Helping Hands is a volunteering and service program for tweens and teens ages 11 to 16. This new program allows young people in our military community the chance to connect socially with their peers and to give back to their community. We realize that young people in our community lead busy lives, so we have designed a program that is both enjoyable and meaningful.
Since we aren’t able to meet in person this year, we’ll be holding virtual “Share and Celebrate” meetings on Zoom each month. The fall dates are:
- Saturday, September 12th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Saturday, October 17th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Saturday, November 14th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Saturday, December 12th 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Helping Hands Members can choose from a number of service projects they’ll be able to complete on their own time. Project materials and support will be provided by the Calgary MFRC (project kits will be delivered or mailed the week before that month’s meeting). Members can complete as many projects as they choose, and may repeat projects they enjoy.
This Fall’s Projects Include:
1. Smiles for Seniors (write cards, draw pictures, etc. for isolated seniors living in extended care homes)
2. Knitting for Friends in Need (knit or crochet hats and scarves to be donated to local Veteran’s organizations and shelters)
3. Bedtime Stories (record yourself reading one of your favourite picture books. Your video will be featured on the Calgary MFRC’s YouTube channel and in our Newsletters)
4. Do a Community Clean Up (organize your family or friends in your bubble to do a Community Clean Up in your neighbourhood park)
5. Your Big Idea! (Do you have a cool idea of something you can do to give back to your community? Tell me about it and we’ll work together to make it happen - keep budget in mind!)
6. Food Drives for the Veterans Association Food Bank. In November and December we encourage our Helping Hands members to lead mini food drives with their friends and families to collect non-perishable food donations for our Veterans in need. MFRC staff will collect donations when they drop off project kits in November and December (Red Deer and Lethbridge families, we will coordinate with your MFRC outreach staff/armouries to make sure your food drive donations help in your home communities.)
If you have a child between the ages of 11 and 16 who is keen to get involved with volunteering and connecting with other military youth from the Calgary, Lethbridge and Red Deer Areas, please email our Child and Youth Program Coordinator, Kristin, for more information on registering (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just like last year, the young people who participate in Helping Hands will be recognized throughout the year for the work they do for our community, and if we are able to send campers to Camp Maple Leaf in July 2020, the Helping Hands volunteers will be given special consideration in our selection process.