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Community Service Supercharged by yegSpark

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A new school year means a new round of community service hours and projects at Edmonton Catholic Schools. And yegSpark can help.

In the past year, even in the midst of the pandemic, yegSpark members have volunteered at a school supplies giveaway, a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic, and sorting donations at an inner-city social agency. They have sewn, painted, knitted and crocheted thousands of items for donation, including bonding hearts for families with newborns in intensive care, stuffed animals, fidgets for people with dementia, and colourful mugs for isolated seniors.

The new service initiative, backed by a group of local Catholic agencies, is designed to match volunteers with service opportunities in the Edmonton area: things they can do on their own schedule, one-time or short-term opportunities, make-and-donate projects, or group efforts where a few friends, a club, or a class can work together.

So, whether you’re a student looking for fun, flexible ways to log hours for Religious Studies or to add some shine to your resume, or a staff member promoting a social justice project, be sure to check out yegspark.ca.

There’s no screening or training required to sign up as a member, and with many of the projects, volunteers can get started right away. Current opportunities include writing encouraging notes for low-income and homeless seniors, painting positivity rocks for inner-city gardens or being a driver for Zero Food Waste Edmonton. 

YEG Seniors Project invited yegSpark members to paint mugs for the 350 care-baskets they put together for isolated seniors. Photo courtesy of YEG Seniors ProjectWant to spread the word about a social justice or environmental initiative at your school, to drum up donations or recruit volunteers for a fundraiser? Talk to yegSpark. More than 400 people have joined in its first year and contributed hundreds of hours of their time, energy and creativity for the betterment of our community.

And yegSpark is always looking for new service opportunities to share. So, if you know of a non-profit, charitable, community or faith-based organization that would benefit from tapping into an eager army of helpers, send them to yegSpark. Don’t let the “yeg” fool you; we’re happy to help in areas around Edmonton, too.

yegSpark is backed by the Edmonton Catholic Agencies Network, which is lead by Archbishop Richard Smith and includes the archdiocese, ECSD, Covenant Health, Catholic Social Services, St. Joseph’s College, the Ukrainian Eparchy and Newman Theological College.

To find out more, become a member and browse service opportunities, visit yegspark.ca, or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also read about how Archbishop MacDonald high school made yegSpark part of its Lent challenge this year.


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