We take volunteering seriously! We encourage it. We nurture it. We celebrate it.
For the past several years Volunteer Airdrie’s work has been funded primarily (90%) by the City of Airdrie and Rocky View County under the Family & Community Support Services Program (“FCSS”). In April, 2014, Airdrie City Council voted to accept the Social Planning Department’s recommendation to end FCSS funding for Volunteer Airdrie effective December 31, 2014 and reallocate the $44,000 to other FCSS funding recipients in Airdrie. This reallocation provided six organizations a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2.5% in 2015.
Volunteer Airdrie is now pursuing alternative sources of funding to continue its work within the community. According to the City of Airdrie’s Social Needs Assessment survey in 2014, only 32% of Airdrians currently volunteer, compared to 47% nationally and 55% provincially. For every 1% increase in volunteer participation, our community’s social programs receive the equivalent of $1.3 million to $2.1 million of social capital investment, which is the estimated value of the 86,000 hours per year of time that an additional 550 volunteers provide. In addition, the volunteers benefit from community involvement, as many studies have shown improved physical, mental and social welfare is correlated to volunteerism. These preventive benefits directly impact and reduce the demands on our provincial healthcare system, social services & unemployment safety nets and law enforcement costs.
By donating to Volunteer Airdrie, you are making an investment in the long term benefits associated with increased volunteerism in your own community. In addition, Volunteer Airdrie can provide you with a tax deductible receipt for your donation, as we are a registered Canadian charity.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help us in strengthening Volunteerism in Airdrie please contact our Chair Dave Maffitt.
Thank you for your support!