The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
On March 19 and 26, the Intercultural Centre's ICan Crew volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in a northeast Calgary community.
The ICan Crew is an Intercultural Centre initiative that engages learners in volunteering both on campus and in the larger Calgary community. To date there are 140 volunteers that have supported IC events, workshops and other initiatives.
The City of Calgary’s 3 Things for Calgary initiative inspired the ICan crew volunteers to contribute to making Calgary a better place. Twenty ICan Crew volunteers brought their hard work and passion to the Habitat for Humanity building site - comprised of seven semi-detatched houses for 14 families. Volunteers built door frames and exterior walls, painted, sanded, installed drywall and kitchen cabinets. They worked together and with the Habitat team towards a common goal- to change the life of a family. Most volunteers had never been involved in such an experience and felt good about their efforts and learning some new skills.
Zenab, a volunteer and English language learner at the College, lived out her dream of working on a construction site. "I am so happy today," she said. "It is my dream. In my country women cannot do this work. Thank you for this day!”
Another volunteer said, “Today was hard work! I felt good about helping to build a home for little children. When can I come back?”
Beside the front door of each house was a picture and story of the family who will be moving into the home. It was a powerful visual reinforcing to volunteers who they were helping and how a small commitment of effort can create huge changes in the lives of others.
Visit the Centre's photo gallery to see more pictures of this exciting day.