Volunteer Opportunity - Calgary Food Bank

Posted by Calgary Senior Men's Softball 55+ on Apr 16 2020 at 06:29AM PDT in May 2019

To the Calgary Senior Men’s Slo-pitch League:

We wanted to send all our amazing volunteers an update on how we’re continuing to serve our clients, as well as our current volunteer needs.

Last week, with the help of our volunteers, we answered 1,158 phone calls and distributed 1,138 hampers, impacting 2,802 lives! Because we are limiting each volunteer to one shift per week, we require 670 volunteers to fill all our shifts.

We still have had no cases of COVID-19 at the Food Bank. We thank our volunteers for being diligent in completing the online AHS assessment before each shift, and for following public health protocols around physical distancing and hand washing.

We still need some help for volunteer shifts!

We currently have 86% of shift spots filled – thank you! We still have a few spots left on weekdays; shifts are from 8 – 11, 11 – 2, 2 – 5 or 5 – 8. If you can commit to a weekly shift, please email us. If you know someone who would like to volunteer, please direct them to our website to sign up.

Use of cloth masks in the building
In reviewing recommendations from around the world and keeping with our commitment to health and safety, we are working towards implementing the use of cloth masks in the building. Some studies have shown that people can transmit COVID-19 even without showing any symptoms. Cloth masks can help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by those who are infected but don’t know it – they don’t protect you from other people, but they can protect others from you.

We are going to supply masks to staff and volunteers. If you have your own masks and can use them, it is greatly appreciated. You do not necessarily need one for your next shift as we are currently running a pilot and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Can you help?
We will need many masks to support all our staff and volunteers and greatly appreciate any donations. Our first batch of donated masks are from the Mask Makers YYC Facebook group; they provide appropriate patterns and instructions for those who want to sew their own masks. If you’d like to sew masks to donate to us we will happily accept them. For information about where and how to donate them, please contact Leah.

Thank you for everything you do. Stay well!

Angela Irwin
Volunteer Resources Supervisor
Calgary Food Bank


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