In The News: Alberta volunteering site links spike in traffic to COVID-19 pandemic

Some organizations seek virtual volunteers to help serve youth and seniors

Edmonton’s Food Bank currently needs volunteers to sort donations, repackage items, build hampers and help clients. (Edmonton’s Food Bank)

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.

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“That speaks volumes about the people in this province,” Katie Dodd, the site’s volunteer and community engagement manager, told CBC’s Radio Active on Wednesday.
As of Thursday, the site, which is run by the Volunteer Centre of Calgary charity, featured more than 30 opportunities linked to COVID-19.

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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The opinions expressed in this post are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society, its stakeholders or funders.

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