Some organizations seek virtual volunteers to help serve youth and seniors
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has encouraged healthy residents to volunteer their time.
“Now, more than ever, kindness matters,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at Tuesday’s news conference, adding that guidelines for community organizations and non-profits will be released in the coming days.
It seems Albertans are heeding her advice, or at least thinking about it.
VolunteerConnector, a website that matches volunteers with open opportunities in Alberta, has seen increased traffic during the pandemic. Seven thousand people visited the site on Tuesday.
Edmonton’s Food Bank seeks volunteers to pack hampers and the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society needs people to drop off deliveries to vulnerable seniors.
Many posted positions can be done remotely, such as translating information for families or helping young people with schoolwork over the phone.
“Shovelling your neighbour’s sidewalk is a form of volunteering as well,” said Ilya Ushakov, who directs programs and volunteerism for the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations.
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