Since the call was put out for volunteers to help with the relief effort on April 19th, Ottawa has answered… big time!
As of Wednesday, May 1st, over 13,000 people have volunteered to help at all three relief locations. Over 1.5 million sandbags have been filled.
However, volunteers are still needed from now through then end of day on Sunday. You can help between 9 AM and 7 PM at these locations…
- WEST CARLETON: Dunrobin Community Centre – 1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway.
- BRITANNIA: Ron Kolbus Centre – 102 Greenview Avenue (upper parking lot)
- CUMBERLAND: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road.
A few things you need to know before you head out to volunteer…
- Volunteers must sign in at the on-site Registration Centre.
- First time volunteers will need to complete an Emergency Support Volunteer Registration and Liability Waiver.
- You will need to wear an armband or other provided identification.
- Volunteers MUST be at 12 years of age or older.
- Volunteers under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult or legal guardian.
- Dress in weather-appropriate clothing that may get dirty, wet or damaged.
- DO NOT bring shovels. They will be provided.
- Bring work gloves if you have them, otherwise they will be provided while supplies last.
- Wear water-resistant boots and/or close-toed footwear. Steel-toed boots are ideal.
- Bring and wear sunscreen. Even if the weather is overcast.
- Drink water and eat snacks. Lunch will be provided at all locations from Noon until 6 PM.
- Remember to take breaks while helping. There are plenty of people on hand that are ready to help out.
Check for regular updates on the City of Ottawa website.
To everyone that has given their time to help out with flood relief or will be doing so in the next few days, THANK YOU!!
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