Red Deer & District Community Foundation has joined efforts to raise money to rebuild playgrounds and other social infrastructure destroyed or damaged in the Fort McMurray wildfire.
A total of 13 foundations, including some outside Alberta, have created the Rebuilding Fort McMurray Flow Through Fund.
The fund, which has raised about $1.34 million so far, will fund projects focused on restoring and enhancing community infrastructure.
Kristine Bugayong, Red Deer foundation CEO, said the RDDCF Board allocated $10,000 from its Smart and Caring Communities Endowment Fund towards the rebuilding fund and has so far received $1,000 from a community member.
The rebuilding fund remains open for donations from the Red Deer area. Every donation will be eligible for a tax receipt. The fund will not be invested to grow, but will be used for immediate projects identified by community organizations in Fort McMurray in partnership with participating foundations.
Bugayong said social infrastructure would include projects like parks, community halls, wherever people would gather that would enhance their quality of life.
“This is a different need than what we responded to a month ago. There’s quite a bit of effort that needs to be put into the rebuilding,” Bugayong said on Wednesday.
The fund also supports Fort McMurray which does not have a community foundation, she said.
“We wanted to make sure that we make the people in Fort McMurray feel they are supported by a community foundation.”
For more information about Rebuilding Fort McMurray Flow Through Fund visit www.rddcf.ca.