Getting involved is easy and rewarding. Share your skills, advocate for accessibility in your community or gather supplies for our Welcome Home Hamper.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Accessible Housing!
At present, all volunteer opportunities are on hold during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Calgarians need accessible, affordable homes.
- Appropriate housing is a serious issue for those living with mobility issues (City of Calgary 2012; Heywood, 2005) and there are currently only approximately 600 units in Calgary deemed both accessible and affordable.
- According to Statistics Canada data (Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017), 22.3% of Canadians aged 15 and over reported having a disability that limited their daily activities.
- The affordability of residential accessibility renovations is a major barrier considering the median after-tax personal income of the Canadian population aged 25 to 64 was $12,540 annually for those with mild disabilities and $12,520 for those with more severe disabilities (Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017).
- 47% of Canadians report that they have a relationship with someone who has a physical disability or challenge (Angus Reid Institute, 2019), highlighting the benefits of services available for support and care groups of individuals with physical disabilities
Contact your Councillor, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) or Member of Parliament (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, providing meaningful incentives for developers, and continuing 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, 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.
New items only, please.
Kitchen: cutlery, dishware, glasses & mugs, pots/frying pan/baking sheet, knives & cutting boards, tea towels, small appliances (toaster, coffee maker), oven mitts, can opener, microwave (new or gently used)
Bathroom: toilet paper, toiletries and hygiene products (toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc), washcloths, bath towels, shower curtain & rings, toilet brush, plunger
Bedroom: twin sheets, twin comforters, pillows, clothes hangers
Cleaning Supplies: dish soap, laundry soap, multipurpose cleaner, sponges, broom & dustpan, mop & bucket, paper towels, vacuum (new or gently used)
Clothing (new or gently used): Winter jackets, winter gloves, scarves, toques
Gift Cards: Walmart (any denomination), Ikea (any denomination) Safeway ($25 or $50), Co-Op ($25 or $50)
Our team purchases coffee tables, dressers, and kitchen tables & chairs from Ikea, and our Case Managers build these items alongside our clients. If you are interested in donating one of these items, please reach out and we can provide you with information on product models. Alternatively, an Ikea gift card donation will be used towards purchasing these items.
If you are interested in making a donation, please email email@example.com or call 403-282-1872 to coordinate a drop-off date/time.