be a need. Thanks Calgary!
    Drop-off: 3751 21St Street NE warehouse is open now.
  • The Drop-In Centre. Will be Updated again as soon as we know what they need
    Drop off:  temporary centre at 4804 Edmonton Trail N.E. (former hotel near the intersection of McKnight Trail and Edmonton Trail)
  • Calgary Humane Society is no longer in need of crates, but their wish list is: Science Diet Wet Cat + Kitten food, Kitten meal replacement, Small containers for kitten milk replacement (small Tupperware, cream cheese, etc), Flat sheets + blankets (nothing feather-filled please! The dogs will destroy pillows and duvets and it’s a pain to clean up).
    Drop off: Calgary Humane Society Shelter 4455 110th Ave SE. or see their blog for a list of drop-off locations throughout the city http://blog.calgaryhumane.ca/yyc-pet-donation-drop-off-points/
  • Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Wish list: easy to prepare and store meals ,
    Soups (small cans, pull tabs), Bottled water, Lunch box size juice boxes, Meal replacement beverages,  Dry cereal, Teas & instant coffee
    Drop off: Calgary Farmers Market June 23 #510 77th AVE SE and any Calgary Food Bank donation box in stores such as Safeway, Co-op, Sobey’s, Superstore.
  • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society wish list: Dog/Puppy Food, Cat/Kitten Food/Litter, Laundry Supplies (Bleach, Laundry Detergent, & Dryer Sheets), Puppy Pads/Newspaper, Waste Bags, Zip Ties, detergent, cleaning supplies, large crates, Canned Gastro Food Canine & Feline (for upset tummies), Virkon-disinfectant only available at UFA, Gift Cards for gas stations, Walmart & Costco (to purchase supplies and gas for rescuers traveling to rescue sites)
    Drop off: Safe Haven Bay G, 3851 21st Street NE.
    Volunteer: ARRCS Safe Haven will need the help of volunteers, not sure how many they can handle, but if you want to help contact:volunteer@aarcs.ca
  • YWCA Calgary  A flood was not in the business plan for the YWCA, they are also in need of financial help. To donate online go to: http://www.ywcaofcalgary.com/donate-form/ any bit helps.
  • Chasing Tails Wish list: Crates, Wet or dry food (Cat or dog), Bedding, Toys, Leashes, Collars, Cat litter (pelleted), Bug Spray (Humans), marigold spray (animals)
  • Bowness Community Association Wish list: Storage Bins, Boxes, Garbage Bags, Rubber Gloves, Rubber Boots, Face Masks, Bleach, Rags, Brooms, Mops
    All-Purpose Cleaners – Mr. Clean/ Pinesol etc. Shop-Vacs – to borrow
    Drop off: June 24 7904 – 43 Avenue N.W.
  • Monetary donations can be made to Red Cross 1-800-418-1111 or at www.redcross.ca. and the YWCA Calgary http://www.ywcaofcalgary.com/donate-form/
  • Message From The Calgary Counselling Centre
    For counselling support during this time please call 403-266-HELP (4357) for crisis support. Anytime, anywhere, 24 hour support.
  • NEW. Calgary Dream Centre  currently has a high demand for: Socks, Underwear, Mens Clothing, Shoes, Work Boots, Frozen Foods, Coffee Mugs & meat.
    The Calgary Dream Centre is also working as a donation centre for donations for ward 9, their wish list now also includes: Gloves, bags, shovels, small bins, masks, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, frozen burgers, hotdogs & buns
    If you are coordinating any volunteer activities and wish to have a location to meet & organize, please contact Chris Primeau @ cprimeau@calgarydreamcentre.com or 403-978-3909
  • NEW. Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre has put out a call for donations of non-perishable food items.  Please call 403-204-8280.  They are located at 3303 17 Ave SE  32 St SE.
  • NEW. Message From Inn From The Cold
    They  do not have a need for items (ie. clothing, toys, etc.) at the moment and, unfortunately, do not have appropriate storage for these types of donations. They are, however, currently paying for families’ accomodations and monetary donations would therefore be greatly appreciated! You can quickly and easily make a donation online.
  • NEW.  In partnership with Siksika Nation Calgary Office, AIDS Calgary will be is opening up Calgary Learns downtown office as a drop off location for donations.
    Drop off:  #110, 1603 10th Ave SW (corner of 10th ave & 15th street SW)
    Building says “Calgary Cares Centre
    When: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday
    What: Current high need items include diapers, formula, pillows, blankets, gift cards (Sobey’s, Walmart, Canadian Tire) clothing racks and hangers.
    For more information, please contact Andrea at 403-508-2500 or acarter@aidscalgary.org
  • NEW.  The Alex Community Health Centre  report that a great number of their clients have been dislocated and they are in urgent need of hygiene items.
    The following may be dropped off in the next several days at their facility at
    101, 1318 Centre Street N 403.266.2622
    Razors, Deodorant,  Shampoo/conditioner, Shaving cream, Body wash/soap, Sunscreen,Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Combs/brushes
  • NEW Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
    First their clients fled from violence and now displaced due to flooding.
    Financial contributions are the best way to help, but we are now also looking for donations of:
    • Women’s clothing: yoga pants (all sizes), white or black or navy collared shirts, underwear, socks, bedroom slippers, and pajamas
    • Misc.Toiletries, towels (white), paper plates, quilts(double/single/queen), pillows (standard size), cutlery, extra large garbage bags (families use these to move out their belongings)

    We are able to accept only new items. To drop off a donation or info on specific items needed, call the donation line at (403) 539-5130. To donate online:

    http://www.calgarywomensshelter.com/donate

Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments