It was around a year ago that I decided to start the group Because Edmonton Cares. We started with 1 member (me) and with no name. I was quickly able to recruit a few friends to join in and we went on our first outing to the Ice on Whyte Festival to serve hot chocolate for donations towards YESS (Youth Emergency Shelter Society). It was probably one of the coldest days of 2011 but we survived as we were inside a heated tent. We all took turns heading outside into the cold to head down the ice slide - wee!
In the past year we have grown to 50 members with a Facebook page, an awesome friend designed us a logo, and we have put just shy of 300 volunteer hours back into our community. We have helped non-profit organizations such as The Mustard Seed, AdaptAbilities, Canadian Cancer Society, Kids Kottage, The Food Bank, and Santas Anonymous. I am exceptionally proud of our accomplishments as a group. It's so exciting to see the enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers.
What's in store for 2012? Hopefully more of the same...much more! I'm hoping to have enough interest to plan more than 1 event a month. I would LOVE to have t-shirts printed with our logo on them and I have hopes to get a website started; though that one is last on the list since I have no idea how to build one!
Thanks to everyone for your support and belief in this group. We've accomplished some amazing things for this community :)