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Ready to volunteer? High River needs helping hands

UToday HomeJuly 4, 2013

@TedMenzies tweeted a picture Wednesday as he cleaned out basements in High River and hauled away damaged property. “Thanks to many volunteers helping out in High River,” he wrote. Menzies, Macleod MP and minister of state for finance, announced this week@TedMenzies tweeted a picture Wednesday as he cleaned out basements in High River and hauled away damaged property. “Thanks to many volunteers helping out in High River,” he wrote. Menzies, Macleod MP and minister of state for finance, announced this week he will not seek re-election, saying he wants to spend more time rebuilding flood-ravaged areas of southern Alberta. Reminder: The University of Calgary offers all employees the opportunity to take one full day (with pay) to dedicate to flood relief activities until Aug. 31, 2013.

There are many opportunities to get involved in relief efforts, either on your own, or through a university-led initiative. Many from the university already have pitched in and provided support to a number of different areas and communities, and continue to do so.

If you are still looking for a volunteer opportunity, the province has lifted entry restrictions into High River and many residents are returning home for the first time in weeks. The call is going out for volunteers to help residents clean up their flood devastated community.

To be able to use this personal volunteer day:

  • It must be pre-approved by your manager to ensure the day you select is operationally feasible and that your work responsibilities are covered during your absence;
  • It must be used during normally scheduled work time;
  • It must be used as one full day – not divided up over several days;
  • The university would like to recognize and celebrate employee contributions to relief efforts – after your volunteer day, please share with your manager the story of how you were helping.

Register online using the employee registration form under one of the options available to members of the university community.