On March 15, 2018, ICan Crew volunteers trudged through a blizzard to volunteer at Inn from the Cold. For over twenty years, Inn from the Cold has supported homeless children and their families. Our role for the day was to provide support to kitchen staff and to serve lunch to the Inn’s guests. The Inn’s dining room is considered the heart of the shelter and is the place where families can come together.
ICan Crew volunteers took some time to set up the dining room to create a welcoming space for guests to enjoy a meal with family. The ICan Crew then served a hot meal to over 60 men, women, and children and chatted with a number of the guests. On average, Inn from the Cold will feed 50- 100 people for lunch. The Inn relies on volunteers to help its staff deliver the services to guests and provide a warm and safe place for homeless families and those at risk in our community.
Several volunteers visited with some of the families after their lunch. For many, it was a touching experience. According to one volunteer, “It felt good to see the families that we were helping, even if we were just serving lunch. The family that I talked with is new to Canada and due to some medical problems, the father is unable to work. The family has three children. He was telling me how grateful he is for Inn from the Cold. How they have helped him look after his family. It made me feel grateful for the life I have.”
Following lunch service, volunteers cleaned and prepped the dining room for the evening meal. Everyone left feeling like they had given their time to a worthwhile cause. It was unanimously agreed that volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience.
ICan Crew volunteers come together to learn, work as a team, increase their awareness of different organizations, and contribute to the broader Calgary community.
To find out how you can join the Intercultural Centre’s ICan Crew, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Intercultural Centre, N322.
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