The floods in Calgary this year were disastrous, stressful, and put strain not only on home owners but on our already strained availability of housing in this growing city. It was also one of the most extraordinary acts of volunteerism I’ve ever seen, as citizens from all over the city came together to shelter the displaced, help with clean-up and reconstruction. The initial panic and flurry of activity has long passed but there is still much work to do.
The need for affordable housing in Southern Alberta will be even greater than ever in the next 6 to 12 months due to the impact of the Alberta flood. As an organization that is both a charity and a builder, Habitat has a unique role to play in rebuilding homes and communities. There is already a shortage of reliable and trustworthy contractors to do the work. We are developing a Flood Renew It / Rebuild Program that will provide assistance to low-income families in helping them rebuild their damaged homes to a safe and usable level.
-From a Habitat for Humanity article called Update on the Alberta Flood.
Volunteers can contribute by lending a hand with the renovations to help get these families back on track. We are looking for skilled and unskilled construction volunteers with a great attitude and willingness to learn who will be supervised by construction staff and volunteer crew leaders. The construction work may include framing, insulating, installing drywall, electrical, flooring, painting, windows and doors, as well as full basement development.
If you think you, or someone you know can help with their Rebuild Program, click on their projects page (and scroll towards the bottom) for more information on how you can get started helping families in Calgary rebuild their homes.
And if you haven’t got the time (or co-ordination to wield a hammer) to help build, they have a DONATE button at the bottom of the Update on the Alberta Flood post,. Click on it. You can change the lives of a whole family.