Calgary is a caring community and we continue to demonstrate that together, we are stronger. Through every crisis, we take a stand to make sure that no one is left behind and that everyone is taken care of. We rally together for the safety, health and wellness of our families, loved ones, and neighbours. Now, we are once again calling on Calgarians for your compassion, strong sense of community, and urgent support to help individuals affected by COVID-19.
As we work diligently on a Crisis Recovery strategy we are taking every step possible to ensure our community is cared for and supported in order to respond, recover and eventually return to the resiliency that continues to make our city great. It will take all of us working together to lift up our communities during these uncertain times.
COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Established with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), the COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a coordinated approach to support vulnerable Calgarians during this extraordinary time. The Calgary Foundation has joined the initiative, contributing $1 million to support the demand for immediate social services and our community’s most urgent needs.
This generosity is already making a difference. We’ve invested $6.9 million in rapid response emergency funding, supporting 169 agencies across Calgary and the surrounding area. Face-to-face visits with seniors are being transformed into regular telephone wellness check-ins. Vulnerable Indigenous community members receive food hampers with fresh vegetables and meats. Kids without access to technology at home now have a Chromebook to call their own.
Thank you to the individuals, organizations, corporations and partners who have already shown their incredible support for those most impacted by COVID-19. To learn more about our supporters and how our community is coming together to contribute to this fund please click here.
A Stewardship Alliance has been formed to direct funds to where they will have the greatest impact.
Read more about the investments to agencies so they have the resources they need to meet rising demands.