January 17, 2017
We begin our new year of volunteer spotlights highlighting two of our incredible core kitchen volunteers, Mark and Doris. In the fall of 2015, both Doris and Mark began volunteering in our downtown kitchen. They are always ready to jump in and take action, helping with whatever is needed and are wonderful at guiding and inspiring our daily volunteer groups!
I had previously volunteered with Community Kitchen and was looking for another similar opportunity. I found out about BB4CK from my wife who had volunteered here with another charity group.
My favourite part about volunteering with bb4ck is working with a bunch of great people who feel just like I do that our efforts are making a difference. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that my small contribution is helping provide a helping hand up to those who need it.” – Mark
“My volunteer role at BB4CK is kitchen helper: making sandwiches, setting up the work stations, prepping fruit and vegetables, bagging snack servings, baking, laundry, dishes … whatever needs to be done! I volunteer Wednesday mornings, and occasionally other days as needed.
I found the BB4CK position when looking at available volunteer opportunities on the Propellus website.
I volunteer with BB4CK as a way to help provide a much-needed necessity to hungry kids in the short run, with the added satisfaction of knowing that there are positive effects that extend far beyond the lunch. It is a pleasure to be part of a very well run organization, making a meaningful contribution to the lives of children.
My favorite part is knowing that what I do has a positive impact, making new friends, and being part of a very fun team. The camaraderie, laughter and positive energy in the kitchen makes me look forward to Wednesday mornings!” – Doris
January 12, 2017
Meet Playfield: a jewelry brand that creates beautiful bracelets that make a positive impact! They donate 10% of their gross profits to charity, and over the past six months Playfield and their awesome community helped provide 1000 meals to Calgary kids!
January 11, 2017
As featured on @why.yyc:
“Growing up, I was one of four siblings and my mother was very, very ill, so my brother, who was 6 years older than me, had the responsibility to feed us. While he wasn’t always the most capable of cooks, he did a pretty good job and in a way that translated to me what the importance of a nutritious meal is for children.
There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer in Calgary, but for me volunteering at Brown Bagging 4 Calgary’s Kids has allowed me to make the greatest impact on the most vulnerable part of our society: our children. Brown Bagging believes that “no child should be left hungry” and I like that they don’t ask the kids “why” they are hungry they just feed them and meet their needs. Imagine if a kid wasn’t going to go to school one day but they decide to go because they look forward to their lunch.
I have to say that when I leave my shift, I get a feeling of elation. I think the reason I have that feeling is because I feel like I am a small part of a very committed group of people who make a significant change, and that feels great. I’m proud that I’m able to still contribute to society. Before I retired I was an accountant, and we always reported after the fact and I didn’t always feel like I was having the most positive effect on this world but Brown Bagging gives me that feeling.” – Karen
January 5, 2017
Thank you Calgary! This Christmas, Calgarians gifted thousands of lunches. You gifted them in honour of your friends, family, and co-workers. You gave your loved ones gifts that help a group of volunteers start a community group to feed kids in their neighbourhood, you gave the gift of ham, jam, eggs, soap, gloves, and more for our downtown kitchen. Calgarians came together and planned snack drives, supply drives and events to help ensure there are no hungry kids in Calgary. You talked about childhood hunger in our city and inspired each other to take action to feed and care for kids.
Together, all of your contributions help ensure that any child that goes to school without enough to eat receives a healthy lunch. Your actions make a difference everyday. Thank you.
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