The Federation of Calgary Communities has been working with the Community Associations that have been evacuated but as you might imagine the board members themselves have been evacuated and/or are also victims of the flood themselves. We are seeing some very devasted homes. Three of our community associations have suffered extensive damage. Elboya Community Association was completely flooded to its eaves. We had a pumper truck offered by Encana there for the past 24 hours pumping! Today, we found Elbow Park CA and Rideau/Roxboro CA are underwater as well - the communities are like war zones. The rest of the community associations are acting as hubs for community life...it is inspiring despite the wreckage.
This afternoon my staff went out to the various communities and while the need for volunteers to help individuals reclaim their homes and to clean streets of muck is still a priority, there is also a need for various supplies to enable the cleanup. Here is just a sample:
Bowness Community Association asks if you have a special skill to let them know. “If you have a strong back, let us know. If you can answer phones let us know! When are you available? Never fear – We will need YOU! If you have a truck/trailer to haul garbage away let us know.” They also need these items donated: Squeeges, Spray Bottles, Markers, Mops, Mr. Clean etc., Insect Repellent!, Flashlights, Containers w/lids, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves, Heavy duty rubber gloves, Rags, Old Garbage bins for mud, Shovels,Squeeges
East Village Community Association needs support for 1500 displaced & low income seniors. They want to create care packages for the seniors when they are able to return home in the coming days or week. They need:
· Prepaid debit/credit cards to purchase local supplies of items
· Gift cards (Safeway, Sobeys COOP, SuperStore, Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire)
· Cleaning Supplies (garbage bags, paper towels, gloves, masks, cleaning spray)
· Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissue, Q-Tips)
· Bottled Water
· Non Perishable food items
· Easy to prepare food
· Coffee & Tea
· Pet Care packages (dog & cat food)
· Granola bars
You can also help by writing letters, cards, paint pictures and drop a sweet little “hug” into the mail that we can give to our 1200+ East Village residents, many of whom are seniors, when they return. Let them know you’re thinking about them, sending them well wishes and that they are missed. Help impacted flood victims, have you children, your school, church & community groups, and friends & family from all over the world send our seniors some hugs. We will be collecting these cards and thoughtful notes and distributing them in our care packages when our residents are able to return to their homes.
Send donations and letters to:
East Village Hugs C/O Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
429 – 8th Ave. SE
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association needs the following items: Large Rubbermaid containers, Crow bars, Shovels, Wet/Dry Vac, Fans, Flashlights, Dehumidifiers and Roasting trays. Please contact Lisa at 403-542-0007 or drop off at the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association at 1320 5 Avenue NW
Erlton Community Association can use volunteer help. If you have a team to provide to Earlton Community Association, please contact Kirt van der Woude at 403) 585-9392 or email here. Also if any businesses or organizations are interested in making donations of gift cards, goods or services in kind, please let Kirt know.
If your community association or if individuals would like to help, please contact the specific community association and let me know. As well, please let us know so we can make sure to update the "Needs" and "Offers" list which is located here.
If you are stapped for time but would like to donate supplies, you can purchase a gift card from Home Depot or Walmart or if you make a cash donation to the Federation (we can't provide a tax receipt nor can we take a donation if your organization is a charity) my staff would be happy to pick up supplies and deliver them to a community of your choice.
Thank you in advance for what you can do....every little bit helps out.
P.S. We hope that in the coming days we will be able to also post larger volunteer projects that are more organized, however, right now if you want to volunteer go to the hard hit areas and BE PART OF IT! or check out YYChelps for specific projects (we have just posted 2 - one for Elbow Park and one for Rideau/Roxboro - they should be live by tomorrow). Calgarians affected by the flood need your support. Be safe and act responsibility. BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER, read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet, namely pages 14 – 21 for some helpful advice.
Leslie Evans, BSc., M.M.
Federation of Calgary Communities