Problem 1: Many volunteer-based organizations are in desperate need of help.
Problem 2: Employers have employees whose time and skills are being under-
In seeing these two problems develop over the last few months, The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce saw a solution: bridge the gap by connecting employers with charitable organizations looking for help. They partnered with several nonprofits to create a COVID-19 Skill-sharing and Volunteering initiative.
Through this initiative, the Chamber will try to connect specialized, administrative or other volunteers with suitable organizations.
If you’re an Edmonton-based volunteer-based organization or charity and need professional assistance, please contact ECVO's Ilya Ushakov at 780-801-4720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hope is that this program will be extended to other parts of the province.
Many Ways to Connect
Despite the struggles and uncertainties, Alberta business and nonprofits are collaborating and getting creative in how we help each other. Some are giving in-kind donations, such as giving left-over food or donating equipment, while others are continuing to provide financial donations to the best of their ability.
And of course, volunteering. You don't need to live in Edmonton to connect your business to a nonprofit in need. Many employers are encouraging their employees to give their time either virtually or in physically-distanced ways (collecting food, calling community seniors, donating blood). Businesses and individuals are encouraged to visit VolunteerConnector.org or contact your local Volunteer Centre for opportunities.
In the face of challenge, we are working together because we know we are all stronger when we support one another.