The Giving Guide

There are plenty of unique ways to give back to the community — here are five great ideas.

November 30, 2018

illustration Glenn Harvey

Help Get Someone to Their Destination

If you enjoy driving around the city, you may want to consider the volunteer opportunities at Drive Happiness Seniors Association. The non-profit helps seniors remain independent in their own homes while ensuring they’re able to get to all the necessary appointments by having volunteer drivers help take them to their destination. Strengthen the city by building bonds between generations and empower seniors by allowing them to stay mobile and live in their chosen communities.


Use Your Second Language To Help Out

Edmonton Immigrant Services Association is always looking for community translators and interpreters for its Language Bank Program. Volunteers in the program help newcomers and refugees with tasks including document translation and on-site interpretation while they’re settling into their new lives.


Pay Vet Bills For An Animal In Need

Did you know that at Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society, you can donate vet care to animals they’re caring for? Pay for a neuter, spay, rabies vaccine or parvovirus treatment for the furry friends who call Zoe’s home until they find their forever families. Zoe’s also has a wish list of items it always needs, including toys and treats.

Find A Good Home For Those Extra Tickets

Sure, you could try to make a few extra bucks selling those tickets you won’t be able to use, but why not donate them to a good cause instead? Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts donations of tickets or event passes to give the club’s littles a chance to experience something new, and, for last-minute donations, Kids Up Front Edmonton gives children a chance to try something new in the community.

780-424-8181,; 780-409-2632,

Nourish The Community At YESS

If you love cooking, give back by spending some time in the kitchen with the chefs preparing meals for the day at Youth Empowerment and Support Services. Volunteers will help prepare a variety of cold items as well as a hot meal for lunch or one of the youth programs. Or, if you’re an organizational fiend, help YESS in its pantry support role, where you’ll sort through the donations that come in.


 This article appears in the December 2018 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.


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