The City of Calgary has had an overwhelming response from Calgarians eager to jump in and get involved with the clean-up efforts. (Yay, Calgary!)
There is still so much to be done before we restore our beautiful city to its full glory and many of you are wondering how you can get involved with the abundance of caring citizens around Calgary (and the rest of Canada for that matter, we have received messages from people wanting to volunteer from SK, Vancouver, etc!)
If there is a will (to help), there is a way! Check out one of these groups below that organize group volunteer efforts. If that doesn’t work out (due to high volumes of volunteer spirit in the city), look more closely around you and help out a friend, family member or neighbour in need. Remember, every little thing that you do counts.
As Mayor Nenshi said to the droves of volunteers who came out last Monday, “If you have friends or family who need help cleaning out their basement, if you know strangers who need help in their yards, just get out there and help, don’t wait to be asked.”
Organized volunteer efforts:
1. Canadian Global Response is working with the other NGOs in Alberta to formulate a unified, coordinated response, and will continue to inform as appropriate and as plans develop. Evacuation sites have received generous donations and are well stocked. For immediate inquiries, they request that you complete the following form, allowing their team to help coordinate recovery stage efforts by carefully matching skillsets to identified needs. FOR MORE INFORMATION, click here.
DONATIONS NEEDED! Items such as hard hats, shovels, pitchforks, 5-10 gallon buckets, wheelbarrows, etc. are needed for us to successfully launch volunteer eams. Check out the volunteer form below for their detailed wish list.
Brentview Baptist Church (3512 Charleswood Drive NW) near the University of Calgary has offered to be the staging area, allowing contacted volunteers and physical donations to gather at a centralized location. Volunteers will be collecting donations at Brentview Baptist Church on Thursday, June 27 (4:00-9:00pm) and Friday, June 28 (8:00am-3pm).
TO VOLUNTEER: Fill in the VOLUNTEER FORM
2. YYC Helps is run by a group of volunteers. They connect Calgarians who want to help other Calgarians in need assistance! Sign up on the website – they are collecting names and contact information for anyone wishing to volunteer with flood relief or clean up. Outreach for specific opportunities will be done via email.
TO VOLUNTEER: Register on their website and check out current volunteer opportunities posted.
3. Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross is now accepting online registrations from local volunteers who are interested in helping with bulk distribution to communities affected by the recent flooding . The specific tasks will vary and may include lifting and moving assistance items.
If you live in the Calgary or the surrounding area affected by floods and are interested in registering for short term volunteering, please sign up on their website.
TO VOLUNTEER: Sign up on their website.
Let us know if you are aware of any other ways people can volunteer in the city! If you are a non-profit organization, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have volunteer needs/donation requests and we’ll spread the word through our channels.
BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER, read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet, namely pages 14 – 21 for some helpful advice.
Thank you for volunteering and stay safe!