When the flood hit last year, there were a number of community associations across Calgary that stepped up to the plate to organize relief efforts. These associations became the headquarters for volunteers to assemble and for donations to be made. They also served as evacuation centres in some cases.
To help these communities rebuild and to help with community projects, the Federation of Calgary Communities and Servus Credit Union have provided financial assistance to 9 of the associations. The money was donated through a grant program called Servus Helps and will be a big boost for many communities in the city.
The Servus Credit Union presented $37,283 to Federation of Calgary Communities this year and the federation was asked to distribute the funds back to the Calgary communities as grants. Servus was the support organization for the volunteers and community associations that helped with flood relief last year.
The grants were handed out to the following community organizations:
Cliff Bungalow Mission Community Association - Funds for a community garden
Elboya Heights - Funds for a new community hall feasibility study
Rideau-Roxboro Community Association - Funds for a community garden
Bowness Community Association - Funds for an event to say “Thank You, Calgary”
Stanley Park Lawn Bowling - Funds for a recognition event for volunteers that helped with flood cleanup efforts
East Village Golden Age Club - Funds for a CreativiTEA art project
Inglewood Community Association - Funds for a cob oven for the community
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association - Funds for the Elder Corps Leader Program
The funds were presented at an event that was held at the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Hall in late May. At the same time, there was a groundbreaking ceremony to present the new community garden that was also funded by one of these grants.