Big response after call for volunteers to help Red Deer cleanup

Volunteer Central matching helpers with those in need

Volunteer Central in Red Deer was “blown away” with responses after a call went out Thursday for volunteers to help with wind storm cleanup.

Executive director Pam Snowdon said it’s not their usual model, as the organization operates a website where individuals can go online themselves to look for volunteer opportunities. But in response to a request from the City of Red Deer to co-ordinate volunteers with those who need light cleanup from Tuesday’s destructive wind storm, the organization has stepped up to the plate.

“In this case we’re responding to a need of the city because of the state of emergency to quickly mobilize help with the cleanup,” Snowdon said.

They are accepting names of volunteers and names of homeowners, many who may be seniors or disabled, who need a helping hand.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from the community from people wanting to volunteer,” she said just hours after they put out the call.

Able-bodied citizens are wanted who are willing to help residents with light yard cleanup. Those who are in need of help can also contact Volunteer Central.

Snowdon asks that for patience because it’s not Volunteer Central’s normal business model. “We’re working to make those matches.”

The light work could involve things like raking, removing branches or cleaning flower beds, and everyone will be required to sign a waiver, Snowdon said.

“Once again we are blown away by how generous Red Deer is when it comes to volunteering.”

The contact phone number at Volunteer Central is 403-346-3710 or email community@volunteercentral.ca

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