As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into the autumn months, it is more important than ever to come together as a community, even though we need to stay apart to help flatten the curve and keep each other safe and healthy.
Everyone in our region has been affected by the pandemic, but those already facing barriers caused by poverty, isolation, or mental health struggles have been hit the hardest. And while the urge to help is strong, many don’t know how to do it safely, in light of new health guidelines. To unite those who want to help with a way to help, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region has launched the Volunteer At Home campaign, encouraging Edmontonians to create kits for those hit hardest by the pandemic and its ripple effects, including students, seniors, and low-income families. Volunteering at home by creating DIY kits are a great way to help vulnerable people in your community as you practice social distancing.
“We have seen an outpouring of support from members of our community to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rob Yager, President and CEO of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. “Many people want to help, not only with their dollars, but with their time and talent. That’s where the DIY kits come in.”
This is an easy, accessible, and flexible way you and your colleagues, family, or friends can contribute to the community. Simply purchase the materials for the kit, assemble it, and drop it off at United Way’s office on Stony Plain Road at 151 Street during business hours. All materials should be new, unused, or unopened and not bear any corporate or promotional branding.
“These kits will be distributed to the agencies we partner with to ensure they are getting to the people who need them the most. The pandemic is going to have ongoing ripple effects for quite some time, and it’s important that we continue to support those in need,” said Yager.
Options for kits include Homemade Masks, Activities for Kids, Hygiene, Seniors’ Activities, Literacy for Kids, PPE Protection, Baby Essentials, and more. You can build the kits on your own, but why not get your friends, family, or co-workers involved with an online get-together or a little friendly competition?
Founded during WWII, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region has a long history of bringing people together during tough times to lift up the community. With a focus on tackling poverty in Edmonton and the surrounding region, they support more than 100 programs through a network of social service organizations to collaborate and address the root causes of poverty.
To learn more about how you can Volunteer At Home and help your community in this time of crisis, visit www.volunteerathome.ca and show off your DIY kits with the hashtag #DoLocalGood.
Article submitted by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.