125 Hours Volunteered in Downtown Communities
Upanup's offices are located right in the core of Victoria and Calgary. We love working downtown and are proud to volunteer with two incredible organizations that support our communities.
Our Place Society is a community centre a few blocks away from our Victoria office. They serve the city's most vulnerable people by providing housing, hot showers, free clothing, counselling, outreach, health and wellness services, and three meals a day (840,000 meals this year!).
Nicole and Danielle (L-R) behind the counter at Our Place, where 200 to 600 people come to eat lunch daily.
We see the effects of poverty and homelessness every day downtown and wanted to find a way to help. After learning about Our Place, we got involved with a pro bono design project and started serving lunch there once a week. Their staff aim to create a space for hope and belonging, and this attitude really resonates with our team.
Kids are 54% of the shelter guests at Inn from the Cold, a couple blocks from Upanup's Calgary office.
Inn from the Cold is a shelter near our Calgary office that offers homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and supportive housing for families in crisis. This past winter, we volunteered in their kitchen making and packing lunches for kids to take to school.
Marco, Ava and Eric (L-R) in the kitchen at Inn from the Cold, prepping 100 school lunches for the day.
We like getting to know more people in our communities and contributing to the positive impact of these organizations. Their efforts involve armies of volunteers and hard-working staff. While our time is a drop in the bucket, we're happy to be on track to volunteer 150 hours this year to support their awesome work.
A few of the volunteer team from Upanup's Victoria office.