Getting involved can be easy. You can share your skills, advocate for accessibility in your community or gather supplies for our Welcome Home Hamper.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Calgarians need accessible, affordable homes.
- Only three per cent of all affordable housing in Calgary is accessible, yet 25 per cent of individuals who are homeless require it
- Seventeen per cent of Calgarians have a disability. By 2019, approximately 198, 495 Calgarians over the age of 15 will be living with a disability
- An average two-bedroom apartment in Calgary in new and existing structures rented for $1,267 in April 2014, a five per cent increase from April 2013
- Many Accessible Housing clients receive income from the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program. The maximum monthly living allowance is $1,588
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecasts Calgary’s vacancy rate in October 2014 will be 1.2 per cent. This is one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country
Contact your Councillor, MLA or MP and urge them to do what they can to increase the number of accessible, affordable homes. Our leaders can do this by helping streamline approval processes for new housing to be built, to provide meaningful incentives for developers and to continue to make land available to be purchased, leased or donated so that not-for-profit organizations can build more housing.
Share your skills!
We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic, energetic, committed people to share their skills. We need individuals and groups.
- Assistance at community events like festivals, fairs or fundraisers
- Helping with site maintenance like painting or landscaping
- Leadership on committees and our board
Welcome Home Hampers
Many of our clients are without a home for a long time and bring with them few or no possessions to establish their new home. You can help them by providing brand-new essentials – bedsheets, towels, dishes and cookware, grocery hampers, a toothbrush and toiletries – things most of us take for granted. Successful transition from homelessness to housing truly hinges on these small things that help people recover their self-worth, their dignity, and their sense of belonging.
- non-perishable canned and boxed food items (soups, pasta etc.)
- condiments (ketchup, mustard)
- dry cereal
- rice and pasta
- tetra-pack juices
- plastic wrap and foil
- paper towels and napkins
- plastic food storage containers
- grocery gift cards (any denomination)
- bottle juices/ water
New items only please
Kitchen: cutlery, dishware, glasses, pots and pans, tea towels, dish soap, place mats, small appliances (toaster, coffee maker), broom, mop, pail, oven mitts
Bathroom: toilet paper, toiletries and hygiene products (toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc), washcloths, towels, basic OTC medical supplies (bandaids, Tylenol, Polysporin, antacids etc)
Bedroom: sheets, blankets, pillows, alarm clock, single mattresses/box spring, curtains, furniture (gently used and clean), bookcase, small TV
Cleaning Supplies: glass cleaner, laundry soap, rubber gloves, broom, mop
Walmart gift cards (any denomination)